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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This historical case study explores leadership in the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) during the 1974-1991 Ethiopian Revolution using Robert Quinn's concept of the "Fundamental State of Leadership" as a research lens. Based on interviews and other first-person accounts, analysis indicated that persecution forced MKC leaders to clarify the priority of their devotion to Jesus and engagement in his misison....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Meserete Kristos Church (Ethiopia), Persecution Ethiopia History 20th century,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Soutenue le 4 mars 2016 ,devant la commission d'évaluation composée de Madame Karen E. Mason (PhD.) et de Monsieur Jay Michel St-Fort (DMin.), cette thèse porte sur l'étude des principes de l'enseignement des enfants dans les églises évangéliques en Haïti, via l'école du Dimanche. S'appuyant sur un corpus constitué de cinq chapitres, ladite thèse se propose d'améliorer le système d'enseignements qui...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian education of children Study and teaching, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project  Abstract: The purpose of this research project was (1) to clarify the common identity and shared features of gospel city movements (GCMs) in the U.S., and (2) to discern the perceived applicability and usefulness of the collective impact (CI) model to current largescale movements. This study was grounded in a theology of the city which was constructed through a biblical survey of the metanarrative of Scripture. A...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, City missions United States, Cities and towns Religious aspects, Cross-cultural...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  « Le rôle de l'Église dans la lutte contre la pauvreté en Haïti: une réponse théologique à un phénomène social. » Tel est le titre de ce travail de recherches, de réflexion, et d'exégèse biblique. En fait, c'était en réfléchissant sur Actes 4:34 que je m'étais demandé : comment une Église peut-elle contribuer à la lutte contre la pauvreté en Haïti ? Cette question a servi de fil conducteur...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Poverty Haiti Religious aspects, Poverty Religious aspects Christianity,...
ABSTRACT  Many Christians today are not only uninformed about basic theology but are even hostile towards it. As Grenz and Olson tell us in their book, Who Needs Theology?, the problem is not with theology. The problem is with the theologians – both in the pulpit and in the pews. The pastor/theologian has a theology, though it is often guided by tradition instead of Scripture. The theologian in the pew must be taught the truth by the theologian in the pulpit. Al Mohler writes that “every...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, expository preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project  Abstract: The following work is designed to aid in the development of urban leaders in the hip-hop generation. This study will provide the groundwork for the processes to be used to initiate leadership development in cities. Leadership development will be viewed as a process rather than an event. Today’s church views ministry forms as transferable. The Church must see contextualization as a major need in engaging an...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, City Churches, Leadership, Christian Leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology (ThM) Thesis Abstract: The goal of this project has been to better understand the concepts of creation in the Vedas and the Bible for the purposes of better understanding the relationships within each system between the creator and the creation as well as between the various created inanimate and animate objects and beings. The study then seeks to understand the similarities and differences between the Vedic and Biblical concepts and seeks...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Christianity and other religions Hinduism, Creation Biblical teaching, Cosmology...
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Abstract: This project entailed designing, implementing, and assessing a Translation Studies curriculum aimed at preparing students who are headed for various ministry settings to deal with issues related to the nature of the Bible and Bible translation. The goal of my project was to help the students improve their understanding of the complexities of the nature of the Bible (origins, infallibility issues, its reflection of the character of God, etc.) and the complexities of Bible translation...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, leadership, translation studies curriculum
Abstract: The main point of this thesis-project is providing a model of how to evaluate a local church in relationship to renewal and revival. Although there are many perspectives in evaluating the problems of a church, comparing it with the characteristics of renewal churches has biblical, historical, and theological integrity. This thesis-project explores how immigrant church in the Greater Boston, MA area in general embody the spiritual vitalities of the Quiet Revival, and evaluates how the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church revival
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Many of America's military veterans who have served in conflicts such as the Vietnam War, The Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan} have suffered what are considered invisible wounds within their souls known as Moral Injury. Ml can be characterized as feelings of betrayal, loss of innocence, and wounded conscience that results from the inability to reconcile one's perceived...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Pastoral care Veterans, Church work with veterans
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The goal of this thesis-project is to provide a deeper understanding of the pastoral counseling challenges faced by rural ministers and to create a resource to aid them in addressing those challenges. This thesis begins by defining rural and painting a picture of the current state of rural America. This is followed up by a survey of rural pastors focusing on the issues and struggles they encounter in the course of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Rural churches United States, Pastoral counseling United States Rural churches,...
