Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Selected DMin Applied Research Projects & Dissertations

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What Selected Senior Pastors of Church Planting Churches Identify as Key Communication Factors in Casting Vision for a New Church Plant Jacobs, Timothy G. "While current research suggests that the church in the United States is in decline, existing churches have a tremendous opportunity to direct their resources toward the planting of new churches. This can happen when senior pastors of existing churches become convinced that their church must reproduce and then subsequently cast a compelling vision for reproduction to their congregations. Arriving at a definition of vision casting as “images that inspire action,” the project examined what key communication factors senior pastors identified as present in their vision casting for a new church. Readers discover not only the key communication factors that each senior pastor identified in casting a church planting vision, but also the issues that arose through the images that were created. Using the case study method, two senior pastors were interviewed who led their existing churches to plant at least one successful church. An associate staff member was also interviewed. The pastors studied were Bob Roberts, Jr., Senior Pastor of NorthWood church in Keller, Texas, and Mark Hopper, Senior Pastor of Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, in California. Both pastors arrived at church planting from very different angles, yet both were responsible for inspiring their churches to make significant sacrifices to plant at least one successful church. The literature review necessary for an informed approach to this project included examining sources in the area of vision and vision communication, transformational leadership, missiology, and best practices concerning resources given to church plants in the United States."
An Examination of Mentoring Programs for Serving the Needs of the Postmodern Christian Woman Neumann, Barbara A. "The Christian church has historically valued mentoring relationships and the part they play in developing the faith of the next generation. Christian women in particular have understood mentoring functions to be inherent in the mandate of Titus 2:3-5. As a result, formal mentoring programs have been organized to teach and train young women. Many of these traditional mentoring programs, though effective in the past, no longer meet the needs of postmodern women. This qualitative research project focused on selected postmodern women and addressed the manner in which their unique worldview has shaped their mentoring preferences. Thus the problem this study seeks to address is how to provide mentoring opportunities that meet the needs of young women. As part of the research report, current literature on the postmodern worldview is reviewed and related to the practice of mentoring. The case study research design is also detailed and three case study sites described. The cases chosen represent a traditional approach to mentoring, a postmodern approach to mentoring, and a hybrid approach to mentoring. The data collected from in-depth, one-on-one focused interviews is presented and evaluated according to three hypotheses: postmodern women prefer to choose their own mentor, postmodern women prefer an organic schedule, and postmodern women prefer a mentoring relationship where life experiences are mutually shared and processed. Though these elements are not the only ones necessary in a mentoring relationship, they are established as foundational to the process. The report concludes with suggestions for mentoring opportunities that meet the needs of postmodern women and proposals for further research."
Program Development and Evaluation of the Role of the Christian Musician to Impact Culture in the Faroe Islands through Lívdin Church Center Zachariassen, Jógvan "Many musicians who are followers of Christ often struggle with the challenges and opportunities that stand before them as performers. They are often criticized by the church for being too worldly and by the world for being too Christian. As a result many are frustrated and confused, and they have left the church to get fully involved in their culture without any impact for the sake of Christ. On the other hand, some choose to stay safe within the walls of the church, and as a result they never have any impact on the culture for the sake of Christ either. In both cases musicians neglect the Great Commission mandate when they could have had great impact for Christ in their culture. Most Christian musicians know much about music, and yet they have never related it to a foundational biblical theology of music. As a result many do not have the foundations needed for using their gifts to their full potential for Christ. Furthermore, many of them have never seen the relationship of their musical career and their Christian lifestyle as something to be integrated. As a result many have been consumed by the values they originally set out to challenge. Moreover, many musicians are involved in their culture but separated from their church, while many others are involved mainly in the church but are separated from their culture. This needs to change. To do this, however, several things need to change and develop. This study seeks to develop and evaluate a seminar that will encourage and equip Christian musicians to engage their culture for Christ while belonging to a community of believers. First, they need to know music from a biblical and theological perspective. Second, they need to integrate their music and their walk with Christ. And third, they need to engage their culture for Christ while being fully involved and accountable in a church that will help them to be in the world but not of the world. With these foundations, musicians will have a greater understanding of music, themselves and their culture, and they will become great ambassadors for Christ. I pray this study will help musicians find their calling and place in God’s purpose as they engage their culture for Jesus Christ in creative, passionate and intelligent ways."
Case Studies of the Hiring Practices of Selected Large Churches Egner, J. William (Bill) Church expert Gary McIntosh cites the short tenure of today’s American pastor as the number one reason churches fail to achieve their stated visions. Ultimately, the cause of short tenure is a poor “fit” between the pastor and the church. What has not been explored adequately are the biblical issues surrounding fit and the design for a biblically-based hiring process that maximizes it. If the probability of longevity can be increased through a “right fit” hiring process then the probability of vision achievement should rise as well. To discover the influence of hiring on vision achievement, this ministry research project studied two hypotheses: (1) there is an association between those hiring decision-makers in the local church who pray and the church actually fulfilling its vision; and (2) there is an association between those hiring decision-makers in the local church who use best business hiring practices and a church actually fulfilling its vision. These hypotheses were studied qualitatively using the case study method in two churches that have each demonstrated decades-long track records of achieving their stated visions. Such vision-achieving churches have certainly learned how to hire for better fit. The results of each case showed strong correlation with one another as well as with the biblically-derived and best practice supplemented “right fit” hiring process developed herein. Furthermore, the replication of such strongly aligned results argues that this idealized “right fit” hiring model qualitatively proves both research hypotheses. In addition, this hiring model can be used by any local church to improve the fit of any new candidate thereby increasing his longevity and thus producing greater alignment between the church’s stated vision and its actual realization of it.
The Contribution of the College Ministry Internship Program at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas to the Former Interns' Discernment and Development of Ministerial Calling. Fisher, Brian G. The purpose of this research project was to evaluate the contribution made by the College Ministry Internship Program at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas toward former interns’ discernment and development of ministerial calling. The process was intended not only to evaluate the previous effectiveness of the program, but also to provide validated suggestions for future program improvement based on the research findings. Furthermore, it was anticipated that the research would provide findings that could be of significant value for other churches that intend to create and implement their own internship programs. Data was gathered from a survey created uniquely for this research process. The survey was constructed around four hypotheses related to the concept of calling. It was expected that former interns would report that their participation in the College Ministry Internship Program at Grace Bible Church contributed to the following: first, to their understanding of a biblical definition of calling; second, to their understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses as a component of ministerial calling; third, to their discernment of God’s ministerial calling on their lives, or that God had not called them into vocational ministry; fourth, to their development of a plan for vocational growth. The results indicated that former interns received considerable value from the investment of their time and energy in the Internship Program. The results also revealed important areas in which the Internship Program could be improved.
Assessing Readiness for Ministry of Graduating Students at Dallas Theological Seminary from Selected Profiles of Ministry Personal Characteristics Criteria Hebert, Terry L. "The thesis of this dissertation is that graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) may not be prepared for ministry because the contemporary theological education offered by DTS fails to prepare students in some areas of personal characteristics. Contemporary theological education in Evangelical schools and seminaries like DTS forms students intellectually according to a Christian worldview rather than forming students spiritually according to the image of Christ. Modern theological educators teach about the Christian life and ministry rather than training ministry candidates to perform and experience the Christian life and ministry. This project assessed the readiness for ministry of DTS graduating students by using an instrument from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) called Profiles of Ministry (PoM). DTS graduating students completed the PoM Casebook, and their internship field observers completed an online survey regarding them and their ministry performance. ATS calculated a personal profile report and an aggregate, organizational report. Examining ten of the report’s Personal Characteristics criteria—Fidelity to Tasks and Persons, Personal Responsibility, Acknowledgment of Limitations, Involvement in Caring, Perceptive Counseling, Mutual Family Commitment, Ministry Precedence over Family, Commitment Reflecting Religious Piety, Belief in a Provident God, and Christian Spirituality—this project sought to determine the readiness for ministry of DTS graduating students.The organizational profile revealed that DTS graduating students demonstrate five positive traits. First, students want to be involved in ministry. Second, students exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit toward ministry. Third, students value humility. Fourth, students are perceived as pious. Fifth, students have high regard for the family. The organizational profile also reveals, however, four deficits in a student’s readiness for ministry. First, although students are reputed to be entrepreneurial, they tend to hold personal convictions loosely, creating boundary issues. Second, although students express a high desire to help others, they underestimate the importance of empathizing with those who are suffering. Third, although students have high regard for the family and for ministry, they reveal a tension to keep family and ministry in balance. Fourth, although students are perceived as pious leaders of their communities, students tend to waver regarding their trust in God. "
Selected Case Studies in how Senior Leaders Cultivate Missional Change in Contemporary Churches MacIlvaine, W. Rodman, III The thesis of this dissertation is that church leaders, who cultivate missional change, do not generally make a strategic decision to do so. Rather, missional change is precipitated by a significant crisis encountered by the church. When senior leaders respond to the crisis in a spirit of humility and discovery, the crisis creates an environment where missional culture-change can begin. These missional changes are expressed eventually in two ways: service to the community and a different way of worshipping as a community. The body of this dissertation is divided into three parts. It begins with a literature review examining the following: (1) the historical development of missional ecclesiology, (2) the crisis theory of change, and (3) how missional transitions affect worship and service to the community. The dissertation continues with a presentation of the research procedure, arguing that the case study approach is the ideal way to study churches in the crux of missional transition. The case study research is then presented. The case study churches form an ideal study cohort since they share core similarities in governance, theology and staff structure. On the other hand, since they possess distinctly different cultures, their missional changes can be compared and contrasted. The case studies demonstrate that when crises are responded to properly, missional changes do, in fact, occur. The dissertation concludes with a chapter outlining nine principles for how churches can move in a missional direction along with ideas for further study.
An Identification and Assessment of the Personal Needs and Issues of the Dallas Theological Seminary Twenty-First Century Female Students Manning, Lynn Etta G. This study sought to identify the personal needs and issues of the female students at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and to analyze those needs and issues. The results will guide in the development of a mentoring ministry and help to design and implement programming to better prepare and nuruture the female seminarians for a life of Chrsitian service. This D.Min. project is the first study of its kind at DTS to ask the female students to reveal their personal needs and issues. The research focuses on the identification of those needs and issues, and analyzes the frequency with which the female studnts experience specific needs and issues. The study also investigates the value of mentoring by an older Christian woman or a peer mentor which could contribute towards helping the women students address their personal needs and issues while attending Dallas Seminary. The biblical basis and foundation of this dissertation examined the Titus 2:3-5 passage for the support of the importance of mentoring. A descriptive survey designed by the researcher generated a 52% response rate from the 296 women students who completed and returned the survey and were currently enrolled in DTS in 2008. The survey gathered both quantitative and qualitative responses by using both closed and open-ended questions. The survey included a limited amount of demographic information to protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the respondents. The survey was designed to collect demographic information, to assess current personal needs and issues of the female students, to discover the relevant topics to use in programming events and speakers, and to gain specific recommendations from the women students. This study sought to determine the need for mentoring and to consider ways to provide mentoring as a part of the female seminarians' preparation for a life of Christian ministry.
An Evaluation of City of Refuge Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Houston using the "Self-Guided Church Consultant" Giesen, Karen N. How does the economically diverse, multi-racial, inner city congregation known as City of Refuge use its resources? Time, space, and money utilization was analyzed against attendance. Research showed that the church closely reflects neighborhood demographics. Most ministry occurs Sunday mornings. Adults receive sixty percent of resources. Through a resident school and community center, the church serves at-risk children and youth. The teen-agers in its own outreach program receive five times the per capita resources spent on its elementary-aged children. The report recommends that more resources be directed to children. Other recommendations encourage strategic planning, record keeping, and facility control.
Preaching the Book of Revelation to stimulate Spiritual Growth in the Congregation at Fellowship Bible Church in Waco, TX Kaul, Grant D. This applied research project develops and determines the effectiveness of intentional expository sermon planning to influence spiritual growth among people in a local congregation. This is a comprehensive approach to preparing a sequential series of life-transforming messages covering a book of the Bible in a passage-by-passage manner. The research method utilized for this project was program evaluation which verified that intentional expository sermon planning increased the spiritual growth of the people hearing messages developed by this program in the areas of comprehension (knowledge), convictions (biblical beliefs, values, and attitudes), and conduct (behavior) in a verifiable manner that is statistically significant.

Dissertation Abstracts

2012

Una investigación de las razones por la crisis de valores en el ministerio del liderazgo cristiano de las Iglesias Centroamericanas de Chimaltenango Chicol Xajpot, José Isabel Dios no pasa desapercibido los grandes valores y cualidades de sus escogidos. Más bien los inmortaliza. Por ejemplo, del patriarca Job se registra lo siguiente: Hubo en tierra de Uz un varón llamado Job; y era este hombre perfecto y recto, temeroso de Dios y apartado del mal” (Job 1:1). Y, Noé es otro de quien se dice “…Noé, varón justo, era perfecto en sus generaciones; con Dios caminó Noé” (Gn. 6:9). Asimismo, reprocha y trata con aquellos hombres que descuidan estos aspectos en su vida. Al rey Salomón se le señaló precisamente esta debilidad así, “Y cuando Salomón era ya viejo, sus mujeres inclinaron su corazón tras dioses ajenos, y su corazón no era perfecto con Jehová su Dios, como el corazón de su padre David” (1 R. 11:4). Por lo tanto, el secreto del gran impacto que causaron los grandes líderes de la Biblia indudablemente fue el haber desarrollado su ministerio en base a los grandes valores exigidos por Dios. Él espera que sus siervos fundamenten su ministerio en valores y cualidades que glorifiquen su nombre y den credibilidad y confianza a su liderazgo. Los líderes-siervos del tercer milenio, si desean tener éxito, tendrán que ser hombres comprometidos con principios y valores que les impida enredarse en los negocios que ofrece este mundo. Por eso, la crisis de valores en el ministerio del liderazgo cristiano en el contexto de las Iglesias Evangélicas Centroamericanas de Chimaltenango, es uno de los talones de Aquiles que ha limitado el impacto positivo del evangelio tanto en el ambiente cristiano como en el secular. Se vislumbra que muchos de ellos ministran sin valores. En consecuencia, su predicación y enseñanza causan muy poco impacto sobre sus oyentes, debido a que no son consecuentes con su práctica, es decir, dicen una cosa y hacen otra. Los miembros de las iglesias y la gente no cristiana han levantado una serie de comentarios negativos que ponen en tela de duda la credibilidad de la mayoría de estos líderes. Aunque ninguno de estos comentarios se ha comprobado, sin embargo ha causado mucho daño al testimonio evangélico. En consecuencia, el presente proyecto se concentra en estudiar las categorías en el que existe una crisis de valores en los líderes, con el propósito de establecer un marco de referencia que ayude a recuperar la confianza en los líderes de estos lugares. Se persigue que los resultados de este proyecto de investigación sean funcionales y transferibles a las nuevas generaciones de líderes por medio de conferencias, seminarios, talleres, documentos impresos y visualizados a través de la tecnología.
Selected Case Studies of Large Evangelical Churches in Establishing and Sustaining a Satellite Campus Carswell, John P. The thesis of this dissertation expresses that in order to successfully launch and sustain a multi-site location within a large evangelical church, senior leadership must replicate the core ideology of the church in the satellite location. Although, replicating core ideology can be facilitated in many ways, campus leadership and church metrics are two important factors in this process.
The Relationship Between the Pre-Adoptive Life Circumstances of Children from Foreign Countries and Healthy Attachment with their Christian Adoptive Mothers Hickey, A. Kaylyn The purpose of this research is to evaluate the relationship between the pre-adoption life circumstances of children adopted from foreign countries and healthy attachment with their Christian adoptive mothers. Secure attachment develops in infants when they consistently experience their needs being met by their parents or caretakers. Inadequate care, including neglect and abuse, interferes with the development of secure attachment and therefore causes attachment difficulties and disorders in children. Often the children available for adoption from foreign countries have experienced abuse in their families and/or countries‟ environments and/or have lived in institutions. The information gained from interviews with eight Christian mothers who adopted children from foreign countries indicates that children who experienced abuse in their families, who experienced abuse from their countries‟ environments, and/or who lived in institutions have difficulty developing healthy attachments with their adoptive mothers.
Development and Evaluation of a Pictorial Guidebook and Its Companion Bible Study Guide on 'Fine-Tuning of the Universe' for Chinese Intellectuals as a Tool for Apologetics and Evangelism Hwang, James C.S. This project develops and evaluates a pictorial guidebook titled, Amazing universe--amazing good fortune: fine-tuing of the universe--a photo journal through modern space telescopes and its companion DVD. As a former research engineer who concentrated on robotics research work for NASA Johnson Space Center, I aim to integrate my science and ministry background by using this book as a tool for apologetics and evangelism. This bilingual pictorial guide contains seventy full color pages with over one hundred color pictures or photographs; the companion DVD is a narrated commentary. It presents the latest findings on fine-tuning in the universe through astrophysics/cosmology from a theistic worldview and quotes from prominent scientists who support evidence for the cosmic fine-tuning of the universe. The target readers are educated ethnic Chinese. Thirty pre-published prototype copies were printed; volunteers were recruited to evaluate the book and DVD from Clear Lake Chinese Church and four other congregations in East Asia to form a broader test base. Pre-test and post-test questionnaires were distributed with the book and DVD. A total of one hundred and twenty-three test samples were collected. Comparing the pre-test and post-test data showed that readers gained a statistically significant improvement in their understanding and capability to depend the compatibility between science and faith.
Selected Case Studies on Contributing Factors for Spiritual Formation within the Culture of American Individualism Ingrassia, David F. This dissertation asks what contributing factors within the selected churches allow them to develop effective spiritual formation strategies. Using a qualitative research method the dissertation proposes that effective churches: (1) accommodate the cultural traits of self-centered American individualism; and (2) correct these traits. This dissertation includes a literature review and historical analysis of the cultural traits of American individualism, which currently exists in two primary forms, as well as a survey of the changing spiritual formation strategies in the American church.
Selected Expert Perspectives on Ezekiel 38-39 Related to Current World Events with Resulting Influence on Ministry Practices Maughan, Stan A. This research project focused on current thinking related to the prophecy given in Ezekiel 38-39, the war of Gog and Magog. The author interviewed respected experts in the area of biblical eschatology regarding their understanding of the passage, where the war fits in connection with other end times events, their understanding of current world events that may indicate the possible soon fulfillment of the prophecy, and how their thoughts had influenced their ministry practices. The author concluded that the war will most likely occur prior to the Great Tribulation, and could be rapidly approaching, which directly impacts ministry practice
Case Studies of Selected Executive Pastors of Large Churches who Effectively Create a Missional Focus McKerley, Bradley E. This research studied the ability of the executive pastor to create a missional focus in their church. The three hypotheses proposed and examined are: (1) the executive pastor's Christocentric view of the gospel, (2) the executive pastor providing organizational alignment to the mission, and (3) the executive pastor functioning as a catalyst. Through the research and case study churches, it was concluded that the hypotheses were verified.
Case Studies of the Core Philosophies and Practices of Selected Church Multiplication Centers Nash, Dwight A. The thesis of this dissertation is that among successful church planting organizations, there are a few strategic, best practices that make them good at what they do. These selected best practices that were identified are assessment to determine the right leader, training that is longer in nature and coaching that does not leave a planter alone post-launch.
Una investigación de la aplicación de la disciplina en iglesias locales seleccionadas Pommier R., Alejandro La presente tesis de disertación adquiere su importancia en función de la vitalidad de la iglesia local. En términos generales, la disciplina eclesiástica incluye todos los aspectos a través de los cuales una iglesia cuida y educa a sus miembros por medio de instrucción bíblica, a fin de cultivar en el creyente la práctica de las disciplinas cristianas. Sin embargo, la disciplina eclesiástica en un sentido más limitado de la cual se trata esta investigación, denota la acción de la iglesia, ya sea como individuos y como cuerpo, referente al trato impuesto hacia ofensas cometidas por los miembros de la iglesia local. Las iglesias que han participado en este estudio han sido fundadas por miembros de iglesias doctrinalmente identificadas como “centro americanas” manteniendo lealtad a las doctrinas y liturgia de la iglesia centroamericana. Para tema motivo de estudio, se ha seleccionado cinco de estas iglesias locales hispanas. Líderes y miembros de estas iglesias han participado respondiendo a una encuesta realizada tocante a la aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica. El propósito de este proyecto de investigación es evaluar la aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica en iglesias hispanas seleccionadas en el sur de los Estados Unidos. Dicha investigación responde a preguntas tales como: ¿Se está aplicando la disciplina en la iglesia local según los principios bíblicos? y, ¿hasta qué grado está produciendo los resultados esperados? ¿Conoce el liderazgo los principios bíblicos tocante a la aplicación de la disciplina? ¿Se impone duración de tiempo al disciplinado? ¿Cuáles son las bases para levantar la disciplina al pecador? El enfoque metodológico que se utiliza es cualitativo y el instrumento que se emplea son los cuestionarios y entrevistas. La conclusión a la que se ha llegado basada en los resultados de la presente investigación valida la hipótesis que ha sido propuesta en este proyecto, en sentido que existe desconocimiento sobre la correcta aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica y bíblica en las iglesias locales seleccionadas en cuanto al propósito, y la manera de efectuar la disciplina. Se explican los resultados y además se ofrecen principios bíblicos y sugerencias prácticas para la correcta aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica, los cuales servirán como orientación a las diferentes iglesias hispanas en los Estados Unidos de Norte América.
Effective Strategies for Cross Culture/Cross Linguistic Ministry to Chinese Students/Scholars in the United States Tao, Joshua This project did a case study to find out the factors which enhance cross culture/cross language ministries among the Chinese new immigrants, students, and visiting scholars in the United States. Four factors were studies, which included: the presence of friendly American Christians, bilingual meetings, American cultural presentation, and small group Bible study fellowship with American Christians. All these factors have positive effect in attracting the target group to the ministry and make the ministry more effective.
The Ministry Leadership Challenges of the Singapore Bible College Women Alumnae Teong, Siew Huong (Charis) The research measured SBC women alumnae's leadership challenges and gathered their suggestions as to how the college can better equip women students. A descriptive survey was conducted. The study identified the enormous impact of Confucianism on the leadership challenges of SBC alumnae. The alumnae's top ten leadership challenges include overcommitment, burnout, perfectionism, overly high expectation of oneself, balancing family and ministry, balancing motherhood and ministry, conflict resolution, implementing change in ministry, decision making, and excessive concern over the criticism toward oneself. The alumnae highly recommend SBC begin to provide courses related to gender role, gender challenges, and partnership with men.
The Association Between Prayer and Evangelistic Attitudes in Selected Evangelical churches Utnage, Paul L. Few pastoral leaders include evangelistic prayer as a strategic methodology for motivating evangelism. This project studied the association between prayer for non-Christians and evangelistic attitudes and behaviors. Does a directed focus upon evangelistic prayer increase intrinsic evangelistic attitudes and behaviors toward people without faith? Does prayer increase receptivity towards non-Christians -- an attitude change that leads to behavior change? Research focused upon qualitative analysis in case study methodology. The researcher discovered that directed prayer efforts for the lost increased intrinsic and sustained receptivity towards individuals who do not share one's faith, thus encouraging evangelistic prayer as a strategic methodology
A Descriptive Survey of Healthy Pastoral Marriages of More Than Thirty Years Lisner, David W. Since the advent of the church, pastoral couples have endured intrinsic and extrinsic pressures associated with the ministry: ostracism, fear, loneliness, slander, unrealistic expectations, and time demands—just to name a few. Even now the stressors inherent to the pastorate place a heavy burden upon pastors and their wives; time refuses to alleviate this burden. Many couples leave the ministry; others lapse into depression, despair, and bitterness; some couples quietly pine for a different vocation or count the days to retirement. The harsh realities of ministry need not and should not tear pastoral couples apart nor force them to abandon their divine calling—this is not God’s plan. Despite the difficulties, countless pastoral couples have learned to persevere, to flourish, and to work together. The purpose of this applied research project was to discover how a select group of pastoral couples maintained a lasting, harmonious marriage while facing the pressures of ministry. This study began with a survey of biblical and professional literature that examined the divine paradigm for marriage, the stressors associated with ministry, and critical steps couples took to create a more amicable, enduring relationship. Next, the project gleaned information from a survey distributed to couples who have been married for at least thirty years and have served in the pastorate. The project director compiled, synthesized, and reported the results. The conclusions drawn affirm that God’s marital construct can and will endure the stressors of ministry when couples apply biblical principles. This report is intended to bring encouragement to pastoral couples who are fighting the good fight. May they find hope from their harbingers.
Una evaluación del estilo de liderazgo en iglesias representativas en San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala Pop Tuch, Mardoqueo El liderazgo en la iglesia juega un papel muy importante para el desarrollo y crecimiento saludable de la misma. Por ello es de suma importancia evaluar cuál ha sido el rol del liderazgo tradicional y el resultado que tiene en las iglesias. Es de reconocer que todos desean ser efectivos; sin embargo, lideran de acuerdo a conceptos tradicionales que en su momento dieron buenos resultados, pero en la época actual se han vuelto obsoletos. En virtud de lo anterior cobra mayor importancia volver a la Palabra de Dios como norma para la preparación de líderes siervos al estilo de Jesús y Pablo. Ello debe ser la mayor preocupación de la iglesia actual para dar respuesta a las necesidades de la gente que vive a diario en un mundo corrupto. Se debe tener presente que la función del liderazgo comienza y encuentra su cumplimiento en la autoridad de la Palabra de Dios. En el presente trabajo se planteó la siguiente hipótesis que se logró probarla: “El liderazgo según principios bíblicos es un factor crítico en el crecimiento saludable de las iglesias en la región de San Juan Sacatepéquez.” Por último se dan las conclusiones y recomendaciones que servirán para ayudar a los líderes de las iglesias evangélicas de la actualidad.

