Hospitality--Biblical teaching

Integrating biblical teaching and organizational wisdom in the work of pastor-church relations, Christian Reformed Church in North America

Author
Cecil Van Niejenhuis
Abstract
This project addressed the lack of integration of biblical teaching in the work of pastor-church relations, Christian Reformed Church of North America. The goal was to demonstrate and encourage a thorough integration so that organizational wisdom might be informed, anchored and enriched by scriptural teaching. This goal was achieved through program development. The core biblical theme of hospitality was traced through Scripture, and juxtaposed with the four-lens approach of Bolman and Deal's Reframing organizations. Each of these lenses was linked to one of the four New Testament gift passages, and to the biblical theme of hospitality.

The hidden conversation: divine hospitality as a framework for discipleship

Author
Kevin A Hall
Abstract
The practice of hospitality is at the heart of Christian faith and spirituality. Yet, despite its central location in the Bible's life and praxis, it remains in many churches today undervalued or ignored in the discipleship process. This thesis explores the implications of biblical hospitality and centers theme within a local church's discipleship process. The goal is to change participants' perspectives on their own role as hospitable disciples participating in the Great Commission. The method of research included comparing pre- and post-survey data. The results indicated participants' were more inclined to participate in acts of biblical hospitality.

Foreign migrant workers in Korea and the hospitality of the Bible: overcoming the exclusive attitude toward foreign migrant workers in Korea

Author
Kyungsin Min
Abstract
The primary goal of this project is to overcome anti-immigrant sentiments toward foreign migrant workers in Korea through studying the spirit of hospitality in the Bible. Discrimination against and maltreatment of Southeastern migrant workers in Korea have been serious social problems. This project researched the essential characteristics of the spirit of hospitality in the Bible through examining the Israelite as the "ger," the hospitality of Abraham and the maltreatment of Sodom, the hospitality of Jesus, and the hospitality of Paul. The author confirmed that hospitable sentiments and attitudes of church members have increased after the seminars on hospitality.

Prophetic preaching: transforming a traditional congregation from benevolence to hospitality

Author
Sharron Frances Tucker
Abstract
This model of ministry, conducted at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Columbus, Ohio, explored the misunderstanding of hospitality where benevolence is seen as hospitality. Descriptive research methodology included a pre-test to assess current understanding of hospitality, cognitive interviews, questionnaires, and observation. Treatment included a sermon/workshop series re: biblical hospitality in postmodern culture. A post-test was administered which showed significant shift in the attitude of those who were in the core group. Study theorized that differentiating benevolence from hospitality positively affects evangelism/relationship; thus similar learning opportunities were recommended for all disciples.

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.

Transformational mission: biblical hospitality and the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina

Author
Jane Denise Honeycutt
Abstract
In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the USA. The Virginia United Methodist Annual Conference offered to welcome those made homeless by this storm. This thesis examines ways in which local churches responded to and reached out to evacuees re-located into their community. It includes a working theology of mission. An embrace of biblical hospitality moves mission from a 'helper/helpee' relationship to a transformational mission in which all are changed. The thesis will offer practical suggestions for those who want to reach out and join in God's mission of love and reconciliation through loving relationships in their own community and the world.

Tugboats and battleships: affecting core value change in the leadership of First United Methodist Church of Holland

Author
William D Dobbs
Abstract
This final paper documents a process for affecting a core-value change in the Leadership Team of a 1000 member, 140 year-old congregation in a main-line denomination. It argues that such a change is possible through intensive guided meditations and group discussions over a thirty-day period. It demonstrates that such change is lasting and supports the affirmation that such a core-value change can affect the ministry of the whole congregation. The core-value addressed and increased is biblical hospitality.
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