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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
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:  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:  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,...
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 explores the process of institutionalization of evangelical ministries. As a ministry grows it must inevitably develop formal procedures and policies to guide it’s operations. In this sense, institutionalization is not necessarily a negative thing. On the other hand, institutionalization can have a dark side if the original spiritual integrity and organic vitality that gave life to the organization...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Teen Challenge New England, Church work with youth
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: This thesis-project, Biblical And Theological Models for Holistic Ministry in Church of God of Prophecy Congregations , provides models for holistic ministry in Church of God of Prophecy congregations, and defines holistic ministry as Christian ministry engaged in participation with God to meet the spiritual (personal salvation, holiness, and discipleship), physiological (food, water, air, etc.), and emotional...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy, Christian leadership Biblical teaching,...
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 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:  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: Around one third of the Hebrew Old Testament is written in poetic form, yet apart from using a poetic layout, major Bible translations generally do not translate these materials poetically. This thesis-project examines the biblical-theological foundations for translating biblical Hebrew poetry as poetry, and argues that doing so could help carry over much of the impact and poetic beauty of the original into the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Translating and interpreting, Hebrew poetry, Biblical Translating
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
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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 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 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
Abstract: This thesis-project includes an evaluation of the Spiritual Formation program and offers research-driven suggestions to add mentor groups to the existing process. This includes an exploration of the SEBC campus context, including the current student population who are revered to as the Emerging Generation. An examination of the biblical basis of mentoring is included to provide a base of why this is necessary to include in the spiritual formation of college students. Evidence is...
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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:  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...
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Abstract: Ministry in the Northwest brings with it some unique challenges. Christian churches must constantly face the pressure of ministering in a Latter-day Saint environment. The high density Mormon population creates a unique dynamic that necessitates the ability to: explain the distinctives of the Christian faith; defend the accuracy of the Bible; and preach an accurate reflection of Christ to people influenced by this theology. For this reason it is necessary to wrestle with current...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis explores the core components of resilience for United States Navy Chaplains that provide the framework for coping with the stress and potential trauma that is inherent in military ministry. These are explored with a focus on the unique aspect of the Christian faith and its influence on resilience. Through a study of the demands of the chaplaincy and the various resources, a training and mentoring tool...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Military chaplains, Resilience (Personality trait) Religious aspects, Burn out...
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:  This thesis-project explores the challenges pastors might face in shepherding a program-driven church in how to reach out to the community outside of the four walls of the church building. This thesis evaluates Jesus’ method of outreach and discipleship, and seeks to find ways to apply His methodology. This work explores various small group models throughout history and in today’s contemporary Western context....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership, Missional church movement, Discipling (Christianity)
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:  Bible translators can be tempted to limit their focus to a specific verse. Better translators look more broadly and use insights from discourse grammar to ensure their translation coheres and flows naturally at the paragraph level and above. However, a translation can be more illuminating if it provides its audience with effective access to much of the intertextual context that the original authors likely expected...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Translating, Bible, Intertextualtiy in the Bible
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most twenty-first century Canadian churches are either plateaued or in decline. While church planting is vital, the need for the missional renewal of existing churches represents both a crisis and an opportunity. This project evaluated pastoral leadership in fifteen Canadian congregations in order to identify effective strategies for the missional renewal. This project orbited around two questions. What type of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Evangelistic work, Church renewal Canada, Alpha courses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Whether Christianity is relatively unknown in the region or if it is simply that a particular group of Christians is small and insignificant, one issue faced by church planters is that of becoming known. This thesis will explore how everyday means of communication can help church planters become known and facilitate church planting movements. It will define everyday means of communication and consider how past...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Social media Religious aspects, Church...
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
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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),...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Migration has been a means of mission throughout history. In our day the global flow of migration has shifted from North-South to South-North. Representative of this shift is the presence of more than one and a half million African-born immigrants residing in the United States; the majority of whom are Christians. Many Africans view their sojourning to the United States through the lens of mission and often...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with immigrants Collaboration, Immigrants Religious life United...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, Church History Thesis  Abstract: A key question that this thesis poses is how did Separate-Baptist women express their religious freedom while operating within their social structures in eighteenth-century New England? The answer centers on Separate-Baptist women's appeal to a higher order of spiritual submission and the egalitarian climate characteristic of the Separate-Baptists early years. This work focuses on the lives of Elizabeth Tracy...
