The purpose of this doctoral research project was to determine if the impartation of the step-by-step "business plan" of Nehemiah in a nine-week class would assist participants in learning and applying this process to determine their unique calling from God, and integrating their faith in whatever realm they are called upon to lead: home, church, community, or workplace.
In Chapter One, "Introduction," the research author stated the ministry problems being addressed (lack of "integration" or "dis-integration" of faith and life; need for clarity regarding one's calling), and the contribution that this Nehemiah: Leading with Integrity class could make to the re-integration of faith and life and clarity of one's calling.
In Chapter Two, "Literature Review," the research author reviewed books on integration of faith and life (particularly books and articles on the Puritans); commentaries, books, articles, and papers on the content of the book of Nehemiah; books and articles on leadership (particularly integrity in leadership); books, articles, and papers on a theology of work and divine calling; and other research projects related to Nehemiah.
In Chapter Three, "Procedure and Research Methodology," the research author described hypotheses ("Nehemiah Project"); the intervention (the Nehemiah course); summary (weekly topics; the development of the Nehemiah manual and the integrated leader evaluation); the evaluation process; and assessment toward goals.
In Chapter Four, "Results," the research author reviewed the data collected from this study in two sections: (1) "Quantitative Analysis," analyzing the data collected from the Integrated Leader Evaluation (ILE) to determine if, in fact, there was a perceptible increase in a sense of integration in the nine areas of life listed above, as well as an increase in clarity regarding one" calling; and (2) "Qualitative Analysis," analyzing the journaling, classroom discussion, and "discovery papers" that outlined the individual steps that led to an increased sense of integration and calling that was expressed by the participants in this study.
In Chapter Five, "Conclusions," the research author summarized conclusions from this study. Included in this chapter were the restatement of the purpose of the study, interpretation of results (quantitative and qualitative results), conclusions based on the evaluation of data, overall recommendations, and recommendations to improve the project and conduct further research.
|Commitee:||Grant, Gershwin, Rivera, Orlando, Sanders, Martin|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Clerical studies, Continuing education|
|Keywords:||Calling, Discipleship, Faith, Integrity, Leadership, Nehemiah|
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