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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project considers whether the adoption of an elder-based leadership structure might positively contribute to spiritual health of a congregational church. After setting out a biblical and theological foundation, relevant literature in the field is considered. A survey instrument is used to compare and contrast congregationally governed churches seeking possible correlations between leadership structure...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church polity, Elders (Church officers), Christian leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis project explores the problem of how sabbath is something not in the consistent practice within the life of most Salvation Army officers. Through a survey conducted among 750 active officers of the Western Territory of the United States, the reasons for the problem are identified. Engagement with the information gathered occurs within this project offering pragmatic solutions to quell the problem and to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salvation Army, Rest Religious aspects Christianity, Sabbath, Self-care Health,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, Church History, Thesis Abstract: This work examines the religious revival on the Scottish island of St. Kilda in 1841-1842. Between 1822 and 1830, Rev. John MacDonald ofFerintosh gradually introduced the evangelical form of Protestant Christianity to the people of St. Kilda. From 1830 to 1841, Rev. Neil MacKenzie further transformed the faith and culture of the island through his holistic approach to ministry. The resultant revival, though...
Topics: GCTS, MACH, Thesis, Church history 17th century, Religious aspects of war, Church history, Scotland...
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ABSTRACT: This thesis examines whether or not the YMCA has drifted from its original mission. It begins by tracing the foundation of its mission throughout its historical roots and demonstrates the profound effects that the YMCA has been able to accomplish when it has operated according to its mission of putting Christian principles into practice. It measures the mission knowledge and application within the specific context of Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio and also examines other research...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, YMCA, evangelism, methodology, mission
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: Spiritual maturity is vital if the Church is going to fulfill the Great Commission, producing disciples who obey Christ’s commands. Research reveals tremendous growth in the number of Christians in sub-Saharan Africa, yet the corruption, violence, and AIDS pandemic paint a different picture. Even though new Bible colleges continue to be formed to train pastors and teachers, the African church remains spiritually immature and syncretistic. Through quantitative and qualitative...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spiritual formation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill. The crisis in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria has been described as "Ethno-Religious." This study has revealed that the present crises are rooted in the interpretation of perceptions of history. A critical survey of how violence has been handled historically in the life of the church is covered. Whatever position the church takes...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Ethnic conflict Nigeria Religious aspects, Ethnic conflict Religious aspects,...
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project is the creation of a manual for elders, deacons and all lay ministers involved in ministry and pastoral care. The purpose of the manual is to fill an existing gap in the available resources for lay ministers in many mainline Protestant denominations, including the United Church of Christ. The manual begins with an exploration of the biblical background of elders and deacons, a discussion of the call of all Christians to ministry and a look at the various forms of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral ministry, serving
Abstract: This Thesis-project seeks to discover if by intentionally planning and implementing worship that explicitly and deliberately seeks to invite people to live into God’s biblical narrative will encourage a congregation to make that narrative its definitive source for transformation. Moreover, I hope to discover whether this can happen in traditional and less traditional forms of explicitly biblical worship. Scripture reveals that particular forms and expressions of human worship have...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church leadership, multi ethnic
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ABSTRACT The United Methodist Church has been experiencing a significant decline in membership in the United States and Europe in the 21* century. 4 Catechesis in Community outlines a method to assist local churches that are struggling to find their place in post-modern society. Youth and church administrators were surveyed concerning their personal beliefs, perception of the Church’s inclusion of young people, spiritual formation and Christian education within the Church. A brief survey of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, United Methodist Church, Spiritual formation, catechism
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this thesis-project is to develop a change process for West Waynesboro Church of Christ. This thesis-project explains how WWCC underwent a change process by understanding the biblical mission of the church and reviewing resources that address change. This thesis-project uncovers seven lessons learned from a change process for WWCC to assist any minister beginning a ministry at an established church.