Abstract The central issue of this thesis-project is how The Interbalkan Institute for Educational and Economic Development, a non-governmental organization that offers business education opportunities to businesspeople in northern Greece, can impact an economic structure that lacks a sound ethical basis of operation. The NGO applies principles consistent with biblical values in its seminars conducted by American businessmen committed to the Christian faith. This thesis-project examines the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, economics, development
Abstract  Men and women do not naturally understand each other even when they speak the same language. Study after study in the realm of social psychology has demonstrated that communication is a problem for husbands and wives. These same studies show that good communication heads the list of characteristics essential for a marriage satisfying to both partners. This dilemma is not easily solved, as current divorce statistics evidence. A culture that trumpets, "Men are from Mars and Women...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, marital communication
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry, ThesisProject Abstract:   The role of the pastor’s wife within the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) remains largely unaddressed despite more than one hundred years of women serving in this capacity. The purpose of this thesis-project was to help prepare persons who already may be or will be assuming the role of pastor’s spouse within the COGOP. To quantify the issues facing pastors’ spouses, a questionnaire of thirty-five questions...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy United States, Clergy Family relationships, Spouses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: In the past twenty years, millions of Chinese have come to embrace Christianity as their main belief. Yet, this amazing phenomenon of people turning to Christ is not happening in every part of China. I have been ministering among the Chinese for 15 years, and in recent years, I discovered that there are more than 250 people groups in which there are no Christians at all. These groups are classified as minorities...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Evangelistic work, China
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The library is one of the chief academic resources of the Bible College. It reflects, in a bibliographic way, the very purpose and philosophy of the institution. These Standards were written to challenge the Library Director and staff to fulfil its mission to the institution and to AABC. The primary objective of the writer is a qualitative analysis of the policies and procedures of the library with helpful...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, American Association of Bible Colleges, Bible college libraries Standards,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This work address theoretically and practically the spirit and practice of legalism that is undermining the Gospel of grace in the church in Africa. In the theological brief, The Law, The Spirit, and Faith In Sanctiflcution (Part I), our purpose is to clarify and affirm what the Scriptures teach concerning the nature and means of sanctification, and the proper role of the law in New Covenant life. Our thesis is:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Sanctification, Law and gospel Biblical teaching, Africa
Abstract  In the ten years of being a church planter, I have seen many church plants worship in some very creative public locations without any success in creating a sense of sacred space. Often church planters are so focused on communicating the Gospel and the needs of the people to the church, they often forget what our environment communicates to the people. This thesis-project intends to help church planters be more aware of their worship space and have the ability to take a public space...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, worship, sacred space
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology Thesis  Abstract: The percentage of Christians in the North East Indian Hill province of Nagaland is more than ninety percent. This astoundingly high concentration of Christians is unlike any other portion of India. What produced the conditions for this to occur? What is the history that led the head-hunting Nagas to this reality? That is the focus of this thesis. There are very limited good resources available which traces the redemptive...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Nāgāland (India) Church history, India Nāgāland
Abstract: Preachers are responsible to “preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2), a significant portion of which is in the form of Old Testament narrative literature. Although these Old Testament narratives originate in another era, language, and culture, an accurate understanding of these stories can enable preachers to prepare sermons that proclaim “God’s Word to us today.” The preacher’s task is to develop and apply genre-sensitive interpretive strategies that will enable him or her to...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, teaching Old testaments
ABSTRACT   This project focuses on churches wanting to grow in both numbers and spirituality. It evaluates the dynamics of growth within those congregations, particularly as that growth is facilitated by the professional staff of individual churches. Most congregations indicate a desire for their ministry to move into more lives. While this may be the stated intent of most congregations, it is often not their experience. How can this be changed? The project’s conclusions are based on...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church growth
Abstract: This thesis-project seeks to defend the orthodox evangelical doctrine of penal substitution in the light of recent atonement controversies, and encourage contemporary preachers to guard the Gospel by preaching the cross accurately and regularly. Chapter one sets out the nature of these atonement controversies, and outlines a series of three talks aimed at informing today’s preachers of the serious issues at stake and calling them to return to a more cross-centered preaching program....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, theology, salvation
