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A Study On The Healthy Church Growth Through The Revitalization Of Small Group In Traditional Church, Min Yong Park May 2020

A Study On The Healthy Church Growth Through The Revitalization Of Small Group In Traditional Church, Min Yong Park

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The church is the body of Jesus Christ, which Christ has built and became the head of it. Therefore, the church is not a building or a social organization, but a family community of the laity who saved through Christ and united under him. Recently, however, the Korean church has lost its original nature planned by God. They achieved significant external growth that made churches around the world focus. But lost the true nature and obsessed with the outward buildings and numbers. As a result, the holy influence of the church on the world diminished.

This paper defines the term ...


A Study On ‘Big Forest Movement’ Of Ansandongsan Church: The Case Of Church Planting, Dongsung Park May 2020

A Study On ‘Big Forest Movement’ Of Ansandongsan Church: The Case Of Church Planting, Dongsung Park

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This dissertation aims to study about the ‘Big Forest Movement’ conducted by Ansan Dongsan Church which experienced healthy growth in its community through small group ministry. The Korean church has been leading growth and revival through church planting. However, from the 21st century, church growth is rapidly declining and planted churches are also experiencing severe period of decline. There are still many churches being planted but the reality is that many of them are not growing or being shut down. There may be various reasons for this phenomenon but the main reasons would be the lack of preparation and no ...


Increase The Attendance Of The Parish Health Ministry By Ten Percent At The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Of New York, Christine A. Walcott May 2020

Increase The Attendance Of The Parish Health Ministry By Ten Percent At The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Of New York, Christine A. Walcott

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The church is not responsible for the dietary behavior of its congregants, but the mission of the church is to make disciples that will go into the nation to profess the word of God. The mission to serve God with efficacy and stamina will become a difficult task for many Christians if they are not healthy. In the Bible Jesus makes it undeniably clear the importance of taking care of the body. This is an important issue for pastors as well as for believers. This thesis project will help believers remember that the health of their bodies is an important ...


Evaluating The Role Of Empowering Leadership And Church Health, Brent Colby Apr 2020

Evaluating The Role Of Empowering Leadership And Church Health, Brent Colby

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of empowering leadership on overall church health. This quantitative study evaluated data collected by Natural Church Development from Assemblies of God churches in the United States between 2006 and 2016. Examining results from 361 churches and 9,619 surveys, this research answered questions relating to the statistical significance of empowering leadership on overall church health, the statistical significance of empowering leadership as a predictive domain of church health, and the most statistically significant predictor of church health. The one sample t-test, binary logistic regression test statistic, and multiple linear regression ...


Healthy Church Multiplication In Modern Churches, William J. Burns Apr 2020

Healthy Church Multiplication In Modern Churches, William J. Burns

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19 leaves no room for interpretation. The role of the followers of Jesus and of the church is decidedly clear. We are called to make disciples of all nations. An honest assessment of my local ministry context, Access Church, reveals that we, as a church, have fallen short of Jesus’ Great Commission. The intention of this research project is to understand the biblical mandate to make disciples as taught throughout Scripture, study Jesus’ discipleship methods in the book of Matthew, and, ultimately, create a new rubric to help Access Church—and other churches—understand how ...


Development Of Mass Communication Strategies For Church Growth: Engaging American Culture, Abby Hines Apr 2020

Development Of Mass Communication Strategies For Church Growth: Engaging American Culture, Abby Hines

Senior Honors Theses

In this analysis, methods of mass communication employed by the church throughout its history will be reviewed. The context for this church study is specifically within American culture. Strategies for the most effective form of mass communication have evolved drastically within the past few years. For the church to properly engage in culture, it must understand the communication strategies that have intentionally or unintentionally been utilized throughout its history. An effective method of mass communication for the church is proposed.


Non-Traditional Church Involvement As A Life-Course Turning Point: Qualitative Interviews With Religious Offenders, William Hunter Holt Apr 2020

Non-Traditional Church Involvement As A Life-Course Turning Point: Qualitative Interviews With Religious Offenders, William Hunter Holt

Dissertations

This research project conducted and then analyzed qualitative interviews from former and current addicts and criminal offenders who are voluntarily participating in the Christian faith at the same non-traditional, Protestant church. An abridged case study of this church is also provided for background and context. Life-course theory and grounded theory are utilized.

