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Dissertations from 2018

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Food and Faith: Making Food and Eating Choices Based on Evidence and Faith, James David Ahasay

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Transforming Drug Addicts' Lives: Restoration Christian Outreach Community (RCOC) In Northwest Mississippi, Rose Maria McCarthy Anding

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Creating an International Learning Community, Marc D. Andresen

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Following the Man of Sorrows: A Theology of Suffering for Spiritual Formation, David Russell Beach

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Developing Gospel Movement Leaders, Jacqueline E. Bland

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A Portrait of a Successful Pastor: Reanimating the Pastor as Shepherd in a Success Oriented Culture, Steve Bontrager

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Oral Culture and Digital Natives: What the American Church Can Learn from the Mission Field, Pamela Jean Hiscock Braman

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How Does the Presence and Management of Leadership Tension Affect Leaders and the Organizations They Lead?, Aaron A. Cole

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The Church Has Left the Building: A Leadership Perspective of Online Church versus Traditional Church, Valerie E. Crumpton

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Faith Formation in a Frantic World: Leverage Your Phone to Transform Your Heart and Mind, Gregg Peter Farah

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Reviving Aspects of Ateetee: An Arsi Oromo Women's Musical Ritual to Empower Women to Protect Their Human Rights and Participate in Society's Social and Religious Life, Talilee B. Fiqruu

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Principles for Success in Succession of the Senior Leader, Phillip D. Goldsberry Sr.

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Between Breaths: the Dialogic Shape of Christian Authority, Meghan Larissa Good

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The Jesus Quotient: IQ -> EQ -> AQ, Jennie A. Harrop

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A Discussion Starter on the Possibilities and Implications of Cultural Intelligence for Worship, Garfield O. Harvey

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Shema, Shabbat, Shalom, and a Savior: Implications for Pastoral Ministry, Richard Hovey

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Transcendence at the Table: a Transfigurational Experience for Ecclesia while Breaking Bread Together, Julia Rachelle Hurlow

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A Study in Worship: Blending the African American Style of Preaching with Epic Preaching, Jamale D. Kempt

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Engaging Millennials through the Tradition of the Holy Spirit and Mission of the Assemblies of God, Jason D. Kennedy

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A Cost-Sensitive Model for Revitalizing United Methodist Churches, Kory Knott

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A Rhythm, Ritual and Rule for a Wisdom Monastic Community for Second Half of Life Pilgrims, Mary Laymon

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Fostering Equanimity through Spiritual Disciplines to Increase Undergraduate Retention at Greenville University, Patrick Monroe Miller

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Never Alone: Discovering the Path to Burnout Avoidance, Rick Millikin

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Key Components of a Culturally Relevant Multiethnic Church Model, Pablo Morales

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Pastoral Well-Being & Beyond: Three Streams of Pastoral Health and Personal Development, Brandon J. Morrow

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The Digital Catechism: Confirmation for a Digital World, James Mueller

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Where the Desert Fathers and Mothers Meet Permaculture, Brenda Nagunst

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Narrative-Based Visual Theology for Oral Learning Pastor Training, Raymond Neu

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Pastoral Leadership for the Small, Rural Church: the Second Career Pastor, Randall C. Nichols

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Discipleship for the Next Generation: Engaging the Emerging Generation, Kevin Norwood

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Working Priests: Improving the Care for Vineyard Bivocational Pastors, Aaron Peterson

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The Transformation of Asian Fathers: From Distant, Income Provider and Disciplinarian to Forgiven, Discipler & Benefactor, Victor Quon

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Wrestling for the Souls of the Survivors: Helping Partners who are Married to Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, John N. Raymond

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Satanic Influences in the American Christian Church in a Post-Modern Consumer Society, Jerry F. Ressa

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Creating Dialogical Preaching Experiences, Nathan A. Rouse

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Towards Women Leaders in the Palestinian Evangelical Church, Madleine Sara

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A Semiotic Approach to Conflict Transformation: Can Signs and Symbols Help Make Peace?, Samuel Kefas Sarpiya

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The Spirit-Led Coach: an Alternative Approach to Athletic Coaching, Sean Silverii

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Her Story: Forming a Woman's Voice in the Pulpit, Mindy Smith

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Forming Resilient Rostered Ministers: a Proposed Model for First Call Ministry Formation for the North/West Lower Michigan Synod-ELCA, Christian A. Timm

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The Last Judge: Shepherding and Parenting the Church and Laity through a 21st Century Family Dynamic, Kevin Anthony Wade

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Crossing Lines/Weaving Lives: Storytelling as a Means of Building Bridges across the Progressive/Conservative Divide, Jennifer Yocum

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God With/In: Heal the World. Sing the Good News, Amanda Zentz-Alo

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Creating an Officer Lifescape: a Path for the Vocational and Spiritual Formation of Salvation Army Officer-Moms, Janene Zielinski

Dissertations from 2017

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

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Cultivating Contemplative Availability, Ronald Charles Coward Jr.

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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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In the Way They Should Go: Nurturing the Relational and Spiritual Nature of Children, Jamee Free

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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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Innovation and the Local Congregation: Unleashing the Creative Power of Communities of Faith, Dan S. Poffenberger

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

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The Restoration-Focused Church, David Ralph

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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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Giving Permission for Creative Preaching in the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod: Returning to Our Creative Roots, Glen Schlecht

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Inner Healing and Deliverance as an Essential Component of the Discipleship Structure of the Local Church, Jonathan Lee Shoo Chiang

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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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Vantage Point: Using Narrative and Discourse Analysis of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to Improve Discipleship Outcomes, David J. Swisher

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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