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The Journey Of A Cme Minister Into The Perspectives Of Millennials On Church Attendance And Church Involvement, Roslyn Mafico May 2016

The Journey Of A Cme Minister Into The Perspectives Of Millennials On Church Attendance And Church Involvement, Roslyn Mafico

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Across the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) connectional church, there appears to be a widening gap between an ageing population of members and the youth and young adult population. This widening gap manifests itself in millennials insignificant participation in church worship and church activities. As this gap continues to grow, the denomination does not appear to have significant strategies to address it. At the inception of this study, the millennial attendance at Sunday morning worship services and at other church related activities at Linden-Shorts CME church, in Atlanta, Georgia, was very inconsistent and at times almost non-existent.

This study is important ...


A Narrative For A Positive Aging Lifestyle, Ada M. Farmer May 2016

A Narrative For A Positive Aging Lifestyle, Ada M. Farmer

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The purpose of this project was to address the lack of Christian Education for less literate seniors at the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The objective was to empower seniors to have a greater sense of self-worth by highlighting their abilities and acknowledging the insight that seniors bring to the conversation within the Christian community.

The project took place at the Mount Ephraim Baptist Church. Less literate seniors in the congregation were invited to be involved in a Christian Education class that was designed to help seniors envision their goals, identify the barriers that precluded them from reaching ...


Using Servant Leadership To Become A Healthychurch, Anna Maddox Foster May 2016

Using Servant Leadership To Become A Healthychurch, Anna Maddox Foster

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The purpose of this project was to introduce servant leadership within the Fruitland /Allen Charge to encourage healthy leadership skills within the church. We worked on developing a leadership style, which included more people in making decisions, improving listening skills, working together as a better unit and empowering others to see their potential for being leaders. We started the process with ten members of the Bible study class. These ten people also took the Trinity Western University Servant Leadership Self-Assessment tool. Only three persons demonstrated the qualities of a servant leader, however, the others scored high on leadership, but just ...


Sticks And Stones: Words That Scar A Community, Leslie Sue Hand May 2016

Sticks And Stones: Words That Scar A Community, Leslie Sue Hand

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The issue that this study addresses is twofold: the first part of the issue is the current prohibitive language of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church in regards to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Queer identified community within the context of the North Alabama Conference, and the second part is how this language has impacted the narrative of this particular community's experience of the United Methodist Church. The methodology will evaluate the effect that the current language of doctrinal standards has on the LGBTQ community, examine the plight of this community as well as those ...


A Pastoral Leadership Model Of Mutuality For Greater True Vine Baptist Church, Issac L. Williams May 2016

A Pastoral Leadership Model Of Mutuality For Greater True Vine Baptist Church, Issac L. Williams

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The purpose of this project is to promote transformative change within a local church by establishing an ethos of mutuality built upon mutually shared religious beliefs rather than shared culture or age. The pastor of a predominantly African-American church of approximately two hundred members located in the City of Pensacola in the panhandle of Florida observed that there was no perceived cooperative and collaborative exchange between those who shared a culture (individuals bound together with certain beliefs, interests, and culture) or those who were from the same generation within the church. The church being studied is an urban inner-city ministry ...


Lord Teach Us To Pray: Preparing Teachers, Class Leaders, And Clergy For Teaching Faith Practices, Johnnie Lewis Cook Jr May 2015

Lord Teach Us To Pray: Preparing Teachers, Class Leaders, And Clergy For Teaching Faith Practices, Johnnie Lewis Cook Jr

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The membership of St. Paul AME Church needs an increase in spiritual formation. Christian spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. Faith practices such as meditation, worship, prayer, solitude, and service aid Christians in collaborating with God's transformative work to develop spiritual formation. The project consisted of a twenty-person group of committed teachers, class leaders and clergy participating in five preparing sessions, taught every other week, then facilitating classes. There were three resources used to evaluate the qualitative effectiveness of the project: 1) a participant observer, 2) a ...


About Our God's Business: A Strategy For Implementing An Entrepreneurial Ministry Model In An Historic African American Church, Elaine Gattis May 2015

About Our God's Business: A Strategy For Implementing An Entrepreneurial Ministry Model In An Historic African American Church, Elaine Gattis

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The context for this project is Mt. Olive Baptist Church located in the suburb of Stockbridge, Georgia. It is a predominately African American, mid-sized (seven hundred plus members) historic church, established in 1870 and boasting over 144 years of history.

