Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Evaluation of a Mentoring and Partnering Program to Mobilize Small Harlem Churches to Intentional Community Engagement
by Brown, Carlton T., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2017, 157; 10276923
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of writing "An Evaluation of a Mentoring and Partnering Program to Mobilize Small Harlem Churches to Intentional Community Engagement" is to address and evaluate a mentoring and partnering program designed to mobilize small Harlem churches to intentional community engagement. The approach of the project focuses on the modification of ministry views of the pastor and key leader(s) of small, less resourced churches through the intervention of the Pastor of a large 500 or more member church in the area of community engagement and potential partnership opportunities for that purpose.

Chapter 1 provides the purpose, goals, context, and rationale of this project. This chapter includes the Researcher’s inspiration for the research, purpose of the study, ministry problem addressed, Bethel Gospel ministry and community context in which research was conducted, research questions and model of research, definition of terms —Ark Mentality, black liberation theology, great commission, theology of the priestly and prophetic, storefront churches — and possible limitations and delimitations of the current project.

Chapter 2 provides literature review and theological foundations for historical and current state of the ministry of the black church inner-city and its approach to community engagements and partnerships dealing with the prevailing spiritual and social condition in context of the churches mission.

Chapter 3 sets forth the research methodology utilized in approaching managing attitude changes of pastors and leaders of small less resourced churches, the instruments used to establish initial position, procedures employed during mentoring session, and data collection procedure.

Chapter 4 presents an analysis of the findings including: quantitative and qualitative data of the 5 areas of assessment and intervention including: Discipleship, Mission and Vision, Community Engagement, Great Commission, and Shared Missional Commitment, along with information gleaned from interview and finally post-intervention Church Philosophy Questionnaire.

Chapter 5 summarizes the purpose of the project, the findings as regards the attitudes and commitments of the participants. The research questions are restated. The Researcher’s conclusions include challenges of participants’ schedules and ministry commitments, and the possibility of conflicts around theological issues.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chan, Frank
Commitee: Chan, Frank, DeCaro, Louis, Sanders, Martin
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Theology, Religious education
Keywords: Community engagment, Great commission, Inner city, Mentoring, Partnership, Small churches
Publication Number: 10276923
ISBN: 9781369736526
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