Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

An exegetical and homiletical study of blacks in the Bible

Author
Alvin A Jackson
Abstract
This thesis is an exegetical and homiletical study of Blacks (Africans) in the Bible. It is the result of analytical extracts drawn from the research of biblical scholars and recognized authors of Black history and the findings of archaeological investigations. This study demonstrates that many Blacks were an undeniable part of sacred history through the contributions they made to the redemptive story of mankind and the validation of the existence and beneficience of the God of Israel. All humanity is impoverished because the names and the contributions of these Black heroes are not as well known as the names of other biblical characters.

Application of a communications model to evaluate interpersonal communication in pastoral ministry

Author
James O Wolfe
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to apply the SMCR (source, message, channel, receiver) model of interpersonal communication to enable pastors to evaluate their skills in the area of interpersonal communication. This purpose was accomplished by the development of an instrument which was applied in four local church settings. The instrument contains sixteen statements related to interpersonal communication in the local parish. Each pastor involved was to complete a self-evaluation and compare that evaluation with those completed by selective members of the congregation. Based on this evaluative process the pastor is able to plan helpful continuing education.

Renewing the Baptist principle of associations

Author
Malcolm G Shotwell
Abstract
The principle of associations has been a hallmark through the years and needs to be reclaimed among American Baptists. The thesis of this project is that ministry and effective missions happens through interdependence. With interest and enthusiasm arising from struggle and ownership among the churches-in-association, the larger components of the denominational family can more purposefully be called upon for assistance.

A Lutheran perspective on tithing: a church retreat

Author
Paul H Spohn
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to examine the concept, teaching, and biblical understanding of tithing in relation to Lutheran theology. A large number of Lutherans were interviewed and tested as to their knowledge and attitude toward tithing and stewardship. After an examination of the materials in terms of the historical context, with an emphasis on Luther's scholarship, conclusions were presented and a retreat was designed. The retreat affirmed tithing from a perspective of Christian love.

A functional analysis of the missionary orientation process of the Board of International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches, USA

Author
Marshall Peters
Abstract
This study examines the theological, anthropological, and historical framework which provides the basis for the orientation programs of the Board of International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches. It also examines the procedures which are currently used in the orientation of new missionaries of the Board in order to identify areas where improvement is needed. Data compiled from a survey which was sent to a sampling of present and former missionaries of the Board was evaluated and analyzed. These results are compared with information gathered from other mission boards and possible changes in the orientation process are suggested.

The development of guidelines for lay ministry in a Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation

Author
Milan A Nesko
Abstract
Lay ministry to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ is a combined effort with the pastor. This study formed guidelines for such ministry. A research of the biblical background of lay ministry centered on the terms elder, deacon, and bishop plus the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Also included was teaching on the nascent church, contemporary churches, and priesthood of believers. The guidelines showed a multiplicity of ministries by laity and pastor are a strategy devised by the Holy Spirit.

Development of an intergenerational curriculum for Christian education ministry in the church

Author
Peter R Marr
Abstract
This project calls upon the discoveries of contemporary theories of education and human development, as well as Christian principles, to provide the basis for an alternative form of learning. This is intergenerational education; the idea of bringing people of all ages together for learning experiences. The central thesis is the construction of a curriculum of four events which are intended to supplement the traditional age-level format of church education. Effectiveness of the program is determined by evaluative feedback from participants and church leaders.

The development of an intentional ministry in a bilingual Chinese Church in Brooklyn, N Y

Author
Peter Loew
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to formulate an intentional ministry for the growing Chinese population within Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York. The thesis is managed in four sections: 1) understanding the biblical mandate for evangelism; 2) exploring the ethnic, religious, and cultural background of the Chinese in the neighborhood; 3) explaining the ministries of the Chinese churches of the past and present; and 4) formulating a model for ministry which meets the needs of the Chinese wholistically.

Preliminary studies for a training manual for deacons in a Korean-American church

Author
Chong Soo Lim
Abstract
This thesis project presents the author's research on the origin of the "diaconate" in preparation for writing a manual for use in the Korean-American church. Korean scholars to date follow an old tradition which derives "diakonos" from "dia" (through) and "konis" (dust.) But this derivation is a case of confusion of "diakonio" (pulvere, to in the dust) with "diakoneo" (to serve.) The author exegetes Acts 6 discussing the Grecian Jews, the Hebrews, and the Samaritans. Finally a study of the "diaconate" in church history is presented including the qualifications from Acts 6:3 and I Timothy 3:8-13.

Development of maritime mission: gospel-based strategies for ministry to seafarers

Author
Young-Hwan Kim
Abstract
This thesis researches the shaping of a theological and pragmatic perspective of mission as related to maritime mission, developed out of the author's experience in maritime missionary work. The main purpose is to study the history of maritime mission, and evaluate the contemporary seafarer's mission based on the history and philosophy of maritime mission in light of biblical missiology and the wider activities of the Church. These processes assist in the development and understanding of maritime mission for both the church maritime and the leaders of the church in general.
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