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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The aim of this Doctor of Ministry project is to train bi-vocational ministers in the urban Los Angeles area in basic exegetical skills and incorporate those skills into accurate, clear sermons and lessons. I argue that that by providing training to bi-vocational ministers to do basic biblical exegesis in urban Los Angeles churches, an untapped resource will be empowered to become of significant benefit in many...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Study and teaching Clergy Part-time, Bible, Clergy Part-time City...
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,...
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
ABSTRACT  The aim of this thesis-project is to develop a model describing employment contexts to assist disciple makers in contextualizing their ministries so that the gospel can be more effectively infused into the beauty and brokenness of the workplace. This study combines two dimensions—skill utilization and workplace health—into a single model. Using quantitative and qualitative data, the feelings and perceptions of employees are categorized into four employment contexts. From the...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The focus of this thesis-project is a pedagogical question that explores how a local congregation can recover an understanding and practice of community in order not just to be a community, but to function as a formative disciple-making communion. The goal of this thesis-project is to affirm that vocational discipleship is primary in the mission of local congregations. This thesis-project recommends practices...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity), Vocation Religious aspects, Church renewal
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,...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This thesis explores the theological and theoretical rationale behind expository story sermons. This study is important because we live in a story-culture. Wise preachers know their audience. Those who want to effectively communicate the word of God to the people who are immersed in this story-culture should be able to preach a story sermon. The result of this study is a manual in chapter five on how to prepare...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Narrative preaching
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,...
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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
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis-project was to explore the ways the experience of grief shapes us to be spiritually formed as God uses grief to reveal who He is and to shape us in the image of His Son. I explored the biblical and theological foundation that allows us to declare that God is with us in our grief and guides us through our experience for our good and his glory. I observed contemporary grief theory in order...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with the bereaved, Grief therapy Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project focuses on the spiritual life development of young Christian leaders in Hong Kong who are in their transition from college youth to young working adults. The discussion is in three approaches. Firstly, the descriptive approach revisits the current settings and identifies the spiritual needs of young leaders whose lives are being constrained as a performing leader, unhelped helper, self-focused...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth China Hong Kong, Spiritual formation Youth China Hong...
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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
RESUMEN:  Este estudio surgió como una inquietud y necesidad pastoral de poder servir mejor a la comunidad pobre de la ciudad de Santa Bárbara, California. Santa Bárbara es conocida ampliamente como una comunidad de ricos, especialmente por los barrios de los multimillonarios de Hope Ranche y de Montecito, pero aquí también está. presente la comunidad pobre y necesitada, especialmente la comunidad latina/hispana. Se hizo un profundo estudio histórico para saber los orígenes y el...
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Abstract: This thesis-project examines the effects of limiting the use of electronic devices, such as computers, tablets and smartphones, on the spiritual growth of students participating in a ninemonth, residential, gap year program. The main focus of the project is reporting the findings of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with students who had their use of electronic technology significantly reduced over a nine-month time period. The project develops a theology of technology in order to...
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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-project studies the impact of Biblical discipleship in transforming a congregation. Many churches are struggling and are seeking revitalization. The key to congregational transformation is not a program, but Biblical discipleship. Jesus started a church by investing his time, energy, and knowledge into others. The Apostle’s carried on their discipleship by discipling others. This is what discipleship...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian life, Church renewal, Discipling (Christianity)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: “To love and serve him supremely all my days” is the first desire in The Salvation Army officer’s covenant. However, with an onslaught of concerns coming from administration, ministry and family, it can be difficult. Officers can lose sight of what is most important—their first love of God and their desire to love him supremely. This thesis-project seeks to administer a Rule of Life within the Salvation Army...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salvation Army, Spiritual formation Salvation Army, Christian leadership...