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Abstract: The purpose of Radical Faith is to address the subject of faith that is not static or staid, but alive and dynamic as illustrated by the roots of a tree as opposed to the immoveable stones of a foundation. The locus of Radical Faith is the local church in general and Chiltonville Congregational Church (CCC) in particular. More than being academic, historical, or statistical, this thesis is intended to help people move closer to Christ in their walk of faith. It does so by providing...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is designed to present the background, primary tenets, contemporary expression, and evangelical critique of twenty-first century New Atheism. Atheistic concepts such as general worldview, universal origins, morality, and ultimate purpose are explored and then set beside a Biblical framework with special emphasis on Romans 1. Two surveys were administered as part of this thesis project to both...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Atheism Religious aspects
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ABSTRACT  This thesis-project studies the impact of a new member orientation built on missional discipleship. Most congregations do not recognize disciple-making as their primary role. How can a congregation reclaim its rightful place of disciple-making in the 21st century? It is the contention of this project that a congregation will rediscover her purpose to equip and multiply disciples by first realigning with God’s missional character. To that end, this project will focus on creating an...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, discipleship
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Abstract: This thesis examines the issues involved in preaching sermons that are both theocentric (God-centered) and relevant. This model is based on theological convictions on the relevance of theology, the nature of God and Scripture, and on human participation in the divine theo-drama. This thesis outlines the hermeneutical issues related to theocentric interpretation. It also presents a model for sermon development, based on Haddon Robinson's book Biblical Preaching, which focuses on issues...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching
ABSTRACT: The original purpose of this thesis was to discover a theory of personality from the Bible. A problem was first noted during the Doctor of Ministry class on “Theories of Personality.” There was not one text on a biblical theory of the human personality. One aspect of that theory was “The Communicable Attributes of God and the Human Personality” which was chapter four of a seven hundred page dissertation entitled “A Biblical Theory of Personality” and included chapters from...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, attributes of God, human, personality
Abstract: Considering the current decline of genuine spiritual commitment to Christ and His mission in the average local church coupled with the absence of power to win and disciple the lost, as the senior pastor of a local non-denominational church (Church of God, Anderson, IN), I prayerfully asked, “What needs to be in place for genuine, long-term, spiritual renewal to occur multi-generationally in the churches of my city? Over the course of 40 years in pastoral ministry in New England...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church growth
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The current American gender lens, both in the wider culture and in the Christian community, is disproportionately focused on the misconduct of men against women. This thesis-project focuses on blind spots in that gender lens, giving attention to underrecognized objective hardships faced by women and hardships faced by men. Hardships include sex-specific or sex-related physical, medical, educational, occupational,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Man-woman relationships Religious aspects Christianity, Man-woman relationships...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Although seminaries and bible colleges in India have discussed contextualization of Christian worship for the past several decades, the church in India has remained so westernized. With the significant impacts of globalization even the churches in rural areas of India are becoming more westernized. Although there were several attempts for contextualization of Christian worship, it never became a part of the Indian...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Public worship India, Ethnomusicology India, Christianity and culture India...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This project is a study on the correlation between preaching and pastoral care. Preaching is an integral part of church ministry. However, pastoral care in the context of preaching has not been seen as an integral aspect of preaching. I believe that incorporating pastoral care in preaching is important. It was so among the Old Testament prophets and in Jesus’ teachings, in Peter’s letters and in Paul’s...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Pastoral care
ABSTRACT  Traditional teaching on marriage within the conservative, evangelical population often emphasizes male headship, a concept that has been widely accepted as biblical and God-ordained. A closer look at relevant passages in the Scripture shows that the validity of such a concept is questionable. A biblical theology of marital oneness is developed that shows God’s original intent for a married couple was to procreate and have dominion over the earth together as equal partners....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, marriage, hierarchy
Abstract: This project focused on the extent to which educational development can bring about changes in ministerial leader’s thinking and practice. The study adopted a qualitative methodology and found a variety of initial conceptions of effective ministerial leadership amongst the participants. Most of these conceptions were related to leadership skills and qualities. Few participants demonstrated an understanding of the nature of effective ministerial leadership at the beginning of the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  A Redemptive Leadership Model has elements that can enhance leadership growth beyond competencies to a redemptive culture that will unleash organizational effectiveness and growth within Africa New Life Ministries in Rwanda. This research will examine how the Redemptive Leadership Model can enhance the preparation of leaders for organizational development and effectiveness. Africa New Life Ministries' leaders are...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Africa New Life Ministries Rwanda, Christian leadership Africa Rwanda,...