2011

The Feminized Culture: The Effects of Feminism on Society, the Church and Home Martinez, Suzanne F. This applied research project evaluated a manuscript written to encourage male pastors to examine their church leadership cultures to move them toward healing and maximize the giftedness of both genders. The manuscript described an allegorical church where male and female leaders struggle to minister in a dysfunctional leadership culture and modeled a journey toward church leadership health.
What Selected Senior Pastors of Church Planting Churches Identify as Key Communication Factors in Casting Vision for a New Church Plant Jacobs, Timothy G. "While current research suggests that the church in the United States is in decline, existing churches have a tremendous opportunity to direct their resources toward the planting of new churches. This can happen when senior pastors of existing churches become convinced that their church must reproduce and then subsequently cast a compelling vision for reproduction to their congregations. Arriving at a definition of vision casting as “images that inspire action,” the project examined what key communication factors senior pastors identified as present in their vision casting for a new church. Readers discover not only the key communication factors that each senior pastor identified in casting a church planting vision, but also the issues that arose through the images that were created. Using the case study method, two senior pastors were interviewed who led their existing churches to plant at least one successful church. An associate staff member was also interviewed. The pastors studied were Bob Roberts, Jr., Senior Pastor of NorthWood church in Keller, Texas, and Mark Hopper, Senior Pastor of Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, in California. Both pastors arrived at church planting from very different angles, yet both were responsible for inspiring their churches to make significant sacrifices to plant at least one successful church. The literature review necessary for an informed approach to this project included examining sources in the area of vision and vision communication, transformational leadership, missiology, and best practices concerning resources given to church plants in the United States."
An Evaluation of the Effect a Course on Biblical Marriage Covenant Roles Has on Christian Couples’ Assessments of Their Own Marital Health Kisner, Colby E. This project developed a program to instruct Christian couples in the teaching and application of the biblical principles of covenant roles, specifically the covenant concepts of headship and submission (see Definitions below). An instrument was developed for couples to assess their own marital health before and after the course. This instrument was used to evaluate if there was a significant improvement in couples’ assessments attributable to successful completion of the course.
Selected Case Studies on Churches with a Membership Process Designed to Enhance Discipleship Weaver, Erin C. The thesis of this dissertation is that membership processes that enhance discipleship exist and can be discovered in selected churches. The project contains a literature review of the biblical foundation for church membership and the historical development of church membership, followed by two case studies. Church membership in America is declining, and many church leaders wrestle with the place of membership within their own organizations. Many church leaders overlook the role that a membership process can have in the development of disciples. The case studies included in this paper are two examples of churches that seek to use their membership process to enhance discipleship. These churches have a robust process that clearly communicates the expectations of the church with systems in place for accountability and follow-up. Churches that adopt these practices have the opportunity to develop, enhance, or transform a membership process with the goal of better accomplishing Jesus' command of making disciples.
Interviews of Selected Evangelical Counselors to Evaluate Their Understanding of a Believer's Responsibility to Forgive a Terminally Ill or Deceased Spouse Weiss, Bob S. Because of the literature published on forgiveness and due to the teaching and preaching to which I had been exposed, a need arose to explore the degree to which other evangelical counselors teach a biblical approach to forgiveness. For example, if a man or woman who has unresolved forgiveness issues with a spouse who is terminally ill or who has died, the counselor should be able to provide sound biblical guidance. The problem that demanded an answer was: Do selected evangelical counselors teach a biblical approach to the forgiveness of others?
How to Grow a Strong Viable Great Commission Multiethnic Church Langstaff, Will Jr. This dissertation identifies leadership commitments and practices that successfully grow strong, viable, multiethnic churches that obey the Great Commission (GC) with transferable worldwide principles
An Examination of Mentoring Programs for Serving the Needs of the Postmodern Christian Woman Neumann, Barbara A. "The Christian church has historically valued mentoring relationships and the part they play in developing the faith of the next generation. Christian women in particular have understood mentoring functions to be inherent in the mandate of Titus 2:3-5. As a result, formal mentoring programs have been organized to teach and train young women. Many of these traditional mentoring programs, though effective in the past, no longer meet the needs of postmodern women. This qualitative research project focused on selected postmodern women and addressed the manner in which their unique worldview has shaped their mentoring preferences. Thus the problem this study seeks to address is how to provide mentoring opportunities that meet the needs of young women. As part of the research report, current literature on the postmodern worldview is reviewed and related to the practice of mentoring. The case study research design is also detailed and three case study sites described. The cases chosen represent a traditional approach to mentoring, a postmodern approach to mentoring, and a hybrid approach to mentoring. The data collected from in-depth, one-on-one focused interviews is presented and evaluated according to three hypotheses: postmodern women prefer to choose their own mentor, postmodern women prefer an organic schedule, and postmodern women prefer a mentoring relationship where life experiences are mutually shared and processed. Though these elements are not the only ones necessary in a mentoring relationship, they are established as foundational to the process. The report concludes with suggestions for mentoring opportunities that meet the needs of postmodern women and proposals for further research."
Integrating ROTC Life and Faith Through Bible Studies to Increase Spiritual Growth of Cadets and Midshipmen Preston, David W. This research project develops and determines the effectiveness of teaching ROTC Life and Faith Bible studies to influence spiritual growth among cadets and midshipmen. This project seeks to build upon military training and discipleship training by developing a 7-week discipleship program that teaches the seven character qualities of a disciple as defined by Mark Bailey in To Follow Him within the context of military training. This method of teaching takes into account the discipleship characteristics determined by the Scriptures, discipleship literature, military training manuals, and books written about effective military leadership training. This program seeks to assimilate the similarities between military training and discipleship within the seven character traits in To Follow Him to bring greater understanding and application of these seven discipleship character qualities to produce spiritual growth in the lives of cadets and midshipmen.
Desarrollo, implantación y evaluación de un programa para ayudar a los miembros de una congregación a desarrollar hábitos de alimentación piadosos. Tapia Báez, René A. Durante las últimas décadas ha habido en México un incremento alarmante en los casos de obesidad y sobrepeso, al grado en que los investigadores especializados en esta área de salud han ubicado a México en el primer lugar a nivel mundial en cuanto a casos de obesidad. Lo anterior ha afectado, como era de esperarse, a las iglesias cristianas mexicanas, y durante los últimos años esta tendencia ha afectado también al movimiento Bautista Independiente en México. El propósito de esta investigación aplicada es el desarrollar, implantar y evaluar un programa a través del cual los miembros de una iglesia local que tengan problemas de glotonería en la Ciudad de México puedan desarrollar hábitos de alimentación piadosos. La evaluación del programa fue mixta (tanto cuantitativa como cualitativa) por medio de una Prueba y una Postprueba a un grupo de estudio. Adicionalmente, se llevó a cabo la compilación y tabulación de los resultados para efectos de probar estadísticamente dos hipótesis: 1) El desarrollo, implantación y evaluación de un programa de este tipo ayudará a los que participen en el programa a desarrollar hábitos de alimentación piadosos con una calidad estadística significativamente mejor a aquellos con los que contaban antes de iniciar el programa; 2) El desarrollo, implantación y evaluación de un programa de este tipo ayudará a los participantes del programa a tener un peso significativamente menor estadísticamente a aquel con que contaban antes de iniciar el programa. La conclusión a la que se ha llegado basada en los resultados de esta investigación valida las hipótesis propuestas en este proyecto. Los resultados demuestran que el desarrollo e implantación del programa bíblico de alimentación fue útil para desarrollar hábitos de alimentación piadosos en los participantes y para que ellos tuvieran un peso significativamente menor estadísticamente a aquel con que se contaba antes de iniciar el programa. Se explican detalladamente estos resultados en el capítulo 4 de este proyecto. Además, se ofrecen sugerencias prácticas en el capítulo 5 para implementar un ministerio similar en iglesias locales que no tienen un programa de este tipo.
Valencia, Manuel Este proyecto es la evaluación de un programa establecido desde hace cuatro años con el propósito de promover el crecimiento de la iglesia local en la ciudad de Rialto, Condado de San Bernardino, CA. Los miembros que componen la iglesia son en su mayoría hispanos de diferentes nacionalidades. Las familias tienen entre uno y cinco años de convertidos a Cristo. Es una iglesia que aún se está plantando. A todo aquel que se va integrando a la congregación, al creer en Cristo, se le invita a participar en alguna de las casas que están abiertas al estudio bíblico, oración, crecimiento, espiritual y proclamación del evangelio. Las reuniones son nombradas de distintas maneras, células, grupos de estudio bíblico en las casas, grupos pequeños, grupos de oración, iglesia en la casa y últimamente se les llama C.A.F.E. celular que significa, Compañerismo, Amor, Fe y Esperanza. En el presente estudio se realiza una evaluación de toda la estrategia celular para identificar cuáles son las debilidades y cuáles las fortalezas. Se parte de la premisa de que hay muy poco impacto o escasos resultados, a pesar de los esfuerzos realizados. Por ejemplo, se espera que cada creyente inicie una nueva célula o tenga un pequeño equipo al cual discipular, pero no ha sido así. Se quiere también, como meta principal, la multiplicación de personas que crean en el evangelio y se edifiquen y relacionen espiritualmente. Esto ha estado sucediendo, pero lentamente. El resultado de la investigación apunta a mejorar el impacto para que haya más hogares abiertos que comparten el amor salvador de Jesucristo. Él dijo a todos sus seguidores que sean testigos con poder, “en Jerusalén, en toda Judea, en Samaria, y hasta lo último de la tierra” (Hch. 1:8).
Program Development and Evaluation of the Role of the Christian Musician to Impact Culture in the Faroe Islands through Lívdin Church Center Zachariassen, Jógvan "Many musicians who are followers of Christ often struggle with the challenges and opportunities that stand before them as performers. They are often criticized by the church for being too worldly and by the world for being too Christian. As a result many are frustrated and confused, and they have left the church to get fully involved in their culture without any impact for the sake of Christ. On the other hand, some choose to stay safe within the walls of the church, and as a result they never have any impact on the culture for the sake of Christ either. In both cases musicians neglect the Great Commission mandate when they could have had great impact for Christ in their culture. Most Christian musicians know much about music, and yet they have never related it to a foundational biblical theology of music. As a result many do not have the foundations needed for using their gifts to their full potential for Christ. Furthermore, many of them have never seen the relationship of their musical career and their Christian lifestyle as something to be integrated. As a result many have been consumed by the values they originally set out to challenge. Moreover, many musicians are involved in their culture but separated from their church, while many others are involved mainly in the church but are separated from their culture. This needs to change. To do this, however, several things need to change and develop. This study seeks to develop and evaluate a seminar that will encourage and equip Christian musicians to engage their culture for Christ while belonging to a community of believers. First, they need to know music from a biblical and theological perspective. Second, they need to integrate their music and their walk with Christ. And third, they need to engage their culture for Christ while being fully involved and accountable in a church that will help them to be in the world but not of the world. With these foundations, musicians will have a greater understanding of music, themselves and their culture, and they will become great ambassadors for Christ. I pray this study will help musicians find their calling and place in God’s purpose as they engage their culture for Jesus Christ in creative, passionate and intelligent ways."
Case Studies of the Care and Counseling Ministries of Selected Large Churches Abernethy, R. John This project examined the care and counseling ministries of three large, evangelical churches seeking to answer this question: “What staff and programs provide for an effective church-based Care and Counseling Ministry?” It was anticipated that the selected churches would have: a professionally trained appointed leader and trained laypersons; a safe environment for hope and healing; a clear pathway for people to find help; and the churches would use both prepackaged and their own written programs/materials. The research method and design was a case study of these three churches using interviews, direct observations and documentation such as websites and print materials. The goal was to gather the best practices from these church ministries and prayerfully seek to directly apply various organizational and functional traits to Wildwood Community Church in Norman and in the surrounding areas. This research sought to discover how the selected churches structure and execute their care and counseling ministries. In addition, this research endeavored to learn new ways of incorporating staff and laypeople as leaders and workers in Wildwood’s Care and Counseling Ministry. Moreover, analysis was made to assess and determine the most valuable programs to implement for Wildwood’s ministry of care and pastoral counseling.
An Evaluation of Marital Happiness is a Choice: Following the Path of an Enjoyable Journey with Your Spouse Alexandre, J. Abede This study evaluated the book, Marital Happiness Is a Choice, in terms of relevance, integration of principles, practicality and interest to readers. The research question was: Is the book, Marital Happiness Is a Choice, effective in terms of relevance, integration of principles, practicality and interest to readers? Twenty-four out of thirty-two subjects chose to participate in the study. The participants were chosen from a diversified population. They were chosen from four different states: Massachusetts, Georgia, Texas, and California. They had different backgrounds in education, ministry, profession, number of years in marriage, and frequency of involvement in ministry with other couples. Each participant read one of the fourteen chapters of Marital Happiness is a Choice and filled out a questionnaire that was designed to test the following hypotheses: (1) The topics of the chapters is relevant to the subject of marriage; (2) The book integrates both biblical and psychological principles in addressing the issues related to marriage; (3) The book offers practical recommendations to the reader on the issues of marriage; and (4) The reader finds the book so interesting that he or she will recommend it to others. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze and summarize the data. With an overall Mean of 6.4 on a scale of 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 7 (Strongly Agree), the answer to the research question was that the book, Marital Happiness Is a Choice, was found to be effective in all four categories of the study. The most common response to the questions was 7 (Strongly Agree). There was overwhelming agreement on the effectiveness of the book in terms of relevance, integration of principles, practicality and interest to readers. Nonetheless, despite the positive response of the participants, the book had several weaknesses that need to be addressed. They included lack of biblical support for some of the arguments given, lack of supportive research data for some claims and the need to add a couple chapters on contemporary issues such as domestic abuse and legal disputes among spouses. Otherwise, the overall rating of the book was positive.
Estudio de caso del ministerio hispano Nueva Vida como modelo de formación y desarrollo dentro de iglesias anglos. Argumendo, Omar E. Se presenta en este estudio de caso la tesis de que el ministerio hispano Nueva Vida posee distintivos que lo hacen un modelo de formación y desarrollo dentro de iglesias anglos. La investigación se hizo encuestando a más de cien personas, entrevistas a pastores de ministerios hispanos dentro de iglesias anglos y grupos de enfoque para verificar los distintivos presentados. El proyecto se presenta en cinco capítulos empezando con una introducción, luego una reseña literaria que muestra los cinco distintivos, el procedimiento y métodos de investigación usados, los resultados anticipados, finalizando con una conclusión y recomendaciones para investigaciones futuras. El capítulo dos presenta los diferentes distintivos del ministerio hispano que lo hacen un modelo de formación y desarrollo dentro de iglesias anglos. Se encontraron por lo menos cinco áreas distintivas claves en el ministerio hispano Nueva Vida comparado con otros ministerios. Se provee también en este capítulo un marco bíblico teológico que apoya el desarrollo de la relación multicultural ofrecida dentro de las iglesias anglos que abren sus puertas a minorías como los hispanos. En el capítulo tres están descritos los procedimientos usados para la implementación del proyecto los cuales consistieron en una entrevista a miembros y líderes de por lo menos nueve ministerios hispanos incluyendo Nueva Vida como el principal. Las entrevistas a los pastores y los comentarios respectivos, incluyendo los aportes y sugerencias dadas por los pastores. También se incluye un cuadro con los resultados de los grupos de enfoque. En el capítulo cuatro, se dan en esencia los resultados anticipados al proyecto y se expone cómo la investigación apoya los distintivos del ministerio hispano. Se proporcionan detalles de las respuestas por medio de los métodos empleados y cómo estos contribuyen a respaldar el caso en estudio. Se concluye con el capítulo cinco en donde se provee una serie de lecciones aprendidas durante la investigación y se proporciona una lista de varias recomendaciones para estudios futuros en relación a este tema, además se incluyen puntos importantes a considerar para próximas investigaciones. Al final se provee de tres apéndices que incluye una muestra de la encuesta hecha a miembros de las iglesias, otro apéndice con los resultados de la encuesta en cada pregunta estipulada, y un tercer apéndice con la muestra de las preguntas de entrevista formulada a los pastores. La bibliografía incluida contiene también una lista de los sitios de internet de las iglesias que participaron en la encuesta y que fueron visitados por el escritor de esta disertación.
Case Studies to Evaluate the Leadership Principles Used to Transform Christian Families Within the Military Boettcher, Robert W. There is no other area so critical to leadership than the family. Identifying and evaluating leadership in the home remains the initial boot camp for all other leadership venues. This research project set out to evaluate the leadership principles used to transform Christian families within the armed forces. Attention was given to how well these principles are used by husbands/fathers and how effective they are in transforming healthy families.The research project collected data through case studies of four couples whose husbands are on active duty in the United States Army. The instruments used were two written survey questionnaires: The Family Life Survey and The Family Relationship (Leadership) Survey, and one oral interview, The Transforming Family Leadership Interview Questions. The conclusion of the research supported the hypothesis that husbands/fathers who demonstrate the principles taught by Jesus in transforming Christian leadership have healthier relationships than those who do not.
An Evaluation of Dr. Bruce Ewing’s Discipleship for Leadership Program at Salem Church in Staten Island, New York Cole, Charles E. "The purpose of this research project is to determine the effectiveness of Discipleship for Leadership as a tool for training the members of Salem Church for leadership and ministry. The program was developed by Bruce Ewing, the former pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While serving as a pastor, he developed this program in the hopes it would help the members of his church develop into the kind of leaders God wanted them to be. According to students who participated and professors who observed, the course worked well at Ewing’s church. The question then became, would it work in other churches? After being tried and evaluated in several churches, the answer was repeatedly, yes. The question for this study was specific: “Will Bruce Ewing’s Discipleship for Leadership be an effective training tool for the leaders of Salem Church in Staten Island, New York?” The research again answered that question in the affirmative. The program was effective, and this was validated by the quantitative and qualitative evaluations given to the students. The outcome of this program is that the students grew in their biblical understanding of what a disciple is. They also grew in possessing an eternal perspective, in having a servant’s spirit, in modeling the Savior and in their commitment to live a life of obedience. This is extremely important for two reasons. First, it is important because the responsibility of every Christian to be a disciple who makes disciples (Matt 28:19-20). This class highlights the life of a true disciple. Second, it is the responsibility of pastors to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry” (Eph 4:12). As pastor for Salem Church, this is my calling and with Discipleship for Leadership I now have a strong tool to help in this labor."
A Self Study of the Initial Effects of Long-Term Sermon Preparation on Sermon Design and Delivery Counterman, Lukus S. "In this research project, a form of long-term sermon preparation was developed and evaluated at Wichita Falls Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. This method of sermon preparation was a comprehensive approach integrating the benefits of long-term planning with an extended homiletical method. It mapped out a quarter of the year’s preaching calendar and then staggered each sermon’s preparation period, stretching it out over weeks instead of days. All of this was done with the hope that each stage of the expository process would be accomplished, and that the overall result would be an expository sermon with increased quality in both design and delivery. The research sought to assess the extent to which long-term sermon preparation increased the sermon quality. Two research methods were employed in this project. The first was program evaluation where questionnaires were employed to gather quantitative data related to sermon quality as seen through increased sermonic accuracy, clarity and relevance. The second research method was a form of qualitative discourse analysis which assessed sermon quality in design and delivery with a focus on the area of clarity. Sermon clarity was evaluated in terms of three rhetorical devices (clarifying illustrations, clear transitions, and unified key phrasing). The results were incongruent and hence inconclusive. The quantitative research did not strongly support the hypothesis that long-term sermon preparation increases sermon quality in design and delivery. The qualitative assessment, however, did support the hypothesis strongly. The author makes recommendations toward future qualitative research in order to obtain more conclusive data. "
Una evaluación del sistema Oikos como instrumento para evangelismo y crecimiento entre grupos pequeños de High Desert Church en California para reconocer su valor en el contexto hispano. Escobar, René M. El objetivo de este proyecto de investigación fue realizar una evaluación del modelo evangelístico oikos porque éste moldeo ha demostrado ser una estrategia eficaz para el crecimiento de la iglesia, que involucra a cada creyente en el cumplimiento de la Gran Comisión. Esta investigación buscó demostrar la hipótesis: Dado que el sistema oikos es un modelo bíblico, por consiguiente es un modelo aplicable a la iglesia hispana. El estudio de caso realizado a High Desert Church para evaluar el modelo oikos, reveló que existen elementos fundamentales que pueden ser aplicables a la iglesia hispana. Este proyecto se propuso contestar a la pregunta, ¿cómo adaptar el modelo evangelístico oikos a la iglesia hispana? Buscando comprobar la hipótesis y responder a la pregunta de este proyecto, el investigador tomó los siguientes pasos: Se solicitó la autorización del pastor de HDC de la ciudad de Victorville California, para realizar un estudio de caso de dicha iglesia. Se reviso la documentación, se utilizaron cuestionarios para el pastor y líderes de HDC y se entrevistó al pastor Tom Mercer. Se formó un grupo de enfoque con líderes de la iglesia Ministerios el Buen Pastor de la ciudad de Oxnard, California para ser instruidos con lecciones basadas en el libro Oikos: Your World Delivered, escrito por el pastor Tom Mercer. Este grupo fueexaminado antes y después de haber recibido dicha instrucción. Todo lo anterior fue realizado con el propósito de analizar los resultados y así comprobar la hipótesis de esta investigación. Los resultados demuestran que oikos es una estrategia bíblica y que tiene principios universales aplicables a la iglesia hispana. Por lo tanto, esta investigación ha beneficiado a la iglesia Ministerios El Buen Pastor y será de mucho beneficio para aquellas congregaciones hispanas que deseen involucrar a cada creyente en el cumplimiento de la Gran Comisión
Una investigacisn de la aplicasian de la disciplina en iglesias locales seleccionadas Pommier Rocha, Alejandro La presente tesis de disertación adquiere su importancia en función de la vitalidad de la iglesia local. En términos generales, la disciplina eclesiástica incluye todos los aspectos a través de los cuales una iglesia cuida y educa a sus miembros por medio de instrucción bíblica, a fin de cultivar en el creyente la práctica de las disciplinas cristianas. Sin embargo, la disciplina eclesiástica en un sentido más limitado de la cual se trata esta investigación, denota la acción de la iglesia, ya sea como individuos y como cuerpo, referente al trato impuesto hacia ofensas cometidas por los miembros de la iglesia local. Las iglesias que han participado en este estudio han sido fundadas por miembros de iglesias doctrinalmente identificadas como “centro americanas”, manteniendo lealtad a las doctrinas práctica y liturgia de la iglesia centroamericana. Para tema motivo de estudio, se ha seleccionado cinco de estas iglesias locales hispanas. Líderes y miembros de estas iglesias han participado respondiendo a una encuesta realizada tocante a la aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica. El propósito de este proyecto de investigación es evaluar la aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica en iglesias hispanas seleccionadas en el sur de los Estados Unidos. Dicha investigación responde a preguntas tales como: ¿Se está aplicando la disciplina en iv la iglesia local según los principios bíblicos, y hasta qué grado está produciendo los resultados esperados? ¿Conoce el liderazgo los principios bíblicos tocante a la aplicación de la disciplina? ¿Se impone duración de tiempo al disciplinado? ¿Cuáles son las bases para levantar la disciplina al pecador? El enfoque metodológico que se utiliza es cualitativo y el instrumento que se emplea son los cuestionarios y entrevistas. La conclusión a la que se ha llegado basada en los resultados de la presente investigación valida la hipótesis que ha sido propuesta en este proyecto, en sentido que existe desconocimiento sobre la correcta aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica y bíblica en las iglesias locales seleccionadas en cuanto al propósito, y la manera de efectuar la disciplina. Se explican los resultados y además se ofrecen principios bíblicos y sugerencias prácticas para la correcta aplicación de la disciplina eclesiástica, los cuales servirán como orientación a las diferentes iglesias hispanas en los Estados Unidos de Norte América.

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Exploratory Research on a Survey of Church Members at Fronline, the Young Adult Ministry of McLean Bible Church in the Washington, D.C. Metroplex Phillips, Todd H. This project sought to determine the relevant causes of three areas of concern mined from the quantitative data of a survey given to congregants at Frontline. Focus groups were used to determine the causality of the following areas of concern: (1) the higher number of women compared to men who regularly attend, (2) the high turnover rate among congregants, and (3) the relatively small percentage of professed evangelicals who were involved in ministry activities that were created and/or promoted by leaders of Frontline. The three hypotheses were as follows: 1. The primary factor in the lower number of male attendees in relation to female attendees has as its root cause the stylistic components of Frontline’s ministry as a whole. In other words, the style of the worship event, the small group paradigm in which community is fostered, the ministry activities that have developed, and the process by which short-term missionary teams are recruited and trained is more attractive to women than men. 2. The seemingly high turnover in attendance is due primarily to the transient nature of the D.C. culture rather than to any process or methodology developed by ministry leaders. 3. The relatively low ratio of mature believers who are engaged in ministry and mission activity is due to the high demand environment of D.C. This hypothesis is based largely on anecdotal data collected over the years in conversations between young adults who attend Frontline and the Frontline staff. The body of this dissertation is divided into three parts. It begins with a literature review examining each of the three areas of concern in current literature including summaries and conclusions for each. The dissertation continues with a presentation of the research procedure arguing that focus groups were the preferred method of research to determine the underlying reasons for each of the three areas of concern. The findings from the focus group research are then presented. The dissertation concludes with a chapter outlining both suggested actions to be taken by the Frontline staff and leaders as well as suggestions for further study.
Descriptive Survey Exploring the Cult Like Characteristics of Selected Doctrinally Orthodox Churches Salvesen, John P. Cults such as Heaven’s Gate, the Branch Davidians, Peoples’ Temple (Jim Jones) and many lesser known groups have certain characteristics. But is it possible that some evangelical churches with biblical doctrine have similar characteristics as full blown cults? What are those characteristics and how strongly do they make their presence known? This project seeks to examine if churches that have evangelical doctrine can be similar to cults despite their underpinnings of biblical truth. Results from thirteen unhealthy churches represented by thirty former members are examined through the use of a descriptive survey. The descriptive survey’s results are examined so that useful recommendations could be made to help churches recover from cultish conditions or to prevent churches from becoming cult-like. This dissertation makes the case from the literature review for the presence of a large number of cultic characteristics and that many Protestant, evangelical churches have similar problems. Both the literature review and the survey results and analysis make the case for bold moves towards church health so that the Great Commission can be advanced and Christ be glorified.
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Christian Educaton Progams in 3 North American Chinese Churches Seung, Albert S.N. This applied research project first explores biblical foundations for measuring characteristics of Christian education programs. Second, it assesses the descriptive survey of the Search Institutes (DSSI) instrument for evaluating the effectiveness of the Christian education programs of three Chinese North American churches. More specifically, eleven biblical-theoretical dimensions are identified and organized into six measurable variables of Christian education based on the DSSI. Furthermore, a brief analysis is given on selected sections of the survey data (n=102) collected from participant members of the three church education programs. This project provides readers a useful research instrument that may be used as an effective tool in evaluating Christian education programs in the North American Chinese Christian churches. More research is needed to confirm the value and limitations of the revised DSSI research instrument.
Social Networking and the Church: Evaluating the Electronic Media Program at Wildwood Community Church Robinson, R. Mark The thesis of this dissertation is that there is a positive relationship between participation in the electronic media program of Wildwood Community Church (including reading blogs, listening to podcasts, participating in the church Facebook group, and following the church on Twitter) and sermon retention and application, experience of group life, and involvement in serving. The world today is ever changing and increasing dependent upon technology. Churches have begun to use social networking tools without stopping to evaluate why they would use them or what the impact might be. In the name of relevance, church leaders are moving online, but should they be? This dissertation shows how one church in Norman, Oklahoma intentionally developed a strategy to leverage electronic media resources in an attempt to further their chief discipleship goals related to helping people worship, connect, and serve. A literature review was conducted to show why three hypotheses were anticipated. The hypotheses anticipated that participation in the electronic media program would reveal a positive relationship in sermon retention and application, experience of group life, and involvement in service. In order to determine the validity of these hypotheses, a pre-test/post-test was designed to evaluate the change in sixty demographically diverse participants after a one month period in the electronic media program in July 2010. After the survey was administered, the survey data was analyzed to see what the relationship was between participation in the electronic media program and growth in the before-mentioned areas. After the results of the survey were examined, it was determined that there was only a slightly positive increase in the relationship between sermon retention and application and participation in reading the blog and listening to the podcast. There was a mostly neutral relationship between participating in Wildwood’s Facebook group and a greater experience of group life. There was a slightly positive relationship between following Wildwood on Twitter and an increasing involvement in serving.
Case Studies of Selected Missional Churches that Examine Strategies Used to Engage in Post-Christiendom Context McDaniel, Michael L.
The Place of the Church in the Character Development of Children: A Survey of the Parents of Tri-State Fellowship Ostoich, Paul F. E. This study sought to answer the question: What do the parents of Tri-State Fellowship, an Evangelical Free Church in Hagerstown, Maryland, believe contributes to the character of their children, and how can the church’s spiritual education be a greater contributor to this? The church was once a primary source to help parents in their effort to develop character in their children, but in recent years, the schools have taken on more of the effort. This research was designed to ascertain who or what parents rely on to help them in developing their children’s character. It will be used to develop a greater cooperative effort of the Tri-State Fellowship and the parents in developing children’s character. The method of research was a non-experimental descriptive survey administered to the parents of children from two years to eighteen. The questions were designed to have parents expose their thoughts along with provoking them to think about how the church could be involved in the process of developing their children’s character. The literature review summarizes where the majority of effort in developing children’s character has taken place in the last twenty years. The review of the Scriptures describes the source of character and what is necessary to see it developed into what would be considered biblical and good. The purpose of this applied research project was to understand how parents of Tri-State Fellowship view character and what they are relying on to see it developed in their children. This would then be applied to the church’s educational and training methods to insure that the church was cooperating and encouraging the parents as they developed their children’s character. The results of this research would effectively change the educational program to more effectively assist parents in their effort to develop their children’s character.
Assessing Readiness for Ministry of Graduating Students at Dallas Theological Seminary from Selected Profiles of Ministry Personal Characteristics Criteria Hebert, Terry L. "The thesis of this dissertation is that graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) may not be prepared for ministry because the contemporary theological education offered by DTS fails to prepare students in some areas of personal characteristics. Contemporary theological education in Evangelical schools and seminaries like DTS forms students intellectually according to a Christian worldview rather than forming students spiritually according to the image of Christ. Modern theological educators teach about the Christian life and ministry rather than training ministry candidates to perform and experience the Christian life and ministry. This project assessed the readiness for ministry of DTS graduating students by using an instrument from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) called Profiles of Ministry (PoM). DTS graduating students completed the PoM Casebook, and their internship field observers completed an online survey regarding them and their ministry performance. ATS calculated a personal profile report and an aggregate, organizational report. Examining ten of the report’s Personal Characteristics criteria—Fidelity to Tasks and Persons, Personal Responsibility, Acknowledgment of Limitations, Involvement in Caring, Perceptive Counseling, Mutual Family Commitment, Ministry Precedence over Family, Commitment Reflecting Religious Piety, Belief in a Provident God, and Christian Spirituality—this project sought to determine the readiness for ministry of DTS graduating students.The organizational profile revealed that DTS graduating students demonstrate five positive traits. First, students want to be involved in ministry. Second, students exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit toward ministry. Third, students value humility. Fourth, students are perceived as pious. Fifth, students have high regard for the family. The organizational profile also reveals, however, four deficits in a student’s readiness for ministry. First, although students are reputed to be entrepreneurial, they tend to hold personal convictions loosely, creating boundary issues. Second, although students express a high desire to help others, they underestimate the importance of empathizing with those who are suffering. Third, although students have high regard for the family and for ministry, they reveal a tension to keep family and ministry in balance. Fourth, although students are perceived as pious leaders of their communities, students tend to waver regarding their trust in God. "
Preaching the Book of Revelation for an Increase in Spiritual Growth in the areas of Comprehension, Conviction, and Conduct in the Members of Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia Campbell, Daniel j. This Applied Research Project utilized a long-term sermon plan for teaching the Book of Revelation to increase the spiritual development of the believers of Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. It also assessed the effectiveness of this strategy. Research was done in measuring spiritual growth in the areas of comprehension, conviction, and conduct. A test instrument was developed that was given to the congregation both before the first sermon was preached and after the last sermon in the series. Afterward, data analysis measured progress of the respondents to the tests. Through the use of a pre-test and post-test survey, this project quantitatively examined the effectiveness of long-term sermon planning to effect spiritual growth. The results of this project confirm that utilizing a long-term sermon plan for teaching a biblical book can increase the spiritual maturity in a congregation in the areas of comprehension, conviction, and conduct in a verifiable manner that is statistically significant.
An Evaluation of a Manual of Nurturing Spiritual Disciplines Among Selected Lay Leaders Cheng, Hoi-Yin c. In a world that focuses on efficiency, many Christians live a shallow life without cultivating a deep relationship with God. Many lay leaders who are called to serve have not drawn from the spiritual realm the power that can help them to finish well. As life gets busier, the practice of spiritual disciplines gets lower in priority. The purpose of this applied research project was to nurture spiritual disciplines among selected lay leaders. The object of this research project was the design and evaluation of a manual with the title “The Practice of Spiritual Disciplines”. This manual examined twelve spiritual disciplines. The disciplines were Devotional Reading, Scripture Memory, Practicing God’s Presence, Fasting, Retreat, Rest, Meditation, Confession, Contemplative Prayer, Worship, Silence, and Journaling. The research method included pre-test survey, post-test survey and deferred post-test survey, administered before and after the selected group walked through the manual. Habits of practicing spiritual disciplines increased significantly after application of exercises in the manual as compared to that before this application.
Factores porque los hijos de los Iíderes cristianos se apartan de la iglesia y abandonan a la adolescencia dentro de las Iglesias Bereanas del Ecuador Zurita Rosero, Edgar A. Este proyecto consiste en la determinación de aquellos factores causales de que los hijos de los líderes cristianos cuando llegan a la etapa de la adolescencia y la juventud deciden apartarse de la iglesia y, a veces, abandonar la fe, en la Asociación de Iglesias Evangélicas Bereanas del Ecuador. El estudio surgió al contemplar los diversos casos de experiencias surgidas en los hogares pastorales de la zona, en donde un factor común ha sido la vivencia de observar temporalmente el distanciamiento por parte de uno o más de sus hijos de todos aquellos valores y conocimientos cristianos transmitidos en la niñez. El proyecto también busca brindar consejos y aplicaciones prácticas a aquellos líderes cuyos hijos son menores y necesitan instrucción y guía para corregir algunos aspectos importantes en el cuidado de su hogar y la crianza de los hijos. Un factor clave es aprender a relacionarse de manera adecuada con los hijos y esa relación fortalecerá los lazos que permitan afianzar en ellos de manera permanente la fe bíblica inculcada en el hogar. Finalmente, se brinda una palabra de consuelo basada en el consejo bíblico para aquellos padres que están experimentando el alejamiento de la fe, temporal o definitivo, de uno o más de sus hijos. Dios todavía trabaja y no ha terminado su obra con sus hijos. Por tanto, todavía hay esperanza y los padres líderes deben seguir orando, creyendo y esperando en lo que Dios puede hacer por ellos y por sus hijos.
Una evaluacion de la effectividad del proceso de discipulado en cuatro Iglesias Bíblicas de Guadalajara Toledo Espino, Carlos El objetivo de este proyecto de investigación es evaluar la efectividad del discipulado en las diferentes iglesias del grupo de las "Iglesias Bíblicas de Guadalajara" y preparar un procedimiento de discipulado efectivo que ayude en la formación espiritual de cada miembro de las iglesias como un aporte a esta tarea en otros muchos lugares. De manera general, las Iglesias Bíblicas en la ciudad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México se han caracterizado por ser discipuladoras, además, conocidas por utilizar un material propio. Sin embargo, una vista somera del fenómeno discipulador indica que falta mucho por hacer en esa area y además una medición concreta, por subjetivo que parezca, de la calidad y efectividad del proceso de discipulado. Dentro de las múltiples facetas del discipulado cristiano bien podemos decir que las Iglesias Bíblicas tienen la suya, no muy ajena a la que presentan otros grupos denominacionales cercanos, tales como los Bautistas. Por eso, es tan importante la implementación de un procedimiento efectivo que aproveche lo que las Iglesias Bíblicas ya tienen y desde allí, preparar un proceso de discipulado que pueda ser más efectivo y que une las necesidades del grupo de las Iglesias Bíblicas en la ciudad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.
El cuerpo misionero Latino Americano: La importancia de un proceso de seleccion que determine las areas fuertes y debiles del candidato de manera que pueda recibir la orientacion y formacion necesaria Vásquez, P. Antonio Este trabajo demuestra que hace falta un proceso de selección que eficazmente permita determinar las áreas fuertes y débiles del candidato latinoamericano al campo misionero, de manera que se pueda ofrecer la orientación y capacitación necesaria para un ministerio eficaz. Por otra parte, consideramos que la contribución e importancia de este estudio al movimiento misionero latinoamericano puede ser significativa, pues, se realiza un estudio en el que participan misioneros latinoamericanos y se recogen los resultados que muestran a partir de la teoría y de la experiencia las deficiencias en el proceso de selección de los misioneros. Además, se hace una serie de recomendaciones prácticas que buscan ayudar a las iglesias, agencias misioneras y al mismo misionero a fortalecer el proceso de selección y capacitación de los misioneros antes de partir al campo de ministerio. El éxito o fracaso de los misioneros que se envían al campo transcultural dependerá, en gran parte, de observar cuidadosamente aspectos relacionados con la madurez espiritual, emocional, con la adaptabilidad, capacitación y otros elementos del carácter del candidato. El proceso de selección sirve como un detector o diagnóstico que orienta para que se identifiquen las áreas fuertes y para que se fortalezcan las débiles.
Evaluation of E3 Partners Personal Evangelism Training in Contemporary Russia Dmitrievsky, Vasily L. The thesis of this dissertation is that effective personal evangelism training should increase believers’ understanding of the gospel, improve their attitudes toward regular sharing of the Good News of Christ, amplify their intentions to be involved in personal evangelism, and finally, intensify their aspirations for better results in communicating the gospel. The model of personal evangelism training used by e3 Partners is a good one in contemporary Russia, based on the research data presented in this applied project. The body of the dissertation is divided into three parts. First, a literature review examines biblical foundations for personal evangelism, possible attitudes toward personal evangelism, expected intentions to be involved in personal evangelism, and increasing aspirations in achieving better results in personal evangelism. Second, the research procedure evaluates the experience of the participants who have received this training. It looks at the data before and after the seminar in these four areas and statistically establishes the reliability of the conclusions. Third, the evaluation demonstrates that the e3 Partners model is effective for personal evangelism training in modern Russia. Changes that are occurring in Russia lead to the increasing importance of personal evangelism. Most believers need training to have a clear understanding of the gospel, a positive attitude toward personal evangelism. Plus, they need encouragement for intentionally sharing the gospel and expecting positive results. If training can produce these changes in the believers, they will be more effective in reaching out to people with the gospel. Sharing the gospel and leading new people to Christ will lead to planting new churches and reaching out to the whole country of Russia and beyond with the Good News of Christ Jesus in our lifetime.
Case Studies of the Challenges Faced by Selected Churches in Establishing Church-based Institutes Dodson, Richard C. The purpose of this research was to identify the challenges faced by three churches that established Bible institutes as part of their church ministry and to report how these churches overcame those challenges. This dissertation is divided into three main parts. A literature review examines what has been written about the founding of other Bible institutes along with the Bible institutes' contribution to the discipleship process. The research procedure defines the case study subject selection process and criteria. It also describes the survey questionnaire and its use. The case studies report the information gathered primarily through first hand interviews and local archival church records. The data was recorded, reviewed and reported so that any church that wishes to start a Bible institute may use this dissertation as a guide to address and overcome the challenges they may face. This project concluded that Bible institutes can contribute to a church's discipleship program. Participants can get a thorough and meaningful exposure to the Word of God, which, in turn, helps in their personal spiritual growth and ministry preparedness. Future research is welcomed in this field. Though an ample body of literature exists concerning the history of Bible institutes and Christian education as a whole, little information has been written that specifically addresses the challenges faced by churches starting Bible institutes and how those challenges were overcome. This research makes an original contribution in this area by identifying those challenges and offering solutions which other churches may follow.
Case Studies of the Hiring Practices of Selected Large Churches Egner, J. William (Bill) Church expert Gary McIntosh cites the short tenure of today’s American pastor as the number one reason churches fail to achieve their stated visions. Ultimately, the cause of short tenure is a poor “fit” between the pastor and the church. What has not been explored adequately are the biblical issues surrounding fit and the design for a biblically-based hiring process that maximizes it. If the probability of longevity can be increased through a “right fit” hiring process then the probability of vision achievement should rise as well. To discover the influence of hiring on vision achievement, this ministry research project studied two hypotheses: (1) there is an association between those hiring decision-makers in the local church who pray and the church actually fulfilling its vision; and (2) there is an association between those hiring decision-makers in the local church who use best business hiring practices and a church actually fulfilling its vision. These hypotheses were studied qualitatively using the case study method in two churches that have each demonstrated decades-long track records of achieving their stated visions. Such vision-achieving churches have certainly learned how to hire for better fit. The results of each case showed strong correlation with one another as well as with the biblically-derived and best practice supplemented “right fit” hiring process developed herein. Furthermore, the replication of such strongly aligned results argues that this idealized “right fit” hiring model qualitatively proves both research hypotheses. In addition, this hiring model can be used by any local church to improve the fit of any new candidate thereby increasing his longevity and thus producing greater alignment between the church’s stated vision and its actual realization of it.
The Minister's Spiritual Life: Development and Evaluation of a Course for Pastoral Students at Irpin Biblical Seminary in Ukraine Alvord, Bruce W. Multiple empirical studies show that the greatest obstacles for pastors in maintaining a close personal walk with the Lord are busyness, lack of discipline, isolation, and struggle with sexual temptation. The research question is to determine the extent to which students who took the 'minister's spiritual life' course increased in spiritual maturity. Two instruments were developed to measure this: a qualitative focus group study and a quantitative survey. These examined whether the course: enabled them to recognize their hindrances, assisted in overcoming them, helped develop a plan to mature spiritually, and motivated them to implement their plan. Both research instruments confirmed all four of these hypotheses.
Pautas básicas para desarrollar una cultura de mentoría entre el liderazgo cristiano hispano de las iglesias evangélicas del Condado de Los Ángeles Argumedo, José F. La tesis establecida para esta investigaci6n es que la practica de la mentorfa-tutoria entre los pastores y lideres hispanos de las iglesias evangelicas del Condado de Los Angeles influye en su ministerio. Esto quiere decir que, entre m£s practiquen la mentorfa-tutoria entre el liderazgo cristiano hispano, tendran mejor probabilidad de desarrollar mejores lideres. Al repetir este nuevo patr6n constantemente y a todo nivel, se empezara una cultura de mentorfa-tutoria para estas y las nuevas generaciones que vendran. El cuerpo de esta investigation est£ dividido en cuatro partes: una introduction de la investigacion, una base historico-biblico-teologica, el analisis de los resultados de la encuesta y una conclusion con sus recomendaciones del proyecto. En el capitulo dos se provee una base historico-bfblico-teoldgica sobre este tema. Se provee una explicacidn del significado y origen del termino mentorfa-tutoria, su historia, tipos y sus componentes. Por otro lado, se enfoca la atencion en el aspecto biblico sobre los diferentes ejemplos de mentores clave en el Antiguo como en el Nuevo Testamento. Ademas, se incluye una seccidn de Jesus como el maximo Mentor, sus cualidades y caracteristicas en el desarrollo de esta practica a travel de su ministerio. En el capitulo tres se anticipan algunos de los resultados de esta investigation realizada entre el liderazgo hispano-hablante que sirve en Los Angeles. Se mencionan algunas contribuciones desde la perspectiva de este servidor sobre la importancia de desarrollar una cultura de mentoria-tutoria entre la poblacion hispana del Sur de California y empezar a crear una red de pastores y lideres que sean parte de este movimiento en el quehacer ministerial hispano a largo plazo. Al final se anaden algunas de las sugerencias de los encuestados. Y finalmente, en el capitulo cuatro, se comparte la conclusi6n y recomendaciones, se desglosa el tema de la investigation, se mencionan algunos retos y realidades, al igual que se tocan algunos desafios culturales al dar mentoria-tutoria entre hispanos. Se lleva a la reflexi6n que asi como las grandes empresas en el mundo de hoy han estado usando la mentoria-tutoria por varias decadas para desarrollar a sus empleados e invierten miles de dolares para que ellos den su maximo potencial y trabajan con ellos a largo plazo, £que impide al pastor y su liderazgo sacar principios de este concepto milenario y que ha funcionado en campos tales como: militar, escolar y empresarial entre otros para usarlo objetivamente en su iglesia local? Hay que ir de las buenas intenciones a la practica. Ademas se incluyen apendices clave tales como un glosario de terminos de la mentoria-tutoria, una muestra de la encuesta, las caracteristicas del mentor, ejemplos de mentores en la Biblia, muestra de lecciones, sitios clave en la red sobre el tema y de donde el liderazgo pueda echar mano de ellos.
Evaluation of Dr. Bruce Ewing's Discipleship for Leadership Program at Christian Fellowship M.B. Church, Chicago, IL Blocker, William W. The purpose of this dissertation is to evaluate the effectiveness of Discipleshipfor Leadership (DFL) as a tool for training lay members for church ministry at the Christian Fellowship Church in Chicago, Illinois. Matthew 28:19-20 is commonly referred to as the Great Commission, which commands believers to “make disciples.” Jesus said, “While you are going, make disciples of all the nations.” It seems that all believers would make this a priority if this is an imperative to the Church from God. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Perhaps the most crucial task of church ministry is leading a person from conversion to an established relationship with Jesus Christ. Regardless of how much it takes for a person to repent, be baptized, and experience the Spirit, these are just the beginning of the race. Conversion qualifies a person for the race, but discipleship is necessary to finish it. Not only is the task of discipleship crucial for every believer, it iscritical to the overall life of the church.This study seeks to assess the value and usefulness of Discipleship for Leadership specifically in the four qualities that deal with the development of a leader and are found in Luke 6: an eternal perspective, a servant spirit, modeling the Savior, and a walk of obedience. These character traits are essential for developing ministry leaders. The church needs to develop faithful church leaders, who are committed to learning, living and leading according to the principles of God’s Holy Word. This need established the research question: Is Discipleship for Leadership effective in training church members to be more effective ministry leaders? The results of this research validated the hypotheses that Bruce Ewing’s Discipleship for Leadership is an effective tool in training church members for leadership.
Case Studies of the Relationship of Selected Military Father's /Husband's Leadership Style to the Quality of Family Life Brown, Alexander C.,, Jr. The author evaluated the relationship of father/husband leadership style (a composite of vision, values, respect and admiration, innovativeness, shepherd leadership, and servant leadership) with the quality of family life. This was a descriptive case study using data from four married military couples. Husbands and wives responded to questionnaires and an interview designed to measure the father's/husband's leadership style and family life satisfaction. Results showed a positive relationship between leadership dimensions and quality of family life. Higher leadership scores were consistent with an increase in family-life satisfaction.
Case Studies of Selected Non-profit Organizations Utilizing Mutli-tenant Nonprofit Models for Ministry Brown, Mark A. This project sought to determine whether Christian multi-tenant nonprofit centers benefit from sharing resources as compared to independently housed ministries. The focus was on whether or not there is a functional use of resources for Christian nonprofit ministries involved in the case studies. The hypotheses stated that the Christian multi-tenant nonprofit center format will be found to foster opportunities for cooperation. Five other hypotheses focused on savings in rent, operations, and technology, and whether marketing and donation revenue increased. A questionnaire revealed that the hypotheses are true in certain situations, but there are different perspectives in understanding those results.
Preaching the Book of Revelation for an Increase in Spiritual Growth in the areas of Comprehension, Convictions, and Conduct at Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia Campbell, Daniel J. This Applied Research Project utilized a long-term sermon plan for teaching the Book of Revelation to increase the spiritual development of the believers of Wayne Hills Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia. It also assessed the effectiveness of this strategy. Research was done in measuring spiritual growth in the areas of comprehension, conviction, and conduct. A test instrument was developed that was given to the congregation both before the first sermon was preached and after the last sermon in the series. Afterward, data analysis measured progress of the respondents to the tests. Through the use of a pre-test and post-test survey, this project quantitatively examined the effectiveness of long-term sermon planning to effect spiritual growth. The results of this project confirm that utilizing a long-term sermon plan for teaching a biblical book can increase the spiritual maturity in a congregation in the areas of comprehension, conviction, and conduct in a verifiable manner that is statistically significant.
The Contribution of the College Ministry Internship Program at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas to the Former Interns' Discernment and Development of Ministerial Calling. Fisher, Brian G. The purpose of this research project was to evaluate the contribution made by the College Ministry Internship Program at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas toward former interns’ discernment and development of ministerial calling. The process was intended not only to evaluate the previous effectiveness of the program, but also to provide validated suggestions for future program improvement based on the research findings. Furthermore, it was anticipated that the research would provide findings that could be of significant value for other churches that intend to create and implement their own internship programs. Data was gathered from a survey created uniquely for this research process. The survey was constructed around four hypotheses related to the concept of calling. It was expected that former interns would report that their participation in the College Ministry Internship Program at Grace Bible Church contributed to the following: first, to their understanding of a biblical definition of calling; second, to their understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses as a component of ministerial calling; third, to their discernment of God’s ministerial calling on their lives, or that God had not called them into vocational ministry; fourth, to their development of a plan for vocational growth. The results indicated that former interns received considerable value from the investment of their time and energy in the Internship Program. The results also revealed important areas in which the Internship Program could be improved.
Transitioning from Minister of Administration to Executive Pastor Hoyle, Larry G. The problem to be addressed in this dissertation is to evaluate the changes in ministry and leadership needed when transitioning from church administration to executive pastor. For the sake of this work ministry is defined as the functions of a minister or pastor. This dissertation will address those differences between the positions of administration and executive pastor. Changes in leadership or changes in the capacity to lead will reflect the ability to not only supervise paid staff but also provide the motivation for them to use their skills and talents to the best of their abilities. The body of the dissertation is divided into three sections. A literature review examines the differences in the positions of church administrator and executive pastor. This section looks into the changes in leadership style of those who move from a position to one that is higher on the organizational chart. The research procedures section demonstrates the rational for choosing the case study method of research to draw a clearer understanding of the thesis. The case study section reveals the changes in ministry and leadership attained by those who have transitioned from church administrator to executive pastor. Whenever a minister changes employment positions, either between churches or within the same church, there is a time of transition. That transition not only involves the minister, but those around the minister. When that transition entails increasing the overall scope of leadership, the steps to change can be greater. A challenge exists to develop new skills in preparation for that change. In some cases the skill set for one ministry position may be drastically different from the skill set of another position. The church administrator and executive pastor positions need careful analysis as to whether they have potential opposing skill sets.
Case Studies in Selected Congregational Approaches to Help Individuals with Sexual Issues Jones, Jonathan A. Case studies were done on three congregational ministries that help individuals with sexual issues. The research focus was to assess each ministry against five hypotheses. The Congregational Sexual Healing Questionnaire (CSHQ) was distributed to the leaders of these ministries. All three cases defined sexual healing in a similar fashion and seek, as their end goal, to help participants find healing from sexual brokenness. All cases concurred that the spiritual and social support of the local congregation is crucial to the success of their ministries. All cases agree that the Bible contributes to the success of the ministry through the teachings contained therein, through the metaphors it communicates, and through the ability it has to speak into the lives of individuals. Likewise, all cases agree that Christ is exceedingly important to the success of these ministries in His role of Higher power, Scapegoat and the giver of true healing. All cases also report that healing prayer is used in the form of petition and supplication by and for the participants in these programs. Accountability between leaders and participants is employed by all cases and is an important indicator of ministry success. “Participant to non-participant” accountability is the least recommended style of accountability but is still employed by two of the three cases included in this study. Case 2 takes into greatest consideration the biological make-up of the participant in order to aid healing, however all three ministries focus on the environmental past of the participants through the use of moral inventories and Life Trauma Surveys to help individuals heal from past wounds. All ministries help the participant catch a glimpse of the person that God is helping them to become by freeing them from the affects of trauma and helping them to own a scriptural identity. Quantitative evidence of success was substantiated in the number of saved marriages and the number of participants to have reported experiencing sexual healing. Qualitative evidence of success was established through personal experiences of healing, the testimony of others, and the experience of the sexually broken helping others who were sexually broken to find healing.
Case Studies of Three Select Multiethnic Churches: Their Motivation and Strategies in Being Multiethnic Lee, Edward M. "This applied research project considers the multiethnic church movement phenomenon, with particular attention given to the different motivations and strategies of three select multiethnic churches. A case study was made using various research tools that surveyed 30 diverse adults, interviewed nine key church leaders, and reviewed the various literature to confirm these variations and appreciate the contribution that each makes towards this multiethnic church movement. In addition, three professors of reconciliation participated in a focus group to explore why more multiethnic churches are not engaged in ministries of reconciliation. Emphasis is given toward the development of a biblical theology for reconciliation. The purpose is twofold: (1) To bring these distinctions to light to help multiethnic church planters and pastors better formulate strategies that are consistent with their motivation; and (2) To encourage them to consider the biblical theology of reconciliation for engaging in ministries of reconciliation through their multiethnic ministry."