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, ministry, church transformation
ABSTRACT: The United States Army has and will continue to train, prepare, and send chaplains on combat deployments in the Global War on Terrorism. As the spiritual leaders of the United States Army, chaplains must prepare for their combat deployment and the ensuing hardships, risks, and dangers of combat. This thesis examines how chaplains prepare for deployment and how it relates to suicides as well as its implications upon marriages. It also considers chaplains in recent and present combat...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, chaplaincy, suicide, US Army
Abstract: This thesis project focused on a period of time for the Moravian Church of America Southern Province from 1877 to 1930. The Rt. Rev. Edward Rondthaler was its most significant leader and he led the Province during this time period to a notable membership increase. This increase was the result of a Christ-centered theology. This Christ-centered theology prompted the province to a commitment toward evangelism. The evangelism was promoted through revivals, missions and discipleship.
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, renewal, church growth
Abstract This work is a study focused on the development of a continuing training program for local church leaders in Burkina Faso. It first shows the need for a continuing education program in a fast-growing African church. It asserts that a continuing education program is a lever that can promote not only development and well-being but also spiritual maturity. The fast-growing church and a low level of education are realities the churches in Africa are facing. Many local church leaders lack...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin Thesis, Spiritual Training, Education, transformation, church leaders
ABSTRACT: This project is an attempt to discover a solution to a pressing need among Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines Region | pastors and church leaders on how to improve in the preparation and proclamation of expository sermons. This is in response to the churches’ clamor for enhancement training for the leaders of the region. The primary reason for the study is to help the researcher develop a viable preaching curriculum for training church workers for his own...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, expository preaching, methodology, biblical teaching, Baptist
Abstract: The Puritans who settled New England saw the family first and foremost as a little church in itself. The worshipping congregation was a “Familie of Families;” a gathering of these little First Churches, connecting families and generations with each other in a mutually supportive, nurturing, and faith-enhancing manner that served to strengthen individual families, churches, and the common good of society. They hoped for the complete reformation and transformation of society by the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, families, Puritan values
ABSTRACT The aim of this Doctor of Ministry project is to teach African-American preachers with little to no formal education how to prepare and deliver expository sermons while maintaining their ethnic and cultural distinctiveness. The final product is a handbook that can be used by African-American preachers desiring to enhance their preaching skills, and by those who want to teach the skills necessary to construct solid expository sermons delivered in the African-American tradition. The...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, expository preaching
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Abstract: This thesis contends that the spiritual decline we are currently experiencing within evangelical community of faith is a result of the removal of the centrality of our created purpose to glorify God from the gospel. In a day when spirituality is popular and fashionable, many have fallen prey to adjusting and redefining the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to attract those in the culture of self-interest we live in. I will prove theologically, biblically, historically, and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, revival, restoration
Abstract: This thesis-project, A Historical Analysis of Prominent Leaders and Three Major Schisms in the Church of God of Prophecy, addresses a cyclical problem of division within the history of the church. For the study, semi-structured interviews were conducted from interviewees who had a close relationship with one of the former leaders in the church. Data was collected on each leader’s cognitive, affective, and behavioral expressions within the context of the schism they were a part of....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church schism
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ABSTRACT: This thesis is an instructional resource to teach Christian ministers how to communicate a biblical message that will comfort older Christians suffering through multiple losses associated with the dying process. The thesis contains an exegetical and theological study related to suffering and dying, an overview on the nature and experience of suffering, and important considerations when preaching to older Christians. Also included is a three-part teaching guide with lesson outlines,...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, aging, dying, death
ABSTRACT  Although, strides have been made in recent years to improve race relations sadly, diversity, equality, and the appreciation of all ethnic groups present a challenge to many. Today, people continue to segment themselves into what they find comfortable which is often remaining around the ethnic group they are apart of. The challenge to move past optical diversity into coexisting and relational harmony is beginning to be viewed as impossible, and idealistic. Due to continual acts of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, racial diversity, reconciliation
ABSTRACT We are called by Christ to be committed disciples and to make disciples of others. However, our witness of Christ will only be as good as the Fruit of the Spirit that we produce. The purpose of this paper is to create a comprehensive training program designed to develop and equip fruit-bearing individuals and churches in a God-glorifying way, and through the power of the Holy Spirit make the character of Christ visible in the twenty-first century and beyond, as the transformative...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, Leadership training, fruit of the spirit
Abstract: This project aims to develop a plan for how a local church can help a person recognize and confirm their call to vocational ministry. The discernment process for determining a person’s call to vocational ministry involves both inward/private and outward/public activity. This project looks to identify those outward/public elements that are helpful in the discernment process and to intentionally create a culture of call in the local church environment. The author of this project...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, call, vocation, ministry