Both the offenders and this church were chosen in an attempt to better understand how the offenders’ involvement at this house of worship, along with their faith in general, have impacted them. Obtaining the perspectives of the offender is essential for three reasons. First, qualitative research conducted in ...


Factors That Produce High-Capacity Leaders Within The Church, Daniel O. Floyd Apr 2020

Factors That Produce High-Capacity Leaders Within The Church, Daniel O. Floyd

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Population is exploding, and yet the church, in some areas, is declining. High-capacity leaders, who can lead large groups of people toward gospel advancement, are needed now more than ever. The research question that this project seeks to answer is: what are the factors that produce high-capacity leaders within the church? The topic of leadership boasts a wealth of research; however, there is a gap in the research regarding what it takes to develop a highcapacity leader, as defined in this project. The research questions are answered through a qualitative phenomenological study that involve interviewing eight pastors who are leading ...


Universal Leadership Model, Derwin Lamont Hickman Sr Apr 2020

Universal Leadership Model, Derwin Lamont Hickman Sr

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

The Great Commission is the call of Jesus to his people to go out into the world and make disciples. The universal leadership model presents an opportunity for disciples/leaders to step up and fulfill the Great Commission. The church should be involved in discipleship training, outreaches and supporting the issues that are aligned with Christian ideology and important to people in the communities they serve. An effective universal leadership model should include diversity, training, desired change, accountability and effectiveness of change. In so doing, the church can then find parishioners within the church who may be transformed into disciples ...


The Demise Of The American Holiness Movement : A Historical, Theological, Biblical, And Cultural Exploration, Darius L. Salter Jan 2020

The Demise Of The American Holiness Movement : A Historical, Theological, Biblical, And Cultural Exploration, Darius L. Salter

Academic Books

No abstract provided.


The Digo Mission: Essays In Commemoration Of 114 Years Of Mission Work In East Africa (1904-2018), Julius Mutugi Gathogo Jan 2020

The Digo Mission: Essays In Commemoration Of 114 Years Of Mission Work In East Africa (1904-2018), Julius Mutugi Gathogo

Academic Books

-- Culture, identity and power in the Digo mission / Ferdinand Manjewa M'bwangi
-- First European missionaries in Digo land / Bryson K. Samboja
-- Pioneer Digo-Duruma Christian converts / Japheth Muthoka
-- Christianity in Viongwani / Robert Maneno
-- Entry of the first missionaries in Digo land / Peter Mwangi
-- Christian-Muslim relations in Digo land / Evans Mwangi
-- Unsung heroes and heroines in the Digo mission / Julius Mutugi Gathogo
-- Women's participation in the Digo mission / Lawrence Tsawe-Munga Chidongo
-- Protestants and Pentecostal churches / Joshua Itumo Kiilu
-- Challenges and prospects in the Digo mission / Julius Mutugi Gathogo
-- Global Team Mission. / Josephat J. Murutu.


Praising God Around The World: Christian Worship Music As An Individual And Collective Experience, Divya Putty Dec 2019

Praising God Around The World: Christian Worship Music As An Individual And Collective Experience, Divya Putty

Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

The artists “Bethel” and “Hillsong” are frequently recognized by Christians living in America. But what about the names “Bridge Music India” or “Sinach”? These names would be most likely unknown in the states but celebrated in India and Nigeria. While each stems from vastly different cultural backgrounds, they all serve the purpose of creating a space for people to connect with God and each other through musical worship. Drawing on four different pieces of worship music and their use in live services, this article analyzes the effects of worship music, specifically their lyrical and musical content, on the individuals participating ...


Racism In Southeast Texas Churches: A Plan For Reconciliation And Healing Among Its Church Community, William James Carter Dec 2019

Racism In Southeast Texas Churches: A Plan For Reconciliation And Healing Among Its Church Community, William James Carter

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

A cursory look at many churches in the United States will show many local Churches are segregated by ethnicity and people groups. When this is done, it gives the appearance that the Church is broken because certain groups choose not to celebrate with others of different ethnicities. The problem is that there is a considerable reality to the appearance. With that, it is the intent of this project to examine the reasons for the divide. In order to determine the reasons, a survey will be provided, and classes taught examining the reasons for the divides. Additionally, this project will seek ...