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Selected Case Studies of Effective Deacon Ministries in Large Southern Baptist Churches Hudgins, Mark S. The thesis of this dissertation is that practices that produce effective deacon ministries exist and can be discovered in selected large Southern Baptist churches. The body of the dissertation is divided into three portions. A literature review examines the New Testament words and texts related to the diaconate and the practice of deacon ministry from the first century to the present day. The research procedure communicates the rationale for choosing the case-study research methodology, the selection of the casestudy churches, and the means of studying the selected churches. The case-studies demonstrate the practices that produce effective deacon ministries. Many Southern Baptist churches have deacon boards that function as an administrative board of the church rather than as a body of ministering servants. Many contemporary churches and Christian authors regard such a practice as a misapplication of the apparent intent of Scripture and desire a more biblically-informed and functionally beneficial model of deacon ministry. The case-studies of the selected large Southern Baptist churches reveal healthy and effective forms of deacon ministry. These churches define the role of deacon scripturally as a role of service, possess carefully constructed job descriptions for which deacons are trained, hold deacons accountable for their assigned roles, and reward or affirm deacons for faithful service in the church. Churches that adopt these practices have the opportunity to develop, enhance, or transform a deacon ministry. Such an application of this role in the church will provide deacons a meaningful ministry, assist and alleviate the pastor and staff so that they can give priority time and energy to the ministry tasks for which they are best suited, and practically meet needs of hurting members of congregations.
Case Studies of Selected Church Reconciliation Ministries Jacks, Benjamin B. This project is case study of reconciliation ministry at four churches: Two Non Evangelical and two Evangelical churches.The purpose of the dissertation was to examine reconcilia tion ministry in four churches. The body of the dissertation focuses on review of current literature.
Case Studies of the Use of Transforming Family Leadership Principles and Practices in Selected Korean-American Christian Families Jeong, Un Gyo This research deals with the primary issue of whether or not a husband/father who embraces the transforming family leadership principles and practices tends to have a strong quality marriage and family life within the Korean-American Christian context. A strong marriage is a marriage that will last in the face of challenges posed by the family crisis and it will be able to resist the general trends towards marriage dissolution. An enduring and thriving Christian marriage becomes a witness to the world and fulfills God’s mandate for the family. A strong quality family life is expressed in a pattern of biblically-ordered relationships between the family members, where each fulfills their God-given roles and tasks with proper attitudes reflecting the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.
Case Studies into Transforming Family Leadership Involving Africian Families at Dallas Theological Seminary Kabere, Kabuin T. Many African students, who have not been educated in a Western context previously, are challenged to learn and to apply their Dallas Theological Seminary education in Africa within its different culture and historical context. This project addresses the application and impact of the book, Transforming Family Leadership, 10 Exemplary Church Leaders by Jerry C. Wofford as applied to African family leaders who are pursuing Doctoral level studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). Three of the couples in the research project were pursuing Ph.D. studies and one couple was pursuing Doctor of Ministry studies. This applied research project brings out family leadership aspects of the husband leader and the father leader. These families were selected from different African countries. In the project I conducted interviews and administered surveys with the husband and wife of four different African couples. The interviews and surveys assessed the leadership dimensions used by the husband in practical ministry life in leading their families. The data collected from the interviews and surveys were analyzed to determine the relationship between the transforming leadership of the husband/father and the quality of his family life. From this research, husbands and wives who reported having marriages and families with an above the sample median score on the marriage/family strength survey indicated a greater use of transforming family leadership principles and practices.
Selected Case Studies in how Senior Leaders Cultivate Missional Change in Contemporary Churches MacIlvaine, W. Rodman, III The thesis of this dissertation is that church leaders, who cultivate missional change, do not generally make a strategic decision to do so. Rather, missional change is precipitated by a significant crisis encountered by the church. When senior leaders respond to the crisis in a spirit of humility and discovery, the crisis creates an environment where missional culture-change can begin. These missional changes are expressed eventually in two ways: service to the community and a different way of worshipping as a community. The body of this dissertation is divided into three parts. It begins with a literature review examining the following: (1) the historical development of missional ecclesiology, (2) the crisis theory of change, and (3) how missional transitions affect worship and service to the community. The dissertation continues with a presentation of the research procedure, arguing that the case study approach is the ideal way to study churches in the crux of missional transition. The case study research is then presented. The case study churches form an ideal study cohort since they share core similarities in governance, theology and staff structure. On the other hand, since they possess distinctly different cultures, their missional changes can be compared and contrasted. The case studies demonstrate that when crises are responded to properly, missional changes do, in fact, occur. The dissertation concludes with a chapter outlining nine principles for how churches can move in a missional direction along with ideas for further study.
Seminary Worship Education for Future Pastors Man, Ronald E. The purpose of this research was to evaluate how well Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) has prepared future pastors to lead their churches in the present-day elimate of controversy over corporate worship. The research qustion, "Has Dallas Theolgical Seminary given future pastors both the biblical/theological foundations and the practical tools to effectively deal with worship issues they will inevitably face in their local church ministries?" was explored; the working hypothesis was: "A majority of DTS graduates serving today in senior pastor roles have faced worship challenges in the churches they have served and feel that these experiences have exposed deficiencies as regards their seminary preparation for pastoral ministry; these deficiencies are both in the realm of a fundamental biblical and theological understanding of worship and in the area of developing skills for guiding its practices in the local church (particularily in guiding worship discussions and pastoring through worship changes)." To answer the research question and test the working hypothesis, a descriptive survey was conducted of DTS graduates from the years 2000-2007 who are serving in senior/head/lead/sole pastor roles in local churches. The survey assesed their views of corporate worship in the church and their experiences of various worship issues during their pastoral ministries, and gave them opportunity to assess the preparation they had received at Dallas Seminary in terms of how it prepared them to face the actual worship issues they ahd faced in ministry. The survey also asked them for recommendations for improving the seminary's program in this area as well as for suggestions as to how to make room in the curriculum for such improvements.
An Evaluation of the Mens Family Leadership Development Class At Trinity Baptist Church Henderson, Brad L. This project evaluates the lasting impact of a nine-month, high-intensity training experience designed to equip men as leaders in their families as part of a larger leadership-development strategy in the church. Using a survey and a control group, the study looked for lasting impact thirty-two to fifty-five months following the training. Findings indicated overall impact was lacking. The study also examines the biblical basis for husband headship in Ephesians 5:22-23, and surveys literature on Christian and secular leadership models, father and husband leadership in the family, and effective leadership development.
Pasos hacia la restauracion de una iglesia donde el pastor ha caido en infidelidad sexual Gómez, Luis A. Quien escribe es actualmente Pastor de la Iglesia Bíblica Peniel en la ciudad de Hyattsville, Maryland. Durante más de 20 años ha presenciado el dolor de muchas congregaciones y familias por causa de la infidelidad sexual de sus pastores. Como presidente de las Iglesias Centroamericanas en El Salvador fue designado a resolver algunos de estos casos. Además, como pastor de algunas iglesias en Los Estados Unidos de América, fue alcanzado por el dolor de varias congregaciones por la infidelidad de sus pastores. Finalmente, en los últimos años, el problema se ha agudizado. El impacto, la influencia y la notoriedad de este tipo de problema ha aumentado. Lo mas triste de todo es que muy poco se ha hecho para minimizar los efectos que causa en los matrimonios, en las familias y en las iglesias. El pastor de la Iglesia Bíblica Peniel se ha propuesto realizar el presente trabajo donde propone cuatro pasos específicos hacia la restauración de una iglesia donde el pastor ha caido en infidelidad sexual con base a la experiencia de cinco iglesias hispanas de Los Estados Unidos de América y seis de America Central y América del Sur. Después de haber realizado todo el trabajo de observación, conversación, interacción, recolección e interpretación de datos y de evaluar cada caso, el investigador ha comprobado que la iglesia es restaurada y preparada para tener un nuevo, fresco, bíblico y dinámico estilo de vida cuando pasa por todo el proceso de restauración integral diseñado en este trabajo.
Una evaluación del programa de formación de pastores "Sembrar" basado en la iglesia local Bowman, Paul G. “Sembrar” es un ministerio cuyo propósito es formar pastores basado en la iglesia local. Este ministerio no es independiente de la iglesia local sino que funciona dentro de la visión de la iglesia para preparar líderes y pastores. “Sembrar” enfatiza las áreas académicas, personales, ministeriales y de mentoreo como aspectos necesarios para una formación íntegra. “Sembrar” fue empezado por las iglesias Impacto en Bogotá, Colombia y en Tegucigalpa, Honduras en 1996 y 2002 respectivamente. El programa tiene una duración de cuatro años. El propósito de este proyecto es evaluar la eficacia de “Sembrar”, un programa para formar pastores basado en la iglesia local enfocando en las áreas de la educación académica (conocimiento), la vida personal del estudiante (carácter), el ministerio práctico durante la formación (habilidad), y la guía de un mentor para los estudiantes pasando por el programa. Esta investigación contesta las siguientes preguntas: ¿Qué grado de efectividad tiene “Sembrar” para formar pastores dentro de la iglesia local? ¿Los pastores que se gradúan son eficaces para guiar a la iglesia local de una forma bíblica? El enfoque metodológico que se utiliza es cualitativo y el instrumento que se utiliza son los cuestionarios y las entrevistas. La investigación se limita a los estudiantes que estaban terminando su último año de estudios durante el año escolar 2007, a los estudiantes que ya se habían graduado y a los profesores de “Sembrar”. La conclusión a la que se ha llegado basada en los resultados de esta investigación valida la hipótesis y las hipótesis secundarias propuestas en este proyecto. Los resultados demuestran que “Sembrar” sí reúne las características necesarias para proveer una buena formación académica, personal y práctica junto con el mentoreo para la formación eficaz de pastores. Se explican detalladamente estos resultados en el capítulo cuatro de este proyecto. Además, se ofrecen sugerencias prácticas en el capítulo cinco para mejorar el programa “Sembrar” y para implementar un ministerio similar en iglesias que no tienen un programa de formación pastoral.
Evaluacisn de una explicacisn de la doctrina del cesacionismo Benoit, Frank W.R. This project examined a question about spiritual gifts and the doctrine of cessationism. The author researched whether confusion about cessationism in non-charismatic evangelical churches in southern Spain comes from the lack of a clear explanation of cessationism. The research method was to have 27 readers from 10 non-charismatic churches read a manuscript explaining cessationism and complete pre- and post-reading questionnaires to evaluate its usefulness. The results showed that the explanation helped reduce confusion about cessationism. Over 90% of the readers understood and affirmed it more. The manuscript is helpful in explaining the cessationist position on spiritual gifts.
Metodología para el desarrollo del caracter de los miembros de la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Orlando Florida Abella, Fernando R. Una metodología que produzca un carácter maduro en los miembros de la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Orlando, Florida, debe estimular el desarrollo del fruto del Espíritu (Gálatas 5:22-23). Esta metodología debe poseer cinco elementos: se debe definir un marco bíblico teológico que provea la enseñanza sana al respecto; definir los estándares para una "buena práctica" de discipulado; una comprensión profunda de los aspectos sociales relevantes; un entendimiento de cómo coopera el liderazgo para dicho propósito; y las soluciones educacionales pertinentes. Se usó una metodología basada en prueba inicial y final, donde se comprobó la eficacia de cada elemento propuesto.
The Filipino Value 'Shame' within Ministry Leadership Diwa, Russell M. This applied research project focuses on the effects of the Filipino value "Shame" in ministry leadership. The research method sought to provide assessment through ethnographic interviews of seven individual ministry leaders of the Biblical Community Church of Richardson, Texas. The literature review includes research that describes current thought on the primacy of shame in Filipino life. Effects and accompanying evaluations were documented from previous works. There is also a list of previously recommended approaches on how to manage the influence of shame within its various locus. The curcial goal of this project is to form a ministry model that can be adopted by the Biblical Community Church. Adopted from the local cultural challenges of the Petrine community in 1 Peter, the ministry model advances the necessity of a biblical model of distinction, orientation, community, identity, balanced tension, subversion, and social interaction. The practial aspect of this proposed model is detailed in the concluding application of the study.
Program Design And Evaluation of Faith Summit: A Leadership Coaching Program at Faith Community Churcht in Brookhaven, PA Ferris, Richard H. The author identified four leadership principles from the Pastoral Epistles, designed a coaching program to increase the competence and confidence of leaders at Faith Community Church, Brookhaven, PA, and evaluated the program's effectiveness. A biblical survey and literature review established the value of leadership coaching and the four commitments: Guide Others, Gift Development, Guard the Gospel, and Godly Conscience. A mixed methods approach was employed using pretest and posttest surveys to evaluate the efficacy of the program. The hypothesis of the research project, "Does Faith Summit affect the competence and confidence of the individuals who participated at Faith Community Church?" was confirmed.
Evaluación de la madurez espiritual de los ancianos Quiches de acuerdo a I Timoteo 3 y Tito 1 Colop-Xec, Isaías El objetivo de este proyecto de Investigación es determinar el grado de madurez de los ancianos de la iglesia K’iche a la luz de los requisitos de 1ª Timoteo 3 y Tito 1. Además, se espera descubrir hasta qué punto el programa de entrenamiento bíblico de Ministerios Rutzij Tijonic ha contribuido en la madurez espiritual de los ancianos K’iches. El estudio también busca demostrar que el grado de madurez espiritual de los ancianos es determinante en el desarrollo espiritual de la iglesia en general. Para la evaluación se diseñaron dos encuestas basadas en los 23 requisitos de 1ª Timoteo 3 y Tito 1. Además, se utilizó la pirámide de la madurez espiritual para ilustrar visualmente el proceso de la madurez espiritual de 1ª Timoteo y Tito 1. La evaluación de campo se realizó en el Este, Norte, Centro y en el Sur del territorio K’iche. Se seleccionaron 24 participantes para la encuesta; seis de estos encuestados fueron esposas de ancianos. La participación femenina fue de gran ayuda, pues no solo confirmó los datos obtenidos de los hombres, sino también añadió valiosa información desde el punto de vista femenino. Esta evaluación se llevó a cabo con 18 ancianos y seis esposas de ancianos. En las dos encuestas de campo, se utilizó la misma boleta. Una vez se encuestó por escrito, mientras que la segunda vez, la encuesta se realizó verbalmente. La presentación de la pirámide se hizo oralmente utilizando ejemplos de historias bíblicas para cada peldaño. Esto hizo la encuesta más interesante para los participantes. La evaluación fue muy bien recibida por todos los participantes y agradecieron al autor de esta disertación la oportunidad que se les concedió porque les abrió los ojos a la importancia de cumplir los requisitos bíblicos para ser anciano.
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Selected Church Discipleship Programs Cooper, Kenneth L. This research project was a descriptive survey to study and evaluate the effectiveness of selected church-based discipleship programs. It was anticipated that completing the discipleship programs researched would strengthen participants' spiritual health in each of the six areas measured. It was discovered that the only area in which the programs studied strengthened maturing participants' spiritual health was that of "Committed to the Lost." Other significant discoveries were made concerning the affect of gender, church size and age on spiritual health. Significant contributors to spiritual health were also discovered. The importance of intentional disciple making for new believers was also revealed.
An Evaluation of the Children's Ministries of Chinese Churches in the Greater Los Angeles Area Focused on Increased Retention of Adult Church Members Shyu, Edward W. This study has sought to answer the following research question: What are the factors related to children’s ministry in the Chinese churches of the greater Los Angeles area that produce retention? This research is intentionally and carefully designed to analyze the influential factors of children’s ministry in the early lives of young adults of Chinese churches in the greater Los Angeles area. A further goal of this project is to recognize the reasons why young adults of Chinese churches have been retained and now actively serve in their own local churches. The literature review summarized what had been written in the field of Christian education including children’s ministry, youth and young adult ministry for Chinese believers in their services for the Lord. The researcher dealt with literature related to the impact and importance of children’s ministry as implemented in the Chinese churches in the greater Los Angeles area; specifically in relationship to its philosophy, pedagogy and theology. This project contains a descriptive survey designed to gather information as to the reasons why Chinese young adults choose to remain in the Chinese churches within the greater Los Angeles area. A questionnaire was administered through emails to Chinese young adults who are currently attending ten Chinese local churches. The evaluation of this project took place through collecting and analyzing the data of the descriptive survey. Through appropriate procedures of evaluation the research attempted to comprehend the overall impact that children’s ministry had on these participants, in order to discover which factors motivated Chinese young adults to stay in their local churches. The primary goal of the project was to figure out the significant factors for retaining young adults in their own local churches. It was expected that this research would help Chinese local churches in establishing effective children’s ministries and make a contribution to Chinese Christians and child rearing at home. The researcher seeks to serve parents, church leaders, and children’s ministry team members by comprehending how to lead children to Christ, how to nurture the faith of children, how to make children disciples for Christ]and how to equip them in the service of the Lord. It has been significant information for Chinese local churches and parents to obtain, that this study determined whether children’s ministry changed the behavior and attitudes of these young adult Chinese Christians.
Case Studies of Integration of the Spirtual Disciplines into the Lives of Individual Believers in Selected Local Churches Simpson, Arthur J.,, Jr The problem of this dissertation is to discover how three case study churches are successfully promoting the integration of the spiritual disciplines into the lives of individual believers. The research design is qualitative. The researcher interviewed individuals to collect data on the integration and practice of the disciplines. Each church believes the disciplines aid renewal and transformation of lives. Through modeling, intentionally teaching, and through personal experiences the selected churches successfully integrated the disciplines into individual believers. Because of the diversity of the churches, their methods are transferable. These methods will help congregations develop contextually-relevant ways of integrating the disciplines.
La elaboración del plan de missión para la promoción de la participación en la misión de los miembros de la Iglesia Pilgrim en Neuva Jersy, Estados Unidos Yi, Andrés C. El autor de esta tesis, evalua el ministerio de la misión de la Iglesia Pilgrim para la elaboración del plan de misión que ayudará a los miembros de esta iglesia a vivir una vida participativa cumpliendo la Gran Comisión. Después de haber realizado un exhaustivo trabajo de evaluación de los programs de misión en vigencia y la encuesta a los miembros con la interacción, recolección de datos, el autor elaboró programas que espera ayude a la iglesia Pilgrim y las demas iglesias de Estados Unidos a la implementación de programas de misión y asi promover su participación.
A Study of the Factors that Contribute to the Cultivation of Church Multiplication Movements by High Yield Church Planting Organizations Wood, James M. The issue of my research is to study high-yield church planting organizations (i.e. para-church organizations, local churches, regional judicatories and denominations) in order to determine the factors that contribute to the cultivation of church multiplication movements. A survey was designed to collect data on various church planting organizations including local churches, denominations, regional judicatories and para-church church planting organizations. The survey was distributed at the Exponential ’08 church planting conference which was sponsored by the Church Planting Network. High-yield church planting organizations were defined as any local church that planted an average of one church every three years or a denomination, regional judicatory or para-church church planting organization that planted an average of twenty percent of the churches within their network per year. With regards to local churches, the research showed that these types of high-yield church planting organizations regularly envision participating in the cultivation of a church multiplication movement, and they have organizational structures that are flexible and adaptable. The research did not confirm my hypotheses that these organizations tend to be decentralized, that they have a significantly lower per capita giving and that they tend to be younger than their counterparts. With regards to denominations, the research showed that these types of high-yield church planting organizations regularly envision participating in the cultivation of a church multiplication movement, they have organizational structures that are flexible and adaptable, and they tend to be decentralized. However, the research did not confirm my hypothesis that these organizations have a significantly lower per capita giving, nor did it confirm my hypothesis that they tend to be younger than their counterparts. With regards to regional judicatories and para-church church planting organizations, the research showed that these types of high-yield church planting organizations regularly envision participating in the cultivation of a church multiplication movement, they have organizational structures that are flexible and adaptable, they tend to be decentralized, and they tend to be younger than their counterparts. However, the research did not confirm my hypothesis that these types of high-yield church planting organizations have a significantly lower per capita giving than their counterparts.
A Case Study of the Impact of a Stategic Envisioning Process on Calvary Bible Church of Hanover, Pennsylvannia Osladil, B. Michael This case study measures impact of Malphurs' strategic envisioning process on Calvary Bible Church of Hanover, Pennsylvania."Spiritual Journey Evaluation" used to measure spiritual impact. Progress indicators of attendance, membership, baptisms, and giving noted. Study builds on previous research in areas of spiritual formation, church leadership, strategic planning, and issues related to implementation of goals, such as understanding organization's culture and leadership's role in implementing change. Conclusion: process helped renew church leaders' focus on fulfilling Christ's mission to make disciples, with increased spiritual maturity resulting from more in congregation using their spiritual gifts and applying God's Word to their lives.
An Identification and Assessment of the Personal Needs and Issues of the Dallas Theological Seminary Twenty-First Century Female Students Manning, Lynn Etta G. This study sought to identify the personal needs and issues of the female students at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and to analyze those needs and issues. The results will guide in the development of a mentoring ministry and help to design and implement programming to better prepare and nuruture the female seminarians for a life of Chrsitian service. This D.Min. project is the first study of its kind at DTS to ask the female students to reveal their personal needs and issues. The research focuses on the identification of those needs and issues, and analyzes the frequency with which the female studnts experience specific needs and issues. The study also investigates the value of mentoring by an older Christian woman or a peer mentor which could contribute towards helping the women students address their personal needs and issues while attending Dallas Seminary. The biblical basis and foundation of this dissertation examined the Titus 2:3-5 passage for the support of the importance of mentoring. A descriptive survey designed by the researcher generated a 52% response rate from the 296 women students who completed and returned the survey and were currently enrolled in DTS in 2008. The survey gathered both quantitative and qualitative responses by using both closed and open-ended questions. The survey included a limited amount of demographic information to protect the confidentiality and anonymity of the respondents. The survey was designed to collect demographic information, to assess current personal needs and issues of the female students, to discover the relevant topics to use in programming events and speakers, and to gain specific recommendations from the women students. This study sought to determine the need for mentoring and to consider ways to provide mentoring as a part of the female seminarians' preparation for a life of Christian ministry.
Case studies of the T-net training program used in selected churches Quinn, Timothy T-net International is an organization whose aim is to help churches make disciples by training them to re-tool their ministries to best accomplish the Great Commission. My quest is to discover if the training works. This project asks the following questions: Does T-net training make an impact on a church's ability to grow numerically through people coming to Christ? Do churches that have gone through T-net training experience an increased number of committed followers of Jesus Christ? Do T-net trained churches experience an increased number of leaders who are competent to lead? Do they have an increased sense of community? Do T-net trained churches have an increased number of members who are committed to Scripture? A thorough study was done in the literature to analyze what constitutes the key components of discipleship. A questionnaire was written to discover the impact T-net training has had on the discipleship in selected churches in the Midwest area. The senior pastors were independently interviewed. The staff, with the exception of the senior pastor was interviewed together. Also, a group of lay leadership from each of the selected churches was interviewed. These results were carefully compiled and analyzed for patterns. The studies proved that those churches that consistently implemented the principles of the T-net training, accomplished the results, though in varying degrees, t The studies proved that those churches that consistently implemented the principles of the T-net training, accomplished the results, though in varying degrees, that are given in this research.

