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Title: The theology for and the process of planting a new church.

  • Total Pages: 9
  • Words: 2409
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  • Citation Style: APA
  • Document Type: Essay
Essay Instructions: Church Planting for a Greater Harvest by C. Peter Wagner Regal Books 1990

Church Planters Toolkit by Robert E. Logan & Steven L. Ogne
Fuller Institute of Evangelism

The Baby Boomerang by Doug Murren
Regal Books 1990
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Blackaby, Henry. Experiencing God. www.chapters.indigo.ca/search/default.asp?Search_Method=AdvancedSearch&Search_Catalog=books&Search_Phrase_SearchOrganizations=Broadman+%26+Holman+Publishers&Search_Modifier_SearchOrganizations=ALLTERM&Search_Sort=RANK%2D&lang=en&mscssid=Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998.

Coleman, Robert. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Spire, 1994.

Logan, Robert E., Ogne, Steven L. Church Planters Toolkit.

Fuller Institute of Evangelism, 1991.

Murren, Doug. The Baby Boomerang: Catching the Boomer Generation As They Return to Church. Gospel Light, 1990.

Schaller, Lyle. "Is Schism the Next Step?" Circuit Rider, September/October 1998.

Wagner, Peter. Church Planting for a Greater Harvest. Regal Books, 1990.

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Title: Church Government

  • Total Pages: 13
  • Words: 4590
  • References:20
  • Citation Style: MLA
  • Document Type: Research Paper
Essay Instructions: Term Paper on "Church Government"

The following items are required:

•Table of Contents: should show a clearly defined outline that will also be visible throughout the paper

•Thesis Statement: it is a sentence or two that capture the focus of your research and inform your reader about the purpose of the paper and previews its main ideas

•Introduction: strong paragraph that introduces the topic and clearly reveals what you intend to show to the reader (should include the substance of your thesis statement)

•Section Headings: Underline or Bold, should follow Table of Contents

•Body: its structured development should mirror your outline. This is where you prove your point while honestly interacting with opposing views and major objections

•Transitional Sentences: clear transitions to insure a flow and sense of unity from paragraph to paragraph

•Conclusion: it should not be a mere the restatement of your thesis. Instead, your conclusion should be a synthesis of the information presented in the body. It should bring the reader to the full level of understanding of your topic that you have yourself reached

•Footnotes: Use footnoting tool provided with MS Word

•Bibliography (including at least 20 sources--not counting the Bible

The internet is not an acceptable resource for research papers (there are very few exceptions). Instead, I recommend that you primarily use the following type of sources while making sure that you cite all works used in your research paper and that you include only work cited in your bibliography.

•Scholarly journal articles: These are useful for their survey of the critical issues related to the subject and their bibliography, which could give you useful leads on the top scholars and works in the field.

•Primary sources: These must take precedence over secondary sources. A primary source is firsthand account or direct evidence concerning a subject matter under examination while secondary source present an assessment or a interpretation of primary sources (i.e. Augustine’s own work City of God is a primary source about Augustine’s view of the struggle between good and evil; while Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown is a secondary source)

•Scholarly works: These include books, monographs, serial, manuscripts written by experts in the field as opposed to dubious works whose value cannot be ascertained (ask yourself if the critic's credentials and works suggest that he/she is qualified)


•Page numbers 1" margins top, bottom and sides

•Double-space (approximately 3 vertical lines per inch, 27 lines per page)

•12-point Times New Roman

•Indent paragraphs 5 spaces or 0.6 inch (our thesis standard is 5/8 inch)

•No extra line-feed between paragraphs (Just indent the paragraph as shown above)
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References:

Allen, Alexander V.G. Christian Institutions. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897.

Augustine, City of God. New York: Penguin, 2003.

Bokenkotter, Thomas. A Concise History of the Catholic Church. Garden City, New York: 1977.

Bowle, John. Western Political Thought (New York: Oxford University Press, 1948.

Broderick, Bill. "Does Your Diocese Have a Council?" Commonweal, Volume 122, Issue 18 (October 20, 1995), 12.

Ferguson, Wallace K. Europe in Transition, 1300-1520. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962.

Fisher, George P. The Reformation. New York: Scribner Armstrong, 1873.