A Phenomenological Exploration Of Women’S Attitudes Towards Women Mentoring Other Women In The Church, Natasha Amy Pettigrew Dec 2019

A Phenomenological Exploration Of Women’S Attitudes Towards Women Mentoring Other Women In The Church, Natasha Amy Pettigrew

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This qualitative phenomenological study explores the attitudes and views of women towards mentoring other women in the church for discipleship purposes. Although there are many benefits to women entering into a mentoring relationship for discipleship purposes, including spiritual growth, increase in the practice of spiritual disciplines, staying grounded in the Christian faith, and experiencing deeper intimacy with Christ, there is still a significant percentage of women who are not doing so. The researcher surveyed 37 Christian women between the ages of 18 and 65 to explore their attitudes and views towards women mentoring one another in the church for discipleship ...


Significance And Features Of Thecharacters Of The Orthodo Xchurch, Islomiddin Haydarov Sep 2019

Significance And Features Of Thecharacters Of The Orthodo Xchurch, Islomiddin Haydarov

The Light of Islam

In the context of globalization, intolerance and intensification of conflicts in one region threaten all parts of the world. Indeed, in recent years there have been many trends in the world related to religious factors. These incidents, which often occur in complex and controversial, and sometimes bloody conflicts, show that the formation and strengthening of a culture of religious tolerance, relationships in the spirit of tolerance, respect, attention and cooperation between representatives of different faiths is an objective historical necessity At the same time, the role of religious knowledge in strengthening and preserving peace and stability, as well as the ...


Abuse In The Church, Tara Boer Sep 2019

Abuse In The Church, Tara Boer

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"We must have the courage to bring questionable behavior to the light so that nothing more will be done in secret."

Posting about ­­­­­­­­implementing safe church policies from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/abuse-in-the-church/


The Canons Of Dordt As A Missional Document, Lyle Bierma Sep 2019

The Canons Of Dordt As A Missional Document, Lyle Bierma

Pro Rege

Editor's Note: Dr. Lyle Bierma presented this paper at the Prodigal Love of God Conference, sponsored by Dordt University and co-sponsored by the Lilly Fellowship Program as a regional conference, April 2019, at Dordt University, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Canons of Dort.

In the subsequent articles, Dordt and Dort will be used interchangeably.


Re-Presenting Election: The Church For The World In The Canons And Beyond, Suzanne Mcdonald Sep 2019

Re-Presenting Election: The Church For The World In The Canons And Beyond, Suzanne Mcdonald

Pro Rege

Editor's Note: Dr. Suzanne McDonald presented this paper at the Prodigal Love of God Conference, April 2019, at Dordt University, co-sponsored by the Lilly Fellowship Program as a regional conference.


Depression In Black Men: One Church’S Solution, Dwayne T. Baskin Sep 2019

Depression In Black Men: One Church’S Solution, Dwayne T. Baskin

Doctoral Dissertations and Projects

This dissertation examines the Black Church’s influence on Pentecostal African-American men who are depressed, and how the church may assist these men to heal from the wounds of despair through a Pentecostal experience. While many Pentecostal African-American men have matriculated through the ranks of leadership, establishing successful businesses, churches, ministries, and organizational denominations; they are teetering on the edge of an emotional and spiritual breakdown. Researchers have found that African-American men are understudied and underdiagnosed as it pertains to depression. Eight African-American Pentecostal men were interviewed and given questionnaires to examine how depression affected them while maintaining leadership roles ...


A Forgotten Light: Rediscovering The Illuminating Power Of The Holy Spirit, Veronica H. Powers Aug 2019

A Forgotten Light: Rediscovering The Illuminating Power Of The Holy Spirit, Veronica H. Powers

Diligence: Journal of the Liberty University Online Religion Capstone in Research and Scholarship

The individualistic culture of the 21st Century has seeped into the fabric of God’s people and Christianity has been reduced to an abstract mechanism whereby individuals can plug into God’s grace whenever they want God to make them feel better about their own lives. As such, Christianity has been privatized to individual renewal and, in the same way, the Holy Spirit has been restricted to the same privatization and is thus merely seen as the means by which this renewal takes place in the individual alone. Unfortunately, this privatization of Christianity results in a watered-down Biblical message ...