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A Case Study: Identifying What Selected Churches are Dong to Involve More than Twenty Percent of the People in Ministry Reaves, Derrick E.,, Sr. The author used a case study method to identify what selected churches are doing to involve more than twenty percent of the people in ministry. The study includes a literature review supporting and evaluating the hypothesis of churches with more than 20 percent of their members involved in ministry have active discipleship/mentorship programs, ministry teams involving lay leadership, open small groups and an effective evangelistic program. The author defines and uses three survey instruments which compared and contrasted the results of senior pastors with respondents to demonstrate the validity of the hypothesis.
The Use of Tolkien's Ring Trilogy in Contemporary Pre-Evangelism Ross, Lawrence J. The researcher developed a program to influence pastors to model pre-evangelistic conversations for parishioners using points of contact between the gospel and The Lord of the Rings. He wrote a guide to points of contact between The Lord of the Rings and the gospel, and sample segues into evangelistic conversation. More than 6000 ministers were invited by e-mail and over 100 actually participated. Pre-test and post-test surveys measured changes in pastoral attitudes and behavior. Participants generally exhibited positive change in attitude and action in encouraging evangelism and using contemporary culture to establish common ground for the proclamation of the gospel.
Evaluation of Growth and Impact of United Christian Church of Garland Using Natural Chruch Development Principles Masih, Wilson The purpose of this research is to evalute the growth and impact of United Christian Church of Garland, Texas on the Indian and Pakistani Christian community by using Natural Church Development principles as developed by Christian A. Schwarz. United Christian Church had not been objectively evaluated since its birth in September 1986. The research question of this study was as follows: Has United Christian Church grown and made an impact on Indian-Pakistani Christian community? The hypothesis of this research was that UCC has grown and made an impact on the Indian and Pakistani Christian community in Garland, Texas when evaluated by the eight principles of Natural Church Development. It was assumed that the church was strong in their Empowering Leadership, Passionate Spirituality, Inspiring Worship and Loving Relationships. On the other hand, the church's Gift-based Ministry, Effective Structure, Holistic Small Grops and Need-orientated Evangelism needed improvement. The author administered Natural Development Survey Questionnaire to thirty active church members to evaluate the eight quality characteristics of the growing churches. Ten church members and ten community leaders from Indian and Pakistani churches were also interviewed to evaluate the growth and impact of UCC. This study proved that UCC has been a growing church and has impacted on the Indian and Pakistani Christian community in Garland, Texas. This study revealed that UCC is weak in Empowering Leadership, Need-oriented Evangelism and involvement in Indian Pakistani Christian community in Dallas, Texas.
Evaluation of a Program Guiding Single Christian Adults in Making Biblically-Informed Decisions Relating to Singleness and Marriage Maxson, J. Robin Field testing of a written manuscript, "Singleness, Marriage, and the Will of God," will demonstrate constructive change in the perspectives of single adult readers with regard to their approach to marital decision making. The research method employed a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis. Volunteer readers submitted a pretest and a posttest utilizing a Likert scale format. They also wrote open-ended responses to seven evaluation questions. The quantitative analysis confirmed the thesis. Reader response substantiated the relevance and appropriateness of the content for accomplishing the goals of the manuscript, and provided useful suggestions for improvement of a future published version.
An Evaluation of an Introductory Class on Biblical Preaching Offered to Undergraduates in Canada Nedelko, Michael P. The author developed an introductory class on biblical preaching for undergraduates. The class was based on the four essential aspects of preaching: exegesis, homiletics, communication and spirituality. The research method was program development and evaluation. Both quantitative and qualitative measures were employed to determine that it was in fact possible to train preachers to preach. This dissertation provides a template for others who plan on teaching introductory preaching at both the college and seminary levels.
Evaluation of Dr. Bruce Ewing's Discipleship for Leadership Courswe at Waukegan Community Church, Waukegan, Illinois Obleton, Winfred J. The purpose of this research project is to establish the value of the leadership training course, Discipleship for Leadership, developed by Bruce Ewing of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, at Waukegan Community Church ,Waukegan, Illinois. The desire to do this research comes from the biblical mandate given by the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples (Matt 28:19-20). As pastor of Waukegan Community Church, this author recognizes the significant responsibility of developing future leaders for the church. Developing God's people into leaders who demonstrate Christ-like character is not only the greatest need in the world today, but also in today's church, including Waukegan Community Church. Therefore, developing competent spiritual leadership thorugh discipleship must be its top priority. This project answers the following questions: What can churches do to thoroughly prepare men and women to develop into godly leaders? What can Waukengan Community Church do to become a disciple-making reproducing church? Will Discipleship for Leadership make a significant contribution in helping Waukegan Community Church become a disciple-making, leader-developing church? This research project answers the question: Will Discipleship for Leadership help develop Christ-like leaders at Waukegan Community Church? The hypothesis of this author was that Discipleship for Leadership wil prove to be a valuable tool in developing future leaders for Waukegan Community Church. The conclusions reached at the end of this research project validated the hypothesis.
A Self Guided Church Consultation for Grace Baptist Church of Westlake, Ohio Whiting, Gregory R. Grace Baptist Church of Westlake, Ohio, officially began its ministry in 1950. In 2005, following a hurtful split, the author of this dissertation became the lead pastor of Grace Baptist Church. It was a needed time for reflection and evaluation. This dissertation sought to evaluate the ministry of Grace Baptist Church by using The Self Guided Church Consultant© developed by Dr. Michael Lawson. This dissertation includes an overview of the history of Grace Baptist Church, a review of literature relevant to the evaluation, and an examination of the utilization of resources. The resources of people, time, space and money were examined in light of the various ages involved in ministry. The premise was that Grace Baptist Church was using its resources well, and the evaluation process was initiated in order to find out if that was true and how to improve. The conclusion was determined by the evaluation of how all the resources were being used. Grace Baptist Church is utilizing some resources very effectively and needs to improve in the other areas. The author of this dissertation is the current pastor of Grace Baptist Church. Since this pastor only arrived in 2005, this evaluation using The Self-Guided Church Consultant© will assist him in leading into the future.
Residual Effects on Selected University Students of Exposure to Creation-Based Scientific Explanations During their Pre-College Years Steen, David A. This project evaluated effects on collegiate spiritual activity of secondary science education. The expectation was that exposure to alternatives to Darwinist explanations of origin in high school would result in religious practice in college and that there would be a negative correlation between a student's attitude toward Darwinism as an explanation and church attendance. An online survey of thirty-two questions was conducted on one-hundred seventy-five respondents. Results revealed no correlation between spiritual activity and exposures to Darwinism alternatives in high school but a negative relationship between a student's opinion of Darwinism's explanatory power and their church attendance was confirmed.
Evaluation of a Long Term Preaching Process for Preaching the Book of Hebrews to the Church of the Open Bible in Parkesburg, Pa. Straubel, Andrew This research project addresses the process of developing a long-term preaching plan for use in one local church. A long-term preaching plan, if properly understood and implemented, could benefit a pastor greatly. This long-term preaching plan has been developed and introduced for use at the Church of the Open Bible in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania. Twenty-seven sermons were crafted using a long-term sermon process that was learned and developed under the tutelage of John Reed at Dallas Theological Seminary. A descriptive survey assists in the evaluation process. The same survey was handed out in a pre-test and post-test format to measure the spiritual growth of the congregation in the following areas: comprehension -- knowledge; convictions -- biblical beliefs, attitudes, and values; and conduct -- behavior. The long-term planning process helps the pastor in sermon preparation and assists in the spiritual formation of the local church. A long-term preaching plan positively impacts the comprehension, convictions, and conduct of the believers at the Church of the Open Bible at Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.
Equipping Church Leaders for Discipleship at Singing Hills Christian Church, Hillsboro. Oregon Voorhees, Derek D. The purpose of this research project was to design, implement and evaluate a leadership development process that focused on equipping leaders of the Singing Hills Christian Church in Hillsboro, Oregon, in order that they would become more effective disciple-makers. This process aided current and future leaders in developing a more biblical base of influence so as to equip other disciples toward Christ-likeness. The desired hope for this process was the advancement of an equipping culture that would continue the replication continuum of Christ’s commission to make disciples. The designed fourteen-week process, entitled Equipping Church Leaders for Discipleship, addressed six character traits of being a disciple of Jesus from Paul’s letter to the Christians in the first century church of Ephesus: Disciples are (1) future oriented, (2) a part of the new man in Christ, and (3) responsible with the gospel; disciples are to (4) walk in unity, (5) serve others, and (6) stand obediently strong. From studying these traits the goals of this process were as follows: (1) Participants will develop Christ-like character traits, (2) participants will improve in their biblical interpretation skills, and (3) participants will engage in training up other followers of Christ. The anticipated results of this process were that participants would study and gain knowledge about who they are becoming as leaders of Christian discipleship in the local church so that they would mature to behave like Christ by making disciples. This combination of Christ-like character development and the replication of Christ did advance a disciple-making culture in the life of the Singing Hills Christian Church.
Evaluating the Understanding of Selected 'Preaching Pastors Concerning the Role of the Holy Spirit in the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons Turner, Mark P. This project examines perspectives which influence the understanding of selected preaching pastors concerning the role of the Holy Spirit in the preparation and delivery of sermons. A descriptive survey was used to obtain data to be evaluated using the Bible, as well as literature from history and the modern day. This study is important because authentic preaching depends upon the work of the Holy Spirit. I hope this study will: 1. Glorify God by demonstrating the important role of the Holy Spirit in the preparation and delivery of sermons 2. Encourage pastors to increase their understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in preaching. 3. Influence homiletics instruction to include an emphasis on the role of the Holy Spirit in the preparation and delivery of sermons. 4. Improve my own understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit and preaching, to the glory of God, and the benefit of others.
Case Studies of the Planting of Selected Chinese-Language Evangelical Churches in Southern New England Damgaard, Neil C. This study sought to learn and understand the circumstances and certain relevant factors in the beginning of three evangelical New England Chinese-language based churches. The goal was to learn the parameters and resources that were needed to successfully plant these churches, with a view to the possible beginning of a Chinese-language based church in the Southeastern Massachusetts area. The process that I used included a brief introductory history of Chinese Christianity, a search for appropriate "subject churches," contacts established with leaders in the subject churches, interviews and surveys completed with those leaders, a literature and web-based information search and a brief study of local Chinese intellectuals who may eventually become part of a church plant. The Lord of the Harvest always compels us to seek the spread of the Gospel and a resultant establishment of churches regardless of cultural and political barriers. However, wisdom must be sought and applied for the careful planting of intercultural churches and a proper pool of resources much be available along with opportunity. No Chinese-language-based church exists in the whole of Southeastern Massachusetts although there is a significant number of mainland born Taiwanese, Hong Kong born and American Born Chinese in our area. The most numerous community of Chinese is from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Therefore all three subject churches are located in university-rich areas: Amherst, Worcester and Acton (near Boston), Massachusetts. The research concludes that with a proper spiritual sense of God's calling, adequate resources, a favorite location and access, a new Chinese-lanugage based evangelical church is indeed possible in Southcoast, Massachusetts. Possible complementary research is also suggested.
Creating an Effective Mini-Church Ministry within an Existing Church: A Case Study of Selected Meduim-Sized Churches Allen, David T. A mini-church is a medium sized community group that meets within a local church. All of the functions of a fully developed church are present within a mini-church, yet the benefits of and the blessings inherent within a larger body are still accessible to those who are a part of a mini-church. The researcher ascertained that case studies of churches that have existing mini-church ministries proved to be helpful for leaders of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as they considered creating a mini-church or community group ministry within an existing church.
Estudio de casos simultaneos del ministerio varonil en siete iglesias hispanas ubicadas en Los Estados Unidos de America Bouchillon, James H. El varon fue creado antes de la creación de la mujer porque Dios desea que el siervo-líder de la familia y la iglesia sea el varón. Es importante empezar el ministerio varonil en el principio de la historia de la iglesia para que pronto haya suflcientes varones maduros dando buen liderazgo a sus familias y a la iglesia. Hay muchas causas de la irresponsabilidad varonil en cuanto al cumplimiento de sus deberes y responsabilidades como los siervos-líderes de sus familias e iglesias. El propósito del ministerio varonil es enseñar a todos los varones de la iglesia la manera de vivir ejemplarmente, de dirigir su familia, de participar en la iglesia y de evangelizar a otros. Este proyecto hace investigación sobre los elementos que hacen efectivo al ministerio varonil de una iglesia hispana en cuanto a la formación espiritual de los varones como los siervos-líderes de sus familias e iglesias para ministrar en ellas y fuera de ellas. El estudio de casos simultaneos es el método seleccionado para hacer esta investigación y el instrumento de evaluación es un cuestionario de veinte preguntas. Después de entrevistar por teléfono a los líderes del ministerio varonil de siete iglesias hispanas ubicadas en los estados de Georgia, Texas y California de los Estados Unidos de América, analizo separadamente las respuestas de cada una de las veinte preguntas y hago comentarios sobre ellas. La literatura sobre este tema que he leido dice que la puerta más efectiva de entrada a la iglesia para los varones es el grupo pequeño de discipulado compuesto de varones solamente. Es necesario que los varones enseñen a los varones en grupos pequeños porque ellos aprenden mejor cuando tienen que rendir cuentas a otros varones y cuando tienen la oportunidad para practicar lo enseñado entre sus amigos. El conocimiento adquirido por este estudio puede ser utilizado por las iglesias hispanas para mejorar su ministerio varonil o para diseñarlo si no lo tienen establecido todavía.
Elementos fundamentales que determinana el crecimiento en iglesias hispanas en Dallas Bardales, Delwin The purpose of this thesis was to discover the fundamental elements that determine growth in selected Hispanic churches in Dallas. Five elements presented as the hypothesis were: an effective evangelism, enthusiastic and genuine worship, a solid program of assimilation, cell groups, and a dynmaic leadership. The method of study was deductive. A survey was sent to different leaders in local churches to collect data to be analyzed and interpreted. The investigation proved that the hypothesis was correct. The expectation of the author is that this study become a useful tool and generate a more profound analysis of church growth.
The Limits and Liberties of Pastoral Leadership: A Descriptive Survey of Selected Churches in Guadalajara, Mexico Boyne, Daryl J. Pastors need authority in order to carry out their biblical responsibilities. However, without limits, pastors can misuse their pastoral authority and even abuse those under their pastoral care. This study sought to find out whether churches limit their authority while allowing pastors the freedom to carry out their minstry. The biblical-theological section addresses the issue of pastoral authority in the local church. Passages frequently used to support authoritarian leadership are evaluated in their biblical context. Ten principles from the Pastoral Epistles are described. These principles establish limits as well as liberties on pastoral authority. They address pastoral authority in the areas of teaching and the office or position that a pastor has. A descriptive survey was developed from these ten principles in order to ascertain how church attendees view their pastor's use of authority and the results of how that authority is used. The surveys used an equally weighted Likert-type scale to ascertain the opinions of church attendees. The surveys were administered in several churches in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara, Mexico. The results of the surveys provide a contrast of how pastors use authority and show effects of abusing their authority. The results are also correlated to factors related to pastoral authority.
Development & Evaluation of a Program Designed to Apply Attachment Disorder Priciples to Attachment Disorder Priciples to the Spiritual Realm Brown, Alan L. This paper demonstrates that a close relationship exists between the quality of emotional attachment to significant others, specifically one’s parents, and the quality of spiritual attachment to God. The closeness of one’s attachment to God is often determined by the quality of attachment to one’s parents, especially the mother. Three of the major emotional characteristics necessary for growth in emotional attachment are shown to also be three of the major spiritual characteristics necessary for growth in spiritual attachment to God. A biblical study of twelve weeks was taught to help people to attach more closely to God by growing in these three characteristics of (1) trusting more in God, (2) realizing their value and importance to Him, and (3) being able to resolve their grief, sadness, and anger with God. A pre-and post-test was given to seventeen people to measure spiritual growth in these three major characteristics. The results suggested that spiritual attachment can be strengthened through biblical teaching derived from emotional attachment characteristics. While the close relationship between emotional attachment and spiritual attachment was found in the literature review, this study is unique in that it suggests concrete and practical steps to overcome negative emotional attachment patterns that influence spiritual attachment to God.
An Evaluation of City of Refuge Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Houston using the "Self-Guided Church Consultant" Giesen, Karen N. How does the economically diverse, multi-racial, inner city congregation known as City of Refuge use its resources? Time, space, and money utilization was analyzed against attendance. Research showed that the church closely reflects neighborhood demographics. Most ministry occurs Sunday mornings. Adults receive sixty percent of resources. Through a resident school and community center, the church serves at-risk children and youth. The teen-agers in its own outreach program receive five times the per capita resources spent on its elementary-aged children. The report recommends that more resources be directed to children. Other recommendations encourage strategic planning, record keeping, and facility control.
Case Studies of Effective Assimilation Programs in Selected Churches Green, Colin S. What strategy assimilates new believers in a way that intentionally produces disciples who not only belong to God and the church, but become like Christ in the process? While the traditional assimilation model only takes a person from evangelization to membership in the church, the full assimilation model takes a person all the way from evangelization to maturity in Christ. Using case studies as the method of research, this project shows that full assimilation is the only form of assimilation that is truly effective because it not only evangelizes and encourages new believers, it equips them in evangelism, discipleship, service and leadership.
Program evaluation of the course Discipleship for leadership at Rock Creek Church Huck, Galen This dissertation is a program evaluation of the course Discipleship for leadership. It develops on the assumption that Discipleship for leadership provides the biblical basis for developing disciples who go on to become disciple-makers. Although time restraint makes it impossible to measure the effectiveness of this study in developing disciples who go on to become disciple-makers, this evaluation measures an individual's growth in conviction, intentionality, and resolve for making disciples. The study reveals a measureable increase in spiritual growth and intentionality in disciple-making by almost all of the class participation after the course.
An Evaluation of Oakwood Community Church Using the Self-Guided Church Consultant Holliday, Donald G. This dissertation reports the conclusions of the pastor, staff, and lay leadership at Oakwood Community Church in their evaluation of the allocation of the manpower, finances, space, and programming resources of the church using the Self-Guided Church Consultant©. The project has three hypotheses: 1. This study will reveal the current allocation of manpower, finances, space, and programming resources at Oakwood Community Church. 2. This study will discover misallocated resources in the opinion of the pastor and lay leadership. 3. This study will reveal a desire by the pastor and lay leadership to reallocate resources to better accomplish the goals of the church. Chapter one introduces and establishes a foundation for why this study is necessary and why the Self-Guided Church Consultant will be an effective tool to aid in this study. It provides a brief overview of the history of the church and its current pastor. It also addresses the church’s mission and vision and how they are influenced by this study. Chapter two looks at previous research and a literature review regarding the elements of the church that are evaluated in this project. In preparation for this study, over eighty books, magazines, journals, websites, and other materials are read. These resources cover subjects, such as church manpower—both paid and volunteer, church finances and budgeting, space usage, and programming issues. Additional topics of leadership and implementing change are studied as well. Chapter three addresses the first hypothesis, revealing the current allocation of manpower, finances, space, and programming resources at Oakwood Community Church. This process is accomplished by the pastor, staff, and lay leadership with the aid of the Self-Guided Church Consultant©. Chapter four addresses the second and third hypotheses, discovering misallocated resources and reallocating them to better accomplish the goals of the church. The pastor, staff, and lay leadership will be aided by the Self-Guided Church Consultant© for this task. Chapter five concludes the dissertation and includes the research implications. Additional questions are raised as the researchers ask, “Where do we go from here?” Long term issues are addressed related to some misallocation that can neither be quickly nor easily corrected. Future research possibilities are considered as well.
Case Studies of Rebranding Selected Churches Larsen, Charles E.,, Jr. The purpose of this project was to explore three churches that have gone through the rebranding process to determine their major motives and how those motives were realized. The rebranding process is where churches redefine their vision, mission, values and strategies statements. This project involved three case studies of selected churches, which will remain anonymous to protect the respondents from any negative repercussions. The three churches were chosen because of their recent, successful experiences with the rebranding process. These studies investigated the motives around the rebranding process and the expected results. This project studied these three churches using principles expressed in the current literature on branding and rebranding in the secular community, branding and rebranding for nonprofit organizations, and a few pieces of literature that relate to rebranding with a specific focus on the church. The research instrument was developed from this literature; however, since the literature that specifically addresses the Church is rare in comparison to other literature, the research instrument took liberties in asking some questions not directly related to the branding process to identify dynamics unique to a church environment that might impact the results. Chapter four records only the research information considered relevant to rebranding. The result of this project was that rebranding in the church can result in the three positive dynamics that are expressed in the hypotheses. This research can be helpful to churches that are considering the branding or rebranding process.
Preaching the Book of Revelation to stimulate Spiritual Growth in the Congregation at Fellowship Bible Church in Waco, TX Kaul, Grant D. This applied research project develops and determines the effectiveness of intentional expository sermon planning to influence spiritual growth among people in a local congregation. This is a comprehensive approach to preparing a sequential series of life-transforming messages covering a book of the Bible in a passage-by-passage manner. The research method utilized for this project was program evaluation which verified that intentional expository sermon planning increased the spiritual growth of the people hearing messages developed by this program in the areas of comprehension (knowledge), convictions (biblical beliefs, values, and attitudes), and conduct (behavior) in a verifiable manner that is statistically significant.