Grudem, Wayne a. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Zondervan, 1994.

Kempshall, M.S. The Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought. New York: Oxford University, 1999.

MacLear, J.F. Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

McMullen, Mike. "Religious Polities as Institutions." Social Forces (Volume 73, Issue 2)(1994), 710.

Morrall, John B. Political Thought in Medieval Times. New York: Harper Torchbook, 1962.

Neill, Stephen and Hans-Ruedi Weber. The Layman in Christian History: A Project of the Department on the Laity of the World Council of Churches. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1963.

Neuvecelle, Jean. The Vatican: Its Organization, Customs, and Way of Life. New York: Criterion Books, 1955.

Nichols, James Hastings. History of Christianity, 1650-1950: Secularization of the West. New York: Ronald Press, 1956.

Nichols, James Hastings. Primer for Protestants. New York: Association Press, 1947.

Percy of Newcastle. The Heresy of Democracy: A Study in the History of Government (Chicago: H. Regnery Co., 1955), 182.

Robertson, Reverend J.C. Sketches of Church History: From AD 33 to the Reformation. New York: Edwin S. Gorham, 1904.

Sabine, George H. A History of Political Theory. New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1961.

Sutherland, Stewart, Leslie Houlden, Peter Clarke, and Friedhelm Hardy. The World's Religions. London: Routledge, 1988.

Mike McMullen, "Religious Polities as Institutions," Social Forces (Volume 73, Issue 2)(1994), 710.

Alexander V.G. Allen, Christian Institutions (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897), 5.

Thomas Bokenkotter, a Concise History of the Catholic Church (Garden City, New York: 1977), 41.

Wallace K. Ferguson, Europe in Transition, 1300-1520 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1962), 24.

Reverend J.C. Robertson, Sketches of Church History: From AD 33 to the Reformation (New York: Edwin S. Gorham, 1904), 82.

Jean Neuvecelle, the Vatican: Its Organization, Customs, and Way of Life (New York: Criterion Books, 1955), 40.

Stewart Sutherland, Leslie Houlden, Peter Clarke, and Friedhelm Hardy, the World's Religions (London: Routledge, 1988), 194.

John Bowle, Western Political Thought (New York: Oxford University Press, 1948), 100.

M.S. Kempshall, the Common Good in Late Medieval Political Thought (New York: Oxford University, 1999), 21.

Augustine, City of God (New York: Penguin, 2003), 6.

Percy of Newcastle. The Heresy of Democracy: A Study in the History of Government (Chicago: H. Regnery Co., 1955), 182.

John B. Morrall, Political Thought in Medieval Times (New York: Harper Torchbook, 1962), 66.

George H. Sabine, a History of Political Theory (New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1961), 314.

J.F. MacLear, Church and State in the Modern Age: A Documentary History (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), 85.

Stephen Neill and Hans-Ruedi Weber, the Layman in Christian History: A Project of the Department on the Laity of the World Council of Churches (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1963), 58.

George P. Fisher, the Reformation (New York: Scribner Armstrong, 1873), 8.

James Hastings Nichols, History of Christianity, 1650-1950: Secularization of the West (New York: Ronald Press, 1956), 58.

James Hastings Nichols, Primer for Protestants (New York: Association Press, 1947), 124.

Wayne a. Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (Zondervan, 1994), 904.

Bill Broderick, "Does Your Diocese Have a Council?," Commonweal, Volume 122, Issue 18 (October 20, 1995), 12.

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Title: Church Leadership

  • Total Pages: 5
  • Words: 1390
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Essay Instructions: Hello, There are two tasks here: First write a one page definition of leadership. And second choose ONE of the questions below. Write a 4 page, double spaced, response to your chosen question. Include in your response your understanding of your role as a church leader; your basic principles and values; and the leadership skills most necessary in the given situation. You can assume that the church is of your denomination. (The situations are actual church situations.)

I am a female Episcopalian who is liberal and stands for social justice issues.