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
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  In this circumstance the first purpose of this research is discussing on historical, biblical, theological levels that the essence of the church lies in its community, and that nothing more than community church can maintain the essence of the church, and by relating to the discussion, studying and proving with actual study experiment community of the cell church as a community church from the aspect of practical...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership
Abstract This is an exploratory study of students’ reactions to a hybrid homiletics course. The goals of the study were twofold: (1) assist in the design and implementation of a prototype hybrid, preaching course; and (2) conduct the study to determine students’ reactions to the design and implementation of the course. Two questions framed the study to ascertain students’ feelings regarding how the course was designed to deliver content: (1) How would students react to a prototype hybrid...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin Thesis, homiletics, theological education, management
ABSTRACT: This thesis is a systemic study of a proposed ministry of the role of the urban church in strategic planning and intervention for accomplishing God’s redemptive work on the earth—healing and empowerment in addictions ministry through holistic healing and systems thinking in an addictions ministry. The framework of this project is reflected in what EldinVillafañe refines to as ‘the hermeneutical circle of social ethics’. This paradigm involves three steps that ask three basic...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spiritual formation, membership, addiction, intervention
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...
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of the thesis-project is to understand the process of spiritual formation in order to develop and implement an academic course on spiritual formation that will help students to mature spiritually. Conclusions are drawn from a survey works on the critical factors that contribute to the process of spiritual formation. Spiritual formation is “being alive to God” and “being like God.” That is, a person undergoing spiritual formation grows in intimacy, love, devotion...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, New Testament Thesis Abstract: James uses the prophet Elijah as an example of righteous prayer. This thesis explores the possibility that James may have intended his readers to recognize both historical and eschatological imagery associated with the biblical prophet. First, it shows that in early Jewish literature the eschatological and historical Elijah traditions were not held in isolation of each other. Imagery from descriptions of...
Topics: GCTS, MANT, Thesis, Elijah (Biblical prophet) In the New Testament, Elijah (Biblical prophet),...
Abstract: Gentrification transforms the inner-city community housing from a typical single style older bungalow house community to a multilevel housing and affluent community. The millennials began to replace the long term older community residents. Community services become readily available, businesses such as major chained food stores move in, bike trails/lanes appear, and dog parks become a norm. The overall quality of the community improves substantially. Gentrification, however, is a...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, gentrification, community church, immigrants
Abstract: The Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) in eastern Canada must contend with pastoral leadership challenges for the sustenance of vibrant Pentecostal congregations in an ultra-liberal and beyond postmodern Canada. Strategic pastoral leadership is critical for the continuation of the Church of God of Prophecy as a visible representation of the kingdom of God to advance in proclaiming the gospel; ministering to the social needs of people; effecting societal trends; and to do so over...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral leadership
Abstract: The thesis of this project was that the church in the Claremont, NH region would have greater missional impact by utilizing four strategies, which include incubating mission, inspiring cooperation, incorporating contextualization, and increasing multiplication. These strategies were implemented through the efforts of the Connect Center ministry in Claremont, which worked with various churches and outreach ministries. The impact was measured qualitatively and quantitatively by...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, mission strategies
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, Church History Thesis Abstract: Between 1844 and 1864 at Mercersburg Seminary in Southern Pennsylvania Dr. Philip Schaff and Dr. John Williamson Nevin put forward their concept of Catholicity as the visible, organic make-up of the church with historic substance and traditions incarnated and in union with Christ. The idea caught the ire of the Prince of Princeton Charles Hodge and men from their own denomination, the German Reformed Synod and...
Topics: GCTS, MA, MACH, Thesis, Philip Schaff 1819-1893, John Williamson Nevin 1803-1886, Mercersburg...