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An Examination of the Significance of Bi-lingual (English and Korean) Christian Education in Korean Churches in America in Comparison to Monolingual (English) Christian Education Kim, Jung Oh Becoming Americanized for Koreans involves more than speaking fluent English or obtaining a naturalized citizenship of America. Inherited ethnic culture and unique Asian physical features inevitably raise the question of identity, which could potentially impact every aspect of the second generation Korean-American. The essence of bilingual Christian education for the second generation Korean-American involves more than just communicating biblical teachings which can be done in the English language that they all comprehend. In fact, Christian education in the context of clear understanding and appreciation of their own ethnic and cultural identity as Korean-Americans, which involves bilingual education, is more effective in achieving several goals: reducing the rate of ever increasing ‘silent exodus’ of the second generation Korean-Americans from Korean churches in America; cultivating a better environment for personal accomplishment at school; enhancing a healthier relationship with parents at home; and raising leaders for the future of the Korean church.
Evaluation of the Impact of the Lay Leadership Development Program "Faithful Serving" on Entrusted Leaders Jones, Leigh Hollis This applied research project intends to explore the meaning of a leader's heart. The researcher seeks to answer the question: what can be done to encourage the development of a leader's heart, so that he or she becomes more useful, effective, and productive in God's administration of the world? The researcher of this applied research project seeks to identity stimuli that motivate a leader to choose God's will in place of one's own will. One attempt the researcher has made to develop a leader's heart is through a leadership development program he calls "faithful serving: lessons for entrusted leaders." An evaluation of the leadership development program is the basis of the researcher's Doctor of Ministry applied research project and dissertation.
Transforming Family Leadership Case Studies of Four Military Families Ibanga, Ernest M. The thesis of this dissertation is that there is a direct correlation between transforming leadership in the family and leadership in the church. The husband is to function as leader and authority in the home. Husbands who employ transforming family principles and practices tend to have stronger marriages and families thus maximizing their leadership potential in the church. The body of the dissertation is divided into two parts. The first part of the literature review examines family leadership, and the second part deals with the subject of leadership development. These cover both biblical leadership and secular leadership. The research procedure utilizes the case study with interview questions of four military men and their wives at Fort Hood, Texas, to demonstrate the husband's effectiveness as the family leader. The research method focused on conducting interviews with each of the four husbands and their wives and administering two written surveys to each of these eight people: a survey assessing transforming family leadership (Family Relationships Survey) and strength of marriage/family (Family Life Survey). These questionnaires for the husband provided a description of the leadership behavior and beliefs he is using in the family.
Case Studies of Key Factors in the Launch of Viable Multi-Site Churches Lee, Kings H. The hypothesis of this paper is that there are eight key factors to determine and secure in order to launch a viable multi-site church. They are: vision, staff, lay leaders and core volunteers, finances, location and facility, ministries, technology and equipment, governance and operations structures. Nine churches that have successfully launched multi-sites were selected as field participants. A developed survey was administered to the participants and the results analyzed to validate or invalidate the hypothesis. With the exception of structures, all factors proved to be crucial in the minds of our subjects when it comes to starting a new site.
Ministry to Second, Third and Fourth Generation Latinos in North America Mandes, Alejandro S. The problem that is being addressed is the state of Hispanic bilingual ministry in the Evangelical Free Church of America. The motto of the Evangelical Free Church of America is “multiplying healthy churches among all peoples.” How is the Evangelical Free Church of America doing in reaching that goal among Hispanics? What effect does the presence or the absence of bilingual and bicultural ministry have on the effectiveness of the overall ministry? A questionnaire was developed that sought to assess the current state of ministry to and with Hispanics specifically in the Evangelical Free Church of America. One aim was to survey the current state of the Hispanic churches in the Evangelical Free Church of America. Another aim was to find out: the level of preparation of church planters, their generation, their nation of origin, who is funding the church planters, and the facilities that are made available for church planting.
Case Studies of Selected Churches in the Southern Baptist Convention that have a Plural-Elder/Congregational-Context Church Polity Halbrook, Jerry D. This dissertation theorizes that the selected Southern Baptist churches adopted plural-elder-led congregationalism in response to chronic crisis related to decision-making authority. It examines recent publications and conferences that addressed this Southern Baptist governance issue. Using the case study method, the researcher sought to identity and order the specific factors that influences these two churches in their adoption of plural-elder-led congregationalism. He draws implications from his conclusions for those who would serve as consultants to small Southern Baptist churches.
An Evaluation of the Iloilo Trinity Christian Church's Use of People, Space, Money and Time Gonzales, Wilson C. í
Preaching So People Will Listen: An Analysis Of Design Principles For Effective Communication Daniels, David A. This project evaluated the sermons of three popular pastors to determine if they employ the basic principles of design in their preaching. Specifically, this research sought to confirm the hypothesis that the essential principles of visual communication--rhythm, contrast, balance, proportion and unity--are applicable to verbal communication as well. The research first surveys relevant literature in fields of visual and verbal communication and then noted the principles within the biblical text. From this review, an evaluation instrument was designed. Then, three preachers were selected and their sermons transcribed and evaluated according to a validation grid. The results confirmed that effective preachers employ rhythm, contrast, balance, proportion and unity in their sermons.
Development and Evaluation of a Men's Ministry Program at Dallas Chinese Bible Church Cheung, Edmond M The author develops Men of Faith to equip the participants to become Christlike servant-leaders. Each year, it has twenty big teaching group meetings and twenty small group meetings. Two evaluation tools are used. Pretest and posttest surveys evaluate its effectiveness to equip Christlike servant-leaders according to both the participants and the wives. Men's ministry group meeting survey evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of all meetings. The results strongly support the author's hypotheses that both the participants and their wives perceive significant improvement in the participants in being Christlike servant-leaders; and the participants receive tremendous support and friendship from their men's small groups.
An Evaluation of the Elementary Sunday School Curriculum of the American Baptist Association Clements, Larry E. This applied research project examined the elementary Sunday School curriculum produced by the Baptist Sunday School committee of the American Baptist Association. A program evaluation instrument was prepared in the form of a survey that was included in every teacher's manual of the beginner, primary and junior curriculum during the summer 2005 quarter (June, July, August). Through the use of thirty definitive statements and three open-ended questions, the evaluation instrument examined the quality and effectiveness of four areas of the curriculum as observed by the teacher: the teacher's manual, the learner's manual, the make and take portion, and the visual aids. The author found that the curriculum researched did not help the teacher teach the Bible as accurately, plainly, age-appropriately and applicationally as it should. In practical terms, this means the study found strengths to be built upon and weaknesses to be corrected.
Evaluation of a Church Leader's Training Course Regarding the Nature and Practice of the "Church" St. John, Matthew R.
Predictors of Understanding of the Duties of Care Among Georgia Released Time Program Governing Board Members Webb, Sidney A. The state of Georgia is unique among states in that it allows public high school students to take religious classes off campus, for academic credit. Because the students are released from the public school, the concept is known as “released time” religious education. Released time began in Georgia in 1969 and the number of programs is growing. Each of these is a nonprofit parachurch ministry, incorporated in the state of Georgia and with recognition by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) entity. As an incorporated body, each program is governed by a board of directors who have fiduciary responsibility for the program. The author’s ministry, CoreFoundations, began in 2003 in order to empower communities to effectively establish and operate quality released time programs. For released time to be healthy and effective, it must have quality leadership. The board members are the first officers of their corporations and have been given a legal and spiritual duty of care for their ministries. In God’s sight, their service is a stewardship entrusted to them and must be administered legally, ethically, and with excellence. The research problem of this project is how these board members may be more effectively equipped to carry out their fiduciary responsibilities. To do so, they must actually know their responsibilities. This research project is focused around the understanding of the duty of care that comes with board membership. The first hypothesis is that Georgia board members will have a weak understanding of their duties. To measure this hypothesis, a survey was administered to board members from around the state. Their responses were scored based upon the actual duties of board membership, as documented in Chapter Two. The hypothesis was very strongly supported. The other hypotheses compare demographic variables with the scores of the individual respondents, in order to gauge patterns of association. This enabled the author to pinpoint numerous weaknesses and trends with regard to board member understanding. The results will be extremely valuable as the ministry of CoreFoundations develops training programs and materials in the coming years.
Evaluation of Dr. Bruce Ewing's Dicsipleship for Leadership Course at Redeemer Bible Church, Ft. Worth, TX Wooddell, Scott W. The purpose of this research project was to determine the effectiveness of the leadership course, Discipleship for Leadership, developed by Dr. Bruce Ewing of Fellowship Bible Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This author led nineteen members of his congregation through the course. Each participant was given a likert scale measuring instrument before and after the course as well as an exit survey for comments and observations. The hypothesis of this research project was that Discipleship for Leadership will prove to be a valuable tool in developing future leaders for Redeemer Bible Church. The measuring instruments validated this hypothesis.
The Development and Evaluation of a Seminary Course in Worship Theology Oliver, Richard S. The practice of Christian worship has been experiencing an accelerating shift away from its theocentric purpose to a more humanistic orientation. While the major cause of this is a lack of biblical, theological truth applied at the pastoral level, the result of it is the disappearance of an important spiritual foundation necessary for the development and maintenance of spiritual stability in the modern church. The practice of worship in the Reformed Church initially was driven by a perspective fixed on a high view of God and characterized by a formal-liturgical style. That historical heritage was lost over time because changing perspectives allowed the introduction of a variety of styles that were heavily influenced by social and technological developments. These new and different worship expressions increasingly have ignored the important and unchanging biblical view of worship in favor of yielding to a demand for a more emotional experience. More importantly, the current trend is causing the church to become accustomed to the absence of an applied theology of worship. That theology is necessary for making good decisions regarding appropriate expressions of worship in the personal life and in the life of the local church for years to come. An examination of the biblical data from a historical and grammatical perspective revealed that worship is the expression of a Christian's commitment to a lifestyle of venerating God through an unceasing remembrance of his glory, a willing submission to his lordship, and a conscious life of spiritual service. Thus, the worship of God is designed to be the single most dominant spiritual feature of one's personal life and therefore the faith life of the church throughout the generations. This understanding is essential to promoting and sustaining healthy faith, so it must constantly be reaffirmed in the evangelical church. The most effective way to do that is in the training phase of present and future church leaders. The development and evaluation of a seminary training course on The Theology and Practice of Worship is designed to meet that need.
An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of International Tract Society Tracts in Selected Countries Nogueira, Christopher X. The thesis of this dissertation is that an evaluation of the effectiveness of the International Tract Society tracts (ITS) in selected countries, will show that only a few of the current ITS tracts are effective for world evangelism. This study is vital because it will attempt to ascertain which tracts are effective and which ones are not. This study will also indicate why some of the current ITS tracts are effective and why some are not. This dissertation provided a literature review and previous research on the subject of cultural adaptation from the New Testament. The research will prove that there are biblical and cultural factors to take into consideration in literature production and contextualized (cross-cultural) communication. A survey was conducted with ministry partners from selected countries and representatives from organizations involved in world evangelism, to determine the effectiveness of the current ITS tracts. The findings of these evaluations revealed that changes in tract publications for world evangelism are necessary and essential, in order for ITS to reach people effectively with the gospel around the world. The results of this survey indicated that ITS needs to develop more culturally appropriate literature for the two-thirds world. In order to accomplish this. ITS will need to adopt a new ministry strategy for world evangelism. A proposal will be presented with the objective of addressing these vital needs. The results obtained through this study clearly validated this researcher’s hypothesis.
"Common Ground:" An Evaluation of Authentic Ministry to Military Personnel Between 18-26 Years of Age Peters, Jason E. The author, a USAF chaplain, designed, implemented and evaluated a ministry initiative, "Common Ground," crafted to engage military members less than twenty-six years of age and enable them to discover, experience and promote authentic Christianity. The iteration of the "Common Ground" initiative described was launched in the context of a deployed combat zone in Kirkuk, Iraq in 2006. It was evaluated using a custom measurement tool, the "Common Ground Spiritual Fitness Survey." The research collected during the evaluation period validated the hypotheses and provided valuable insights which will enhance ministry initiatives targeting young military members.
Transforming Christian Leadership in the Home: Case Studies of Four Families in the Dallas, Texas Metroplex Pettit, Paul E. The research project sought to answer the following, "Does an association exist between a husband/father's use of transforming Christian leadership practices in the home and the strength of his marriage/family relationship?" Four evangelical, married couples were interviewed and given surveys. The results were measured against six dimensions reflective of transforming Christian leadership practices. The data were then analyzed again two hypotheses; 1) couples who report experiencing marriage and family life above the sample median on the marriage/family strength surveys (Family Life Survey) provide interview statements indicating a positive correlation with greater use of transforming Christian leadership practices (Family Relationship Survey) than those couples who report marriage and family life below median strength, and, 2) those demonstrating a high degree of application of transforming Christian leadership practices report stronger levels of marriage and family satisfaction than those reporting a low level of application. The results of the study validate the hypotheses and positively answer the research question.
Instructing New Believers to Filter the Teaching of this World Through God's Word Overholt, Steven M. The purpose of this project is to design and test whether a 13 week series of studies can effectively prepare a believer to handle the false teaching in our world today. The teachings of pluralism and relativity have become so rampant that they have even infiltrated the church. The teaching is all part of the growing philosophical movement called Postmodernism. With this teaching infecting the lives of believers today, much of biblical teaching is underminded. This course is designed to instruct in the basics of postmodernism and then what a biblical worldview would include. Since the mind of the new man, who is a new creation in Christ, can understand the principles of God's Word we will design this course to instruct it and trust that we can learn to filter the teachings of this godless world. Even more, we strive to learn to filter the teachings of a religious yet non-biblical world philosophy. We are designing a course to instruct teenaged believers with a beginning set of truths with which to understand the basis of viewing our world biblically. There will be worksheets, a teacher's manual with material for background into our society and power point presentations on compact disc. We will prepare a pretest and posttest to use with the group to see how the influence has already begun and then how the teaching answers these topics. We are using Calvary Baptist Church of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey youth group as our test group.
La relación existente entre los grupos pequeños y el crecimiento de la iglesia Orjuela-Ramírez, Dionisio Este proyecto evaluó el ministerio de grupos pequeños en tres diferentes iglesias en Colombia y Guatemala con el propósito de establecer la relación entre los grupos pequeños (células, grupos familiares o grupos de crecimiento) y el crecimiento cuantitativo y cualitativo de estas iglesias. Este estudio comprobó que la presencia y dinámica de los grupos pequeños son efectivamente un factor significativo que incide en el crecimiento cuantitativo y cualitativo de la iglesia local que los adopta como la columna vertebral de su ministerio. El proyecto demostró el crecimiento numérico en las iglesias que han implementado los grupos pequeños como modelo organizacional o estrategia de evangelización. El crecimiento numérico se evidenció principalmente en cuatro aspectos: Asistencia a los cultos de adoración de la iglesia, profesiones de fe, bautismos, diezmos y ofrendas. Así mismo el análisis de las encuestas comprobó un crecimiento en la calidad de vida cristiana en un 80% de los líderes y miembros de la iglesia involucrados en los grupos pequeños. El crecimiento cualitativo se evidenció principalmente en su vida de oración y estudio de la Biblia, su participación en la evangelización, discipulado y servicio de la iglesia, su vida familiar, su compromiso financiero con la iglesia en la entrega de diezmos y ofrendas y en su testimonio hacia “los de afuera.”
Una evaluación de la efectividad del programa de Bachillerato en Ministerio Cristiano del SETECA Méndez Salic, Guillermo I. Ron Blue
Una evaluación de la viabilidad de la integración de iglesias hispanas con iglesias canadienses en Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadá Rodríguez, C. David De acuerdo al censo Canadiense realizado en el año 2001, cerca de 1.8 millones de las personas que viven en Canadá son inmigrantes que llegaron entre los años 1991 y 15 de Mayo del 2001. Las estadísticas revelan que el 73 por ciento de los nuevos inmigrantes escogieron tres grandes áreas metropolitanas para vivir: Vancouver, Toronto y Montreal. Por muchos años, los canadienses estuvieron yendo al campo misionero, ahora el campo misionero llegó a Canadá, cambió el país, cambiaron las comunidades, y por supuesto también cambió la Iglesia. Las comunidades ya no son las mismas. Personas de diferentes colores y trasfondos culturales ahora son nuestros vecinos. En Vancouver, British Columbia, (Canadá), cada templo alberga dos, tres y hasta cuatro congregaciones de diferentes culturas; sin embargo algunas iglesias canadienses en Vancouver y sus alrededores comparten sus templos con la expectativa de que algún día estos grupos étnicos se integren a la membresía de sus congregaciones. Esta evaluación busca saber si es viable una integración específicamente de iglesias hispanas con iglesias canadienses. No obstante, una integración requiere de un estudio complejo que examine las implicaciones a corto y largo plazo. El estudio trata de investigar: ¿Cómo podría surgir una integración de esta naturaleza? ¿Cómo funciona una integración? ¿Cuáles son los elementos que deben estar presentes para una integración? Si ésta es viable, ¿Cuáles son los conflictos potenciales en el proceso de integración? Y ¿Cómo pueden ser evitados? ¿Pueden dos grupos culturalmente diferentes integrarse como un solo cuerpo? ¿En qué forma afecta el cambio racial a una congregación? ¿Son el idioma y las costumbres una barrera superable? ¿Cuántas generaciones deben pasar para que ocurra una integración? ¿Deben las iglesias conformarse con una integración parcial? Estas son algunas de las preguntas potenciales que procuraremos contestar a través de esta investigación. Para conseguir resultados sólidos, analizar situaciones, opiniones y estadísticas se han confrontado fuentes de información primarias y secundarias. Mediante la técnica de entrevista, se consultó a pastores, profesores de universidades cristianas en la región y líderes religiosos con posiciones opuestas, iglesias que intentaron una integración, como pastores que se encuentran en medio del proceso de integración multicultural. Todo esto nos llevará a obtener, analizar e interpretar la información para dar respuesta a la pregunta en estudio.
Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses in Biblical Christian Leadership among Thai Christian Leaders Shin, Young-Sun Sam This applied research project will treat the issue that has puzzled the national leaders and missionaries alike as to whether the slow growth of the churches in Thailand has any connection, direct or indirect, with the strengths and weaknesses of Thai Christian leadership. Are Thai churches unique in its growth or lack of growth? Does the lack of growth of Thai churches have any correlations with the weaknesses of Thai pastoral leadership, Buddhism, cultural aspects that are rooted deeply in Thai people’s mindset? What makes this question hard to answer is that the best reason may stem from a combination of several factors. In order to closely ascertain the most probable reason for the above questions, the methods employed are questionnaire of various Protestant leaders throughout Thailand and personal interviews of several key leaders to validate the questionnaire. The validation process will include the literatures as well. The literature review will include research in the following areas: (1) leadership in general, (2) biblical and theological aspects of leadership, (3) leadership in church history, (4) Thai specific leadership, including culture, religion, etc., and (5) Thai historical leadership. Included in the literature review is a biblical treatment on leadership to come up with a biblical model of leadership, as seen through the eyes of the researcher. The ultimate purpose and goal is to ascertain various factors that are inherent within Thai Christian leaders and leadership. Having ascertained the makeup of Thai leaders and their leadership, this study will propose a leadership model. This study will conclude with a suggested proposal for strengthening Thai Christian leaders.
Doctor of Ministry Program Evaluation Using a Student Satisfaction Survey Raines, Thomas K. The thesis of this applied research project is that the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and other D.Min. programs that were evaluated, are highly effective and successful as determined from the results of a D.Min. student satisfaction survey based on the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) D.Min. program accreditation standards. The project also sought to determine if there are best practices among D.Min. programs that can be shared to improve all D.Min. programs. The project determined that the DTS D.Min. program and that of other institutions evaluated, are indeed very successful, and the D.Min. students are extremely satisfied with their programs. The project also determined that there are best practices that can be shared among D.Min. programs to further improve the effectiveness of all D.Min. programs.
Case Studies in Pastoral Longevity in Selected Chinese Churches Pon, Glenn M. The thesis of this applied research is to identify factors that may influence pastoral longevity among English speaking pastors in Chinese churches. More specifically, the contributing factors for longevity of a ten years plus pastoral ministry for English speaking pastors in selected Chinese churches involves the fit between calling and ministry, church culture dynamics, character through crisis, communication skills, and ministry competence. The body of the dissertation is divided into five specific parts. The first section features the statement of the problem, the need for the study, the rationale for this research as well as the present concerns for those entering the pastoral ministry at a Chinese church. The next part is the literature review, which surveys published works, as well as examines biblical examples. The third section introduces the questionnaire instrument. An explanation is given for the instrument. Subsequently, comments and adjustment are surfaced as a result of the test cases before the actual case studies profiles are reported. The case studies profile both Pastor Alan Ginn from Chinese Grace Bible Church in Sacramento, CA. and Pastor Wes Ong from Laguna Baptist Church in Elk Grove, CA. In the next chapter, analysis follows from the case studies. The hypothesis will be proven to be contributing factors to pastoral longevity in Chinese churches. In the fifth section, a final recommendation completes the research, followed by appendices. This research project hopes to influence the Chinese churches in their pastoral recruiting efforts, as well as their pastoral retaining effort. This research also hopes to give perspectives to present English-speaking pastors in the Chinese churches, as well as give insights for those potential English-speaking pastors seeking a ministry with a Chinese church.

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La metodología del SETECA para la administración del cambio organizacional y el grado en que la misma facilita al personal asimilar el cambio organizacional Ponce Cuadra, Jorge A. El objetivo de esta investigación fue establecer si el SETECA usa algún modelo para liderar el cambio organizacional y el grado en que el mismo facilita a su personal docente y administrativo su asimilación. Los resultados de la investigación han permitido apoyar la hipótesis de investigación: la carencia en el SETECA de un método consistente para administrar el cambio organizacional le dificulta a su personal la asimilación de los cambios. En conclusión, se ha encontrado que los diferentes niveles administrativos de la institución difieren significativamente al percibir el cambio organizacional más como un problema que como una oportunidad.
Partnership Principles for Sharing Church Facilities with Christian Schools Poupart, Roger J. The thesis of this dissertation is that when a framework is in place for equitably sharing facilities and financial costs it will result in a more enduring partnership between churches and collocated Christian school ministries. A survey was conducted of hosting churches and collocated Christian school ministries in the Mid-American Region of the Association of Christian Schools International in order to identify partnership principles related to the four core areas of: mission, governance, sharing of facilities and finances in order to help collocated church and Christian school ministries successfully share church facilities.
Case Studies of Assimilation Programs in Selected Churches Setiawan, David O. For believers, Christ's calling and commission includes three parts: "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men" (Mark 1:17, Luke 5:10), "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19-20), and "Take care of my sheep" (John 21:15-17). When all three of these components become daily repeated experiences the believers are assimilated. This project has four main components. First, a biblical study intended to determine the biblical assimilation principles that effectually work in believers' lives. Second, a literature study to discover the theological factors that affect the assimilation process of believers into the functioning body. Third, two case studies of American leading churches through survey questionnaires and onsite interviews and observation. Fourth, the results of the studies are the functional factors in formulating the assimilation principles for the Chinese Bible Church of Jakarta, Indonesia. From the assimilation and church growth literature review and the biblical study ten significant assimilation principles were selected for this study. Each principle was present in the first century church (Acts 2:42-47) and in the life of Christ. These ten include: (1) prayer, (2) pastoral leadership, (3) lay leadership, (4) vision, (5) small groups, (6) spiritual gifts, (7) discipleship, (8) evangelism, (9) preaching and teaching, and (10) worship.
The Life of Jesus for Children': An Evaluation of a Bible Study for Bucks Area Home Schoolers Schmoyer, Gerald R. The effectiveness of the Home Schoolers Bible class in Doylestown, Pennsylvania has been evaluated. This was done with a view of finding ways to improve it and make it more effective, both in communicating content as well as motivating the students to personally apply the truths learned. Use was made of focus groups to evaluate the effectiveness of the prepared curriculum. If was found that these Bible studies have been successful in communicating Bible information to the children and also that is it being applied to their lives.
Program Evaluation of the Course "Discipleship for Leadership" at Coppell Bible Fellowship Osigian, Barkef K., III The thesis of this dissertation is that the leadership course Discipleship for Leadership developed by Bruce Ewing at Fellowship Bible Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an effective tool in helping the pastoral staff of Coppell Bible Fellowship to develop and train lay leaders to be effective biblical servant leaders. The body of the dissertation is divided into four parts. A literature review that highlights the core issues gleaned from previous research as well as literature pertinent to the subject of discipleship specifically geared to developing leaders is provided. The procedure and research method used is given. A report of the results of the research is provided. Finally, conclusions and research implications are given. The author believes the continuing development of leaders consistent with the discipleship model found in the NT is vital to the life and ministry of Coppell Bible Fellowship, the church that the author planted over ten years ago and remains the pastor of today. As a church planter and pastor the author is particularly interested in "equipping" or "discipling" people in the local church for "servant leadership."
An Evaluation of the Understanding of the Gospel in CBA Churches of Washington State Moffat, Scott E. The objective of this research project is to do a statistic analysis of the understanding of the gospel in the Conservative Baptist Association (CBA) churches of Washington State with application as to how to better communicate the gospel to its congregants. The survey of Washington State congregations will seek to validate the hypothesis that the gospel is understood as in the lordship salvation tradition rather than free grace tradition. The purpose of the research project is embedded in the question, "what is the gospel and how is it understood by people in the pews?" In order to test the hypothesis and answer the question, this researcher did the following: developed two separate survey questionnaires, one survey for the pastors of Washington State CBA churches and one survey for the congregants of Washington State CBA churches. The two surveys were then evaluated for areas of agreement and disagreement. The hypothesis was affirmed that the primary theological position held by the congregants and pastors was the lordship salvation understanding of the gospel.
Development and Evaluation of a Course on Expository Preaching for Ukrainian Pastors Yaremchuk, Igor The purpose of this dissertation was to examine the effect of properly training expository preachers for ministry in Ukrainian/Russian Churches. The data revealed that those who finished the training class felt they had gained both theoretical and practical knowledge which would be beneficial for their ministry. The sermons that were evaluated revealed significant increase in the preachers' practice of expository preaching.
Características de un plantador de iglesias efectivo en base a un análisis de iglesias selectas Ulloa Pena, Calixto E. El objectivo de este proyecto de investigación es realizar un estudio de casos en cuanto a las características de algunos plantadores de iglesias que han demostrado efectividad en su ministerio entre los hispanos de los Estados Unidos. Este trabajo busca demostrar la hipótesis de que los rasgos o características de un plantador de igesias efectivo pueden descubrirse y analizarse para su aplicación; por lo tanto, el estudio de las características de estos tres plantadores de iglesias revelará principios transferibles que pueden ser aplicados al ministerio de plantación de iglesias de otras personas. Con el propósito de probar la hipótesis y responder a la pregunta, el investigador hizo lo siguiente: seleccionar para este estudio de casos a tres reconocidos plantadores de iglesias que han estad trabajando por mucho tiempo con gente hispana en lost Estados Unidos. Lost resultados demostraron que dichas personas reflejan características similares que les ayudan en la ejecución de su labor, por lo que la hipótesis quedó demostrada.
Una evaluation del programa 40 Dias con Proposito en las iglesias de Lima, Peru ("An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the "Forty Days of Purpose" Program in Selected Churches in Lima, Peru") Cerrón Alva, Francisco C. El programa de 40 Dias con Proposito es una estrategia de iglesia que se origina en la ciudad de Lake Forest, California. El Rev. Rick Warren, pastor de la iglesia de Saddleback, fue quien dio origen a dicha estrategia. La estrategia consiste en Uevar a la congregation a responder a la pregunta, iPara que estoy acd en la tierra? y en base a los cinco propositos del programa y en funcion de grupos pequenos, arribar a una respuesta que produzca crecimiento en la vida de los creyentes y mayor asistencia a la iglesia local. El presente trabajo de investigaci6n busca evaluar la efectividad del programa en tres iglesias de Lima, Peru. La hip6tesis es: "El programa de 40 Dias con Prop6sito tiene una aplicacion limitada con resultados distintos, dependiendo de la preparaci6n, contexto y disposici6n los lideres involucrados. Ademas, los resultados de dicho programa no son permanentes sino que la mayoria de las personas llegan a la iglesia pero no permanecen mas de un afio a menos que se cuente con un buen programa de discipulado". Este trabajo utilizara diferentes instrumentos de medicion. Estos instrumentos estan en forma de encuestas y entrevistas personales. Se han Uevado a cabo 110 encuestas cuyos resultados se ven en las diferentes tablas que aparecen en el presente trabajo. Asi mismo se entrevistaron a tres pastores titulares cuyas iglesias han llevado a cabo el desarrollo del programa. Sera interesante para el lector comprobar que en algunas de las respuestas existen coincidencias pero en otras marcadas diferencias entre la opinion de un pastor y de otro. El hecho de reducir la inversion de dinero en el desarrollo del programa resulto un aspecto comun en los tres casos asi como la necesidad de contar con un mejor liderazgo previo al programa. La conclusion a la que se ha llegado como resultado de la investigaci6n, valida significativamente la hipotesis planteada. Los resultados de la investigation aparecen en los capitulos finales asi como en la conclusion. Al final del trabajo el lector encontrara una serie de sugerencias y recomendaciones que se hacen para el mejor desarrollo del programa.
Examining Dissatisfaction with an Online Doctoral Program Fenby, Frank The purpose of this study was to develop a substantive grounded theory concerning the cause of learner unhappiness that arose during the second semester of the online Doctorado en Educacion Teologica (DET) program at Seminario Teologico Centroamericano (SETECA). The learners at the end of the first semester voiced no significant complaints. However, in the midst of the second semester, a vocal outcry exposed several surface complaints. The question this dissertation seeks to answer is "What was the root problem, and how might they be related?" Interviews with the professors and a focus group with some of the learners and faculty during the second semester expanded the issues instead of narrowing them. The administration implemented soem immediate corrections and research continued. Now, at the end of the fourth semester, a clearer picture of the issues is available. The research findings obtained after this fourth semester is the focus of this dissertation. A grounded theory qualitative study was attempted. The goal was to develop a substantive theory that would explain the learner dissatisfaction in this case, possibly explain why it first arose during the second semester instead of the first, and provide guidance to help correct the current situation and prevent this sort of problem in the future. The results show that the root of the learner problems that surfaced during the second semester were, and to some extent continue to be, the ability of the faculty to embrace the new environment, its pedagogy, and especially its time management disciplines. The problems center in faculty and not the learners, the environment, the pedagogy or the educational content. Similar issues are to some extent discussed in the extant literature. Future research on the DET program at SETECA should focus on the effectiveness of faculty training as the program prepares for a second cohort of learners expected to start the program in January 2007.
Training Individuals in the Church Setting to Establish and Maintain Healthy Interpersonal Relationships in Ministry Elliott, Daniel P.,, Sr. The central goal of this project was to raise the awareness and motivation of the participants in the area of relational skills. The statistical analysis showed that such a change took place. The program was created to be implemented over a six-week period. Thirty-five people attended one of three classroom presentations offered. A pre-test and post-test format was used to measure raised awareness and motivation. In order to measure concrete change, a longitudinal study of three to five years in a controlled environment is needed.
Development and Evaluation of a Sermon Preparation and Delivery Class for Laymen at Colmar Manor Bible Church Burge, Kenneth J.,, Sr. The thesis of this study was that laymen can be trained to adequately prepare and deliver biblical sermons. A class was created to accomplish this purpose. The Christian preachers were taught how to construct expository messages. The importance of good sermon delivery was stressed. The preachers were instructed to read the text aloud expressively, use voice, body, and eyes appropriately, and communicate passionately. Finally, the students were trained to evaluate messages for accuracy, clarity, interest, and relevance. It was concluded that the course in lay preaching did help those in the class learn to prepare and preach effective sermons.
Addressing Sin and Divisiveness Corporately: How the Community of God Could be Involved in Reconciliation and Restoration Gerhardt, Michael C. This research was to discover the current practice of pastors to involve others in the reconciliation process to those who have fallen into sin or have been divisive. Ten pastors were interviewed about membership, visitor follow-up, involvement without pastors, and restoration of those who left one church for another local church. They were exposed to concepts involving the greater church body in the restoration process especially when there had been immorality or divisiveness. It was found that local pastors do not usually communicate well concerning an ex-member's personal sin and seldom talk about people that have come from another local fellowship.
An Evaluation of Calvary Bible Church, Lewistown, PA, Using "The Self-Guided Church Consultant" Houtz, Howard D. This study will evaluate Calvary Bible Church of Lewistown, Pennsylvania. The congregation voted to relocate its entire ministry and this study will document the need for the expansion project. This evaluation will analyze the functionality of the future facility, the number of personnel currently involved in ministries at the church, the financial considerations given to a project of this magnitude, and the time involvement of the volunteer force of Calvary Bible Church. The new facility was intentionally designed to double the present facility's capacity. Our new facility will exceed the present occupancy needs and that the church finances will be seen as a contributing factor in the future ministry of the church. The author used "The Self-Guided Church Consultant" as a method of study. This research brings a conclusion that our new facility was designed properly to meet the needs of a growing church, and the church finances have been restricted.
Program Evaluation of the Leadership Course "Discipleship for Leadership" at Burlingame Baptist Church, Portland, OR Little, Brad K. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of Discipleship for leadership (D.F.L.) to equip individuals for godly leadership at Burlingame Church in Portland, Oregon. The claim of D.F.L. is that every willing believer is to be equipped to be a leader. This research was conducted in a small group setting over a period of about twenty-five weeks with five men. D.F.L. had a significant impact on the men who went through this experience and has dramatically changed their perspective of themselves and their role as leaders in the church.
An Evaluation of Temple Baptist Church Little Rock Using "The Self-Guided Church Consultant" Jameson, Martin This dissertation reports the results of using "The Self-Guided Church Consultant" to evaluate the current allocation of people, finances, space and time at Temple Baptist Church. Chapter one includes the history of the church and reveals the need for the assessment. Chapter two reviews the literature relevant to a church assessment. Chapters three through six reveal the results of applying the assessment device to Temple's resources named above. Chapter seven provides a summary of the analysis.