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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
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to develop a systemic approach to increasing the wealth of low income areas that suffer from socio-economic problems by engaging the community in economic development. A review of the precedent literature demonstrated that few understand the complexity of poverty. The linear thinking exemplified in the various models substantiated the simplistic and singularly focused solutions commonly proposed. The theological basis of the project posits that the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, community development
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Abstract: This project is a two-day seminar designed to teach preaching to Adventist pastors in the Philippines. The author researched the big idea process and taught the skill through lecture and dialogue. This seminar helped students increase their skill in sermon development. The primary skill taught and practiced centered on the discovery and development of the big idea of a bible passage. After reviewing the necessary study skills pastors were guided through the process of finding the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, teaching seminar
ABSTRACT: Research demonstrates that burnout is experienced by those who work in the fields of social service and care for people. The most recent research also demonstrates that burnout is a factor faced by those in the pastorate. There are specific causes of pastoral burnout and there are specific ways to prevent burnout and to be restored from burnout. The Scriptures demonstrate that the nature of ministry places the pastor at a high risk for pastoral burnout. The burnout of the prophet...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, burnout, discipleship
ABSTRACT This thesis-project will explore the importance, along with the contribution made, of an Open System of communication, relationship, and function to the redemptive culture of an organization. For purposes of this project, the organization to be examined will be the extension site of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) in Jacksonville, FL (GCTS/Jax). The thesis under girding and guiding this research project is that an Open System is an essential component of a redemptive...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, Open system communication, Development, organizational culture
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project will endeavor to develop a strategy to assist high school students in making decisions about their future jobs and careers in such a manner that those decisions reflect their devotion to Jesus Christ. In reality, a much greater issue is being addressed. Beneath this specific issue of future career decision-making lies the greater call of living every aspect of their lives through the grid of God’s Word and for his glory. Being assessed is: To what extent do high...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, student ministry, calling, vocation
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Abstract This thesis contends that an effective strategy can be developed for the purpose of selecting quality pastoral associates. The study begins by laying down vital theological and biblical principles. Pertinent Christian and secular literature will be reviewed to discover what is known about the principles and practices common to all selection processes and those dynamics which would be uniquely oriented for associate pastor hiring. This thesis continues by exploring the issues of:...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral, vocation
Abstract: The Book of Revelation is the Gospel in the form of apocalyptic literature. This thesis-project attempts to give pastors and congregants of the Hudson River Presbytery a way to approach Revelation with joy and passion using sound theological and exegetical practices. The study guide developed in this project for these pastors is a product of the research performed herein. Pastors and congregations of the Hudson River Presbytery who use the study guide can approach Revelation with...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, Bible study, teaching
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ABSTRACT: This work focuses on multi-generational churches whose vision is to reach a community associated with a college or university campus and not just students. Past and present leaders at these churches were interviewed regarding the vision and history of their churches. The thesis first reviews the theological foundations for university-oriented church ministry and also reviews the relevant literature. It then reports on these interviews, highlighting the decisions and actions of these...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, campus life ministry
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...
ABSTRACT  The purpose of this thesis is to study how Christo-centric preaching affects transformation in three relationships of a congregation—relationships with God, others, and the self. An eight-week Christo-centric preaching series was conducted, and the results before and after the sermons were analyzed through questionnaires. Outcomes showed the highest change in the members’ relationship with others (5.2%), a positive change of 4.5% in the relationship with God, 4.4% positive change...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to suggest a framework of counseling preaching that connects the important part of counseling and preaching in the pastoral ministry. I have tried to help the saints through biblical preaching who are in various situations of life how to interpret and apply their problems biblically in the relationship with God. In this study, I proposed Paul Tripp's Tree Model as a framework for presenting the model of counseling preaching by integrating the advantages...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, counselling, preaching
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
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Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min Thesis Abstract: Research indicates a pastor’s greatest ministry impact in a church occurs in years five through fourteen of a pastorate. Yet, since the 1970’s, the average stay of pastors in North American churches has declined from an average of seven years per church to under five years. This has resulted in diminished church growth, diminished trust between pastors and churches and a negative impact upon pastoral families. This study...