Leadershift: Equipping Transformational Leadership At Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, Susie C. Beil Aug 2019

Leadershift: Equipping Transformational Leadership At Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church, Susie C. Beil

Doctor of Ministry Projects

The goal of this project was to design a training manual for the purpose of equipping leaders of the local church to move from upholding the status quo to leading transformational change. The project was grounded in a theology of transformation and the principle that personal renewal of leaders precedes corporate renewal of churches. The thesis was tested at Summit Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Through an examination of Scripture and the Reformed tradition, this paper develops a theology of change. This study also explores eight principles of leading change as identified by Harvard Business professor John Kotter, asserting that these principles ...


The Equipping Church: Recapturing God’S Vision For The Priesthood Of All Believers. A Biblical, Historical, And Reformed Perspective, Justin Carruthers Aug 2019

The Equipping Church: Recapturing God’S Vision For The Priesthood Of All Believers. A Biblical, Historical, And Reformed Perspective, Justin Carruthers

Doctor of Ministry Projects

Many protestant versions of believers’ royal priesthood, including the Christian Reformed Church in North America, are missionally inadequate: priestly functions are often monopolized by the Ministerial Priesthood,[1] which leads to the defrocking of the ministry of the priesthood of all believers.

In essence, the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers is treated as though it is a true, factual, and fascinating piece of Christian doctrine, but is not always practically lived out in local congregations. We believe in it in theory, but not in practice.

A biblical and missional understanding of the church must root the priesthood of ...


Rhetoric In The Worship And Witness Of The Church: A Review Of Seasoned Speech, Scott Culpepper Jul 2019

Rhetoric In The Worship And Witness Of The Church: A Review Of Seasoned Speech, Scott Culpepper

Faculty Work Comprehensive List

"Seasoned Speech contains a convincing appeal for Christians to take seriously the role of rhetoric in framing Christian life and witness, both individually and corporately."

Posting about the book Seasoned Speech from In All Things - an online journal for critical reflection on faith, culture, art, and every ordinary-yet-graced square inch of God’s creation.

https://inallthings.org/rhetoric-in-the-worship-and-witness-of-the-church-a-review-of-seasoned-speech/


Thriving : Effective Strategies For The Evangelism And Discipleship Of Emerging Adults, Aaron M. Kauffman Jul 2019

Thriving : Effective Strategies For The Evangelism And Discipleship Of Emerging Adults, Aaron M. Kauffman

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Sickness And Healing : A Critical Analysis Of The Responses Of Christians Within The Methodist/Wesleyan Tradition In Cap-Haitian, Haiti, Guenson Charlot May 2019

Sickness And Healing : A Critical Analysis Of The Responses Of Christians Within The Methodist/Wesleyan Tradition In Cap-Haitian, Haiti, Guenson Charlot

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Role Of Organizational Culture In Christian Organizations For Job Satisfaction And Staff Retention With Special Reference To Bharat Susamachar Samiti, Kuriakose Madathil Iype May 2019

The Role Of Organizational Culture In Christian Organizations For Job Satisfaction And Staff Retention With Special Reference To Bharat Susamachar Samiti, Kuriakose Madathil Iype

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Preschool Ministries And Churches That House Them : A Study To Develop Best Practices To Promote Healthy Collaborative Relationships, Miguel A. Velez Andujar May 2019

Preschool Ministries And Churches That House Them : A Study To Develop Best Practices To Promote Healthy Collaborative Relationships, Miguel A. Velez Andujar

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Spiritual Ancestors : A Discipleship Experiece For Sacred Travelers, Esther Robles May 2019

The Spiritual Ancestors : A Discipleship Experiece For Sacred Travelers, Esther Robles

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Faith In The Marketplace : Measuring The Impact Of Church Based Entrepreneurial Approaches To Holistic Mission, Samuel Lee May 2019

Faith In The Marketplace : Measuring The Impact Of Church Based Entrepreneurial Approaches To Holistic Mission, Samuel Lee

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Post-Founder Sustainability : Building Ministries That Outlive Their Founders, William Stephen Murrell May 2019

Post-Founder Sustainability : Building Ministries That Outlive Their Founders, William Stephen Murrell

ATS Dissertations

No abstract provided.