2005

An Evaluation of the Life and Times of Carl McIntire Among Selected Constituents Jackson, Tony L. The purpose of this dissertation is to evaluate the life and times of Carl McIntire and from that evaluation state what is believed to have been the major contributions he made toward the advancement of Christianity and the defense and preservation of liberty and freedom in America and around the world. This project presents an attempt to demonstrate that McIntire's achievements, primarily during the early to middle parts of the twentieth century, where very impressive but that they have diminished over time due to several contingencies that will be briefly explored and explained in this paper.
An Introductory Lay Counselor Training Course: Sharpening Shepherding Skills Lum, Joseph J. Sharpening Shepherding Skills is a training program for the everyday Christian in Biblical lay counseling skills. All Christians are to follow the example of Jesus and "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal 6:2). When some Christians hear of a "training program in lay counseling," they may immediately have objections. This program seeks to address all selected fears by providing accessible and affordable training in biblical people helping skills for the average Christian. The program was designed to allow drop-in attendees who could not come regularly and was implemented during a Sunday School time when there was a concurrent children's program. The seventeen week program was implemented using the counseling resource material Counseling Insights, produced by Insight for Living ministries. Pre-tests and post-tests, were administered to the students and a control group for comparison purposes. In addition, a focus group was conducted after the training. The results of this course will show an increase in student knowledge of counseling programs ( approximately fifteen percent), greater confidence in God's Word as well as ministering to others, and overall increased interest in the subject of lay counseling. The students appreciated the biblical perspective of the material, but the program could have had a greater emphasis on Scripture memorization and correlation to specific problems. Overall satisfaction with the training program by the students was positive. The student population increased, and there was an extension of the training from seventeen weeks to about twenty-eight weeks with additional counseling topics being covered (extension not included in the study). It is hoped that such a program might be a helpful starting point for any mininstry or small group that seeks to train Christians to be more effective biblical lay counselors.
Forming Faith in Families: A Survey of the Parents and Children of Dallas Bible Church Lawrence, Jerry E. The author's thesis is that an on-the-job leadership development program for the Stonebriar Children's Ministry staff would improve their ministry knowledge, leadership confidence and job satisfaction. The literature review summarized writings in the fields of ministry to children, children's ministry in the local church, Christian leadership, and Christian leadership development. The author designed, implemented and evaluated a thirty-week curriculum. Evaluation instruments included a pretest/post-test format, a ministry confidence survey, focus group questions, and a course topic evaluation. The group showed significant gains in ministry knowledge, confidence and job satisfaction.
Efficacy in Argumentation for Creationist Apologetic Application Frazier, Kyle C. The problem addressed by this dissertation is the need to determine the receptivity of people of differing world view philosophies to various apologetic (Creationist) evidences. Creationist apologetics are tools employed with undefined efficacy. It may just be that there are different perceptual nuances that people hold that causes them to have differing responses to the various evidences. Identification of the different individual perceptual nuances and the particular arguments that have the greatest capacity to communicate to their advocates might increase the capacity of Christian apologists to present and defend the faith. This dissertation covers three aspects of evaluation of apologetic evidences. The first was the historical and contemporary indentification of four major perceptual groups. Postmodern, Rational, Traditional and Mystic. The next aspect was identification of class representative arguments: cosmologic, anthropie, teleoloic and ontologic. Finally was the instrumentation development and implementation of a study that segmented the world view advocates into their representative groups and analyzed the respective groiup's relative openness to the particular class arugments. The study evaluated 531 volunteer respondents to a Web based study and determined that they had a common preference for two particular classes of argumentation: cosmologic and ontologic. In three of four perceptual groups (Postmoderns, Rational, and Mystic) there was a statistically significant preference for the cosmologic line of reasoing. The data validates that the cosmological arugment line of reasoning would be most effectual for presenting creationist apologetics.
Transition of Authority from One Generation of Lay Leaders to Another: A Case Study of Rural Churches Bressert, Robert G. The thesis of this dissertation is that there are observable strategies and methods that rural churches can use to successfully transition authority from one generation of lay leaders to another. Through three case studies, strategies and methods were discovered. What was surprising to the researcher is that they have discovered and used them unintentionally. They intentionally applied biblical instruction in their relationships, but they did not do this intentionally to transition generational leadership. What can be deduced is that though the generational transfer of leadership was unintentional, it was successful. Therefore, other churches might do it intentionally.
An Analysis of the Leadership Challenges Facing the Dallas Challenges Facing the Dallas Alumni Baker, Joye B. This study sought to discover the leadership challenges facing the Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) women alumnae and to determine how DTS can best prepare women students to meet these challenges. A descriptive survey designed by the researcher generated a 41% response rate from the 923 women who graduated from Dallas Seminary from 1977-2003. The survey included demographic and placement information, an inventory of thirty-two leadership challenges, and questions related to the graduates' relationships with seminary faculty, male students, and their co-workers in ministry. The respondents listed seventy-nine additional challenges and made ninety different recommendations to DTS.
A Case Study of the Volunteer Culture of Liberty Church in Tulsa, OK Baxter, William Nathan This project is a case study of the culture at Liberty Church that fosters high levels of volunteers and produces volunteer leaders at the highest levels of the organization. The exercise studied the church using cultural components that emerged in the literature review from the management field of non-profit organizations. The components that were discovered were then used to create a series of interviews and surveys for the volunteers. The result of the project concluded that the culture of Liberty Church contained six of eight components that are important for fostering high rates of volunteerism. This research can be helpful to organizations that depend upon volunteers.
Development and Evaluation of a Training Course in Personal Bible Study Skills Carr, Tony L. Many experience the value of God's Word today as a treasure and His gift to man. Yet many today neglect it. This project provides one means of seeking to address this problem. This research measured the value of training people to study the Bible, specifically whether developmental training in personal Bible study methods would improve student attitudes toward their personal Bible study. It also measured whether the training would improve student habits in their personal Bible study. Following the development of the training course and the curriculum to be used, the research was designed to utilize a survey questionnaire constructed with a Likert-scale of response options. It also included multiple-choice options, as well as reverse scored items. The survey data were gathered for two class groups and a non-trained control group to increase the breadth of sample survey and comparison. The survey was used as a pre-test and post-test within the class groups, but only as a post-test with the control group. Additional qualitative data were gathered through focus group feedback from each class group and instruments that utilized open-ended questions, specifically -- a Bible study inventory that was used as a pre-test and post-test and a self-reported post-course evaluation form. This study found that the training was effective in improving the habits of Bible study for one class group. It was also effective in improving student habits and skills of relating the Bible to one's life and world for one class group. The research showed the training was not effective in improving the attitudes of students in either class.
Church-Establishing Variables: A Case Study of Calvary Community Church, Navan, Ireland Stott, Dan W. This research project was a case study of God's providential work that focused upon the circumstantial and controllable variables that God used through the lives of people including the church planter to establish Calvary Community Church in Navan, Ireland. The major research hypothesis underscoring the project was that establishing a local church was dependent upon circumstantial and controllable variables. Circumstantial variables were any factor outside the influence or control of the church planter. Controllable variables were any factor within the influence or control of the church planter. These two key concepts (i.e. circumstantial and controllable variables) were the foundation stones upon which the research project collected, recorded, analyzed, concluded, and drew practical points of ministry application. Furthermore, a comprehensive review of church planting literature identified a framework for analyzing circumstantial and controllable variables, and a survey of the church members identified, clarified, and quantified additional information relevant to a case study approach. Ultimately, learning how circumstantial and controllable variables factored into the establishment of Calvary Community Church beneficially demonstrated how a church planter might use these two major variables for planning, executing, and evaluating a church planting ministry.
An Evaluation of an Existing Program Using "The Purpose Driven Church" in a Church Planting Training Class Yeung, John Y.T. The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the effect of training laity for ministry as church planters. The training was derived from the growth model practiced at Saddleback Community Church, as it was implemented in Toronto, Canada. The dissertation reviews literature relevant to church growth theory and strategy. It includes two data gathering surveys. These surveys measure growth prior to and after the training. The model provided good insight into training lay people for ministry as church planters. The data revealed those who finished the training class felt they had gained both theoretical and practical knowledge in church planting.
Studies into Transforming Family Leadership: Case Studies of the use of transforming leadership principles and practices in Christian families #9 Threeton, Abel D. The research question is: "Does an association exist between the husband's/father's use of transforming Christian principles and the strength of his marriage/family relationship?" Case studies of four couples (husband and wife) using family relationship surveys, interviews, and family life surveys does give an indication that there is a correlation between transforming Christian leadership and a strong marriage/family.
Design and Evaluation of a Training Manual for Families to Instruct Children in Basic Biblical Doctrines Oliver, Robert W. This dissertation project sought to develop a dispensational catechism to teach children biblical doctrine. A parent's training manual for teaching their children was written based on the Evangelical Free Church of America's doctrinal statement. Thirteen parents were recruited to test the manual with twenty-six children between the ages of five and twelve. Each week's lesson included Bible study, Scripture memory and catechism memory work. Due to the small sample size and the narrow focus of the group, further testing will be needed to validate the effectiveness of the manual.
Case Studies of Church Planting Ministries Among Filipino Muslims Olsen, Willard C. The thesis of this dissertation is that there are identifiable attitudes and practices of successful church planting ministries among Muslim Filipinos. The purpose of this research was to identify those attitudes and practices. The method employed to investigate this thesis was case study research of two church planting ministries among Muslim Filipinos. This was done through a questionnaire and follow-up interviews. This research identified attitudes such as faith, biblical optimism, and humility as helpful attitudes in church planting. The key practices were in the areas of purpose directed ministries and teaching that brought people to growth.
A Comparison of the Learning Styles of Students with Faculty Teaching Styles Profiles at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary Martin, A. David The purpose of this study was to determine the degree to which the learning styles of students and the teaching styles of faculty match at the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary (JETS) in Amman, Jordan. Bernice McCarthy's 4MAT learning style instrument, the Learning Type Measure[registered trademark] (LTM) was used to profile 111 students. The results showed two significant differences in style distribution from studies done in the United States. The collaborative learners were represented in 45 percent of the student body (17 points above similar Western surveys). The dynamic learner was drastically underrepresented at JETS with only 7 percent of the student body (as compared to 20-25 points in the West). Statistics were also analyzed by age, gender, culture (country of origin), and college major or program of study in an effort to detect any relevant patterns. All of these factors were found to have an influence on an individual's learning style--some more than others. Eighteen faculty members participated in this study. They were first given the LTM. Later they were given McCarthy's Teaching Style Instrument[registered trademark] (TSI). Results showed that the teaching styles of 60 percent of faculty were congruent with their own learning styles. There was a significant amount of mismatch between faculty teaching and student learning styles, depending on students' age, gender, and choice of study program. Suggestions were given on how to teach through McCarthy's learning cycle so as to address all learning styles present. This way students would become more accustomed to different teaching styles, and teachers to use methods that engage each style of learner.
Successfully Coaching Church Planters Rowley, Robert J. The thesis of this dissertation is that successful church planting coaches build caring relationships with their planters; know the stages of church planting, and can help their planters progress through those stages; and know how to help their planters realize their potential as a church planter. The literary review surveys some of the key literature concerning church planting, some of the most critical literature concerning coaching, and the literature specifically geared towards the coaching of church planters. The research procedure defines the case study interview questions and church planter surveys used to prove the hypothesis. The case studies involved three of the top church planting coaches in the nation from the International Church of Foursquare Gospel, the Baptist General Conference, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
A Case Study of Transforming Family Leadership of Four Men who Attend Garden Valley Church, Garden City, Kansas Phillips, David D. This research project sought to answer the question, "Is there an association between a husband/father's use of transforming Christian family leadership principles and practices and family life strength." To seek an answer to that question, four couples were selected from the same church, surveyed and interviewed. Their answers were measured against six leadership dimensions reflecive of transforming family leadership. They were analyzed around the two hypotheses of this study: One, that couples who reported having marriages and families of above the sample median on the marriage/family strength surveys would give interview statements that indicated a greater use of transforming family leadership principles and practices than those couples who reported their marriage and family life as below median strength, and, two, that those who demonstrated a high degree of application of transforming family leadership principles would have stronger marriages and families than those with a low degree of application. The six leadership dimensions were established as benchmarks by a careful study of the relational habits of Jesus as He interacted with His disciples. A search of the previous sociological and biblical literature was made to determine the need for pursuing this investigation. The research method and procedures followed in the course of the research were explained and the subjects of the research were described. The results of the study validated the hypotheses and answered the research question in the affirmative. They also suggested that further research afer the pattern undertaken in this study is warrented to establish the findings quantiatively. The conclusions reported should be useful to churches and staff in evaluating and designing ministries whose purpose is to strengthen husbands and fathers in their family leadership roles.

2004

Development and Evaluation of Integrated Mentoring in a Church-Based Seminary Course Pauck, Ditmar The purpose of this applied research project was to discover whether complementing a church-based seminary course with a network of mentors would be both feasible and beneficial to the learning experience. The project consisted of the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the course and of a yoked mentoring program. The mentoring program was designed to complement the knowledge acquisition gained from the course by developing relevant character traits and ministry skills. Data gathered from both proteges (course participants) and mentors using various data collection tools strongly supported the case of mentoring as a feasible and effective complement to classroom teaching.
Understanding Albanian Concepts of Leadership Through Ethnographic Interviews to Improve Leader Development at the Center for Christian Leadership in Tirana Neathery, James A. To obtain answers to the questions about Albanian Christian leadership a qualitative ethnography was conducted with five young adult Albanian Christian leaders. Fundamentally, ethnography may align philosophically with positivist or interpretivist views of science and epistemology. This study, though informed by Spradley’s taxonomy of ethnographic sequence, uses an interpretivist view.
The Benefits of Understanding and Experiencing the Historical Geography of Israel Stiles, D. Wayne, II This dissertation reveals that Christians who understand and experience the historical geography of Israel enjoy a clearer comprehension of the Bible, better direction in application, and more effective Bible teaching. By means of a survey, the author discovered the scenarios in which historical geography had most affected its students. The research demonstrates historical geography remains indispensable to biblical interpretation, provides a greater confidence in the Bible as God's Word, and instills a greater love for God and the Bible. Those who study historical geography on a study-trip to Israel experience greater benefits than those who study in the classroom alone.
A Rhetorical Analysis of the Preaching Style of Three Ininerant Preachers Davis, B. Gerard This project analyzed the style (the choice and use of words) of three itinerant preachers, Hadedon W. Robinson, Richard Allen Farmer, and Crawford W. Loritts. The effectiveness of theswe preachers is evident in the great demand for them as speakers in a large variety of contexts (i.e., local churches, conventions, conferences, and other special events) and as teachers of homiletics at Christian colleges and/or seminaries. It measured the presense and strength of elements that define style, according to authorities in rhetorical, communicational, and homiletical theory and practice, and thereby answered the question, "What elements comprise an effective preaching style as observed in the style of these three itinerant preachers?" The answer to that question provided essential data for formulating principles that can be applied by other preachers to enhance their own effectivess.
A Case Study of the Impact of a Strategic Plan on the Participants in the Planning Process of Grace Bible Church, Stow, Ohio Brown, James R. The goal of this applied research project is to discover the impact of the strategic planning process on the participants involved in that process at Grace Bible Church of Stow, Ohio. The project used a strategic planning committee consisting of a cross sample of the congregation of Grace Bible Church and the formation of a strategic plan to discover the impact. The strategic plan outlined in Aubrey Malphur's book Advanced strategic planning was the tool used to develop and conduct the strategic plan. A questionnaire was used to evaluate the perception of the participants concerning the impact of the strategic planning process on themselves. The evaluation of the impact was determined by the change in responses on the questionnaire. The project began with a review of the current literature concerned with developing a strategic plan for a church and the impact this plan can have on the participants and the church as a whole. The project continued by conducting a strategic plan for the church and collecting the data using the questionnaire. The project concluded that the strategic planning process had a positive impact on those who participated in the planning. Other factors were also discovered that can affect the impact of the process.
Deep Roots For Church Leaders: Transferring the Body of Doctrine to Church Planters in Central Asia Fusilier, Lane A. The thesis of this dissertation is that teaching historical theology is an effective method of concluding a one-year curriculum in biblical studies. The research method was program development. A lecture manual was developed and used to teach historical theology as a concluding class in a ten-month curriculum. A test was developed and administered to the students. The lectures were presented and the students were tested again afterward. Once the lectures were completed, the students were interviewed in focus groups. The results confirmed that the students had a better grasp of theological issues and concepts than they had had before the concluding course.
Case Studies of Policy & Vision Implementation by the Executive Pastor Fletcher, David R. The management crisis of overburdened Senior Pastors caused the rise of Executive Pastors. As churches grew, the Pastor was expected to be a superlative preacher and executive. The position of Executive Pastor solves the crisis and serves in Three Multidimensional Roles of Executive, Shepherd, and Assistant. The Executive Pastor has Five Focused Functions of Administrator, Catalyst, Mentor, Minister and Overseer. With a mix of Roles and Functions, the Executive Pastor implements the vision of the Senior Pastor and the policy of the governing board. The position of Executive Pastor indicates the changing external form of the American church.
An Evaluation of Fenton Road Baptist Church Using the "Self-Guided Church Consultant" Loyola, Thomas J. This project researched the question, "Will the results of applying the Self Guided Church Consultant (SGCC) reveal a misallocation of resources in the opinion of Fenton Road Baptist Church's (FRBC) leadership team?" The premise of the SGCC is that resource allocation reveals values. Statistics were collected and analyzed per the SGCC concerning the allocation at FRBC of human, money, space, and time resources. FRBC's leadership team concluded that resources were misallocated: Adults receive proportionately fewer ministry resources than do young children, children, and youth. The leadership team made proposals for allocating resources in order to better reach its objectives.
Lay Leadership Development in the Context of Church Planting in California Southern Baptist Churches Hulbert, Darren D. The CSBC equips church planters to reduce the unbelieving population using Basic Training for Church Planters. This project focuses on measuring the leadership development successes of Basic Training graduates. The hypothesis of this dissertation states that less than 25 percent of Basic Training graduates have trained lay leaders to become disciplemakers. This project includes presentation of previous literature on leadership development in church planting situations. Two types of churches are identified with several categories in each type. Examples of leadership development processes are cited for each category. A detailed explanation of Basic Training for Church Planters is presented.

2003

Case Studies of Mentoring for Ministry in Select Asian Churches Gee, Philip E. The goal of this applied research project is to discover what traits of the ministry mentoring process are reported to have been valuable in encouraging and preparing people for vocational ministry in the North American Chinese church context. This project begins with a survey of biblical and professional literature regarding the subject of vocational ministry mentoring. Special emphasis has been placed upon literature that addresses the cultural issues that one may face while ministering in the North American Chinese church context. The centerpiece of this project revolves around two case studies of Chinese churches that are presently sponsoring and hosting vocational ministry internships. Once case study was conducted at the West Houston (Houston, Tex) Chinese Church and the second involving two churches with a cooperative internship program--the Chinese Bible Church of Maryland (Rockville, Md), and the Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington, DC (Silver Spring, Md). The conclusion of this project provides a checklist for designing a mentoring for ministry program that implements the traits that have been helping in encouraging and preparing people for vocational ministry in the North American Chinese church context.
An Evaluation of Immanuel Bible Church Using "The Self-Guided Church Consultant Easley, Michael J. Immanuel Bible Church of Springfield, Virginia began in 1964. The author of this project has been the Senior Pastor since September 1993. This project utilizes The Self Guided Church Consultant© as a model to analyze and evaluate the major education ministries of Immanuel Bible Church. This project includes a brief history of Immanuel, a review of literature helpful in church evaluation, an examination of Immanuel's people resources, space utilization, financial resources, and concludes with recommendations for Immanuel Bible Church.
Case Studies in the Assimilation of Members into the African Baptist Church in North Dallas Fanka, Paul L. The intension of this study was to discover potential roadblocks to assimilation, and positive factors that can enhance membership assimilation in two selected African Baptist churches in the Dallas area. The study will attempt to discover effective procedures that will enhance the integration of Africian immigrants into the fellowship of the African Baptist Church of North Dallas.
A Survey of the Marital Satisfaction of African-American Couples at North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Smith, Leslie W. The goal of this applied research project was to assess the marital satisfaction of a volunteer group of mostly African American couples at North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship, compare the results of these assessments with results of a national phone survey and other empirical studies, and based upon the findings, determine the ministry implications for the church. This project began with and draws much of its foundation from a survey of biblical and professional literature related to marriage and divorce. The cornerstone of this research effort was a survey instrument designed by Scott M. Stanley and Howard Markman entitled Marriage in the 90s: A Nationwide Random Phone Survey. The survey was completed by over 100 African American marriage participants who are members of North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship. The results of the church survey were compared to the actual survey done by Stanley and Markman. The conclusion of this project underscores the fact that marriage was ordained by God and rests solidly upon a theological foundation. It also affirms that the conflict that is prevalent in marriage has its source in the spiritual realm, and consequently the solution must be found in the spiritual realm. This was found to be true for white couples and African American couples, even though African American famiies are best with a number of marital variable that are unique to the Africian American context.
An Evaluation of Barriers in Communicating the Gospel Using an Evangelistic Web Site Strom, Stephen C. The author solicited evaluations from anonymous respondents who visited an evangelistic web site. The researcher then directed these responses to a focus group of Christian experts who analyzed these responses to determine some of the barriers involved in communicating the gospel through a web site. The focus group offered recommendations for web site design and implementation so that internet based evangelism efforts might be more effective. The focus group also considered ways to provide visitors of differing world views with opportunities to find answers to their questions about the truth of Christianity.
El papel de la iglesia local en la cuidad de Guatemala, en la capacitacion de hombres para el ministerio pastoral Valverde-Montes, Manuel A. Estudios sobre la condicion de la iglesia a nivel mundial reflejan la necesidad de mas lideres prepara-dos para atender a las iglesias hoy, implicando que los paradigmas actuales no producen la cantidad y calidad de hombres requeridos por la iglesia. La Ciudad de Guatemala no es la excepcion. La investiga-ci6n muestra que las iglesias casi no estan involucra-das en la formacion de lideres. Por tanto, se reco-mienda retornar al modelo biblico y prestar atencion cuidadosa a algunos elementos fundamentales del entrenamiento de lideres tales como: a) fue hecho por lideres en el contexto de ministerio en la iglesia; b) involucro la trasmision de un deposito (conocimiento, caracter y ministerio) al lider en formaci6n; c) su evaluacion no fue principalmente academica, sino del caracter y servicio; d) fue con el proposito concreto de consolidar las iglesias existentes o de plantar nuevas; y e) este puede requerir largos periodos, mayores a los comunmente observados en la educacion teol6gica formal.
A Family Life Survey of Word of Life Bible Seminary Married Students, Atabaia, SaoPaulo, Brazil Merkh, David J. The ministry to married students in the "Aquila and Priscilla Project" at Word of Life Bible Seminary, Atibaia, São Paulo, Brazil, was evaluated through a 112-question descritive survey administered to 28 full-time, resident student couples in order to determine the family life needs of those students and their interest in continuing "minister's family" education. Students reported a high level of satisfaction with the project, while revealing difficulty in time management, finances, communication, personal habits, devotional life and child rearing. The students offered numerous suggestions for improving the current ministry, and expressed a desire for continuing education concerning the minister's family life.
An Evaluation of the Spiritual Health of Crossroads Community Church of Lehighton, Pennslyvania Ruba, Claudio The thesis of this dissertation is that an evaluation of the spiritual health of Crossroads Community Church of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, will expose the areas of ministry in need of improvement. This study is vital because without it the leadership at Crossroads would have no objective basis to strategically plan for the progress of the church, as it moves towards the fulfillment of its vision. The scope of this dissertation provided a literature review and previous research conducted in the areas of church health, church renewal and strategic planning. A descriptive survey was administered to assess each participant's evaluation of their own spiritual health. The collection of these self-evaluations produced data that unveiled areas of spiritual deficiency at Crossroads. Ministry action plans with measurable steps were then formulated to ensure implementation that will lead to spiritual health improvement. The results revealed that Crossroads needs improvement in the broad categories of ministry and missions. Specifically, four action plans were designed with the objective of addressing these needs which are, increased availabiilty of purpose-driven seminars, discipleship strategy, local outreach equipping process, and world missions participation. The conclusion was reached that the results obtained through this process clearly validated the hypothesis.

2002

Program Development, Imnplementation and Evaluation of "Armageddon and Beyond" Multimedia Presentations" Piland, Mark A. Armageddon and Beyond Multimedia Presentations (A&BMP) began with the goal to teach biblical prophecy in a fresh, visual way, using visual technology and LCD projection. As the project developed into this dissertation, testing was used to evaluate the impact on church members of the content, both concerning knowledge and also attitudes and behavioral intentions. Pretests and posttests were used to establish each attendee's knowledge, attitudes and behavior and the amount of gain after each of six teaching sessions. Analysis of posttests demonstrated that attendees did gain as a result of attending A&BMP.
Knowing God as Father: Case Studies of Women Who Overcame Difficult Human Father Relationships Teter, R. Rebecca E. This applied research project describes the process of coming to know God as Father for women who experienced difficult relationships with their earthly fathers. Case studies were done using one-on-one interviews. Eight women were selected on the basis of their potential to contribute to the study. Assessment was done on the basis of their relationships with their father, the struggles they had in coming to know God as Father, and what proved helpful to them. The literature review includes research in the fields of family life, spiritual formation, the role of the father in child development, the process of healing childhood pain, and Christian education. There are biblical principles given from the scriptures and how they inform us about a relationship with God as our Father. The ultimate goal was to describe the experience of living fatherless. The difficulties presented in coming to know God as Father suggest ways the church and those in ministry can be more effective.
Pastors' Evaluation of Their Sermons Washispack, Quentin J. Evaluation and feedback are critical elements in helping a pastor with the task of preaching God's word. The purpose of this dissertation is to discover how many Dallas Theological Seminary graduates who serve as pastors obtain evaluation on their sermons. Written from a theologically conservative position, the results and recommendations stay carefully within biblical teaching.
Improving Ministry Relations Between Traditional Church/and Evangelical Churches in Jordan Abbassi, Nabeeh N. In Jordon, the Historical Church has not accepted the Evangelical Church as an equal partner in ministry. As new Evangelical Church are planted, it is the desire of the Evangelical community that the Evangelical Church maintains distinctiveness of the message of the gospel yet be sensitive to the ministerial relationships that currently exist between the Evangelical Church and the Historical Church. While the ministry of the Evangelical Church does enjoy very limited recognition and acceptance from the Historical Church, a qualitative improvement in the ministerial relationship may lead to expanded opportunities for mutual cooperation in Christian ministry in Jordon. The hypothesis of the writer is that present ecclesiastical, social, and political behaviors of the Evangelical Church contribute to the rejection of the Evangelical Church by the Historical Church.
Jesus' Ministry as a Model for Discipleship Training Goodnough, Dana L. Twelve individuals associated with Pittsford Community Church participated in a discipleship program based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and reported identifiable spiritual growth. This project began with the development of a curriculum that incorporated all of the events and teachings in Jesus' life. The participants engaged in daily personal study and weekly small group interaction over a 12-week period. They also agreed to lead another individual or group through the same study. Through pre-program, post=program, and final interviews, the participants reported cognitive, attitudinal, and behavioral results. These results indicated that Christians who participate in a discipleship ministry based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ will report a deeper devotion to him.

2001

A Research Project Using the Lont-term Sermon Planning Model for Preadhing the Book of Second Corinthians to Stimulate Maturity Development at Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Dallas, PA Hinds, Jeffrey D. This research project utilized a strategy for increasing the spiritual growth in the congregation at Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Dallas, Pennsylvania. A long-term sermon plan was developed and implemented using the book of Second Corinthians to impact the believers at Fellowship Evangelical Church towards spiritual growth. An instrument was developed and used to pre-test and post-test participants in order to measure the effectiveness of the messages preached. Measurable areas of spiritual development were developed, incorporated didactically into the series, and stressed throughout the preaching series. The analysis of the post-test shows a measurable change in some areas of spiritual growth. The conclusion of this research project is that spiritual development in daily living can be measurably influenced in a congregation through long-term sermon preparation and delivery.
Validating Homiletical Applications for Old Testament Narrative Sermons Harbin, Samuel L. The author theorized that extant literature dedicated to the study of the Old Testament narrative texts neglected their theological study, and proposed an interpretive model to guide interpreters to theologically valid sermon applications from Old Testament narratives. The author surveyed pertinent literature for critical interpretive questions and found his hypothesis to be correct. Using a grounded theory inductive research design, he built an interpretive model consisting of eleven steps utilizing twenty-three questions. He demonstrated use of the model by applying it to Exodus 34:29-35 and 2 Samuel 9:1-13, suggesting theologically valid sermon applications from each text.
Design and Evaluation of an Evangelism Program for Rural Churches and its Implications for Church Growth Green, C. Philip Through interviews with eight successful rural pastors and reading in the field of rural evangelism and church growth, this researcher discovered that growing rural churches have pastors who model relational evangelism, ministry structures for relational evangelism, and formal instruction in relational evangelism. Therefore, he developed a relational evangelism curriculum specifically designed for rural churches. He implemented that curriculum in a Bible study group of the Evangelical Free Church of Ellsworth, Kansas, and through a survey, administered to that group and two others, evaluated the effectiveness of that curriculum.
Case Studies in the Practical Struggle Between Grace and Law: Developing a Ministry Model Jarvis, Charles E. This applied research project focuses on the timeless problem of legalism. Its method is to evaluate through questionnaire and personal interview eight individual members of an Amish religious group. Assessment of the effects of legalism on their practical struggle with grace will be done on the basis of their experiences in childhood, teen years, and adulthood. The literature review includes research in religious, denominational, child psychology, and child rearing publications. There is also an extended treatment of the Scriptural record. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a ministry model that can be particularly applied to the local church setting.
The Pastor's Role in Leading a Process of Change in an Established Church Johnson, Henry P. A model was developed to determine how a pastor would lead an effective process of change in an established church. Two case studies were done in order to determine the effectiveness of the model. The model considered three primary areas of a leader's life that will enable him to lead change effectively. The areas of consideration were the leader's personal character, his need to define a biblically strategic plan to process change, and his need to understand the dynamics of organizational culture.
Development and Evaluation of an Instrument for Assessing the Spiritual Formation Program for Students at Lincoln Christian College Jones, John K.,, Jr. The project evaluates how well Lincoln Christian College is accomplishing its goals of spiritual formation with its students. In 1996 when the research began the college had no means of evaluating and assessing the spiritual formation program. The desire was to develop and test an assessment tool for the spiritual formation of students at LCC. The hypothesis was that LCC was accomplishing its goals in spiritual formation. The research methodology sought to develop and test the tool form an initial pretest in May, 1996 and a posttest in May, 2000. The pretest/posttest model was employed, supported by interviews, and a spiritual well-being instrument. The research demonstrated that the program was effective.
An Application of the Self- Guided Church Consultant and an Analysis of the Results at Southway Community Church of Houston, TX Klein, Richard R. The project applied the Self-guided Church Consultant© to the Southway Community Church of Houston, Texas, in order to ascertain if the assets of the church were being allocated in a way that met the pastor's goals. The execution of the project included a historical survey of the church, a review of literature in the field of church evaluation, and the application of the evaluation process. The evaluation process involved examining how the people, space, money, and time allocations in the educational programs of the church were allocated during a three year period.
A Men's Program for the Small Chruch Kloppmann, Karl W. A men's ministry is needed in the church to strengthen men against conforming to the deterioration of marriage and family in the world and to help the church purge this deterioration out of the men it wins to Christ. First Baptist Church of Warsaw, IN developed a Diagnostic Test to diagnose specific needs. Using this information the church developed a two-year program, evaluated it with a follow-up questionnaire, verifying the program had met specific needs. Conclusions are drawn concerning men's ministry in a small church and the tools used for diagnosis and evaluation.
The Impact of the Intentional Interim Ministry Program on the Participating Churches of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Loughlin, Joe T. An instrument was designed to determine whether churches participating in an intentional interim ministry were impacted more by the interim ministry than churches using a traditional interim ministry. The research consisted of surveying senior pastors who had immediately followed either the intentional or traditional interim ministry. The research data supported the hypothesis.
Motivational Factors at the Geneva Bible Institute for Students to Begin and Continue in Full Time Ministry in France Lewis, Hamilton W. This research project studies what factors in the Geneva Bible Institute program motivate a student to: (a) choose to attend the Geneva Bible Institute (b) continue at the Geneva Bible Institute, after one year of studies, for three more years of training for full-time ministry, (c) actually begin full-time church planting or pastoral ministry in France after graduation, and (d) continue in full-time church planting or pastoral ministry in France. Sixteen written questionnaires of graduates and eight case studies of graduates were personally interviewed. Mentoring in supervised field education is a very significant factor in motivating Geneva Bible Institute students to begin and continue in full-time ministry.
Survey of the Perceptions of the House Church Leaders Towards the Cults that have the Strongest Impact to Their House Churches in the People's Republic of China Lee, Edward D. H. A survey was constructed to determine the cults that have had the strongest impact on selected house churches in China. Its analysis includes a search for the causes of the rampant spread of cults, refutations of their false teachings, and counteractive measures that can be used to confront the cults.
Pastoral Leadership in the Transition of a Mono-Ethnic Church to a Multi-Ethnic Church Boeke, Nick R. The community of the author's church, Bethlehem Baptist Church in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, had experienced ethnic change. To learn to grow again, case studies were conducted on two multi-ethnic Southern Baptist churches that included interviews with the pastors, congregational questionnaires, participant observation, and a review of church records. Four hypotheses or needs proved for the multi-ethnic church were (1) the imperative of a strong vision and passion for the pastor, (2) that vision to see him through a critical time of transition, (3) broadening the worship style to reflect others' traditions, and (4) patience in dealing with cultural differences.
Assessing Curriculum Needs for MACE Program at Central American Theological Seminary Campos, Ana Maria E. This project offered a resource for the Christian education program at the Central American Theological Seminary (CATS). It demonstrated a need for training and increased quality of performance in Christian education in Latin America. Responding to an apparent lack of training, it evaluated and determined curriculum needs for a Master of Arts in Christian Education (MA/CE) degree at CATS. Needs assessment instruments were used to determine key needs. These evaluated current practice and identified ways to improve performance effectiveness. Curriculum for a MA/CE has been recommended to CATS to meet Latin America's need for higher training in this area.
Assessing the Influence of A Local Church Using A Ministry Influence Survey Brown, Drew R. A descriptive survey, entitled Ministry Influence Survey, was created to determine the strengths and weaknesses of Joy Community Fellowship in relation to eight areas that distinguish healthy, growing churches. The survey was verified by a group of ministry leaders and then administered to the leadership team of Joy Community Fellowship. A second survey was given to a cross-section of the congregation. The Ministry Influence survey showed where the leadership team of Joy needed to spend their time, energy, and finances to have the most impact and influence for Christ. The findings drawn may provide a framework from which future church plants in our region will be able to work.
An Evaluation of the Application of the Commitment Level Model Church in a South American Church Fanning, Don C. The Commitment Level Model is the infrstructure of a local church strategy for developing the maturity of the believer through three or four progressive steps of commitment. This Research Project is an evaluation of the application of the Commitment Level Model strategy in a Baptist church in Asuncion, Paraguay. The hypothesis is; "The Commitment Level Model is a tool for develping believers through a process of progressive involvement in the ministry that guides the believer toward spiritual maturity and a life's mission of service." This research project will utilize four different instruments to measure the specific behavior and value changes in those making the three different commitments. The instruments are in the form of a questionnaire for each of the three commitment levels and one interview given to all participants. The conclusion reached as the result of this research significantly validates the application of the Commitment Level Model hypothesis for Latin American churches.
Christian Heritage and Doctrinal Development: An Applied Curriculum for Adults in the Local Church Davis, Bradley A. The author developed a curriculum for adults in the local church to provide students with a survey of church history and doctrinal development, after the apostolic age. An instrument was prepared in the form of a focus group questionnaire to determine if students applied what they had learned in the class on "Our Christian Heritage." Data from a test group, comprised of randomly selected students who were part of the Adult Sunday School quarter class, was compared to data collected from a control group made up of randomly selected persons who did not take the class. The research question was answered when the test group, in a focus group setting, discovered and used precedence from church history to work toward solutions of selected contemporary issues. The author chose divorce and remarriage, denominationalism, and the divisiveness of music in worship as contemporary issues for groups to discuss. In comparison, the control group was not able to reach back and use significant precendence from church history, in working toward solutions. The curriculum was instrumental in preparing students to apply church history and historiical theology to contemporary issues.
Walk With God: A Relational Model Wilcox, David H. What does the Bible mean when it uses the term, "Walk with God?" A familiar biblical expression may convey different things to different people. Such is the case concerning a person's walk with God. A broad range of mature Christians, writers and pastors have understood vastly different things by this biblical, yet simple and familiar concept. Two opposing views to determining a believer's walk with God are shown. One is attempting to walk with God by means of the things a person may or may not do. The other bases a person's walk on his or her relationship with God. The project then evaluated the instruction of relational principles and their influence on people's relationship with God. The study also surveyed pastors regarding their understanding of the concept, "walk with God." Further, the study sought to determine whether fundamentalist Baptist pastors can teach the relational aspects of a believer's walk with God. In this project a relational model is proposed, supported and presented to small groups. Pastors agree that one who walks with God knows God's revealed will and acts on it in such a way as to enter into a strengthening relationship with God Himself. Teaching relational principles to believers, new or mature, does make a difference. People can be led to know what God wants in a Christian's relationship with Him.
An Analysis of the Significance of the Senses in Scripture with a View Toward Their Use in Expository Preaching Wilson, James L., III Human beings are sensory creatures and sermons which appeal to the senses have the potential for maximizing interest and impact on the listener. God's communication of truth through Scripture consistently utilizes sensory appeal. The development of a Scriptural Sensory Catalogue reveals that Scripture consistently appeals to the senses. Analysis demonstrates that biblical sensory appeal is functional as well as consistent. Categories of functional purpose emerge for each of the five senses. Biblical precedent encourages homiletical application. Through practical tips and sermonic examples, expositors learn how to be deliberate and purposeful in developing sermons which creatively appeal to the senses.
An Evaluation of the Berean Mission, Inc. Philosophy of Church Planting Talley, John D., III A historical analysis was conducted to determine the factors that led Berean Mission Inc to pursue the merger. Models of mergers from both the business and nonprofit sectors were examined to determine the necessary procedures for successful mergers. The procedures, used by Berean Mission, Inc and UFM International, were described to provide a model for mergers of mission agencies. The lessons resulted from this merger both positive and negative, are presented to enhance the model's implementation in the future.
Growth Challenges and Principles for Churches with a Christian School Vinson, Kim J. A survey was conducted of churches having a Christian school to evaluate the particular challenges they face in relation to church growth. Churches were selected at random from the Association of Christian Schools International and the Georgia Association of Christian Schools. Churches selected differed geographically, denominationally, and were of varying sizes. The data collected was compared with standard church growth principles and literature to determine the barriers to church growth experienced by these ministries. From this comparison suggestions were made to assist churches with Christian schools in their efforts to achieve healthy church growth.
Factors Affecting Church Growth in Filipino-Chinese Churches Sia, Vicente Y. This study attempts to present the factors affecting the growth of eight selected Filipino-Chinese churches. The ChurchSmart Resources' questionnaire for the pastor and thirty questionnaires for the lay people were utilized. The eight factors of a healthy church were derived from Christian Schwartz's "Natural Church Development." Seventy-nine interviewees participated between May 22 and September 12, 2000. An optional ChurchSmart Resources "Releasing Your Church's Potential" seminars were also facilitated. The eight respondent churches were asked to form an implementation team to execute the recommendations by the ChurchSmart Resources personnel and the researcher. It was also suggested that there might be a church growth consultation committee to monitor the eight churches.
Toward the Establishment of a Mentoring Program for the Pastoral Students of Southeastern Bible College, Birmingham, Alabama Pickell, Bruce A. Recognizing that ministry awareness must be "caught rather than taught," this project developed a mentoring program for the pastoral students at Southeastern Bible College, Birmingham, Alabama. Chapter 2 reviews the biblical and professional literature providing a basis for a mentoring program. Chapter 3 presents the data from a descriptive questionnaire used to assess the nature of mentoring programs in schools of the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges. It was found that the majority of them do not have self-existent programs. The SEBC alumni were also sampled resulting in the realization that those from ten to twenty years ago are strongly in favor of a mentoring program, whereas the more recent graduates are not. The same ambivalence was found when the current student body was surveyed. Chapters 4-5 reveal that the participants who completed the mentoring program during the 1999-2000 school year heartily endorsed it and recommended it to their peers. The appendixes contain all the materials used in the program.
AN EVALUATION OF THE SEMINARY WIVES IN MINISTRY (SWIM) PROGRAM AT DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Shubert, Jeannette M. This study determined the extent wives of Dallas Theological Seminary alumni who participated in Seminary Wives in Ministry (SWIM) felt it prepared them for their current ministry situation. The researcher used a survey instrument to gather data for this summative evaluation. The majority (70.2%) agreed that SWIM prepared them for ministry life. Wives who felt best prepared were older, married longer, had older children, and/or participated in several SWIM programs. Women who felt least prepared were younger, married shorter periods of time, had no children or very young children, worked full time, and/or had limited participation in SWIM.
A Self Guided Church Consultaion for Calvary Baptist Church of Fargo, North Dakota Pharis, W. Hank, III Calvary Baptist Church of Fargo, North Dakota, began its ministry in 1883. The author of this dissertation is the current pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. In this dissertation he uses the "Self-Guided Church Consultant" to evaluate the ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. Thus this dissertation includes an overview of the history of Calvary Baptist Church, a review of literature relevant to church evaluation, an examination of Calvary's people resources, an examination of Calvary's spatial resources, and examination of Calvary's financial resources, and an examination of Calvary's temporal resources.

