Texas--Church history

Developing a Spiritual Formation Strategy for the Adult Ministry Team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas

Author
Jason W Snyder
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a spiritual formation strategy for the Adult Ministry team of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas. The project director assessed the characteristics of the Adult Ministry team to determine spiritual formation needs. Subsequently, the project director researched the field of spiritual formation to determine best practices, identifying five domains: corporate, relationship, discipline, gap, and rest domains. To prepare for the strategy development sessions further, the author revisited fifteen spiritual formation strategies and presented this information to the strategy team.

"Doing All The Good We Can" Evangelistically Renewing the Congregation in 21st Century Texas Through Revival and Reform

Author
Dewey D. Wheat
Abstract
The thesis explores the ways to renew ourselves evangelically to be ready for the next God inspired revival or awakening. The basis of this thesis is the writer's concern with the apparent decline of Christianity and the Church in the 21st Century. Using the early evangelical Presbyterian missionaries and clergy of early nineteenth century Texas this paper discusses the ministry of Reverend Summer Bacon, the Texas Presbytery, and the First Presbyterian Church of Gatesville, Texas. The fervor and dedication to faith in God is examined through early evangelical leaders and especially the Reverend Sumner Bacon, an evangelical Presbyterian leader in early eighteenth century Texas and used to discuss ways of countering threats to our church and family culture. Bacon's life and ministry has been described as "He did all the good he could," and it is this theme that is I expanded to include the presbytery he formed in Texas ("Doing all the good they could") and to our present efforts prepare themselves for the next God inspired revival "Doing all the good we can."

Living into God's welcome: a conversational homiletic to rediscover the richness, depth and demand of the biblical tradition

Author
Lander L Bethel
Abstract
This thesis argues that engaging in a long-term matrix of conversations that model biblical hospitality through preaching, teaching, discussion of written material and experience of extending hospitality, will be helpful to a congregation in moving through barriers that have limited its ability to reach out to the community. The congregation is a small Presbyterian church located across the street from a Presbyterian-related liberal arts college, in north-west Texas, where the community and church are in transition. The learning includes conversational preaching as a way to engage the congregation in expanding and deepening their embodiment of faith as it relates to biblical hospitality.

The continuation of the small rural church

Author
Robert W Holaday
Abstract
"The Continuation of the Small Rural Church" is a case study that identifies and explores member perceived factors that contribute to, or hinder, the continuation of two traditional agricultural rural Lutheran churches that are located in North Texas.

Evangelical outreach in South Texas: an intentional approach in a laid back society

Author
Richard D Bremer
Abstract
A small congregation is able to do effective evangelical outreach without relying on programs developed for large congregations. A small congregation has adequate resources. It needs to intentionally use its primary resource which is its ability to be the community of God's people gathered around Word and sacraments. The congregation is encouraged to invite, welcome, and incorporate people into this community. A local congregation was the arena for developing the model. A small congregation in south Texas is able to do effective evangelical outreach as it accentuates its ability to be a community.
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