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Dissertations from 2017

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The Ecological Gift of Spiritual Formation: A Renewal for Healthy Clergy, Jody Becker

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Infusing a Paradigm of Mission and Multiplication into the Greater Ohio District of the Wesleyan Church, Christopher Dyer

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Missionary Reentry Transition and Disrupted Spiritual Friendships: An Introduction to Practical Theological Consideration of Transition and Ambiguity in Life Together in Christ, Gail Hutchinson

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Praying about Forgiveness in Japanese, English, and beyond Words: Bilingualism as an Underexplored Resource for Christian Spiritual Formation, Andrea Lundquist Johnson

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Come to the Table: An Ancient-Future Ecclesiology, Christopher Lapp

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A Church Family's Path through Founding Pastor Transition, Nick Martineau

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Revitalization of Assemblies of God Churches in Stagnation or Decline, Mark L. Merrill

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Roots, Routes, And Religion: Calling Playful Pilgrims To Follow The Way Of Jesus, Pamela Morse

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Missional Communities: Why They Are Failing and How to Help Them Thrive, Matthew L. Murphy

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Aging Gracefully: The Art of Elegant Kenosis, Mary A. Pandiani

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Meaning-Making as a Formational Pathway for Christian Adolescents, Timothy C. Prewette

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The Story Pastor: A Faithful and Fruitful Identity for Pastors, Jordan Rimmer

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The Established and the Unfolding Tension: A Resonance of Renewal for the Church of the Nazarene, Nathan Michael Roskam

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Centers and Edges: Toward a Dialogic Remedy for the Eroding Missional Footprint of Ecclesial Organizations in America, Jonathan Allen Spellman

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Instilling Health and Vitality into the Third Wave Oraon Churches in Jharkhand, Samuel Stephens

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Making the World a Better Place: The Praxis of Christian Community Development as a Church Planting and Multiplication Strategy in Urban Poor Communities in the United States, Phillip W. Struckmeyer

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The Study of Brokenness as a Critical Success Factor in the Effective Leadership of the Pastor, Robert Thompson

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Overcoming the Unique Spiritual Formation Challenges Experienced by Large-Church Staff, Scott Whaley

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Redirecting the International Church from an Oasis Paradigm to Missional Thought, Community and Practice, David W. Young

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The Efficacy of Late Antique Spiritual Practices for Family-Based Adolescent Faith Formation, Kevin M. Young

Dissertations from 2016

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Crossing the Great Divide: Advocating for Cultural Intelligence in the Training of Missionaries to Navigate the Missiological Implications of Globalization, John Mitch Arbelaez

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Global Warning: Stereotype Threat in the Global Church, Michael Badriaki

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Spiritual Direction with Children the Next Natural Step in the Christian Historical Progression of Children's Spiritual Formation, Lacy Finn Borgo

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Revitalization of Moderate Baptist Churches, George Hambric Brooks

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Restorying God: Re-Imagining The God of The Bible and Re-Enchanting Our Neo-Secular Selves, Robert Joseph Burnham

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Developing an Applied Semiotics of Prophetic Perceptuality, Mark John Chironna

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Means of Grace as Formative Holiness: The Role and Significance of John Wesley's Spiritual Formation Practices in The Pursuit of Christian Holiness for The Church of The Nazarene, Aimee Stone Cooper

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Spiritual Disciplines of Early Adventists, Heather Ripley Crews

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Learning to Listen: Leadership Lessons From North American Indigenous Voices, William P. Dobrenen

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"But I Wouldn't Do That": Teaching Cultural Empathy, Julie A. Dodge

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Under One Roof: Authentic Leadership As A Way of Retaining G2 Leaders in an Intergenerational Church, Matthew Robert Edwards

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An Enlivening and Concrete Life-Together: Discovering A Fresh Rootedness in the Gospel for Local Organizations and Families in a Global Economic and Postmodern Consumerist Culture, Charles Estanol