2000

Implementation and Evaluation of a Leadership Training Seminar at First Baptist Church in Spearman, Texas Patrick, John Earle,, Jr. The object of this research project was to implement and evaluate the Leadership Training Seminar at First Baptist Church of Spearman, Texas. The fifteen-week seminar taught the concepts of leadership foundations, community and performance to over twenty selected church leaders. A control group of church leaders did not attend the seminar. An evaluation instrument, validated by a panel of ministry leaders was utilized among both the control group and the study group in a pre-test / post-test design. Results indicated that the leaders who participated in the study improved their scores on the post-test evaluations by a statistically significant margin, not only in the overall leadership evaluation, but also within each of the three leadership attribute categories studied. No improvement in scores was found among the control group. The conclusion is that the seminar had a significant and positive impact.
Marriage Enrichment: Improving Stability and Satisfaction Moore, Ronald D. This dissertation reports the design, implementation and evaluation of a church-based marriage enrichment program. The program is based on the cognitive/behavioral tradition providing insight and skills needed to change thinking and behavior. This approach not only enables married couples to learn effective ways of developing a more stable and satisfying relationship, but also provides a structure in which the learned skills can be put into practice. 12 couples participated in this 8-week program. They completed the following 7 components: 1) attendance and participation in the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program Approach seminar; 2) reading 2 marriage enrichment books; 3) Bible-based devotional reading and prayer twice weekly; 4) a date night every other week; 5) weekly meetings; 6) a weekend retreat; and 7) attendance and participation in a "Celebration of Commitment" ceremony. The ENRICH Marital Inventory was given as a pre- and post-test. It was used to measure the effectiveness of the program along with verbal and written reporting by the couples. The hypothesis validated by the research for all 12 couples is: Having completed the marriage enrichment program, couples will report greater marital stability and satisfaction.
Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Biblically-based Parent Education Program Mercer, Larry A. A college theology course was created to enable the students to gain understanding and to biblically evaluate the doctrines and practices of the Word of Faith Movement (WFM). The research design for this project was a program implementation and evaluation. The course concentrated on the writings and messages of Kenneth Hagin, Sr. and Kenneth Copeland. The following areas of the WFM were evaluated: Their source and history, their hermeneutics, and their theology of faith, revelation knowledge, deification of man, Anthropology, Christology, the atonement of Christ, wealth and prosperity, and sickness and suffering.
Influencing Attitudes Towards Jesus' Evangelistic Cause by Persuasively Preaching Acts Saathoff, Brent W. This project attempts to measure the influence of a persuasively preached series of sermons through the book of Acts on a group's attitudes towards Jesus' evangelistic cause. The project proposes that a series of twelve sermons covering all twenty-eight chapters of Acts can influence people's attitudes regarding witnessing and personal involvement in Christian evangelism. The research discloses information necessary to create the twelve persuasive sermons and the instrument measuring attitude change. A group within a church congregation participated in this project by taking a pretest and posttest version of the measuring instrument. The assessment of that instrument reveals the sermon series influenced people's attitudes favorably towards witnessing and personal involvement in Jesus' evangelistic cause.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #23 Rice, Frank D. This project is part of a larger project (Project Cathedral) on church leadership. It presents reviews of literature on Christian leadership and a summary and analysis of case study research on two senior pastors in southeastern Pennsylvania. The hypothesis defines as effective Christian leader as one who maximizes his strengths, minimizes his limitations, develops in Christ-like character, and influences others to accomplish a common vision. Interviews using a standardized questionnaire, an evaluation tool, church records and documentation, and personal observation yield information that was analyzed and interpreted for support or non-support of the hypothesis. Recommendations for future Project Cathedral development are included.
Design and Evaluation of a College Theological Course on the False Doctrine and Practices of the Word of Faith Movement Sullivan, Steven P. A college theology course was created to enable the students to gain understanding and to biblically evaluate the false doctrines and practices of the Word of Faith Movement. The research design for this project was a program implementation and evaluation. The course concentrated on the writings and messages of Kenneth Hagin, Sr. and Kenneth Copeland. The following areas of the WFM were evaluated: source and history, hermeneutics, theology of faith, revelation knowledge, deification of man, anthropology, Christology, atonement of Christ, wealth and prosperity, and sickness and suffering.
Church Planting Dynamics in the Black Middle-Class Community Woodson, Terrance S. Church planting is an effective means of ministering to the growing Black middle class community. This study argues that successful church plants must incorporate significant dynamics reflecting the unique needs, values and traditions of this targeted community. This study discusses the distinctive characteristics of the Black middle class community, the powerful influence of its church, the biblical foundation for church planting and the current models used to plant churches today. An instrument was constructed to evaluate these significant dynamics. Descriptive case studies of 3 churches planted by Urban Evangelical Mission revealed the importance of these dynamics. Each dynamic was developed into a significant methodoloy to plant churches in this growing community.
A Strategy for Preaching to a Multigenerational Congregation: An Empirical Study Cadwell, Terry W. A communication strategy was developed for preaching to a multigenerational congregation, of Baby Boomers, Baby Busters, and Millennial Kids, which maintained the attention of and facilitated understanding for all three generational groups. Distinctives of Baby Buster communication and the cultural factors which shape them were investigated and contrasted with distinctives of Baby Boomer communication. From this investigation, a Baby Buster communication strategy was developed and contrasted with a strategy fro communicating with Baby Boomers. Six sermons were prepared, three which employed a Baby Buster communication strategy, and delivered during Sunday morning services at Bethel Bible Church in Tyler, Texas. Randomly selected samples of Baby Boomers, Baby Busters, and Millennial Kids responded to each of the six sermons by participating in original, post-sermon surveys, which measured the extent to which the sermons maintained their attention and facilitated their understanding. Data analsysi of the surveys revealed that in this limited study the sermons crafted according to a Baby Buster communication strategy maintained attention of and facilitated understanding for Baby Boomers, Baby Busters, and Millennial Kids. Survey results also revealed that while attentiveness and understanding for Baby Boomers and Bay Busters were equally maintained and facilitated by the sermons which used a Baby Boomer strategy, the attentiveness and understanding of Milennial Kids participating in this study dropped off considerably with a Baby Boomer communication strategy.
A Rhetorical Analysis of the Preaching Style of Three African-American Preachers with Application for Black Homiletics Asberry, Robert L. The objective of this research project is to do a rhetorical analysis of the preaching style of three African-American preachers with application for black homiletics. It seeks to validate the hypothesis that the styles of these three black preachers will reveal transferable principles that can be applied to the preaching style of other preachers. The purpose of the project is embodied in the question, "What makes black preaching style effective as reflected in the preaching of these three men?" In order to test the hypothesis and answer the question, the researcher did the following things: developed a set of interview questions, did on site observation of each preacher, listened to or viewed ten sermons of each preacher and constructed a validation grid consisting of seven elements of style. The seven elements by which the preaching style of the preachers were evaluated are: clarity, interest, imagery, emotion, evocation, appropriateness, and mannerism. The hypothesis affirms that with a certain amount of giftedness and hard work preachers can inculcate the seven elements of style into their preaching.
Selected Ministry Factors That May Contribute to the Interracial Status of Dothan community Church: A Case Study Lewis, W. Charles The project investigates the contribution that selected minisry factors have toward interracial status of Dothan Community Church. The hypothesis is that interracial leadership, blended worship music, and relevant expository preaching help to create a chruch environment that is familiar to both Blacks and Whites without alienating either group. The instrument used was in the form of personal interviews. An analysis of the findings from the interviews of Black and White members of Dothan Community Church and the findings from the interviews of White and Balck non-Dothan Community Church members who have experience in one of the three ministry factors reveals various attitudes towards race and leadership, blended worship music, and relevant expository preaching. The conclusions research as a result of the research of the selected ministry factors are in line with the hypothesis. However, the research revealed that blended worship music was not a significant factor for Blacks.
Development and Evaluation of a Program for Improving Relational Skills in Teaching at Grace Baptist Church, Singapore Koh, Siang K. The project confirmed the hypothesis that a teacher's effort to personally reach out to students prepared their minds, hearts, and wills to be more receptive. A specially created questionnaire was administered to all students, teachers, and parents of four selected classes before and after a teacher's training and testing period. The training sessions cited the ultimate example of Jesus' relationship building, reinforced by literature reviews and examples of contemporary teachers. Parents and students confirmed a more positive attitude because of a new effort by the teachers. My observations and suggestions from the teachers formed the recommendation for general implementation.
Persuasive Strategies in Selected Sermons of Dr. Calvin Miller Halsey, Michael D.,, Sr. The purpose of this project was to examine selected sermons by Dr. Calvin Miller, author of "The Empowered Communicator," in regard to his presentation of the "keys" that Miller claims will "unlock" an audience, an audience which will then give the speaker its attention. Upon examination of the keys that unlock an audience, the project sought to discover if Dr. Miller is such an "empowered communicator" by his use of the keys. The objects of study for the project consisted of twenty-six audiocassette tapes of Dr. Miller's sermons that he delivered during his pulpit ministry in a local church. The research method consisted of listening to the sermons for Dr. Miller's use of the keys, to ascertain their presence or absence in the sermons, as well as their apparent intended function. The research sought to know if every sermon contained each of the keys, as well as to ascertain discernable patterns in Dr. Miller's employment of the keys. The research selected sermons that were closest in date to the publication of "The Empowered Communicator." The intent was to record the presence of, the use of, and absence of the keys in the most recent pastoral sermons of Dr. Miller that were available. Therefore, the project researched sermons from the last two years of D.r Miller's pastoral ministry at Westside Church in Omaha, Nebraska.
An Evaluation of Selected Dallas Theological Alumni in the Role of Assistant and Associate Pastor in the Local Church Growth Hawkins, Martin E. This dissertation project sought to evaluate selected assistant/associate pastors who studied at Dallas Theological Seminary for their preparation and training. It examined areas that affected their calling, skill in performing their ministry and ability to manage their ministry. It demonstrates where the training was strongest and where further work is needed to give future assistant/associate pastors a successful ministry in the area of their calling. Surveying these assistants revealed that they were sure of their call, wanted more training, and were generally content in their positions as assistants.

1999

Facilitating Spiritual Formation at Toccoa Falls College Gangel, Jeffrey S. Christian colleges which claim and intend to facilitate the spiritual formation of their students must try to assess the progress of their students and the effective impact of their programs. The descriptions of the spiritual life in scripture provide a measuring stick for spiritual growth assessment. This research included a survey tool which allowed college alumni to rate their spiritual progress in thirty key areas. This tool also solicited feedback on the effectiveness of college programs and personnel towards the students' perceived spiritual formation. On average, the alumni reported spiritual growth in twenty-nine areas. In terms of spiritual influences, personal relationships had the most impact followed by classes, studies and worship experiences
Using Five Vital Signs of Spiritual Health to Evaluate Churches Gasser, William W. This project attempts to answer the research question: Can the spiritual health of a local church be effectively measured by means of a congregational survey? Spiritual health is defined through biblical research and indexed by five factors (sound doctrine, effective ministry, functional body life, spiritual sensitivity, and perseverance) with associated vital signs. Contemporary literature on spiritual health and its measurement are analyzed. A survey based on the five vital signs is designed and field-tested in local churches. This study concludes that spiritual health can be measured, at least in part, by such an instrument.
Conflict Management Style in Selected CBA Churches Leary, James E. This project measured conflict management style in selected C.B.A. churches. Appointed or elected leaders in churches affiliated with CBAmerica were participants. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (1974) was used in this study, measuring competing, collaborating, compromising, avoiding and accommodating conflict management styles. The biographical information sheet collected data relating to sex, age, length of Christian experience, length of church membership and length of leadership. The majority of leaders surveyed had been Christians for fifteen or more years. This group scored low in the competing mode, and high in the avoiding mode. This pattern was observed throughout the study.
A Research Project Using the Long-Term Sermon Preparation Model for Preaching the Book of the Revelation to Stimulate Spiritual Development at Tulsa Bible Church Barnett, John S. This is a qualitative research project using a strategy for increasing the spiritual development of the believers at Tulsa Bible Church through preaching the book of Revelation. A long-term sermon plan was developed and implemented using the book of Revelation to impact the believers at Tulsa Bible Church toward spiritual development. An instrument was developed and used to pretest and posttest in order to measure the effectiveness of the program. Areas of measurable spiritual development were developed, incorporated didactically into the series and emphasized throughout the planned sermons. The analysis of the posttest shows a measurable change in some areas of spiritual development. The conclusion of this research project is that spiritual development in daily living can be measurably influenced in a congregation through a long-term sermon plan.
An Evaluation of the Pentecostal Holiness' Sunday School Curriculum Aimed at Generation X Chitwood, Charles S. This applied research project will examine Generation X and their attitudes towards contemporary Sunday school literature. As a writer of the Pentecostal Holiness Sunday school curriculum aimed at Generation X, this writer wanted to develop a program evaluation of this material to determine if it is relevant to Generation Xers. The attitudes of both those within and without the church will be examined after they respond to a survey upon reading two Sunday school lessons. The assumption is that the material will not be as relevant to those outside of the church. The goal of this paper is to discover how to make Sunday school curriculum more interesting and relevant to the lives of Generation Xers. As the Baby Boomers are rapidly aging, it is important to learn how to disciple this particular generation. The message of the gospel must remain constant, but the way of reaching Generation X may prove to be vastly different from formerly successful methods. In some way, this study wants to contribute to helping learn how to reach this generation.
A Study of Forced Exits among Pastors of the Western Pennsylvania District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Churches Dail, D. Roy Forced exits, or forced terminations of ministers, are a serious problem in pastoral ministry. A survey of Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) pastors and staff was completed in 1998 using the Western Pennsylvania District of the C&MA as a sample. The survey sought to determine the rate of forced exits and factors involved in forced exits. These rates and factors were compared to two previous studies of forced exits (Crowell, 1990, and LaRue, 1996). An additional aspect of the study was an evaluation of the effectiveness of the District Superintendent's role in intervening in forced exit situations.
The Development and Evaluation of a Maturity Assessment Tool for Church Resource Ministries Strawsburg, Brent L. This project evaluates an original assessment tool called the Ten Traits for a Lifetime. This tool is designed to measure the presence of maturity based upon ten traits in the life of the Christian. A biblical foundation for each of these traits is established from the gospels and epistles. The importance of integrating the meaning of spirituality, maturity and the Great Commission is discussed. The statistical testing demonstrated that questions did an adequate job measuring the internal reliability of six of the ten traits. The Ten Traits for a Lifetime can be an effective model for churches interested in becoming purpose driven around making disciples. It can also provide Christians with a helpful tool to evaluate their progress as a follower of Jesus Christ.
The Intentional Use of Questions as a Basis for Educaitonal Feedback Smith, James A. The purpose of this project was to observe, categorize, test and utilize intentional questions as a model for educational feedback. A literature search from the gospels and other relevant sources, both ancient and contemporary, demonstrates this model. This model was designed and tested with adult ministry leaders. The categories of questions were derived from scripture and used in a fashion similar to that of the master teacher, Jesus. The result of the project is a model of interaction that is biblically supported, historically validated and experientially reliable. This model, when applied, enhances educational feedback and personal awareness and therefore leads to greater understanding. The value of learning is enhanced in all settings. This powerful and personal style of communication is universal in cross cultural applications.
A Case Study of Zaporozhye Bible College as a Model for Providing Bible College Education in Modern Day Ukraine Waltz, William D. Since the fall of communism and the break up of Soviet Union in the early 1990's, religious freedom has come to the former Soviet states, including Ukraine. Western ministries are quickly taking advantage of helping these countries. Zaporozhye Bible College is one such ministry, initiated through a partnership between Greater Europe Mission and the local Baptist Union of Zaporozhye, Ukraine. Its purpose is to train Ukranians to become pastors and church workers. Since the Ukrainians do not have the financial and human resources for Bible college, these are supplied by Western teachers who raise financial support and teach at the school on a modular basis. This study investigates this unique way of providing a Bible college education for the Ukrainians, examines the results of the ministry, and critiques the materials that are used to recruit Western faculty.
A Development of a Program for the Training of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Nominating Committees: A Program Development and Evaluation Terpstra, Bruce K. A program was developed to train local church nominating committees in the Christian and Missionary Alliance to choose elder leadership. A survey was conducted of Alliance churches and their practice of training nominating committees which demonstrated that there was little or no training taking place. A training manual and video training tape was produced and implemented in three Alliance churches over a period of one year. A pre-test and post-test study was conducted to determine the program effectiveness. These three case studies revealed the training program helped each committee establish clear objectives and procedures in keeping with biblical principles of elder leadership.
Basic Biblical Teachings in the Context of Three Major Religious Worldviews in Vietnam Tran, Daniel D. This study presents a way to teach the seven basic biblical doctrines in the context of the three most important religious worldviews in Viet Nam. The purpose is to survey the three religious worldviews and the seven basic biblical doctrines, to compare and contrast each other and then to determine which areas of the doctrines need to be emphasized and how to communicate to both Christians and nonbelievers. In regard to the doctrine of God, HIs immanence needs emphasis; in regard to Christ, his literal incarnation, in regard to the Holy Spirit, his indwelling in believers; in regard to salvation, its basis in grace; in regard to the Bible, the Truth of God; in regard to the Church, His family on earth and in regard to Heaven, His eternal abode.
The Value of the Internet for Pastoral Competence Pitts, Randall R. This project discusses the value of the Internet for helping pastors become more effective, efficient, and relevant. The sample consisted of 257 domestic and foreign pastors surveyed anonymously by mail concerning 14 pastoral task areas and five Internet features. Two-thirds had access to the Internet, claiming e-mail and pornography as its greatest advantage and disadvantage, respectively. Survey results also revealed a surprising lack of discrepancy in generations of Internet users. Preferred web sites, time and tasks online, and Internet education comprised other topics analyzed. Overall, pastors concluded that the Internet marginally to moderately increased their competency.
The Hispanic American "Man of the House":Analysis and Comparison of Cultural Machismo with the Servant Lifestyle of Biblical Manhood Prather, Craig M. The Hispanic male is dedicated to the family in principle as a provider and protector. Relationally, however, he is often very distant and disengaged. The purpose of this dissertation is to research the question "what are the cultural dynamics and traditional factors of machismo that contribute to erroneous values, attitudes, and patterns of relating characteristic of a high percentage of the Hispanic males?" The target people being addressed are the first generation Mexican immigrants and second generation Mexican-Americans. The hypothesis proposes that understanding and applying biblical manhood will facilitate the Hispanic male's efforts to overcome the imbedded negative traits of machismo and to exercise his God-ordained, biblical role as husband and father. Special emphasis is given to the practical outworking of machismo contrasted with the servant lifestyle of spiritual manhood.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #22 Mitchell, James R. This project is part of a larger study conducted through Dallas Theological Seminary called "Cathedral Project." The goal is to do case study research on successful pastors in North America to determine if their leadership styles match an hypothesis which states that, "An effective Christian leader is a servant leader who under the direction of the Holy Spirit maximizes strengths, minimizes limitations, and consistently grows in Christlike character in order to influence others to develop adn accomplish a common vision." Two pastors in central and eastern Canada were studied and both were found to comply with the leadership hypothesis.
Evaluating the Use of Selected Performance Arts in Public Worship at South Columbia Baptist Church Neel, W. Stephen This study developed from the following quesiton: Will the use of selected perforance arts in the worship service of South Columbia Baptist Church deepen the worship experience of the congregation by helping them to worship with the whole person (body, soul, and spirit)? The hypothesis was that the use of selected performance arts in the worship service of South Columbia Baptist Church deepen the worship experience of the congregation by helping them to worship with the whole person (body, soul, and spirit)? The hypothesis was that the use of selected performance arts in public worship would positively influence the congregation to worship with the whole person instead of worshiping only with the intellect. The test design used a congregational pre-exposure survey and post exposure survey. Based on the data, there is evidence that there was an immedidate positive response to the use of selected performance arts in the worship service of South Columbia Baptist Church, and that using selected performance arts did help the congregation to worship with the whole person. With this qualification, the hypothesis was affirmed.
An Evaluation of the Family Ministires of Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield,Virginia: A Case Study Parrish, David L. This research project articulated a biblical view of the family, addressed the church and family relationship, and expressed how the church can be more effective in strengthening families. The critical balance between church and family in relation to God's kingdom was considered, with the conclusion that God's purpose for the family and the church should be observed through the lens of His kingdom program. A major goal of the project was to determine how the church could build stronger families, so the composition of a strong family was delineated. Healthy families were considered from a sociological and biblical viewpoint and six essential traits were presented as the benchmark for evaluating a church's ministry to families. A case study of Immanuel Bible Church was undertaken in order to learn more about how one church was ministering to families, thus providing a practical element to the research process. The combination of biblical studies, family studies, and a field study furnishes the reader with the fundamental ingredients for a theology of family ministry in the local church.

1998

Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #14 Olsen, William This case study, as part of a larger project entitled Project Cathedral, seeks to validate a hypothesis composed by a group of Doctor of Ministry students and professors at Dallas Theological Seminary. The purpose of the project is to answer the question "What makes a Christian leader effective?" The nature of the study is to study pastoral leadership from a strength-based perspective rather than a trait-based perspective. The hypothesis states that "An effective Christian leader is a servant leader who, under the direction of the Holy Spirit maximizes strengths, minimizes limitations, and consistently grows in character in order to influence others to develop and accomplish a common vision." Two visibly successful churches in the northeastern part of the United States were selected for these case studies. Through the use of a questionnaire, an evaluation tool, on-site observations and church documentation, data was collected, analyzed and interpreted. The hypothesis will be validated when the evidence points to a personal commitment on the part of the senior pastor to fulfill the criteria of the hypothesis and a positive response by the church to his influence.
A Correlation Between the Profession and Practice of Prayer in the Local Church: Three Case Studies Nees, Lawrence R. This project applies Mary Douglas's grid and group matrix to the cultures of three congregations in the eastern US--suburban Baptist; inner-city, African American Pentecostal; and upscale, independent Evangelical--in order to discern traits in church environments that effectively overcome the secular American influence that inhibits faithful praying. Supracultural characteristics held in common by these churches help their members become faithful in prayer.
Pastoral Options with Cohabiting Couples VanGoethem, Jeffery J. This project seeks to develop a sound, biblical method of counseling cohabiting couples, particularly when they approach pastors and churches to perform weddings. The project draws on 25 years of sociological research into the modern cohabitation phenomenon, serious study of marriage as covenant from biblical and historical sources, and a survey of 200 theologically conservative pastors, in order to provide insights, recommendations, and methods for pastoral counselors who work with unmarried couples in cohabiting relationships.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church No. 20 Dye, William H. This study is part of an extended leadership research endeavor conducted by Doctor of Ministry students at Dallas Seminary entitled Project Cathedral. The work is called Cathedral because it is a large product made up of smaller parts. The research question is, "What makes Christian pastoral leaders effective?" The study focuses is on "strength based" vs. "trait based" leadership. The Cathedral Hypothesis states, "An effective Christian leader is a servant leader who under the direction of the Holy Spirit maximizes strengths, minimizes limitations, and consistently grows in Christlike character to influence others to develop and accomplish a common vision." The research uses the case study method. I selected two pastors in the Southern United States and investigated their leadership through questionnaire, interviews, observations, the Performax Personal Profile System, and relevant church data to determine whether they validate the hypothesis. The conclusion of this research is that it validates the hypothesis. Recommendations for future research in the project are also included in the study.
Case Studies in Team Ministry with Implications for Bethany Chapel Breedlove, Steven A. This project identifies the critical contribution of a senior pastor in developing a cohesive, functional leadership community composed of staff and nonstaff leaders by undertaking research in two congregations where such communities exist. Defining effective Christian leadership on the basis of Bible study and analysis of current leadership literature, the project tests that definition against the observations and experiences of senior pastors who successfully construct the leadership teams seen in the case studies. The project then applies principles derived from these studies in another church environment philosophically and situationally resistant to vocational staff.
A Program for the Assimilation of Newcomers into Truth and Liberty Church in Pundang, Korea Lee, Jai C. This study develops a program of assimilating newcomers into a local church. Validity of the program from a biblical perspective was studied. And literature study related to this issue was also conducted for wider understanding. Results of the two studies were combined with three local church case studies to develop a program to assimilate newcomers into Truth and Liberty Church in Pundang, Korea.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #21 Main, John D. As part of the larger Project Cathedral, asking "What makes a Christian leader effective?", this project presents case studies of two effective pastoral leaders in the mid-South region of the United States. Through interviews, church documents, an evaluation tool, and personal observations, the project finds that these leaders maximize strengths, minimize limitations, and consistently grow in Christlike character in order to influence others to develop and accomplish a common vision
Design and Evaluation of a Leadership Eqipping Program Johnston, Benjamin C. This project proposes, prepares, presents, and evaluates a leadership training program for newly ordained elders and deacons in Grace Presbyterian Church (Peoria, Ill). The training seeks to equip these church officers with a measurably improved understanding of biblical and theological truths and of the presbyterian form of church government. Tests and a focus group evaluate the project's effectiveness.
The Effects of a Church Building Project on a Minister and a Church Hokuf, Stephen D.,, Sr. This project conducts an analytical survey of Baptist pastors in the mid-Atlantic US to determine why many pastors resign during or soon after a major church building project. The survey finds that pastors resign in such circumstances primarily for four reasons: post-project burnout, stresses in relationships, stesses in finances, and desire to achieve and then move on.
Developing An International Ministry: A Guide for Churches Henriques, Joseph This project proposes a resource guide for local congregations that delineates three critical aspects of intercultural ministry: basic concerns of multiethnic fellowship; potential models for churches desiring to become involved in intercultural ministry; and organizational specifics for a multiethnic, international fellowship within a monoethnic church.

