The author presents the lack of spiritual formation or soul care as a problem in ministry that exists in the African-American churches in America. The issue of spiritual formation/soul care, as part of the discipleship ministry, is alien in many churches, particularly in African-American churches. The author created an eight-session spiritual formation/soul care course designed for the male members of St. John’s Community Baptist Church. The research required the use of two instruments: a quantitative pre- and post-assessment, and a qualitative one-on-one interview with each of the 15 participants. These two instruments, with the use of statistical analysis and verbal conversation, determined the strength of the men’s emotional maturity. The author found that 80% of the men showed an improvement in their emotional maturity. Therefore, introducing a spiritual formation/soul care course to an African-American church in Newark, New Jersey showed the positive result that the emotional maturity of the men improved.
|Commitee:||Sanders, Martin, Galbreath, Charles|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religious education, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Emotional healthy church, Emotional healthy spirituality, Soul care, Soul detox, Spiritual disciplines, Spiritual formation|
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