United States--Church history--2000-

An Assessment of Denominational Resources and Guidance Available Relating to End-of-Life Pastoral Care in the Anglican Church in North America, Diocese of Western Anglicans, Deaneries of San Diego and Los Angeles

Author
James D Hearn
Abstract
This thesis examines the difficulties faced by parish clergy serving in the Diocese of Western Anglicans of the Anglican Church in North America in attempting to access denominational resources and secure guidance when called upton to minister to congregants facing complex end-of-life issues. While the Church is possessed of rich foundational resources capable of providing bioethical guidance, the data obtained through field research suggests that clergy are either unaware of such resources or face difficulties or confusion in locating, interpreting, and applying them. These resources are considered as re the foundations upon which further resources may be generated.

African-American churches that effectively engage men in the life of the church: perspectives on pathways to success

Author
Nate Birle
Abstract
the focus of this dissertation was to discover what Missionary Baptist Churches in the midlands of South Carolina are doing to effectively engage men in the life of the local church. The research begins with the question; To what do African-American churches that effectively engage men in the life of the church attribute their success? The research included twelve churches from five different counties. There were a total of 22 different interviews with pastors and brotherhood presidents who are part of the Baptist E & M Convetion of South Carolina.

Moving beyond the tension and conflict between the first and decond generation within the Chinese immigrant church in America

Author
Peter W Wang
Abstract
While the problem of second-generation ministry within the Chinese immigrant church in America is well-documented, most of the research up to this point has focused on cultural land leadership differences between Overseas Born Chinese (OBC) and American Born Chinese (ABC), which set off and exacerbate the conflict between the two sides. This thesis will introduce a new paradigm for understanding the issue by incorporating the dimensions of demographics and church organizational development. These factors determine in part the potential range of English Ministry development in the Chinese immigrant church. Solutions to mitigate tensions are based on the concept of formulating appropriate expectations that are specific to the church's developmental stage. Specific tools for self- and church-evaluation are proposed.

Building a healthy community of faith through communication, coordination, and cooperation: a teacher's guide

Author
Sung-Joo Park
Abstract
The Korean-American Church (KAC) is currently undergoing an identity and mission crisis. There is a need to educate the KAC and confirm its identity in America, by defining its role and mission for the 21st century. The purpose of this report is to provide a teacher's guide as a reference material that can be used to educate the KAC on its crisis and eventual goals of a healthy community. This report provides solutions focused on KAC's vision, issues and problems, and finally, communication, coordination, and cooperation.
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