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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Abstract This work is a study focused on recovering the grand narrative of the Christian Scripture and recognizing that Christians are more than spectators of this grand narrative but are called to be participants in it. A primary premise of the work is that the reason for the “Silent Exodus” that many Korean-American churches are currently experiencing shares remarkable similarities with postmodern emphasis on rejection of any metanarrative. The author suggests that this rejection of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, faith and salvation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: When faced with the demands of their first post-collegiate workplace, many Christian graduates are overwhelmed and uncertain how to draw upon the claims and resources of their Christian faith. This project provides a model of how a campus minister can help graduating seniors prepare for better work-faith integration. It attempts to correlate the key findings from a scriptural theology of work with the experience...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with students, Faith at work
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study is to determine if leaders can be trained to capitalize on crisis moments in order to maximize their leadership potential. The researcher’s initial thought posits that a misunderstanding about crisis moments and an inability to process these moments in a way that is transformational hinders leadership development. Therefore, the researcher hypothesizes that training the ministerial staff at DayStar Christian Fellowship to understand the role of crisis...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, Crisis management, Leadership
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Abstract: The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of a four week focused training session on the Great Commission and implementation in discipling children. The participants were eighteen parents and grandparents within New Community Church of St. Marys Ohio. Robert Coleman’s eight principles in The Master Plan of Evangelism (selection, association, consecration, impartation, demonstration, delegation, supervision and reproduction) were the major focus of instruction and hands...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, children discipling
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology, Biblical Theology, Thesis Abstract:  This study will examine the relationship between Ezekiel and Revelation when it comes to the portrayal of the Divine Presence in the eschatological holy city labeled respectively by each, "The Lord is There" or the "New Jerusalem." John not only borrows frequently from the final vision of Ezekiel (Ezek 40-48) to describe his final vision (Rev 21-22), but he alludes to Ezekiel...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Bible Ezekiel, Bible Revelation
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 thesis-project examines whether end-of-worship liturgies designed to equip worshipers for missional participation in Christ’s threefold office can play a role in missional transformation. A review of theoretical, practical, and field research literature on missional worship suggests three promising liturgies: intercessory prayers, introduced offerings, and lay commissionings. These liturgies were separately...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church renewal
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....
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Abstract: Church health is the application of the metaphor of medicine to the local church, the body of Christ, in order to promote internal conditions that will enable it to fulfill the plan for which God has designed it. Its roots are in the church growth movement, but with an emphasis on qualities over numbers. The various systems of church health rely on an empirical study of today’s churches and an exegetical study of the New Testament scriptures. Omitted is the amazing story of church...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, revival, church leadership
ABSTRACT: The recent rise in interest in spiritual formation and the spiritual disciplines seems to indicate that there is a growing awareness of the need to attend to the spiritual lives of Christians especially those who have been believers for some time. Studies show that many believers consider themselves to be stalled in their spiritual growth and they often view prayer as a duty rather than a delight. The purpose of this thesis-project is to explore the question of whether or not prayer...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spiritual formation, lectio divina, prayers
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, Church History, Thesis Abstract: The following thesis examines the life and writing of Norman Vincent Peale in order to understand his popular appeal in 1950s America.  Norman Vincent Peale was an important leader in the revival that swept American Protestantism in the 1950s. Given the popularity of his best-known book, The Power of Positive Thinking, his magazine Guideposts, and his consistent presence on radio and in magazines and...
Topics: GCTS, MACH, Thesis, Norman Vincent Peale 1898-1993, Reformed Church in America Clergy Biography,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this thesis-project was to gain a better understanding of the particular challenges that wealth creates for spiritual formation. I defined spiritual formation in the context of a creation-fall-redemption-consummation framework and explained how wealth might hinder that formation, while also hypothesizing from several biblical texts what some of those challenges might be. I interviewed twenty people...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wealth Religious aspects, Spiritual formation
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...
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 College of Theology and Missions Doctor of Theology (ThD) Dissertation Abstract (modified from preface): It has always impressed me that such powerful and saintly Christian leaders as A. J. Gordon, A.B. Simpson, and Andrew Murray -- incidentally, all of these were great leaders in the field of world evangelism -- gave much attention to the ministry of the Holy Spirit and wrote books on that theme. My conviction is that we need more of their type of piety and of vision in the church right...
Topics: GCTS, ThD, Dissertation, Bible New Testament Theology, Sanctification Biblical teaching, Theology,...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology Thesis Abstract: The goal of this thesis is to explore Herman Bavinck's doctrine of divine simplicity. No one has fully explored Bavinck's doctrine of divine simplicity before, those who have engaged it in past scholarship have pigeonholed it as strictly Thomistic. More recently Bavinck studies due to the "organic motif" has pushed against this Thomistic label being falsely thrust upon Bavinck like a shrunk, ill-fitting wool...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Herman Bavinck (1854-1921), God (Christianity) Simplicity, God (Christianity)...