The researcher is concerned that Mt. Olive appears to be a church that is preoccupied With financial fears that are preventing it from engaging in Outreach ministry. Furthermore, the researcher contends that by reshaping the attitudes of the members and leadership in Mt. Olive about entrepreneurial ministry, the church will become more willing to use its resources for ministries of ...


An Examination Of Contextual Theological Education In The Progressive Primitive Baptist Church, Edward Thomas Hayes May 2014

An Examination Of Contextual Theological Education In The Progressive Primitive Baptist Church, Edward Thomas Hayes

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This project was to done to begin the implementation of contextual theological education to pastors, ministers, and Christian workers in their geographical locales, and to fulfill the mandate for theological education within the Progressive Primitive Baptist Church. Its initial focus is Progressive Primitive Baptists residing in the jurisdiction of the Primitive Baptist State Convention of Florida. The project consisted of three years of preparatory work which led to the establishment of an extension unit in Tallahassee, Florida (August 2012).

Preparatory work began through the Florida State Primitive Baptist Church School Congress in April 2005. Members of the Church School Congress ...


Back On Track: The Epidemic Of Violence Among African-American Youth In The Gresham Park Community, Hubert Brown May 2014

Back On Track: The Epidemic Of Violence Among African-American Youth In The Gresham Park Community, Hubert Brown

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This project was designed to address the reduction and prevention of violence of African- American youth ages (12-16) within the Gresham Park Community of Decatur, Georgia. Moral development and character development are used interchangeably.

A curriculum was developed for youth and parents to assist them to help young people in reaching their potential regarding moral character to avoid the pitfalls of violence. The underlying principles of the study were moral character, spiritual formation, and personal responsibility. The major premise of the project was that if youth feel good about themselves and feel a connection to God, parents, school, and community ...


Scratching The Stained Glass Ceiling: Inspiring Women Through The Voices Of Other Women, Lavonia Elizabeth Kess Mcintyre May 2013

Scratching The Stained Glass Ceiling: Inspiring Women Through The Voices Of Other Women, Lavonia Elizabeth Kess Mcintyre

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Women in leadership have had a difficult time rising into positions of leadership in the church. Qualified women in the local church are not realizing their dreams and or achieving their goals because of barriers which include sexism in the church and society, cultural differences and the inner struggles through various expected roles within their family structure. Women in the local church need proper nurturing, guidance and or support in the articulation or the manifestation of their ministerial visions and goals.

There is very little data available regarding women in leadership. Research suggests that even though women make up the ...


The Pastoral Care Professional As Pastoraldramist And Holistic Caregiver: Addressing The Churchgoing Experiences Of Black Youth Through Pastoral Care And Psychodrama, Alicia Cleopatra Tulloss May 2013

The Pastoral Care Professional As Pastoraldramist And Holistic Caregiver: Addressing The Churchgoing Experiences Of Black Youth Through Pastoral Care And Psychodrama, Alicia Cleopatra Tulloss

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When looking at the churchgoing experience of African American youth and ways of ministering to them in a holistic way, it is important to realize that the youth are truly the future of our congregations. In order to address the issues and the needs that have been presented by the teens of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, the researcher of this dissertation developed a project (and consequently) a therapeutic tool that would serve to provide a safe (confidential, non-judgmental, therapeutic) space of free self-expression, to foster healthy mental and social ...


Finding A Missional Church Identity, Monica D. Redmond May 2013

Finding A Missional Church Identity, Monica D. Redmond

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This Doctor of Ministry project is a Case- guided study of a mega- African American church that developed a Bible study used for church wide identity formation. The study was conducted during completion of a Doctor of Ministry degree. It is a study of a church facing the formidable challenges that they must face as a church serving a community with complex and varied needs.

A case -guided research was chosen for this Doctor of Ministry project because it encompassed the process that was essential to investigation of a church searching for its mission identity.

This was a study of ...


The Church And Alcoholism: A Model For Empowering Rivertown United Methodist Church To Address The Addiction Of Alcohol, Rev. Steven D. Jones Apr 2013

The Church And Alcoholism: A Model For Empowering Rivertown United Methodist Church To Address The Addiction Of Alcohol, Rev. Steven D. Jones

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This Doctor of Ministry project is a study of A Model for Empowering Rivertown United Methodist Church (UMC) to Address the Addiction of Alcohol in the church and the surrounding community. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate to Rivertown UMC and Rocky Head UMC how churches can reach out to the addicted community in order to assist the alcoholics with recovery from their addictions. This project will address the problems of alcohol addiction. The project includes members of Rivertown UMC, Rocky Head UMC and Rama Community Church of Palmetto, Georgia. The project was designed and implemented by the ...