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Hospitality and The Kingdom of God: Our Invitation to Join the Work of Restoration, Shannon Frances Garvin

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Mind The Gap: Navigating the Pitfalls of Cross-Cultural Partnership, Ashley Purcelle Goad

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Our Flight From Death is Killing Us: Applying a Psychological Framework to a Christian Understanding of the Human Condition, G. Mark Griffith

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Elder-At-The-Fire: Missional Generativity, Jo A. Harlow

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Towards a Holistic Practice of Christian Formation: How Ignatian Spirituality Can Help Evangelicalism, Eric Mark Haskins

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Biblical Hospitality: An Environment for Leader Development, Joanne L. Holz

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Richard Baxter's Paradigm for Pastoral Spiritual Formation, Robert W. Hyatt Jr

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Theocentric Vision: A Model for the Discernment of Congregational Vision as Spiritual Formation, Kurtley Elliott Knight

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Leaving Decline and Towards Growth: Discovering the Keys to Church Regeneration in South Wales, Elizabeth M. A. Linssen

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Spiritual Renovation through Accountability: A Contemporary Look at John Wesley's Class Meeting and his Admonition to Watch over one Another in Love, Robert Marshall

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Aging Baby Boomers, Churches, and the Second Half of Life (Challenges for Boomers and Their Churches), Terry L. Nyhuis

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The Rule of St. Benedict Contextualized for Southeastern University, James C. Owen

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Down to Earth Leadership: Influencing Communities Through the Virtues of Jesus Christ, Deve Persad

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Baptism as Beginning in Christ, and Becoming Like Christ, Eric E. Peterson

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Convergent Commensality: Towards Generational Reconciliation Through Differentiated Table Felowship, Daniel Proffitt

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Deconstructing Faith and A Disorienting Community, Scott Thomas Scrivner

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The Dance of Formation: Engaging Faith Practices As A Way to Shape Clergy Spouse Life in The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Erin M. Swenson-Reinhold

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Reclaming Compassion: How Compassion Moved from Virtue to Benefit, and How to Move it Back, Jon Talbert

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Extending the Table: A Strategic Guide of Missional Renewal for a Declining Congregation, Phillip Vaden Faig

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Engaging Critical Thinking: Teaching Christian University Students How To Improve Their Thinking, Cedrick Valrie

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Rediscovering the Bible for Involvement and Insights for Spiritual Growth for the Restoration Church Member, John F. Woodward

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Veiled Glory: How Conservative Anabaptist Women Reflect the Feminine Image and Glory of God, Elaine V. Yoder

Dissertations from 2015

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Mind the Gap: The Relevance of Contextualization for the Training Course Fresh X-Der Kurs by Kirche2, Sandra Bils

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Disillusionment: An Unexpected Friend of Spiritual Formation, Alicia Britt Chole

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God's Focus on the Fatherless: A Lens to Inform Spiritual Impact in the Local Church, Dwight David Croy

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Sacred Nakedness Narraphor: The Untold Story of Shame & Glory, Daniel J. Donohue

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Short-Term Missions -- Long-Term Change, Christopher Ellis

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Emerging Young Adult Spiritual Formation: A Developmental Approach for an Intergenerational Church, Frederick R. Fay

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The Warrior Journey: A Hope Enhancement Intervention for Veterans with Combat-Related PTSD, Wesley H. Fleming

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Sustainable Church Planting: A Missional Approach, Brandon Hempel

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A Simple Cup of Coffee: What Starbucks Can Teach the Church About Hospitality In How We Reach Our Neighbors, John Austin Hinkle Jr.