Topics: GCTS, Dmin Thesis, pastoral ministry, partnership
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ABSTRACT: Research indicates a pastor’s greatest ministry impact in a church occurs in years five through fourteen of a pastorate. Yet, since the 1970’s, the average stay of pastors in North American churches has declined from an average of seven years per church to under five years. This has resulted in diminished church growth, diminished trust between pastors and churches and a negative impact upon pastoral families. This study demonstrates the positive steps of partnership church...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral relationship, partnership
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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
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Abstract: Undergraduate students who are students majoring in Business and Human Resources may not be sufficiently challenged by a Biblical-Christian perspective with respect to the definition of work and the resulting redemptive-leadership perspective that could be applied in the workplace. This Thesis-Project addresses realistic workplace issues from both biblical and theological perspectives, illustrates workable solutions based on the thesis-research findings, and evaluates these processes...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, faith, workplace
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  God calls people worldwide to serve in ministry, including in regions where literacy, poverty, and geography limit access to theological education. As a result, their ministries, and those among whom they serve, suffer. It is the church’s duty, for her own good, to find ways to meet these needs. This thesis-project is a case study among the Rama Nation, an indigenous community along the Caribbean coast of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Training Nicaragua, Rama Indians Nicaragua, Pastoral theology Study and...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Urban churches are facing a crisis in the development of youth leaders who are trained for holistic ministry to urban youth and families. Existing trainings fail to incorporate the complex nature of the urban family environment. This thesis argues the need for training urban church based youth leaders as facilitators for holistic and systematic ministry to youth and families. The theological foundation explores...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Church work with families, City churches Youth
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis provides a comparative analysis of The Redemptive Leadership Model, as designed by Doctors Cooper and Powers, with four other leadership models as well as the Old Testament sanctuary model. To varying degrees, each model's premise is that in order to be in alignment with God's plan, fallen leaders must be redeemed and restored physically emotionally and spiritually. May the infonnation provided in this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Biblical adulthood is not automatic and can get delayed or derailed in many ways. An evaluation of five exemplar church's rites of passage strategy demonstrates that a potential preventative measure occurs when the home and the church begin to leverage significant milestones in the course of adolescence, coordinating them with a spiritual truth such that a faith marker is created and celebrated by the community of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Faith development Youth, Church work with youth
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to shed light on the origin and practice of interim ministry with a specific focus on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The concepts of change, transition, and transformation are explored from the perspectives of Old and New Testaments, business models and the current practice of interim ministry with its stages and tasks. The survey which was administered as part of this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Clergy, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The decision to write this thesis grows out of personal experience coming from my family history, observation in my community, and ministry as a pastor in the community. The focus is twofold: to explore the historical background of marriage and family in the Haitian context and to provide a practical application of a biblical approach to counseling system. This thesis offers a historical overview of marriage and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Families, Marriage, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to prove the importance of ethos in overcoming skepticism among postmodern listeners. When listeners feel the speaker has high character they lower their skepticism leading to effective persuasion in preaching. A test was performed to prove this hypothesis with two different groups. The test consisted of a sermon’s manuscript evaluated by each participant. One group knew who was the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching, Christianity and culture Brazil, Postmodernism...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: If an institution is to achieve any success in its educational process, there must be an educational strategy and structure in place which clearly states what and how learning will occur. Education with intentionality is necessary to assure the educational journey achieves its intended outcome. The researcher focused on one such college which trains only pastors, evangelists, missionaries and Christian educators...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Zion Bible College, Christian leadership, Leadership
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 Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this thesis project was to show that international churches, specifically in Europe, but applicable around the world, could be a valuable asset in fulfilling the Great Commission and that they should no longer be seen as “country club” type churches only for expatriates. This thesis project includes an in-depth study of all the literature dealing with international churches. Also included is a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missionaries Europe, Religious aspects of war, Missionaries, Europe Religious...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   United Methodist pastors come into ministry with a fervor for God and love for God’s people. The practice of ministry can be all consuming. Pastors need to be vigilant to maintain a lifestyle that is balanced spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally. Developing a Rule of Life that includes classical Wesleyan small group support can assist pastors in remaining faithful to God and to healthy...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Methodist Church Maine, Methodist Church Clergy, Spiritual formation Methodist...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The project serves as a guide for church planters seeking to create structural harmony between orthodoxy and orthopraxy through the identification of missional examples associated with early Christian communities. This work includes five chapters. Chapter one identifies the need for developing a biblical theology for the practice of church planting. This chapter also identifies issues associated with church...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania / South Jersey, Missions Biblical...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The contemporary church's evangelistic efforts produce few disciples. Reports on a study that examined an alternative approach--pre-discipleship. It is a process of evangelism that engages the seeker in a study of the Word of God to the point where he or she is able to make a commitment intellectually, emotionally, and volitionally as to whether he or she will follow Jesus.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity), Spiritual formation, Evangelistic work