Abstract: The postmodern age has come to challenge not only the ethos of social modernistic claims, but encroaches upon the theological territory of the evangelical faith. It purposes to reduce religious doctrine to metaphoric myth and diminishes Truth to fictional illusion. The Postmodern age promises to be greater than the Industrial Revolution, a watershed of shifting reason permeating university, theatre, and politics. All of which have dire consequences upon the meaning of national...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis   Abstract: This document traces the origins, development and implementation of a post denominational form of church government at Christian Life Assembly in Columbia, South Carolina. Elements include the description of the contextual settings which necessitated the change, along with cultural and denomination factors which contributed to the challenge associated with such transformation. Attention is given to processes implemented...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, post denominational, church government, development and change
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis is a systemic study of the deficiency observed in the living systems of the Ibadan theological education community. This research therefore explored how the living systems of the Ibadan theological education community can renew themselves for a desirable outcome. The overall framework ofthis project finds expression in Villafane's hermeneutic circle of social ethics characterized by the following three...
Topics: Thesis, DMin, GCTS, Theology Study and teaching, Nigeria
A significant challenge in cross-cultural leadership development is affirming the cultural, ethnic and indigenous identity of the leader while at the same time challenging any dangerous tendencies towards ethnocentricity, the idea that his or her ethnic or cultural identity is superior to all “Others.” These issues are addressed through a biblical and theological examination built on the assumption that God’s Word, both in its written form and in the person of Jesus Christ, simultaneously...
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ABSTRACT  The thesis of this project is that there is hope for overcoming family of origin deficiencies through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the application of Scripture, and an integration of psychological theories and therapeutic principles. The psychological theories that are integrated for this thesis include Family Systems Theory, Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. The thesis was applied to a young married couple with the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, family therapy
ABSTRACT This thesis provides homogenous congregations located in ethnically diverse settings with a theology and model for cross-cultural outreach and inclusion, especially those surrounded by immigrant communities flourishing with non-Christian religions. It relates the journey of an established white congregation reaching out to its diverse neighbors with Christ's love and bringing them into its fellowship. It describes five phases during those 10 years, each with its respective challenges...
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The Africanus Journal is an academic, multilingual journal published by the Africanus Guild at the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). The Journal features faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Guild and of CUME, and strives to promote academic work that is multiethnic, urban-oriented, committed to an inerrant understanding of the Bible and to interpreting it in conversation with the realities of the world in which we live.   Contents of...
Topics: GCTS, Academic Journal, Africanus Journal, Africanus Guild, Center for Urban Ministerial Education,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis sought to discover the beginnings, organization, development, and growth ofthe Church ofGod ofProphecy in South Carolina, and to identify key people, places, and events that were pivotal in this Pentecostal denomination's significant genealogy. The author used extensive archival research, review of existing literature, and interviews ofeyewitnesses and participants to compile pertinent data. The research...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophesy South Carolina History, Pentecostalism United States...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The biblical teaching should serve as the primary basis in defining the role of pastor and church members in doing ministry. It is evident in the Bible that pastor and church members share the load of doing ministry. Observation showed that member’s participation in ministry is just about 20 percent. This thesis-project aims to increase the participation of church members in doing ministry by establishing its...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Biblical teaching, Gifts Spiritual Biblical teaching,...