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Journeying with Jesus: A Transformational Discipleship for Canadian Chinese Churches in Toronto; A Paradigm Shift, Suzan Kam-Shan Ho

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Serving and Following: Setting Aside Leadercentricity, D. David Kessler

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Re-Imagining Eros: Dare to Fall in Love with God, Christopher Peter Lindstrom

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Breaking Barriers that Divide Christians and Muslims in Nigeria and Building a Redemptive Relationship, Frederick Chukwuma Obodoagha

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Young Adults Leaving the Church: The Tie to Intentional Spiritual Mentoring Among Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Teens Through Youth and Confirmation Ministry, Serena Alexandria Pace

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The Prophetic Hope of Emerging Adulthood: Emerging Together toward an Abundant Life, Adam David Pallay

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The United Methodist Church and the Willingness to Embrace Change: Attracting Members of the Emerging Generation and a Return to Vitality, Jody Glenn Ray

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Restoring Burnout Millenial Ministry Leaders within a Western North American Digital Society, Richard S. Rhoads

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Intimate Partner Violence in the Black Church: Bridging the Gap between Awareness and Policy Development, Carlos Jermaine Richard

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Take it to the Bridge: The Arts of Interfaith Peacebuilding, Sharenda Roam

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Monastic Missional Pilgrim Communities in Liquid Modern Spain, Garrick C. Roegner

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Liminal Spaces: A Narrative Spirituality of the Bible, Thomas J. Rundel

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Toward a Corporeal, Biblical Narrative: A Study in Church Transformation, David C. Scafide

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Potential Worldview and Behavioral Transformation within the Ugandan LGBT and Evangelical Context, Phil Smart

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The Buzz about the Church: Re-Imagining Discipleship through a Theology of Beekeeping, Matthew Todd Thomas

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In his Disciple Making Ministry, How Did Jesus Christ Determine What to Say and/or Do?, David A. Toth

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People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Heal with Story, Donald M. Twist

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Community Interventions in Kenya Providing Care and Support for Orphaned Girls in High School and College Aged 14-24, Joy Eunice Wambui Mindo

Dissertations from 2014

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The Multiple Intelligences as Holistic Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry, Grant E. Carey

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Brain-Based Worship: Re-membering the Mind-Body Connection, Paula Champion-Jones

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Embracing Maturity: An Ignatian Christian Leadership Formation Model for Emerging Adults, Todd Dustin Clark

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Theosis: The Core of Our Ancient/Future Faith and Its Relevance to Evangelicalism at the Close of the Modern Era, Michael Paul Gama

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The Great Co-Mission: A Postmodern Missiology, Greg G. Glatz

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Accessible Spiritual Practices through Classic Forms of Prayer, Clyde Vernon Hartline

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Fire, Water and Wind: God's Transformational Narrative, Norbert Haukenfrers

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Support Groups for Men: Encouraging Healthy Relationships with God and Others, John Henry McKinney II

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Using Storytelling (Including Image, Metaphor and Narrative) in Cross-Generational, Cross-Cultural Twenty-First Century Evangelism, Rick D. McKinney

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Sustainable Faith: How the Neuroscience of Emotion Promotes Spiritual Transformation, Christine M. Mutch

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The Faith Web: A Networking of the Body of Christ to Mitigate Relationship Voids and Strengthen the Faith Community, Scott M. Ness

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Missional Communities: Equipping Churches to Reach Their Local Context, Robert Glen Parker

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Burnout and the Gospel: Moving from Burnout to True Elders with the Gospel Grand Narrative, Cary S. Peterson

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Congregational Leadership Development through Mentorships: Preparing Each Generation for the Church's Future through Family Systems Theory, Danny Wayne Russell

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Sending Students: Addressing Barriers University Students Face in Going to the World as Missionaries, Shane Sebastian

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Technefication: The Art and Craft of Utilizing Technology in Spiritual Practices, Patrick J. Sehl Jr.

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Male Call: The Role of the Church in Awakening Young Men to their Vocational Purpose, Thomas G. Shaw

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Promoting Missionary Mutual Care Through Spiritual Community, David L. Shepherd

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Reclaiming The Kingdom of God Metaphor for the Twenty-First-Century Church, Timothy R. Willson