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Organizations are continually expanding as the impact of global trade, outsourcing, market trends, and competition drive them to do so. Despite this global movement, and an increasingly diverse demographic, the leadership within these global companies does not reflect the multi-ethnic global customer base they serve. This thesis-project explores how God uses redemptive leadership to develop leaders, in addition to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with minorities, Leadership Cross-cultural studies,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: When organizations get themselves in trouble, they often call in a consultant. The purpose is to bring in a fresh set of eyes to help identify problems, and then to suggest solutions that will restore the organization’s viability. This writer uses a systems analysis approach to the process, and believes that systems analysis is a biblically sound method of examining any entity to assess its viability. A...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Church schools, Christian education, Families, Marriage
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this six-part seminar is to assist pastors of the Canadian Christian and Missionary Alliance (CCMA) to understand, identify, prevent and heal from emotional exhaustion. The CCMA is a holiness denomination within the evangelical church that is represented in most provinces and territories in Canada. The majority of the largest and most influential CCMA churches are located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Canadian Christian and Missionary Alliance, Clergy Job stress
Abstract The aim of this Doctor of Ministry project is to equip teaching pastors in multisite congregations to preach live messages at each individual site that are consistent with the Biblical text, congruent with one another and contextualized for the local venue. The final product is a seminar that can be used by ministry leaders who wish to investigate a multi-site ministry strategy, develop or evaluate potential site pastors within this model, or simply improve the effectiveness of a...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin Thesis, preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Addresses a growing workplace problem--employees working under bad bosses. Using the David-Saul relationship, a young leader responding to his volatile boss, the thesis explores biblical principles and applications. Academically, the thesis discusses a theological framework about working under bad bosses and reviews pertinent literature. Practically, its methodology develops a small group study with participant...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Personnel management, Employee motivation, Conflict management
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) does not ordain women for pastoral ministry under present rules and regulations. This policy was made clear after discussions in the mid-1980's. A prohibition against the ordination of women for such ministry, however, has not always been the policy of Free Church associations throughout the history of the movement. This study begins with a review of the history of women...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Evangelical Free Church of America, Ordination of women
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 thesis-project is intended to design a teaching course syllabus entitled, “Being A Christian Minister” for East Asia School of Theology to be taught at the local Singapore campus as well as the school extension centers in China, India, etc. The thesisproject is written to encourage longevity of service among vocational Christian workers. Its content is to examine key foundational matters like the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, East Asia School of Theology (Singapore), Clergy Job stress, Church officers...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This thesis project emphasizes that healthy, growing churches understand who they are (identity), where they want to go (call), and how they intend to get there (strategy). Predominantly this thesis is intended to be a resource and a guide for pastors and Christians from Eastern Europe and Moldova who pray and want God’s church to grow and advance. Also, this research will be used as academic material in the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church growth, Moldova
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry, ThesisProject Abstract:  In every generation, God has called those who would be pastors, teachers, and evangelists. In 1738, a young English evangelist named George Whitefield was called by God to proclaim the gospel to all who would hear. He crossed geographic, ecclesiastical, social, and cultural bounds to share the Good News about Jesus Christ. This thesis will explore the ministry of Reverend George Whitefield and its impact on the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Whitefield George 1714-1770, Methodism History 18th century
Abstract: Abuse of women is a global problem. One in four women suffers physical, sexual, emotional, or economic abuse in her lifetime. Unfortunately, the same startling statistics sweep across the global Christian community. The research shows that abused Christian women seek help from their pastors more so than all other resources combined, but the sad reality is that they often come away feeling disappointed, frustrated, and hurt by the pastor’s response. Through ignorance, lack of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, abuse of women, counseling
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Asian Indian immigrants are drawn to the United States mainly due to the emphasis on education in the Indian culture. Asian Indians are found to be present in large numbers in professional fields such as medicine, technology, and engineering. An overall growth rate of the Asian Indian community in the United States was 106 percent between 1990- 2000 alone, making it the largest in the Asian community next to Chinese...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage counseling Religious aspects East Indian Americans, Family counseling...
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project examines why and how the Historical Section of the popular mission mobilization course, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, should be adapted and contextualized as the course is translated for audiences outside of North America. The thesis begins by tracing the history of the Perspectives course itself, focusing on the cultural and missiological environment that influenced the creation and content of the course, and the initial internationalization of the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, historical context, cultural
ABSTRACT This thesis-project examined anxiety in succession planning in Free Pentecostal Fellowship in Kenya (FPFK). The study examined: how succession planning is practiced, the benefits and challenges of its implementation and mentorship process critical for leadership succession. The study adopted descriptive qualitative and quantitative surveys targeting 506 and collecting primary data from 91 pastors serving at 50 years and above, regional coordinators, and the General Secretary of FPFK....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church planting
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project arises out of a growing concern in the biblical illiteracy of adults and the lack of awareness of God’s presence in their daily lives. Addressing what is now called the crisis in the Christian church, I attempt to propose that the church needs to teach systematic theology, exegesis and spiritual formation to their congregations so that the Bible will become relevant and alive for the modern reader and will as a result transform lives. A 24 Hours with God retreat...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, biblical illiteracy, teaching
ABSTRACT  This thesis-project will address the need to find a solution to the identity crisis in the lives of young adult missionaries in Myanmar. The hypothesis is that a series of missionaryoriented seminars which explore the nature of human identity in creation and Christ will facilitate greater awareness and healing of this identity confusion among believers. The Identity Crisis Seminar, conducted with twenty-four participants from MAME ministry in Yangon, Myanmar, supported the hypothesis...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, missions
ABSTRACT: I believe that expository preaching will change the lives of women when properly applied. It is my belief that spiritual growth will result in changed lives if there is proper application of the Word of God, in spite of circumstance or challenges. I want to examine my hypotheses regarding the relationship between expository preaching and spiritual growth among African American women of multiple generations. As ameans of determining how expository preaching, when appropriately applied,...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, expository preaching, methodology, transformation, discipleship
ABSTRACT: This Doctor of Ministry thesis-project demonstrates that a contextualized spiritual formation curriculum can be designed for new and missional Christian churches through theological reflection and congregational assessment. There were two methods of research employed. First, theological reflection was utilized to develop of a spiritual theology based upon an interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) through a theological framework of Christian spiritual formation....
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, ministry, church formation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project addresses the fear of public speaking. It confirms there is a hidden group of men and women with great potential for Christian leadership who are perhaps missing their "calling" due to their deep-rooted fear of public speaking. Because Christian resources are scarce in this area, the thesis-project presents a booklet, written from a biblical perspective, specifically aimed at...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Public speaking Religious aspects Christianity, Speech anxiety Religious...
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...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, ethnic identity
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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 Vol....
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary OA
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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 Vol....
Topics: GCTS, Academic Journal, Africanus Journal, Africanus Guild, Center for Urban Ministerial Education,...