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ABSTRACT  Growing up in the Black Church allowed me to experience one of its most cherished practices, which is the practice of testimony. At the beginning of every worship service, bible study or business meeting was a time of singing, prayer and testimony. The person leading the devotion would let the congregation know that anyone who desires to give their testimony could do so in their own way. The time of testimony was a powerful time. It served as a strengthening agent for believers and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, evangelism, preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis   Abstract: The Bejeweled Pig Snout: Appropriate Use of Humor in Preaching offers an assessment of the compatibility of humor with the modern preaching experience. It contains an examination of Old and New Testament examples of humor, along with an apologetic for its continued use by today’s proclaimers of Gospel truth. The various types, styles and sources of humor are catalogued, along with a nonprofessional’s look at how...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, preaching, humor
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this study is to present the rediscovering of biblical leadership as a guide to shepherd leadership for the church revival in the 21st century. In doing so, I would like to focus on two research surveys conducted through the theological foundation of Korean Presbyterian Church and Yale Presbyterian Church located in In-Cheon City, South Korea. In the last thirty years of church history and ministry,...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Presbyterian Church Korea History, Christian leadership Korea, Christian...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis   Abstract: Motivating Church Health with Theology Society is changing at a phenomenal rate. The way the church responds to change impacts how effectively the church can minister amidst the ever-changing demographics and values of the emergent culture. The challenge before the church is to theologically reflect and adapt its presentation of the unchanging Gospel to connect faithfully with a new generation. The fact that over 80% of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, church health, stagnant membership, change
Abstract: In the Bible we encounter judicial concepts such as laws, ordinances, statutes, and commandments. God rules his creation with justice. He is righteous and those who follow his ways are considered righteous. In the New Testament sinners who believe in Jesus are declared righteous on account of Jesus’ righteousness. However, for some cultures, there seems to be a lack of vocabulary for expressing these concepts and language is often borrowed from other cultures that have systems of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, translation, exegesis
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Research suggests that students entering their freshman year of college are losing their faith and walking away from the church. The purpose of this thesis project is to develop an age-appropriate discipleship progam for high school students in youth minstry to reduce chances of them losing their faith. The project consist of surveying eighteen college students between the ages of 18-22 who were taught elements of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Christian life Youth
Debarim: The Student Theological Journal of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary 3 (1978-1979) Contents: Hindrance to the Propagation of the Gospel Among Native Americans in Colonial Pennsylvania: A Case Study of David Brainerd / Karen Cutler An Examination of Some Musical Aspects of the Apocalypse / Charles Stone Christ and Krishna: A Biblical Appraisal of the Bhagavad Gita / Russel C. Bjork The Historicity of Creation in the Theology of Karl Barth / Hal Miller p. 47 Evangelical Women: From...
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Abstract: The primary purpose of this thesis-project is equipping YWAM missionaries for balanced Christ-centered preaching from Old Testament narrative. Chapter 1 introduces the problem in the context of YWAM relating to balanced Christ-centered preaching from Old Testament narrative. Chapter 2 discusses the biblical foundation and the theological foundation for Christ-centered preaching. Chapter 3 reviews the core books by representative scholars on author-centered preaching, Christ-centered...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper will look at the role of money in the life of national pastoral leaders serving in a weak economy like Haiti. It attempts to address the following question: How can pastoral leaders manage their resources in order to provide a decent life for their families with dignity, taking into considerations the economic limitations of their country and without entering an unhealthy dependency to a foreign...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Salaries, etc. Haiti, Financial security Haiti Religious aspects,...