Topics: GCTS, MACH, Thesis, MA, Backus Isaac 1724-1806, Backus Elizabeth 1698-1769, Backus Susanna...
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min Thesis 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...
Topics: GCTS, thesis, DMin, addiction, intervention, urban church
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project is about New City Church’s journey toward evangelistic faithfulness. My heart is to see the Church be equipped to make, mature, and multiply evangelistically responsible disciple-makers as this is Jesus’ heart for his church. In this project I explore how the addition of missional accountability to existing discipling relationships and principle-based evangelism training can impact evangelistic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling Christianity Spiritual formation, Evangelistic work, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Provides pastors and leaders with a fresh biblical and practical model for preaching that inspires and equips people to pursue God's grand vision for their lives, their churches, and the world. Deals with biblical, theological, and psychological aspects. Four basic elements dealt with are word, image, story, and the person of the preacher.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching
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
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,...
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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,...
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 Master of Arts, New Testament, Thesis Abstract: This work investigates the use of clothing in conveying symbolic meaning in Greco-Roman literature and the Gospel of Luke. This investigation considers both the symbolic meaning conveyed by the clothing regarding literary characters portrayed by that clothing, as well as the semantic bearing this symbolism has on the story or narrative in which the characters are functioning. Utilizing Paul Ricoeur's theory of...
Topics: GCTS, MANT, Thesis, Bible Luke, Clothing and dress Symbolic aspects Rome, Clothing and dress...
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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)...
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
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC had recently called a new Senior Pastor. They desired to effectively minister in the community, but were challenged with a very limited budget. Their proposed solution was to leverage the resources of the church through the structure of a Community Development Corporation. To accomplish their goal, they designed and implemented a three-phase process:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership North Carolina, Christian leadership, North Carolina.
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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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This thesis project sought to increase the number of Sunday School visitors and members by implementing a visitation, phone contact, and prayer plan with the leaders and students of the adult Sunday School classes of Cathedral of the Cross in Birmingham, Alabama. It was anticipated that an outgrowth of this outreach implementation plan would be a greater outreach mindset in the adult Sunday School teachers. This...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Cathedral of the Cross (Birmingham AL), Christian education of adults, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project seeks to develop a program to help Christians who struggle with gambling. Chapter 1 describes a proposal for creating such an alternative to Gamblers Anonymous that does not exist. This will be examined through the purpose of the project, the historical context, the rationale for gambling, the implications on gamblers health, the impact on society, and the research methodology. Chapter 2 examines the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Compulsive gambling Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The "Harvesting the Power of the Holy Spirit through Transforming Rap and Hip-Hop" Initiative establishes and identifies the negative effects of Rap and Hip-Hop on youth and young adults while seeking a wise and practical way of downplaying the secular influence in the community. The initiative's approach is biblically based on the theology, and then this initiative would be useful in not only attracting...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Holy Temple Church Roxbury (Boston Massachusetts), Church work with youth, Rap...
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 (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: The Presbyterian Church (USA) is governed by ruling elders in its congregations. These lay leaders are required to go through a course ofeducation prior to assuming their office. The exact nature of that training is not made explicit in the church’s constitution, SO it is left to each congregation to discern:a program that will prepare their ruling elders for faithful service. This mandated moment is an opportunity for positive spiritual growth. But many of the approaches to this...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project, The Impact the Prosperity Gospel is Having on the Pentecostal Church in the Greater San Antonio, Texas Area , addresses the problem that the Pentecostal church must face in confronting the prosperity gospel. This gospel of health and wealth is making inroads into the Pentecostal church at an alarming rate. The promoters of the prosperity gospel prey on the poor and disenfranchised in order to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wealth Religious aspects Pentacostalism, Pentecostalism Texas, Pentecostalism,...
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 Note: A project submitted by a non-degree-seeking student , to the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the context of the Doctor of Ministry, Global Christianity and Development track in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Abstract: SIL International is a large faith-based nonprofit organization founded in 1934. The organization’s vision of holistic transformation through Scripture translation, language development, and an academic approach has...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Organizational change...
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...