The Development Of New Life Christian Academy: A Resourceful K-5 To Twelfth Grade Christian School Established In A Rural Setting On St. Helena Island, South Carolina, Daniel Lee Russell Jr. Mar 2013

The Development Of New Life Christian Academy: A Resourceful K-5 To Twelfth Grade Christian School Established In A Rural Setting On St. Helena Island, South Carolina, Daniel Lee Russell Jr.

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This dissertation will address the implementation of New Life Christian Academy (NLCA), a Christian Education School, produced out of New Life Deliverance Temple (NLDT), in St. Helena Island, South Carolina. The desire was to target students who have a desire in educational and spiritual achievements regardless of race, creed or religion. Parents who have become disillusioned with the Beaufort County public school system will be presented the progress of the current students at NLCA, who have transferred from the public school setting. The researcher founded the school by merging a homeschool run by a parent of NLDT and a new ...


Helping Black Pentecostal Church Leaders Construct A Dialogue On Black Women's Sexuality That Dispels Negative Stereotypes And Behaviors, Thus Creating Positive Images Of God's Creation, Diana D. Mitchell Dec 2012

Helping Black Pentecostal Church Leaders Construct A Dialogue On Black Women's Sexuality That Dispels Negative Stereotypes And Behaviors, Thus Creating Positive Images Of God's Creation, Diana D. Mitchell

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This dissertation project addressed the implementation of a Dialogue on the topic of Sexuality in the Black Pentecostal church, at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Today, Inc. (COTLJCT) in Douglasville, GA. In continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ, all Christian leaders, including leaders in the Black Pentecostal church have a great responsibility to imitate Christ through their actions. While providing ministerial care that addresses moral issues encountered by the Christian community and the world, Christian leaders must always consider the question, What Would Jesus Do? The contemplation of this inquiry is necessary towards delivering the type of service and ...


Beyond The Walls Of The Church: A Strategy For Implementing A Community Outreach Ministry, Terrance J. Gattis Nov 2012

Beyond The Walls Of The Church: A Strategy For Implementing A Community Outreach Ministry, Terrance J. Gattis

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This dissertation will address the implementation of a Community Outreach Ministry at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. The working hypothesis of this project is that Mt. Olive is called to use its resources to care for and serve the local community, and in so doing, the church will help to meet the needs within its local community. Therefore, the scope of this project is to establish a Community Outreach Ministry at Mt. Olive that will primarily serve the elderly within the community who are facing issues of food insecurity. The goal of the project is to involve Mt ...


Bridging The Gap Between Sunday In The Combat Zone And Sunday At Home, Eric D. Jackson Sr. May 2012

Bridging The Gap Between Sunday In The Combat Zone And Sunday At Home, Eric D. Jackson Sr.

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  • In the past decade, demand for emotional, pastoral, and other support for veterans returning from the Middle East war zone, as well as their families, has escalated dramatically. In today’s military environment, service members and their families are experiencing an unprecedented number of extended deployments. The average deployment for an active duty soldier is approximately 12 to 15 months and 18 months for members of the U.S. Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Soldiers are experiencing multiple deployments with little time in between which can be a particularly stressful time for soldiers and their families, as they prepare ...


Using The Arts (Music, Mime, Dace, And Drama) To Enhance The Spirituality Of The Youth, ‘Will De’Angeleo Hayes Iii May 2012

Using The Arts (Music, Mime, Dace, And Drama) To Enhance The Spirituality Of The Youth, ‘Will De’Angeleo Hayes Iii

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The purpose of this project was to examine carefully how the arts (music, mime, dance, and drama) could potentially enhance the spirituality of youth between the ages of 13 and 19. The researcher’s aim was to use the arts to make the stories and messages of the Bible come “alive” in a creative and innovative manner. Afler meeting with a select group of leaders on August 27, 2009, regarding the needs of the youth, the researcher moved forward with the assurance of membership support regarding the proposed Doctor of Ministry of Project based on the arts. Throughout the process ...