Abstract: Filled with great anticipation, I traveled to Paradise and was determined to find information about the challenges of political engagement by the Pentecostal church in the Cayman Islands with special attention to the Church of God of Prophecy. Examining the setting and demographics of this society, with peoples from 135 nations of the world, it was confirmed that natural and spiritual glossolalia existed in “the land of soft fresh breezes” and needed interpreters to help with...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: In Christ, God became incarnate, inhabiting flesh. Jesus was human and divine, born to a human mother, and he frequently used touch in his ministry. Through their ordination, clergy imitate Christ as they shepherd their communities, offering people hope and a tangible way of connecting with each other and with God. In our western context and culture, clergy are in danger of losing their confidence in the amazing...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Anglican Church in North America, Pastoral theology Sacraments, Clergy...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project investigates the conflict over the Bible's inspiration within the Advent Christian Church from the 1950s through the early 1960s, setting the debate within the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversies and exploring its influence on the two colleges that trained Advent Christian clergy--Berkshire Christian College (Lenox, Mass) and Aurora University (Ill). The conflict represents a clash between two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Advent Christian Church Doctrines, Advent Christian Church, Bible Inspiration...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis will review an understanding of Biblical theological and psychological contributions to an integrated perspective of marriage and family therapy. Human beings are created in the image of God and since God is a relational God, they are created to relate to God and other selves, forming I-Thou bonds. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is one approach that serves as a foundation and developing approach to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Emotion-focused therapy Religious aspects, Pastoral counseling, Couples therapy...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project explores several media formats for promoting newly translated Scripture portions in the Kwasio language. The ultimate goal is to see God’s Word integrated into the lives of individual Kwasio speakers and to impact Kwasio society. To this end, the author created six print and audio-video formats of the Prodigal Son parable, which were demonstrated and sold at a variety of locations. The study...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Oral communication Cameroon Religious aspects, Visual communication Cameroon...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Inmates often set one goal – to stay out of prison. Stephen Macchia’s Crafting a Rule of Life provided structure to help South Carolina inmates set goals in every major area of their lives as part of their Christian discipleship. It was hypothesized that the internal benefits of centering prayer could help an experimental group implement their rule of life easier than a control group. Pre- and post-survey...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Prisoners Religious aspects, Spiritual formation Prisoners, Prayer Study and...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  I began by creating a manual of questions that focused the attention of a select group of Honduran Baptist pastors on what would need to be done to create an indigenous sending agency for Honduran Baptists. An effort was made to avoid asking the questions in ways that would lead to the development of a sending agency that did not fit the context of Honduras Baptist mission efforts. If Honduran Baptists are to...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The current situation of the church in the former German Democratic Republic (East Germany) is marked by extensive Konfessionslosigkeit and a-religiosity. Traditional church planting methods are highly ineffective in reaching the thoroughly atheistic, secularized East German citizen. Therefore, this research project investigates, explores and studies various youth church plants in the East German context and...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Church work with youth, Church growth Germany, Church growth, Germany
Abstract: Ministry in the church today is complicated and specialized. Generally, the caring aspect of ministry usually rests on a group of small group leaders. They become the specialists whose task is to take care of the well-being of their group members. The training and equipping of small group leaders usually focuses on the skills of handling ministry situations in group management, dynamics, life stages of small groups, personnel, and discipleship, etc. However, the stress and its effect...
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Abstract: This thesis is designed to encourage pastors committed to a dispensational hermeneutic to preach Christ-centered Old Testament sermons. The research centers on a segment of dispensationalists who attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. After establishing the absence of and need for Christ-centered preaching within dispensationalism, this thesis offers a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, biblical and theological rationale for this approach, a review of pertinent literature, and...
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Abstract: This thesis-project was a qualitative examination to determine whether a discipleshiporiented cohort is a valid pathway for cultivating humility for leaders. Humility is an elusive virtue. There are no formally tested interventions designed to cultivate humility. A review of data suggests that modern definitions of humility inadequately express the NT call for humility. The cohort worked through a 45-week curriculum that examined Christian discipleship, biblical leadership, humility,...
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The Africanus Journal is an academic, multilingual journal published by the Africanus Guild at the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). The Journal features faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Guild and of CUME, and strives to promote academic work that is multiethnic, urban-oriented, committed to an inerrant understanding of the Bible and to interpreting it in conversation with the realities of the world in which we live.   Contents of...