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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: 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 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
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   This thesis-project seeks to answer the question of “How can we help students form their own faith by identifying spiritual markers in their spiritual journeys and help them to understand their testimony as an ongoing work of God in their lives?” This research study was done through creating a two-leveled discipleship and research approach to help students grow in their own understanding of their stories of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Spiritual formation Youth, Faith development Youth
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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Abstract: The role of a volunteer youth leader is a biblical expression of the priesthood of all believers. This caring, believing adult has a vital voice in the lives of teenagers in a local congregation. Today’s youth culture presents many voices on what a teenager should think, feel, do, and believe. Cultural translation is a significant area for effective youth ministry, which includes the volunteer youth leader building well-designed bridges. The crossroads of content from scripture and...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis   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...
Topics: GCTS, D.Min, thesis, Abuse of women, pastoral care, sexual abuse
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The church in North America has lost its unique and foundational identity as a worshipping community. Worship is seen as something which believers go and do once a week on Sunday mornings rather than the foundation of their identity as a child of God. This project reintroduces the practice of daily worship into the life of the church. The project demonstrates that introducing a church-wide practice of daily...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Devotional use, Bible, Worship, God (Christianity) Worship and love
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...
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Abstract: The purpose of this thesis-project is to examine the role of Emotional Intelligence (EI) believed to contribute to increased levels of ministry failure, or success among those serving as Senior pastors (SPs). Research undertaken focused upon SelfAwareness (SA), considered foundational to the EI Mixed Model developed and popularized by Daniel Goleman. A partnership with the Six Seconds emotional intelligence organization and survey instrument (SEI) was utilized. Conclusions suggest...
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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...
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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,...
Abstract: This thesis is a critical analysis of a course designed and taught by the author at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL). The course is titled, "Oral Translation." This thesis begins with the circumstances that led to the creation of the course. The next part provides the theological basis for an oral approach to Bible translation. Chapter Four describes the course design, including the rationale for the course, the course objectives, the teaching methodology...
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ABSTRACT  This thesis argues that lay preachers in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland can make progress in expository Christ-centered preaching through a series of preaching workshops on selected Psalms. Lay preachers were surveyed and participated in a series of preaching workshops (in-person or online) that discussed expository preaching tools, a simple Bible overview and Christ-centered preaching. It concludes that a series of preaching workshops on selected Psalms is beneficial in helping...
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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,...
ABSTRACT: The Prayer of Jabez piqued the interest of the author of this thesis-project to explore the hermeneutical and homiletical issues on biographical preaching. The author also observed the need of training of biographical preaching among Chinese pastors in Toronto through a survey he conducted. In his D.Min. studies, the author believes that genre sensitivity will enhance biographical preaching among pastors. He also conducted a workshop under this project for some Chinese pastors in...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, hermeneutics, homiletics, biographical preaching, Chinese pastors
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Master of Arts, Christian Thought Thesis Abstract (adapted from introduction):  This project will accomplish two purposes. Firstly, to provide for churches here in North America engaged with believers of Muslim background a resource for identifying and addressing cultural sensitivity needs within their leadership and congregation. This provides for the believers of Muslim background not only a place of belonging, but a place where effective discipleship,...
Topics: GCTS, MACT, Thesis, MA, Christianity and other religions Islam, Islam, Religion in North America,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Church leaders have asserted that there is a lack of discipleship in the church. What is this widely used word ‘discipleship?’ How does it differ from disciple making? What does Scripture teach us? What can history teach us? What may we learn from Jesus and His disciples? Why did disciple making exist so sacrificially, and then appear to fade? Why is it largely missing today and what can be done to correct the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity)
In Chapter 1, “The Problem and its Background”, the author has introduced the major problems of female oppression as found in Kalahandi of Orissa State. The historical factors that contributed to the problems were examined and assumptions towards a change through the ministry of the gospel were made and a methodology of approach was drawn in this chapter. Chapter 2 discusses the theological framework with justification for doing such a ministry and has argued that God is concerned for the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with women, Church work with the poor, India
Abstract How can evangelism and discipleship be effective in rural small town America? How can evangelism and discipleship be effective in any postmodern/ post-Christian ministry context? In the ancient world of the Celts—tIreland, Scotland, and Northern England-—a method of evangelism and discipleship emerged that may be adapted to contemporary culture to answer these questions. Through the adaptation and application of principles of evangelism and discipleship utilized by ancient Celtic...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin Thesis, evangelism, rural Celtic towns, methods