The author presents the lack of deep-level change in the lives of sincere Christians in relation to emotional maturity challenges as a problem in ministry for the Evangelical Christian Alliance Church in Damascus. He created an intervention called the Emotional Health Discipleship Course (EHDC), which consists of four parts: The first one explains the concepts of self-image and emotional intelligence. It sheds light on the fundamental role of emotional intelligence in understanding, expressing, and managing emotions. The second addresses the essential need for and the great advantage of spiritual disciplines. It opens the door to experiencing the transforming power of practicing the presence of God. The third explains the importance of exposing lies and holding on to the truth of one’s true identity in Christ. The fourth, which is the major part of the EHDC, introduces six principles of emotional health: 1) Look beneath the surface; 2) Break the power of the past; 3) Live in brokenness and vulnerability; 4) Receive the gift of limits; 5) Embrace grieving and loss; and 6) Make incarnation your model for loving well. The level of emotional maturity is measured by the growth in each of these principles.
The author recruited 36 participants for the EHDC. He used Scazzero’s “Emotional and Spiritual Maturity Inventory” to measure the emotional and spiritual levels of maturity. He interviewed the participants and searched for indicators of change in their levels of spiritual and emotional maturity. The author discovered that the EHDC was effective in improving the level of emotional and spiritual maturity in emerging leaders’ personal lives and in their leadership quality, and he offered ministry recommendations.
|Advisor:||Abdallah, Amy D.|
|Commitee:||Sanders, Martin, Chan, Frank, Rivera, Antoinette G.|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theology, Middle Eastern Studies, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Damascus 2011- 2019, Emotional health discipleship course, ECA church, Evangelical church, Edward Awabdeh, C&MA church, Syria, Emotional health, Spiritual maturity|
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