1. You are the Associate Pastor in a large church. You have served for 1 year in this congregation. Your job description includes youth and Christian education with an additional requirement of pastoral care when requested. You become aware that the Senior Pastor (who has been in the congregation for 4 years) is not functioning. For example, he is not hospital visiting when he says he is. He preaches on most Sundays, but that is all. The attendance and activity in the church is declining rapidly. He blames you for the decline. Several leaders in the Church know the problem, but are as yet unwilling to bring the issue of the Pastor's dysfunction to the official board of the church. As an Associate you do not have access to the official board. You wish to remain in the congregation for at least another 3 to 4 years. What will you do?



2. You are the Pastor of a church with an average Sunday morning worship attendance of 150. You are in your second year of ministry with this congregation. You find out that the married lay leader of the congregation who is related to 1/4th of the congregation is having an affair with the church organist who is married and a member of the congregation. The organist is also related to several other families in the church. The lay leader is the largest giver in the church. Many of the church members know of the affair and are choosing to remain silent. The lay leader and organist spouses are seemingly unaware of the situation. The town gossip line is hot with the news that the lay leader and the organist were seen going into a motel room in a near by town. You and your family like the church. Everything is going well with the church. You wish to remain in the church for at least 5 more years. The Pastor of the church down the street calls to tell you of the "hot gossip" he just heard in the local restaurant. What do you do?



3. You are the Pastor of a medium sized church (average weekly worship attendance of 175 persons). You have been in the church for 8 years. You wish to remain. The church is growing. You are enjoying your ministry. There is a conflict between the organist and the choir director. You are seeking to resolve the problems. You are working with the music committee to establish clearer job descriptions with stated expectations and procedures. In the midst of this process, a member of the congregation calls to share a rumor with you. It seems the choir director has suggested to her neighbor that the organist is a child sexual abuser. This neighbor who is also a member of the church has children in the children's choir that is lead by the organist. You know, and the choir director knows, that this single parent mother and her children are in counseling because of the sexual abuse by their father. You are the second person to be called about this issue. The caller wants to know what you will do? Is the accusation true? Did the church interview and question the organist concerning child sexual abuse before he was hired? The issue is not yet public, but could be very quickly. What do you do?



4. You are the Pastor of a small church in a growing area. You moved into this church six months ago. The former Pastor died of a heart attack during worship one year ago. The congregation says they want you to lead them to grow. They say they want to reach out to newcomers. However, when new families come to visit, they report back to you that they felt left out and cold. You are on salary support from your judicatory for two years. The assumption is that you can grow the church enough by then so that the church can pay your salary. What do you plan to do?
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Bibliography:

Patrol and Troop, 1972, Learning about Leadership, The Boys Scout, America

Rickards, Clark, 2011, Dilemmas of Leadership, Paperback, London

Roland G. Kuhl, 2005 Approaches and understanding of Pastoral Leadership at the beginning of 21st Century

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Title: Biblical worldview -church

  • Total Pages: 4
  • Words: 1327
  • References:3
  • Citation Style: MLA
  • Document Type: Research Paper
Essay Instructions: I need a four full page report on what I think the ideal church should be based on my personal needs as a student or adult. How should a church be organized to be relevant to the student's life. It also has to do with the biblical concept developing the ideal church for their community, diversity, and their own needs of church in their lives. Here are ten ideas that should help as an outline.

1. It is relevant because the youth have programs every Sunday and Wednesday which help.
2. It would be better with less hymn singing and more up to date music.
3. At his church the youth group is sliding off a bit.
4. The church should engage in more missionary work.
5. It is relevant because we go to the café and talk after church.
6. Preach long but good.
7. I like when we break into small groups and checked up on by our leaders.
8. When churches greet people with a hand shake.
9. Our church has a strict dress code, would be better if we good dress like the Baptist church.
10. More relevant if sermons are shorter.

**** The main subject or question to be answered is: IS your church relevant to your life today, why or why not?
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References:

Huizenga, D. (n.d.). Is church relevant? Ignite Your Faith. Retrieved online: http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/faithandlife/mylifeinyouthgroup/25.18.html

Taylor, J. (n.d.). Top ten reasons the church is losing our youth. Justin Taylor: Between Two Worlds. Retrieved online: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/02/11/top-10-reasons-the-church-is-losing-our-youth/

"Why Young Adults are Leaving the Church." Relevant Magazine. Retrieved online: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/features/27595-why-young-adults-are-leaving-the-church

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