Bridging Hospice And Church: Preparing Church Members To Be Hospice Volunteers, Keith M. Wilks May 2012

Bridging Hospice And Church: Preparing Church Members To Be Hospice Volunteers, Keith M. Wilks

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There are a number of hospice patients and their families struggling through the end-of-life journey without the aid and comfort of a faith community. Some of these families have been separated from faith communities for many years. Hospice provides spiritual care to all patients who will accept chaplain support. However, there is still a place for the local church to join in the care plan for hospice patients and their families. As a Heartland Hospice chaplain and local pastor the researcher became aware there was a divide between Heartland Hospice and local churches in the area. This project was designed ...


Conflict Trasformation In The Church, Julie Anne Grace Apr 2012

Conflict Trasformation In The Church, Julie Anne Grace

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This study examined conflict transformation as a viable method to resolve conflict and a viable tool to train church leaders to transform conflict into sustainable peace. Conflict between congregants, specifically between leaders, has become an especially relevant issue in the church. The church tends to view conflict as abysmal failure—an embarrassment that should be hidden. The reality is that it is only through conflict that one learns and grows. The growth edge is where authentic, honest relationships are developed, ego-selves restrained, and ego-groups transcended. The author developed a training module titled “Conflict Transformation in the Church” to explore the ...


Evangelism As A Local Church Outreach Ministry To Women And Children Affected With Hiv And Aids At Chikanga Umc In Zimbabwe, Africa, Martha Mukangara May 2011

Evangelism As A Local Church Outreach Ministry To Women And Children Affected With Hiv And Aids At Chikanga Umc In Zimbabwe, Africa, Martha Mukangara

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Of the many challenges that Zimbabwe is facing, the HIV and AIDS pandemic ranks most threatening. This project draws attention and focuses on set-ups probing into the nature of the approaches to combat the pandemic. Given the issues surrounding the spread of the virus, including, for example, stigmatization/discrimination, sexuality, models of transmission, cultural beliefs and practices, trauma, health-care services, aid organizations as well as governance issues. People raise questions that cut across the societal belief terrains on the one hand, and scientific/technological advancements on the other. This project explores how to empower women and children with HIV and ...


National Guard And Reserve Soldiers With Ptsd: Families, Churches, And Communities Returning Them To Wholeness, Anthony J. Cook Apr 2011

National Guard And Reserve Soldiers With Ptsd: Families, Churches, And Communities Returning Them To Wholeness, Anthony J. Cook

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The National Guard and Reserve components of the United States Armed forces are not fully able to receive access to treatment for post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) to the same degree as their Active component counter partners. One of the main reasons for this occurrence is that Active Duty military soldiers return from the war zone to their Army Post communities. The Active Component have available to them all of the Army’s resources and personnel at their deposal. But National Guard and Reserve components return back to their local communities without access to the resources and personnel to assist ...


Hallelujah And Amen: The African-American Reliious Aesthetic And Black Women In The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints In Southwest Atlanta, Georgia, Paulette Lavomme Payne Jul 2009

Hallelujah And Amen: The African-American Reliious Aesthetic And Black Women In The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints In Southwest Atlanta, Georgia, Paulette Lavomme Payne

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This study explores how racial and religious identities are impacted and subsequently reconciled among Black women who join the historically White Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia. This study was based upon the premise that the African-American religious aesthetic and the Black Church shape racial and religious identities. Therefore, identity reconciliation among Black LDS women who previously attended the Black church is jeopardized. A mixed-methods research approach was used to measure Black women’s ability to reconcile their racial and religious identities. The data gathered enabled the researcher to broadly determine the degree to ...


Building A Multicultural Congregation At Central Park United Methodist Church: Paradigm Shift From Ethnocentrism To Ethnorelativism, Kanunu Emmanuel Busambwa May 2009

Building A Multicultural Congregation At Central Park United Methodist Church: Paradigm Shift From Ethnocentrism To Ethnorelativism, Kanunu Emmanuel Busambwa

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The writer of this dissertation was in a very unique situation within the United Methodist Church. He was faced with as the first part of his title says, “Building a multicultural congregation.” In Chapter I we find that he lifts up the fact that the most segregated hour in the United States of America is the hour of worship for Christians every Sunday morning. In particular the writer was specifically concerned with Central Park United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama where he was assigned as senior pastor. He was immediately faced the issue of a church in a community that ...