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Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min Thesis Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to consider the pastor’s workload and the amount of congregational participation surrounding the formation of the weekend service and offer the development and enablement of a feed-forward creativity team as a possible solution to easing the pastor’s workload and offering more opportunities for congregational involvement. Early research revealed that the typical pastor’s workload had the potential to...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, creativity, pastor, workload, teamwork
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Like every organization, churches need leaders. Pastors can sit back and hope leaders emerge on their own or they can take an active role in developing leaders, viewing it as part of their discipleship responsibility. As demonstrated in Scripture and in other literature, pastors who choose to be intentional about it will share leadership, develop people, and leave behind a legacy of leaders. The goal of this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Lay ministry Training, Christian leadership, Leadership Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology, New Testament, Thesis Abstract:  This study examines how the evangelist understood and used Psalm 41:10 in his own context in John 13:18. The evangelist's textual representation of Psalm 41:10 is noticeably different from the way the LXX translates Psalm 41:10. This observation calls to attention the primary task of this study: What is the rationale for the evangelist's unique textual representation of Psalm 41:10 in John 13:18? The...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Jesus Christ, Bible John, Bible Psalms, Betrayal of Jesus Christ
Abstract: Most Korean pastors do not know or use the concept of preaching the big idea. This thesis-project emphasizes the importance of preaching the big idea and suggests a method for improving the ability to communicate the big idea in preaching for Korean pastors. In order to do that, it provides the biblical and theological basis for preaching the big idea, and it offered to Korean pastors a preaching seminar and preaching opportunities before and after the seminar. This thesis-project...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, teaching, big ideas
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The aim of this thesis-project is to develop a curriculum of spiritual formation in order to promote a holistic spirituality that will thrive within the current cultural climate for emerging adults. The author surveyed various socio-cultural influences, such as consumerism and individualism, affecting emerging adults and their spirituality today. The Holy Trinity is presented as a model to help these individuals...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Spiritual formation, Discipling (Christianity), Church work with women, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary OA
by JAMES WESLEY JOHNSON
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ABSTRACT  This work is designed to help church leaders to focus on the arduous task of connecting with culture in worship. Why? Simply put, to help culture connect with Christ. We have the message, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life,” (The Message). What many church leaders are in need of is a new method of communicating that message....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, worship, communicating
Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to compare the effectiveness of two different forms of sermons (narrative vs. propositional) on the sermon recall of children in Korea. Three sermons using the narrative form and three sermons using the propositional form were delivered to the same group of elementary children. Follow-up research demonstrated that while propositional preaching is effective for children, the narrative method of preaching is more effective. Preachers who speak to children...
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Abstract: Solution-focused therapy is a counseling method frequently used by professional therapists assigned to the military. The strengths based, brief, and flexible nature of solutionfocused therapy can easily be integrated into a Christian worldview and adapted for use by Military Chaplains. The military presents unique challenges to couples; long periods of separations, deployments, and frequent moves. Some couples experience marital strain when they reunite after a deployment. This is...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, counseling, marital counselling
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Entender la dinámica de trabajar con hispanos desde una óptica multicultural requiere un acercamiento que nos permita aceptar el desafio que esto representa a la pastoral del siglo 21. Hay que entender su historia, su trasfondo social y su cultura. Enfrentamos el dilema de "cómo hemos de atender" a millones de hispanos que ya están y que siguen llegando a Estados Unidos. Su diversidad cultural exige...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Hispanic American churches, Multiculturalism Religious aspects, Massachusetts...
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min Thesis Abstract: This study focuses on how communicators can effectively use movie clips in their preaching of God's Word. A primary premise of this thesis is that there is controversy and confusion surrounding the growing use of movie clips in preaching. While some preachers deem the use of movie clips acceptable, others are apprehensive over whether or not a movie clip will enhance or detract from their messages. To make matters more complicated,...
Topics: GCTS, thesis, DMin, movies, teaching, preaching