Family--United States

Equipping Selected Members of New Palestine Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi, To Minister to Families Experience Loss Due to Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death

Author
Joshua H Braddy
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected members of New Palestine Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi, to minister to families experiencing loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. The project director researched in the field of grief ministry to integrate essential ministry skills. The project director used the results of the research to created lesson plans and curriculum to equip selected members in grief ministry skills. The equipping of the selected members took place in a workshop setting. The project director started the project with research and ended with the equipping of the selected embers. The project director authenticated the research through evaluation and expert enlistment.

AN EXPLORATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MEN'S TEACHING MINISTRY WITHIN BLACK EVANGELICAL CHURCHES

Author
Gregory A Carthan
Abstract
This project explored a teaching ministry within black Evangelical churches to equip men for their roles as husbands, fathers and leaders.National surveys indicate a drop in the number of intact black households to 34%. Absent fathers have had a destructive effect on the home and community. It's important that African-American men understand and assume their roles as leaders in the home. Governmental programs to stem this destruction have failed to address the root issue. The clear declaration of the gospel changes people's hearts (1 Cor 1:21). This project explores turning the hearts of fathers to their children (Mal 4:6).

A gender specific comparative study of single parent concerns and issues and their association with church participation

Author
Aaron H Gaddis
Abstract
This research project conducted a gender specific comparative study on single parent concerns and issues and their association with church attendance and participation. The study answers the following research question. What are the differences between selected male and female single parent concerns and issues that affect their church attendance and participation? The growth of the single parent family in American society necessitates this study. Single parent ministry is a vast mission field that has not been sufficiently infiltrated by the local church. The goal of this research is to begin the discussion securing gender-specific reactions to selected concerns and issues that are associated with attendance and participation in the local church. Six concerns and their associated issues have been selected. Concerns involving the Judgment of Others; Care for Children; Time management and Financial Resources; The Local Church's Response to Single Parenting; Personal Spiritual Growth; and Faith Transference to Children. A core group comprised of unwed single parents, divorced single parents, and widowed single parents, guided the study. Exclusions from the study were: Non-custodial single parents, cohabiting parents, parents who are married and parenting single. The custodial parent was chosen because of his/her reliability and consistency. Published literature beginning with the Bible offers clear guidance on how to approach the good and bad widow, the orphan, the divorced, the unwed, and the poor. Other literature offers sociological and historical data on the single parent family in America. Literature offers limited comparative data on male and female single parents and their religious practices. Because of the limited empirical data this study will contribute to the resources available for future studies. The comparative research data was collected from 112 custodial single parents currently raising children between the ages of birth to eighteen years of age. There are 74 women and 38 men who volunteered to participate using the 37-question online survey research instrument. For greater understanding, five individuals were personally interviewed on seven fundamental questions taken from the survey. More details on the data collection and research procedure will be shared in chapter three. This pioneering study offers estranged single parents inclusion in the local family of faith so that the trend of single parenting will be changed as they launch their children as arrows against the darkness of a secular society.

Towards family structured church system and ministry: developing effective redemptive church ministries for broken and dysfunctional families

Author
Gide Demosthene
Abstract
This work is an analytical and systemic study on the state of the family in the evangelical Christian church as a God-ordained institution for humans--but more principally for Christians. It emphasizes socio-cultural effects of no-fault divorces, family law, and judicial processes on families in Boston and proposes the implementation of family-structured church system and ministry as necessary to counter culture. The overall framework of this thesis reposes on Eldin VillafaƱe's "hermeneutical circle of Chrisitan ethics." This thesis challenges the church to undertake redemptive ministries that provide for the building, nurturing, and equipping of Christian families.

Leading a church to discover the Biblical concept of the church as an extended family through expository preaching: Prospect Baptist Church

Abstract
This ministry project examines the possibility of leading Prospect Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Tennessee, to discover the biblical concept of the church as an extended family through expository preaching. Chapter one sets forth the need for such a discovery based on the history and present situation of the church. Chapter two is an examination of the biblical, theological and historical foundation of the extended family. Particular attention is paid to words in both the Old and New Testaments that shed light on the people of God as a family. Chapter three investigates some of the current social issues that have effected the extended family in America. It has been negatively impacted by both philosophical and industrial changes. Chapter four describes the steps involved in planning and administering the project. A summary of each sermon and testimony is presented. Chapter five is an evaluation of the project. This chapter includes the statistical data gathered during the project.
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