1997

Developing a Start-up Strategy in Beginning a New Pastorate Hamilton, Thomas K. This project proposes a "start-up strategy" for pastors facing challenges of adjustment and change in moving to a new church, focusing on the primary issues encountered in the first two years. Based on research in current literature, the project conducts a survey of 97 pastors in the start-up process and analyzes the data to develop useful strategies.
Overcoming Obstacles to Church Planting in Southeastern France: Four Case Studies Gorrell, G. Raymond,, Jr This project proposes solutions to 46 potential hindrances to evangelism and church planting in southeastern France, based on biblical study, research in evangelical church-planting literature, and surveys of missionaries and church planters in France. "Anti-God" attitudes, false concepts taught in schools, personal ineptitude of missionaries, Satanic interference, and inadequate supervision by sending agencies may hinder evangelism and make church planting a lengthy and discouraging process. The outreach activity of the apostle Paul in Athens is a model for missionaries in this region.
An Evaluation of the Impact of Promise Keepers in the Local Church Gromacki, Gary R. This project offers a historical analysis of Promise Keepers, a Christian ministry to men, and its effect on local churches from 1990 to 1996. Promise Keepers aids local churches in many ways, by building up Christian men in regional conferences conducted in football stadiums, by providing support for pastors and ministry leaders through its Ambassador and Key Man networks, and by encouraging pastors and churches to serve their communities. A discipleship survey based on the "seven promises" and distributed to 500 men shows that Promise Keepers does make a difference in the lives of some Christian men, equipping and motivating them to pursue vital relationships with one another, to love their wives, and to support the mission of local churches in tangible ways.
The Application of the Network Program to Scofield Memorial Church Humphries, Philip F. This project applies the "Network" program developed at Willow Creek Community Church to Scofield Memorial Church (Dallas, Tex). The project implements the program concurrently with development of specific software to enhance the Willow Creek material, and gathers participants from a new members' class, small groups, Sunday school classes, the church's Official Board, and the general membership. The program is moderately successful in placing individuals in meaningful service, but the project also identifies deficiencies in the program's process, content, and cost, and modifies it accordingly to better serve the needs of Scofield Memorial.
The Purpose Driven Mission: A Regional Model for Ministry in the American Missionary Fellowship Anderson, Gordon E. This project proposes a clearly defined and integrated purpose statement as vital to strategic planning and evaluation of American Missionary Fellowship (AMF). Based on survey research and a study of organizational administration, the project develops a strategic plan and evaluation tools to assist AMF mission staff in measuring and assessing the effects of purpose-driven planning. These materials can be adapted to the work of other Christian organizations.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #19 Dodds, Michel L. As part of the larger Project Cathedral, asking "What makes a Christian leader effective?", this project presents case studies of two successful senior pastors in the midwestern US. Through analysis of survey questionnaires, church documents, and on-site observations, the project finds that these pastors are effective because they consider character most important for leadership; they lead through their strengths and hire staff to compensate for their limitations; they have a clear vision of where their churches should go and they lead with their strengths to pursue that vision.
Case Studies in Discipleship Through Small Groups in the Local Church Tsang, Michael W. K. This project analyzes case studies of Bruce Ewing's Discipleship for Leadership program as it has been implemented in three local congregations: Fellowship Bible Church (Tulsa, Okla), Scofield Memorial Church (Dallas, Tex), and Houston Chinese Church, using William Frankena's "Model." Discipleship for Leadership addresses the shortage of leaders in local churches by training small-group leaders. The project analysis reveals that the program needs to be augmented with biblical study and teaching of specific skills for small-group ministry in order to more effective in training small-group leaders.
A Strategy for Strengthening Discipleship Through Preaching Luke's Gospel Taylor, Lawrence D. This dissertation project attempts to demonstrate the theory that a better sermon preparation plan will increase the hearer's retention of God's Word and strengthen a desire for discipleship, thus, bringing about the necessary changes in the church. Forty-five sermons on the Gospel of Luke were prepared and preached according to this method with the specific intention of developing them according to the elements of discipleship found in Luke. Exegetical, expositional, and homiletical statements were developed for each sermon. Then a pre-test and post-test of the Spiritual Journey Evaluation was given in order to measure any change in the congregation. The church did improve in the desire for discipleship but it was not significant enough to prove the validity of the sermon preparation method. This long-term sermon preparation method does enable the pastor to plan better and to preach better sermons.
Case Studies Comparing Pastor/Staff Relationships in Chinese Churches Wong, Arnold J. This project proposes positive actions to help senior pastors build healthy relationships with their staff members in Chinese churches. Based on on-site observations, church documents, and personal interviews with pastors, staff members, and lay leaders, the project examines leadership, communications, conflict resolution, cultural issues, and hiring processes as they are carried out by senior pastors, and offers specific recommendations for positive action.
Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Program to Prepare a Church Congregation for Facility Relocation McQuitty, E. Andrew This project defines the emotional and spiritual challenges that a congregation faces in relocating its facilities, designs a program of preparation to minimize the trauma of change while maximizing benefits to the congregation, and evaluates the program's effectiveness following the move. Based on biblical study and literature research, the project proposes three phases through which relocating organizations pass: the current zone, the transformation zone, and the future zone. A congregational survey and interviews with seven pastors of relocated churches identify spiritual and emotional issues in each phase and the tasks involved in resolving them. The project then designs, implements, and evaluates a program of 11 events to prepare a congregation to confront these issues.

1996

Methodologies Facilitating Roman Catholic Conversions Miller, Larry E. This project is based on concern for the eternal destiny of Roman Catholic people and attitudes within evangelicalism toward the issue. On the hypotheses that most Roman Catholics do not understand the gospel message of the Bible, that they should be evangelized, and that certain methods are more effective than others in accomplishing this goal, the project analyzes relevant literature and empirical research, proving the hypotheses correct. The most effective evangelistic model for conversion of Roman Catholics focuses on cultivating relationships with an informational, Bible-based methodology in a small group environment
The Development, Use, and Evaluation of Video Tape Coursework in Field Based Education in the Local Church Pritchett, Daniel J. This project encourages pastors of local churches to become involved with the theological education of church members by developing a tool to aid them in the process. The project uses videotaped theology courses developed by Christian Workmen's Institute (CWI) to demonstrate that local church members can be trained for pastoral ministry in the field. Three case studies document and analyze programs presenting the tapes in three different congregations. These field-based programs in local churches trained pastoral ministers and improved knowledge of theology among church members.
Evangelism Training of Church Members Who are Parents of Students in a Church-Sponsored Christian School: A Case Study Rhodes, Thomas F. This project is designed to answer several questions concerning evangelism in a church-sponsored Christian school ministry. On the hypothesis that few churches sponsoring Christian schools are training members who are parents of students in these schools in evangelism, the project surveyed churches that sponsor schools and are also members of either the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) or Texas Association of Baptist Schools (TABS). The project demonstrates that members of local churches who have children in church-sponsored Christian schools, and who were trained in "farming" evangelism, respond positively toward reaching others for Christ.
Significance of the Old Testament Feasts to Contemporary Church Worship Scott, Craig P. This project examines the annual cycle of feasts in Leviticus 23 (Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles) as a framework for a yearly church calendar. Beginning with a general survey of the origin, history, and theological implications of each feast, the project develops contemporary worship models for the church. Each model separately highlights a feast in an innovative way so that it may then be implemented and evaluated. Materials developed include a biblical Passover Haggadah, a Sunday School curriculum for ages 3 through sixth grade, and an annual homiletic schedule.
Development and Evaluation of a Leadership Seminar for Church Leaders in Eastern Europe Seidel, Andrew B. This project concentrates specifically on the leadership training seminar employed by BEE International, entitled "Leadership: Empowering the Next Generation." The project assesses leadership needs of the church in Eastern Europe, evaluates the seminar in light of those needs, and recommends changes to improve the seminar. Assessment of the pastoral leadership situation and resulting leadership needs in evangelical churches of post-communist Eastern Europe is accomplished through a Pastoral Leadership Survey. Case studies of three seminar participants evaluate the possiblility of significantly addressing these needs through a four-day seminar on the subject of pastoral leadership. These case studies, augmented by interviews, were used to determine the practical effectiveness of the seminar. Evaluation led to recommendation of appropriate changes.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #18 Shirley, James K. These case studies are a part of Project Cathedral, a leadership project of The Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. The project is studying the nature and development of effective Christian leadership from a strength (gift) based perspective, not a trait (skill) based perspective. The purpose of these case studies was to validate a hypothesis on effective Christian leadership of senior pastors. The hypothesis states: "An effective Christian leader maximizes his strengths, minimizes his limitations, develops in biblical character, in order to attract others to accomplish a common biblical vision." A case study methodology has been developed by which the hypothesis is tested for validation. In this dissertation two pastors of visibly growing churches were selected as subjects for evaluating the Project Cathedral hypothesis. Through the use of a questionnaire, an evaluation tool, on-site observations and church documentation data was collected, analyzed and interpreted for each case study. Questions regarding the five areas of the hypothesis were asked of each senior pastor, two of his staff members, his board members, the pastor's wife and twenty to twenty-five members of the congregation randomly chosen. The long range goal of Project Cathedral is to develop tools to help pastors be more equipped in the following areas: self-analysis of their gifts and life vision, evaluation of their developmental needs for character and ministry skills, and assessment of action steps that need to be taken toward improvement of leadership. The intent is that this will help pastors develop as leaders.
The Relationship Between Local Grace Brethren Churches and Their Denominational Leadership: Case Studies Young, Jerry R. Grace Brethren churches in America exist in tension created by conflicting forms of church government. A collision of congregational freedom and denominational control has created turmoil and widespread schism on at least two occasions in the past 100 years. Two case studies of historic Progressive Brethren churches offer potential solutions to this continuing problem. Carefully designed governing documents are recommended to the denomination at three levels: the local church, district "clusters" of churches, and the national Fellowship.
How to Merge Split Churches: A Case Study Simmons, Kim K. Churches frequently divide, sometimes for good reasons, but more often church splits occur because people disagree about personal issues or leadership behavior. Two churches that split fifteen years ago because of a dispute about leadership decided to merge again. This project uses the reconciliation of these two churches as a model for other congregations that may consider merging. Three major criteria--philosophical, relational, and physical--are crucial factors for a successful merger. Hindrances to unity stemmed from spiritual conflicts and a process requiring unanimous decisions. Conflicts involved leadership issues, power plays by individuals, personal preferences about worship, and conflict over Christian life teaching that led to tabling the merger and renewed division. The project outlines seven steps toward a successful merger that formed a new church, based on the experience of these churches and research in the literature.
An Evaluation of The T-Net Program as Implemented at New Durham Chapel Sutter, David E. This dissertation reports on the process and progress of taking New Durham Chapel through the Training Network 2000 discipleship program. T-Net was developed and is led by the Evangelical Free Church of America under the direction of Rev. Bill Hull and Rev. Bob Gilliam. T-Net is very unique in that it is a discipleship training program designed to be used only in the local church. Included in this study is the establishment of benchmarks to determine the condition of the church prior to the implementaticn of T-Net until the end of the two year training period. Historical data, attendance figures, and financial records were observed. This study also reports on the establishment of the key disciplemaking ingredient, the Cell or Small Group concept. Since this report focused only on one particular church, follow up steps were included to improve the current status. Besides the small group focus, every major aspect of local church ministry at New Durham Chapel was evaluated with the goal of seeing every area involved in the disciplemaking process. The bottom-line goal is obedience to the direct commands of the Lord Jesus Christ observed in changed lives in this church.
Living God's Wisdom from 1 Corinthians: A Persuasive Preaching Plan for Effecting Life-Change Stuckey, Edward R. This project applies the Long-Term Sermon Preparation approach developed by John W Reed and adapts the Elaboration Likelihood Model developed by Richard E Petty and John T. Caccioppo in a sermon series on 1 Corinthians. Expository preaching must be persuasive and life-changing, grounded on synthetic, holistic interpretation. The extended value of a series based on a biblical book and that more enduring effect are likely to occur through a cognitive process called "elaboration." Since the project was carried out in the uncontrolled environment of a local church, results were tentative and descriptive rather than definitive or predictive. Three communication factors emerged as significant: trustworthiness, clarity of exposition, and receptor-experience-based terminology. Given the limitations, elaboration was not confirmed, but there were anecdotal indicators of its enduring effect in sermons.
A Pro-Active Approach to Conflict Management in Beginning Organizations: A Case Study Fernández, Manuel A.,, Jr. El objectivo de este proyecto de investigación es realizar un estudio de casos en cuanto a las características de algunos plantadores de iglesias que han demostrado efectividad en su ministerio entre los hispanos de los Estados Unidos. Este trabajo busca demostrar la hipótesis de que los rasgos o características de un plantador de igesias efectivo pueden descubrirse y analizarse para su aplicación; por lo tanto, el estudio de las características de estos tres plantadores de iglesias revelará principios transferibles que pueden ser aplicados al ministerio de plantación de iglesias de otras personas. Con el propósito de probar la hipótesis y responder a la pregunta, el investigador hizo lo siguiente: seleccionar para este estudio de casos a tres reconocidos plantadores de iglesias que han estad trabajando por mucho tiempo con gente hispana en lost Estados Unidos. Lost resultados demostraron que dichas personas reflejan características similares que les ayudan en la ejecución de su labor, por lo que la hipótesis quedó demostrada.
Planting a Small Group Based Church in Philadelphis: A Case Study Carter, Bruce E. America is a mission field. Now, more than ever, America needs new churches to reach an ever growing, unchurched population. This project is a case study of the Philadelphia Seeker Project, describing the planting of a church based on small groups designed to reach the unchurched. The project devotes significant attention to the history, mission, vision, strategy, structure, values, and beliefs of the church. The study also chronicles the challenges of forming a core group, raising funds, finding a facility, developing leaders, and reaching seekers.
An Evaluated Evangelism Strategy for the People of the Old North Baptist Church, Canfield, Ohio Allen, Brent G. The need to share Jesus Christ is great. Christians have been commanded; yet most are apprehensive. The people of the Old North Baptist Church in Canfield, Ohio had been no different, until their objections were answered and they began to apply scriptural principles to their lives. This strategy of evangelism teaches Jesus' followers to utilize a few basic methods of building relationships with people, and be prepared to communicate the gospel in simple terms. It shows that when we look for opportunities and handle them responsibly, we will be effective in our witness.
An Evaluation of the Year-Long Pastoral Internship Ministry at the Blue Church Kutnow, James M. This project evaluates the effectiveness of a year-long Pastoral Internship Program offered from 1982 to 1991 at The Blue Church in Springfield, Pennsylvania, in order to enhance that program for future application. The project includes a literature search on the subject of "mentoring", a survey of pastoral internship opportunities offered by a representative group of evangelical seminaries and graduate schools of theology, a comparative analysis of three local church internship programs similar to the effort at Blue Church, and detailed appraisals of the six internships already served at Blue Church, carried out by means of personal interviews with each former intern. A proposal for an enhanced internship program, incorporating the modifications indicated, closes the study.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church #16 Karwoski, Gary S. This case study research is part of a larger study titled "Project Cathedral." It seeks to validate a leadership hypothesis developed by a group of Doctor of Ministry students and professors at Dallas Theological Seminary. The purpose of the project is embodied in the question, "What makes a Christian leader effective?" The leadership hypothesis that Project Cathedral has developed to answer this question is being tested by a series of case studies, including this research project. The nature of the study is to examine pastoral leadership from a strength-based perspective rather than a trait-based perspective. The hypothesis is that "An effective Christian leader is a servant leader who under the direction of the Holy Spirit maximizes strengths, minimizes limitations, and consistently grows in Christlike character in order to influence others to develop and accomplish a common vision." Two apparently successful churches in cities in the midwestern part of the United States were chosen as the case studies for this paper. Through the use of a questionnaire, a standard evaluation instrument, on-site observation and church documentation, data was collected, analyzed and interpreted, with the intent to observe if the senior pastor was functioning in a strength-based style of leadership as defined in the hypothesis. If he was, did it positively or negatively contribute to the apparent success of the church in achieving their vision? The hypothesis will be validated if and when the evidence shows a personal commitment by the effective senior pastor to maximize strengths, minimize limitations and grow in Christlike character to influence the congregation to work together to develop and accomplish a common vision. This study concludes with recommendations for further study in future case studies that may be part of this project or for additional research.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #17 Haan, William D. As part of the larger Project Cathedral, asking "What makes a Christian leader effective?", this project presents case studies of two Christian pastors in the western United States. Each serves a growing church in a metropolitan area. The project studies each pastor through the Personal Profile System (DISC), church archives, questionnaires, and on-site observations. The project finds a need to consider culture in defining effective Christian leadership, and offers recommendations for future study of the role of culture and the importance of character in Christian leadership.
Case Studies of Congregations Recovering from Pastoral Moral Failure Harrell, Robert R.,, Jr. This project interviews individual members of two autonomous, independent congregations in order to identify and understand the emotions they experienced in confronting the moral failure of their pastors. By studying what these members felt and when they felt it, how the leaders of the congregations responded, and the lingering consequences of their loss of confidence, the project hopes to inform, direct, and encourage other congregations facing similar crises. When congregational leaders are enabled to confront the feelings of members more effectively, they may lead them to improved spiritual health and a recovery of commitment.

1995

The Development of Systemic Prayer in the Local Church Hermansen, Richard N. The project unfolded from the question: Can a plan be developed whereby prayer in the local church affects the whole organism or system without drawing a lot of attention to that plan? The hypothesis was that systems prayer grows in the local church when believers today pray with the same intentions and motivations believers had in the Bible. A program was developed for group participants and then evaluated. The hypothesis was proven correct.
An Evaluation of the Spiritual Effect of Revival Meetings in Midwestern Evangelical Local Churches Hofer, Lonnie J. The primary question investigated was that of possible effects produced by a week of evangelistic/revival meetings in a local church. The `null' hypothesis was "there will be no significant difference in reported behaviors and attitudes by a congregation in a church before and after it has experienced a week of special services." The hypothesis was proven correct. The results, gained by using the spiritual inventory checklist which was developed for this project, did not show a statistically significant difference in a local congregation as a whole between the pre-test and post-test given four weeks later.
Test and Evaluation of Values Changed by Preaching the New Testament Metaphor of the Sojourner Gibson, David F. The lives of believers are significantly shaped by the metaphors or identities which they choose to define themselves. One of the most prevalent and powerful metaphors of identity promoted by the American culture is that of the resident, the person whose home, values and choices are all defined by time and space. The New Testament, in stark contrast to this metaphor, presents the believer with the metaphor of the sojourner. The sojourner is a believer who has accepted the reality that he is a temporary resident of the earth and of time. He knows that his real home is in eternity and he is determined to base his life and choices on the unseen truths of God. The hypothesis of this dissertation states that the believers of Christ Community Church can be significantly moved toward the sojourner perspective in thinking, feeling and acting by a seven-part series of messages on the sojourner identity and principles. This hypothesis assumes that many believers in Christ Community Church exhibit thoughts, feelings and actions that are shaped by the cultural metaphor of the resident and thus they need to adopt the sojourner identity. This hypothesis was proven to be true as demonstrated by the significant shifts in responses to the post-test instrument.
Case Studies of the Mother-Daughter Church Planting in North American Chinese Churches Louie, Alvin The thesis was that the mother-daughter model of church planting was one of the more effective models for church planting today and for the Oakland Chinese Independent Baptist Church to actually implement a church plant after the same model and then to evaluate the model. A study in the book of Acts, a literature search on church planting models and plans, a questionnaire and two case studies demonstrated the effectiveness of the model. The Oakland CIBC then successfully implemented the mother-daughter model by using a seven-step plan to plant a daughter church.
Preparing Engaged Couples for Marriage in Sweden Breneman, John R. The project evolved from the question: how will a marriage preparation program for engaged couples affect marital relationships in Sweden? The hypothesis was that couples would experience a greater degree of marital satisfaction after having participated in the program. Eight engaged couples participated in the program which was developed by the author. Each of the couples took the PREPARE marital inventory at the beginning (pre-test) and end (post-test) of the program to measure the progress of the couples and the effectiveness of the program. The research indicated that the program made a positive impact on the couples as they entered into marriage.
The Great Evangelical Swap: What Causes Them to Change Churches Button, Lee A. The project began as a personal search for reasons why evangelical Christians who have not changed residence change churches. It was theorized that many of the issues involved in such choices were not clearly understood or validated. The resultant hypothesis was that an anonymous survey of those who had switched churches would reveal the major causes for a church change. The theory was proven to be true. The Church Attendance Survey disclosed the common causes for changing churches. Thus church leaders have a basis for improving member retention.
The Epistolary Imperatives as Paradigm for Discipleship Training Dillon, Mitchell W. This project evolved from the question, "What should be taught, or 'passed on,' in a discipleship training program?" The New Testament Epistles offer a unique model of discipleship for the church as well as content for discipleship training. A study of the evolution of discipleship from the Gospels to the context of the church supports this hypothesis. The project develops a paradigm from the Epistles, which it then implements and evaluates for its effectiveness. The Pre-test/Post-test design demonstrated that the program is effective.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #12 Cramer, Gary S.,, Jr. This case study, as part of a larger project entitled Project Cathedral, seeks to validate a hypothesis composed by a group of Doctor of Ministry students and professors at Dallas Theological Seminary. The purpose of the project is to answer the question "What makes a Christian leader effective?" The nature of the study is to study pastoral leadership from a strength-based perspective rather than a trait-based perspective. The hypothesis states that "An effective Christian leader maximizes his strengths, minimizes his limitations, develops in biblical character, in order to attract others to accomplish a common biblical vision." Two visibly successful churches in the northeastern part of the United States were selected for this case study. Through the use of questionnaire, evaluation tool, on-site observation and church documentation, data was collected, analyzed and interpreted. The intent was to observe whether or not the senior pastor was operating from a strength-based methodology of leadership. If he was operating from a strength-based methodology did it affect his church positively or negatively in achieving their vision? The hypothesis will be validated when the evidence points to a personal commitment on the part of the effective senior pastor to maximize his strengths, minimize his limitations, develop in biblical character, such that the congregation is willing and striving together with him to fulfill a common vision. Included in this study are recommendations for future case studies that are part of this project.
Forced Pastoral Exits: An Empirical Study Crowell, Rodney J. Data from a 1990 survey of 386 American Protestant pastors is compared with two previous studies and business administration monographs to support the conclusion that contentious individuals or rival power groups within the congregation are factors leading to forced pastoral exits as much as any pastoral malfeasance. Statistical hypothesis testing also reveals a significant difference in the rate of forced exits between pastors who have served primarily in disciplining churches and those who have not. Church discipline is a moderately significant factor in reducing forced pastoral exits by thirty-nine percent.
Design and Program Evaluation of Leadership Training and Development for Ministry Leaders in the Local Church Ewing, Bruce A. The object of this dissertation is the design and evaluation of a leadership development program entitled Discipleship for Leadership. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the design of the Discipleship for Leadership material and its effect on those who participated in the program. The hypothesis is: "Laymen will recognize and develop their leadership potential in much the same way the disciples did when they are confronted with the same simple principles Jesus taught His disciples after He first called them to follow Him." This dissertation reveals three different test instruments which measure growth from general attitudes to specific numerically valued changes in those who participated in the program. The instruments used were in the form of personal interviews, extensive surveys and personal inventories. The personal inventories required the development of a computer program which will expedite a continual evaluation of future participants of Discipleship for Leadership. The conclusion reached as the result of this research of the leadership program Discipleship for Leadership significantly validates the hypothesis.
A Long Term Sermon Preparation Program for Preaching Mark with Strategies to Promote Congregational Change at Saanichton Bible Fellowship in Saanichton, British Columbia Stinton, Richard W. The project hypothesizes that a sermon series from Mark's gospel developed through a long-term preparation program would effect increased discipleship among the congregation. The sermon preparation process develops a synthetic outline, propositions (exegetical, theological and homiletical) for sermon portions and message outlines. The communication strategy designs sermons to persuasively preach elements of discipleship. The spiritual journey evaluation measures congregational change in discipleship attitudes and actions. The post-test assesses relative effects of other variables. The congregation demonstrated increased discipleship, though the difference was not statistically significant. The preparation model is considered valuable and recommendations for ministry and studies are stated.
The Evaluation and Response to the Employment of the Meta-Church Small Group Model at Starford Park Bible Chapel, in Champaign,Illinois Stauff, Leland C. This dissertation was an evaluation and response to the employment of the meta-church at Stratford Park Chapel in Champaign, Illinois. The small groups were expanded to become a meta-church model in September 1993 with the evaluation ending April 1994. The thesis (using empirical research) was to show that the meta-church model would have immediate and long-term qualitative and quantitative effects upon the church. The results of the program and research included 4 small groups with 43 adults increasing to 11 with 101 adults, with an increase from 42 percent to 81 percent participation in April 1994. Additional research and surveys showed results attributable to the program.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #15 Wilt, Stephen K. This dissertation affirms strength-based Christian leadership as opposed to trait-based. It is part of Project Cathedral supervised by the the Center for Christian Leadership of Dallas Theological Seminary. It consists of a biblical study of Moses, a search of recent periodical literature, an analysis of Credibility by Kouzes and Posner, and case studies of two senior pastors. The case studies reviewed church documents, performed on-site observations and employed a questionnaire and the Personal Profile System (Performax). The hypothesis was validated. The paper also contains a brief summary of Project Cathedral and recommendations for future studies.
Ministry to Families of the Mentally Ill Waterhouse, Steven W. This project's research question was: what are the spiritual/emotional needs among evangelical relatives of persons with schizophrenia, and which Bible truths are effective in ministering to these needs and answering these questions? A book was written and tested by surveying Christians in the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). Results demonstrate evangelical families have frustrations with churches and ministers. They also struggle with isolation, depression, fears, denial, family conflicts and concern over demons. These who withdraw from Christian fellowship or think demons cause mental illness respond with lower test scores. The appendix gives a statistical summary.

1994

An Analysis of the Effectiveness of the Dramatic Monologue Compared with the Traditional Sermon Thompson, David S. This study developed from the question: Is the first person narrative more effective than the sermon in communicating the truths of the Word of God? The hypothesis was that the first person narrative is more effective than the traditional sermon in communicating the truths of the Word of God. The test design was similar to the Solomon Four Group Design. The hypothesis was not proven to be true. The test design did not indicate that the first person narrative was more effective than the traditional sermon.
Development of an Integrated Evangelism Program for Cornerstone Bible Church, Glendora, CA Shoff, Donald G. This project blends relational and proclamational evangelism methods in an evangelistic strategy that is culturally relevant to southern California. Since the goal of evangelism is seen as making disciples, the strategy places heavy emphasis on assimilating new believers into the local church. Ten New Testament principles of evangelism form the basis for evaluating the three case studies as well as providing the theological orientation for the strategy. The three-step strategy takes a chronological approach to the task of local church evangelism. The steps are: cultivation, proclamation, and assimilation.
A Biblical and Practical Analysis of Intra-Family Communication and its Effect on the Youth Ministry at Black Rock Congregational Church Robertson, Rodney B. The project sets forth four foundational principles necessary for effective family life and the development of a proper intra-family communication pattern. The project also examines eight of the most common family communication patterns, considering in each case a general description of the pattern; its impact on family members; a comparison with biblical principles; the impact it has on youth ministry in the local church; and suggestions for changes and improvements. A learning system is included, designed to teach the basic content of the project.
Developing and Testing a Model to Train Church Planters in Eastern Europe Nikitin, Mark Ivan This research project evolved from the question: How can missionaries strategically help in meeting the critical need for more churches and more pastors in Eastern Europe? This study sought to develop and test a model to train church planters in Eastern Europe. This model was built around the multiplication mechanism found in 2 Timothy 2:2. A biblical study of church planting was done to establish a basis for the model and provide materials for teaching a church planting course. This study confirmed that leadership development and church planting are strategic ministries in meeting the spiritual needs of Eastern Europe.
An Analysis of Case Studies of Evangelism and Church Planting in Southern Spain Mariscal, Moises This project evolved from the question: What one can learn from specific cases of evangelism and church planting in southern Spain to find the best manner to carry out this ministry there? The hypothesis was that the placement of workers in the appropriate community, and the selection of the best method for evangelism in accord with national believers would be the best strategy. The hypothesis proved to be correct, and thus the possibility to succeed in this ministry in Spain.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #13 Falkner, Joseph E. The study seeks to validate a hypothesis of leadership concerning the nature of pastoral leadership. The hypothesis states that an effective Christian leader maximizes his strengths, minimizes his weaknesses, and develops in Christlike character in order to attract others to accomplish a common vision. To validate the hypothesis, two leaders were chosen who pastor visibly successful churches. Through the use of questionnaire, the Personal Profiles System (Performax), on-site observation, and church documentation, the case study ascertained whether the senior pastors were operating from a strength-based methodology. Questions focusing on the five areas of the hypothesis were asked of the senior pastor, two staff members, two board members, the pastor's spouse, and twenty-five members of the congregation chosen at random. The final purpose of the project is to develop recommendations and tools to help pastors grow in the use of their gifts in leadership.
Project Cathedral Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #11 Engelthaler, Mark R. The purpose of Project Cathedral is to study the nature and development of effective Christian leaders from a strength-based rather than a trait-based perspective. The hypothesis reads: an effective Christian leader maximizes his strengths, minimizes his limitations and consistently grows in Christlike character while influencing others to develop and accomplish a common vision. In this dissertation two pastors of visibly growing churches were selected as subjects for evaluating the Project Cathedral hypothesis. Through the use of aquestionnaire, an evaluation tool, on-site observations and church documentation, data were collected, analyzed and interpreted for each case study. Based upon the evidence presented, both subjects in these case studies validate the Project Cathedral hypothesis for effective Christian leaders. The long-range goal of Project Cathedral is to develop tools to help pastors be more equipped in analyzing their gifts, character development and vision, evaluating their ministry skills and assessing action steps needed for improvement of leadership. Included are recommendations for future case studies that are part of this project.
An Evaluation of Doctrine I as Taught in Southeast Asia Clark, David W. This dissertation project is a formative evaluation of a theology course taught in a two-week seminar format in a multicultural setting in southeast Asia. Doctrine I is a required course in the In-Ministry Master of Religious Education program of the Southeast Asia Extension Program. The course was taught at the four seminar sites of SAEP (Manilla, Ilolio City, Hong Kong and Bangkok), with twenty-seven students participating. A pretest-posttest design was followed using two equivalent tests. The data gathered was also used to compare the scores of Bible college and secular college graduates, to study the educational value of detailed lecture notes compared to outline notes, and to compare the scores of three groups by nationality. The posttest scores were sufficiently higher than the pretest scores to show the overall effectiveness of the course. The results from the three subproblems were not conclusive.
A Case Study in Church Crisis Managemant Focused on Sexual Abuse of Children Buchman, Randy A. The dissertation employed a case study approach to examine a situation of the sexual abuse of children. In the situation, twelve children and male adolescents were sexually abused by a male teenager from the church family. The focus of the research was upon the manner in which the leadership dealt with the problem. Information was gathered from various parties involved; the responses of these various groups were then compared and evaluated. The goal of the research was to discover and chronicle principles of leadership in the midst of a crisis, specifically one involving sexual abuse in a church. Questions regarding church discipline involved what constitutes cause for official church discipline, how discipline is to be carried out, and what also constitutes reason for the removal of the action. The dissertation also briefly addressed the issue of the relationship of church and state in matters involving the criminal activity of a church member. The conclusion was to declare that leadership involvement in managing crises is a necessary and constitutent part of church ministry.
Case Studies of Pastoral Leadership in the Church, #10 Brewer, William S. The case studies contained in this dissertation were designed to test the following hypothesis: an effective Christian leader maximizes his strengths, minimizes his limitations and consistently grows in Christlike character while influencing others to develop and accomplish a common vision. In this dissertation two pastors of visibly growing churches in the United States were selected as subjects for evaluating the hypothesis. It is also part of a larger project designed to develop tools to help pastors be more equipped for leadership in the local church. The conclusion reached as the result of this research is that the subjects of the two case studies in this dissertation do validate the hypothesis.
A Teacher's Manual on Christian Evidences for Educated Chinese in North America Lam, Brian W. K. The purpose of this dissertation is to produce a teacher's manual on Christian evidences for a thirteen-lesson adult Sunday school class for educated Chinese in North America. Lessons include evidences on the existence of God, the Bible as the Word of God, creation, origin of the universe, the problem of pain, Chinese ancestor worship, and resurrection. The class ends with a gospel presentation and an invitation to salvation. With this manual, the teacher is equipped with lesson plans, handouts, resources for learning activities, masters for visual aids, small group discussion questions, and suggested reading material.
A Comparison of the Formative and Continuing Essential Characteristics of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International with a Proposal for shaping Strategic Vision Hardy, David W. The project evolved from a concern over the lack of printed material describing the essence of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. The hypothesis was that the BBFI is a formidable separatist movement, that it reflects the archetypal fundamentalist doctrinal position constructed at the turn of the century, and that its original purpose and identity remain intact. Both historical and empirical research methods were employed. It was determined that the BBFI does reflect the fundamentalist doctrinal position, that it has retained its original purpose and identity, and appears to be the largest expression of fundamentalism in America.

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Developing disciple-makers among Singaporean women: a case study Tan, Florence This case study evolved from the question: "How do urban Asian women of the Asia-Pacific Rim make disciples for Christ within their respective spheres of influence and beyond?" The Singapore situation has shown that committed women motivate through modeling biblically and equipping a selected few in the context of a small group or living together. Mature disciples trained in ministry apartments have been reproducing, thus augmenting the local churches. Disciple-making programs provide opportunities for the exercise of God-given abilities and enhance international networking. The training process to make disciples, in contrast to the production of "MacDisciples," is a slow, specialized and personalized one.