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In The Shade Of Vallombrosa: Reimagining Christian Formation At Biola University Through Apophatic Spirituality, Transgressive Pedagogy, And The Logic Of Practice, Patrick R. Saia Oct 2019

In The Shade Of Vallombrosa: Reimagining Christian Formation At Biola University Through Apophatic Spirituality, Transgressive Pedagogy, And The Logic Of Practice, Patrick R. Saia

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The binding characteristic of Biola University’s theological identity represents a hierarchical spirituality rooted in “thinking biblically about everything.” As a result, Biola espouses a resolutely kataphatic [1] spirituality that reduces Christian formation to the transmission of biblical knowledge while neglecting the formation of the whole person. This approach is regrettably deficient in addressing the dynamics of embodiment and the role of ritualized rhythms in both the curricular and co-curricular educational pedagogy.

This project explores an alternative approach regarding Christian formation for undergraduate students at Biola. It will establish methods of habitual immersion in a combination of Christian practices. The ...


A Spiritual Direction Program For Centro Hispanos De Estudios Teológicos (Chet), Cameron Wu-Cardona May 2019

A Spiritual Direction Program For Centro Hispanos De Estudios Teológicos (Chet), Cameron Wu-Cardona

Doctor of Ministry Projects

Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, discernment and prayer that presents a vision of life with the expectation of finding God in all things. While Latinx ministry leaders in the Evangelical Covenant Church (“Covenant”) have gained increased exposure to this ministry, it remains limited among some ethnic/cultural groups. As such, this doctoral project proposes the creation of a bilingual spiritual direction certification program at Centro Hispanos de Estudios Teológicos (CHET) to train Latinx ministry leaders serving the broader Latinx community.

The approach to this proposed program would encompass bridging historically divergent streams of Christian spirituality utilizing Richard Foster ...


How North American Parents Can Support The Holistic Development Of Their Teenage Children, Teresa Tong Mar 2019

How North American Parents Can Support The Holistic Development Of Their Teenage Children, Teresa Tong

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The purpose of this project is to analyze the current context of North American parents and their teenagers so as to recommend ways they can support the holistic development (body, mind, and soul) of their children. Although many factors contribute to the outcome, balanced nurturing can give them a better chance of enjoying a healthier adulthood later in life. Children need support and guidance from multiple sectors, especially parents, in their holistic development.

This paper is divided into three parts. Part One focuses on analyzing the environment and challenges faced by today’s young people and their parents in North ...


Foundations For A Postgraduate Level Youth Ministry Course In São Paulo, Brazil, Ana Bedicks Mrs Feb 2019

Foundations For A Postgraduate Level Youth Ministry Course In São Paulo, Brazil, Ana Bedicks Mrs

Doctor of Ministry Projects

According to the last census in Brazil in 2010, there is an overwhelming Christian population (86.8 percent). There are many seminaries, religious institutions, churches and great Christian theologians, both Catholic and Evangelical, however, youth ministry is not considered to be an area of study for any of them. For that reason, the aim of this final project is to create and develop a postgraduate level youth ministry course in São Paulo, Brazil.

Part One of this project describes the context of church and youth ministry in São Paulo, the history of youth ministry in Brazil and the context of ...


Naming The Lies: A Spiritual Diagnostic Tool For The Leaders Of Kairos, Christopher M. Brooks Sr. Feb 2019

Naming The Lies: A Spiritual Diagnostic Tool For The Leaders Of Kairos, Christopher M. Brooks Sr.

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The purpose of this project is to equip the leaders of the Kairos congregation at Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee to utilize a spiritual diagnostic tool in small group settings to name the lies keeping them from maturing in Christ. Having experienced catalytic growth in its early years, the Kairos staff must adapt to the increasing pastoral and discipleship needs of young adults. Without a leadership pipeline to equip and train leaders to address the unique needs of young adults, small groups have struggled to develop a strategic approach to spiritual formation for leaders other than lecture environments. The ...


The Justice Thread: A Curriculum For Ghanaian Churches On Biblical Justice And Child Trafficking, Matthew K. Robbins Feb 2019

The Justice Thread: A Curriculum For Ghanaian Churches On Biblical Justice And Child Trafficking, Matthew K. Robbins

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The goal of this project is to support the work of International Justice Mission in Ghana to end child trafficking by developing a compelling curriculum on biblical justice. The Justice Thread is an eight-week Bible study tracing the theme of biblical justice as it unfolds throughout the Bible. The curriculum aims to be a practical and contextually appropriate tool for churches in Ghana, which currently lack resources, training, and emphasis on justice-related ministry. The Justice Thread seeks to introduce participants to the God of justice while also educating them about the injustice of child trafficking in their midst. Ultimately, participants ...


Countering The Criminalization Of Youth: A Denominational Strategy For Developing A Holistic Ecclesiastical Approach, Richard W. Griffith Jan 2019

Countering The Criminalization Of Youth: A Denominational Strategy For Developing A Holistic Ecclesiastical Approach, Richard W. Griffith

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The purpose of this project is to create a strategy within the North Georgia United Methodist Church Conference (NGUMC) structures to counter the criminalization of youth by engaging in opportunities that bring awareness to the NGUMC and then engage in mentoring and other activities designed to counter this criminalization of youth through holistic and intergenerational approaches at the various ecclesiastical levels within the Conference. There is a growing concern among educators and other youth service professionals in regards to what has been called “the school to prison pipeline.” While a growing number of youth are at risk of falling victim ...


How Brentwood Academy Can Fulfill The School’S Mission For Its Minority Students, Steven Widmaier Oct 2017

How Brentwood Academy Can Fulfill The School’S Mission For Its Minority Students, Steven Widmaier

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The goal of this study is to determine how Brentwood Academy can care for minority students in ways defined by the school’s mission statement. This study argues that the school needs to be more intentional about the way it serves students of color. This can be done by rejecting a colorblind model and adopting one that treats people equally while celebrating differences. This thesis has been tested against current scholarship and in Scripture.

Through careful examination of Scripture, God’s heart for the disenfranchised is clear. It is clear in the Old Testament, Jesus’ teachings, and Paul’s writings ...