The doctoral project was developed to implement a 14-week program of the intentional practice of the spiritual disciplines within the leadership of Calvary Chapel Chelmsford. A curriculum was designed to encourage the use of the spiritual disciplines, thereby increasing spiritual growth in the lives of the leaders.
Chapter 1 details a ministry problem faced by Calvary Chapel Chelmsford that prompted the development of the program to intentionally practice the spiritual disciplines. It develops the research author's context of ministry, hypothesis, scope of the problem, and theological foundations.
Chapter 2 provides a literature review of works that are related to the field of inquiry. It examines the types of spiritual disciplines, the practice of the spiritual disciplines, and the types of Christian spirituality. It reviews other scholarly studies in the field of the practicing spiritual disciplines.
Chapter 3 sets forth the research methodology utilized in approaching the project, including the development of the spiritual disciplines program material, the purpose and goals of the assessment instrument, the method of their administration, and the procedures for data collection.
Chapter 4 presents the results of the accumulated data and the analysis of the data. Details confirming the project hypothesis are presented. The experience of five participants is delineated, and common experiences are isolated and detailed. The chapter concludes with a summary and interpretation of the results of the study.
Chapter 5 presents the research author's observations and examines the root cause of the problem. The research author provides recommendations for those who desire to conduct a similar project. The research author concludes by citing the benefits of the program for other churches in a New England context.
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Clerical studies, Biblical studies, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Church conflict, Church growth, Leadership development, Massachusetts, Pastoral development, Spiritual disciplines, Spiritual growth|
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