ABSTRACT  This Thesis-Project chronicles the prolific church planting endeavors of the Foursquare denomination during the 1970s-1990’s mainly in Massachusetts, coinciding with the “Charismatic Renewal.” Unfortunately, there was eventual decline among the Anglo churches. A few methods of research were utilized, mainly interviewing to test the hypothesis that the Brazilian churches have had greater sustainability, due to the relational features of their leadership, and other...
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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,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the life and leadership of Matta El- Meskeen, or Matthew the Poor, a Coptic monk and spiritual father who led St. Macarius Monastery in Wadi El-Natrun, Egypt through a period of significant revival. His leadership and scholarship resulted in significant renewal and growth within the Coptic Orthodox Church and the many monastic communities in Egypt. The life of Matta El-...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mattá al-Miskīn 1919-2006, Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism Assemblies of...
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...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  La vérité doit luire comme l'aurore et elle conduira tous ceux qui s'y attachent au sentier de la gloire. Pour être soi-même, il est impérieux que l'on adopte une attitude révérencieuse face à la vérité; ne jamais se dérober à ses regards et prendre position en sa faveur, quoi qu'il en coûte. C'est de cette seule manière que l'on pourra parvenir à apporter sa contribution, quelque modeste elle...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Children Conversion to Christianity, Evangelistic work, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The Research is motivated by the unprecedented influence of cultural backgrounds of the Traditional Tribal Religions and the Islamic Religion on the Nigerian Christian Families. The Church and many Christian Homes, which may include elders and Pastors Homes, are rather obedient to the rules and regulations that come from the culturally learned style of family life than the absolute word of God that guides the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage customs and rites Nigeria, Church work with married people Nigeria,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project argues that spiritual practices that integrate beauty and aesthetics are beneficial for spiritual formation in the life of a Protestant evangelical congregation. This study will show the historical precedent for, the theological framework for, and practical examples of integrating beauty and aesthetics into practices related to the spiritual formation of Protestant evangelical congregations....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Aesthetics Religious aspects, Art and religion, Spiritual formation Art,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project looks at the multifaceted decline of Greenville, PA over the second half of the twentieth century and how it has led to a loss of hope for the people who live there. The contents explore the nature of the Kingdom of God as a theological and practical answer to brokenness and decay. Next, this thesis-project explores how two congregations of the town, Hillside Presbyterian Church and First...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church renewal United States, Church renewal
Abstract: Recognizing that the standard narrative for the study of the Fulton Street Prayer Meeting and Revival by scholars and churchmen is almost exclusively found in the combined works of Samuel I. Prime’s The Power of Prayer and Talbot Chamber’s The Noon Prayer Meeting of the North Dutch Church, Fulton Street, New York, this study seeks to expand the narrative to include the historical material of the time. This project includes an examination of literature seeking relevant opinions and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, Prayer meetings, intimacy with God
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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...
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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...
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: The author, a pastor of a Chinese-based, multi-ethnic English-speaking congregation in New England, explored the problem of churches surviving on transfer growth rather than thriving on conversion growth. He asked the question: How do such churches in New England become evangelistically effective? The author proposed a training process that addressed the seven factors (theological, spiritual, informational, emotional, tactical, logistical, and experiential) that hinder the witness of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, evangelism
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The author seeks to re-conceptualize agape love as unconditional commitment rather than the common notion of unconditional acceptance. A theology of love is developed using biblical sources and various authors. Love is viewed as sacrificial and supportive with interpersonal variables serving as filters informing its practice. Love is presented as an existential reality; one-directional in its expression, yet...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Pastoral counseling Couples, Marriage counseling Religious aspects, Love...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project has a distinct purpose of presenting to the readers and researchers that peruse through the content a clear examination of Oral History/Theology as it has impacted and continues to affect the beliefs, practices, and preaching of ministers in the region of Idaho, Oregon, and Utah for the Church of God of Prophecy. From the outset, study and research was devoted to the overall formation of this mindset...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy, Oral tradition Religious aspects Theology, Preaching...