The Impact Potential Of Liberative Black Preaching On The "Beingness" Of African Descent Persons In The Black Church Context: The Therapeutic Dimensions Of Black Preaching, F Keith Slaughter Mar 2009

The Impact Potential Of Liberative Black Preaching On The "Beingness" Of African Descent Persons In The Black Church Context: The Therapeutic Dimensions Of Black Preaching, F Keith Slaughter

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This dissertation presents liberative Black preaching (LBP) as an optimal homiletic model designed to function as a therapeutic intervention for African descent persons in the Black church context. Built upon the foundation of a Black theological anthropology, this dissertation addresses Black self-identity that is informed by a universal African worldview (UAW). The dissertation argues that there is a recognizable diversity of contextuality among White and non-White persons and that it is possible to qualitatively describe generalizable contours of experience among Black people in the United States based on the particularity of the culture and the Black encounter with racism/White ...


Struggling Against Oppression In The African-American Church By Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered And Questioning People Seeking Justice, Leevahn Smith May 2008

Struggling Against Oppression In The African-American Church By Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgendered And Questioning People Seeking Justice, Leevahn Smith

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The purpose of this project was to discover how lesbian, gay, bisexual. transgendered and questioning persons struggled against oppression in the African-American church. They experienced oppression in the African-American church and wanted justice. The project included 6 members, friends, or persons who frequently attended Truth Center Metropolitan Community Church (Truth Center MCC). for a consciousness-raising group. Members of the group were selected from a questionnaire. The effectiveness of the group was monitored through the use of a before and after survey. Group sessions were held over a four-week period. The topic of the first session was patriarchy and its effects ...


The Development Of A New Church Development Ministry Strategy Assessment Model For Use Within At-Risk Urban African American Communities, Felix A. Burrows Jr May 2008

The Development Of A New Church Development Ministry Strategy Assessment Model For Use Within At-Risk Urban African American Communities, Felix A. Burrows Jr

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The five levels of human needs as outlined in Abrtham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs Theory are clearly evidenced in the ministry strategy assessment model developed and executed in the present study. Using Maslow’s needs theory, a community needs analysis was created to assess an at-risk urban African American community’s unmet needs and desire for developing a new church in their community. A sample of non atrisk urban residents living in a different community served as a control. A demographic profile of the Presbyterian Church (USA) membership was also compared with the resident profile under study. Maslow’s ...


Faith Healing Ministry: A Christian Education Model For Clergy And Laity, Gwendolyn A. Washington May 2008

Faith Healing Ministry: A Christian Education Model For Clergy And Laity, Gwendolyn A. Washington

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The purpose of this project was to begin an intentional effort to retrieve the ministry of faith healing through using a Christian education model to educate/train clergy and laity. The model was comprised of Sacred Scripture, church tradition, individuals from the Christian community experiences, and conversation voices from theologians, former and contemporaries; including medical scientists. The model was presented in the manual titled, Faith Healing Ministry: A Christian Education Model for Clergy and Laity.

The premise is that many church leaders fail to model the ministry of Jesus in liberating folk who are ill within their congregations. Christian education ...


Revision And Implementation Of Ministries That Rejuvenated The Life And Identity Of Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church As A Change Agent., Joyce E. Brown May 2008

Revision And Implementation Of Ministries That Rejuvenated The Life And Identity Of Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church As A Change Agent., Joyce E. Brown

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Mission Churches in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) denomination generally located in rural areas often acts as a change agent for its members, neighbors, and community. The church should experience growth and change as it community experience growth and change. Often this process requires a drive of resurgence for the church. The case study reviewed the literature on concept, strategies and tactics involved in building alliances within the CME denomination. Additionally, current research on networking and collaboration with religious involvement in community activities, and faith base organization was reviewed. Using case study methodology, this study examined a small dying church ...


Minding: Transformative Authority In African-American Pastoral Counseling, A Transition From Silence To Active Engagement To Therapeutic Silence, Leroy Wright Jr May 2008

Minding: Transformative Authority In African-American Pastoral Counseling, A Transition From Silence To Active Engagement To Therapeutic Silence, Leroy Wright Jr

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The dissertation will seek to advance the hypothesis that pastoral counseling can make greater inroads into the African American community by revisiting the use of silence in establishing therapeutic relationships with clients. This discussion will explore how practice informs theories about the use of silence versus a more interactive, relational model of dialogue in the initial stages of the therapeutic process—how it enables the transference of power, and when it interferes. My desire is to promote a sense of being at home for African American clients within the therapeutic milieu.

This study is intended to lay a foundation for ...