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Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min Thesis Abstract: The purpose of this work is to provide information revealing the dangers of Internet pornography and strategies to prevent its addictions. The detail of the project will focus on how Internet pornography harmfully affects adolescent boys. This thesis begins with presenting the problem of Internet pornography and its negative effect on society. Then it closely examines the Biblical implications of this topic and the opposing viewpoints...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, thesis, pornography, addiction, thesis, DMin, addiction, pornography, internet
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 thesis examines the mission activity of David Zeisberger from the massacre of 96 Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten in 1782 to Zeisberger's death in 1808. The research is restricted to settlements in the "Old Northwest," specifically New Gnadenhutten (outside Detroit), New Salem, Goshen, and other locations in the Upper Ohio Valley. One of the most significant missionaries to the Native Americans,...
Topics: GCTS, MACH, Thesis, Zeisberger David 1721-1808, Moravian Indian Mission, Indians of North America...
ABSTRACT: This is a collective case study of eight Chinese entrepreneurs in Singapore, five of whom are Protestant Christians and the remaining three of different faiths. They are owner-managers of their businesses, with the oldest being 63 years of age and the youngest 38. All interviewees were obtained through personal contacts, and the interviews were conducted by the author personally. This is a limited study that aims to identify the various characteristics of Chinese entrepreneurship, the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, Christian entrepreneurs in Singapore, Confucianism
Abstract Christian Horizons is a large, vibrant Christian ministry. The ability of Christian Horizons to continue as such is dependant upon a clear articulation of its reasons for existence to thousands of employees, and to its stakeholders. In the organization's 45 year history, it has grown to become one of the largest ministries of its type in Canada, if not North America. The idea of a strategic and articulated organizational culture is a new consideration for Christian Horizons. It has...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin Thesis, Christian Horizon, Organization, call to serve
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Theology, Theology and Culture, Thesis Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to engage with Amos Yong's Pneumatological Theology of Religions with the hope of showing the importance of the mission of the Spirit for the church's engagement with other religions and to show some misunderstandings in his proposal of both Trinitarian and Pneumatological doctrines. This will be done in several ways.  First, a foundational understanding of the prominence of...
Topics: GCTS, ThM, Thesis, Amos Yong 1965-, Theology of religions (Christian theology), Holy Spirit
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, Theology, Thesis Abstract:  This thesis synthesizes concrete next steps for churches that want to prepare their congregants for dialogue about racial reconciliation. It assumes prior reading of the book "Beyond Colorblind" (written by the thesis writer Sarah Shin, release date of October 2017). The steps outlined in the PDF are to help those who desire to start conversations about ethnicity and race in their churches or Christian...
Topics: GCTS, MATH, Thesis, Ethnic relations Religious aspects Christianity, Multiculturalism Religious...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This focus of this thesis is to answer the question, why aren't black churches being planted and what are the problems as to why black churches aren't church planting. Interviews were conducted for this particular research. The questions were structured to learn more about their organizational structure, leadership style and their opinions on planting churches. It was also designed to learn if the effects of black...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church development New, African American churches, Liberation theology
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis examines the life and writings of Lorenzo Dow, an evangelist among the Methodists of the early years of the 19th century. Several characteristics are extracted from his life: his strong sense of being called to preach; his defiance of the leaders of his church; and his commitment to the common citizens of the United States, Canada, Ireland and England. The churches of Methodism in the US and England...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Primitive Methodists
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The presence of stories throughout the Scriptures indicates that God uses story-telling to communicate truth. Narrative texts represent 40 – 70% of the entire Bible. This is exciting news for preachers, because we live in a culture that values stories – as seen in the number of books, movies, and television shows. Yet, the narrative sermon is not used in the pulpit ministry as frequently, or as skillfully as...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Narrative Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: In order for a theological institution to shape the character of its students, it is essential to have a comprehensive theory to guide the institution’s effort. In this work, we have proposed that the theory of virtue ethics serves as a paradigm to achieve this goal. This study addresses only one essential element in the application of virtue ethics: the students’ preunderstanding of character formation and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Universidad Christiana Internacional ESEPA, Virtue, Ethics, Theology Study and...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Examines the problem many preachers face during the advent season. Puts forth a preaching event that will help people worship Jesus more, spend less at Christmas, give meaningful gifts, and love the least of these in the world. Aims to inspire faithful worship that has a social response to resisting the culture of consumerism and blessing others with the tangible love of Jesus.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching