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Dissertation Region: South Africa
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Serious play: A Theology of life and work
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Adele Booysen
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The real-world ministry problem discussed in this dissertation is the divide between the sacred and secular, between ministry and work. The problem will be addressed by using several case studies to help view all of life as being a call toward God, to use the skills and passions with which he had created a person to serve him in whatever capacity, and in doing so, being able to enjoy both life and work.
Chapter 1 will discuss the problem of living bifurcated lives, the background to the problem and the contribution to transformational leadership. Chapter 2 will discuss the context for ministry as being in any career, and propose one solution: serious play. Chapter 3 will discuss other proposed solutions by reviewing literature that reflects on both the problem and other proposed solutions. Chapter 4 will outline the case study research method using individuals from a broad context around the world, people who are able to use their skills and passions in a purposeful manner, including serving God. The conclusions of my research will be found in the appendix, a proposed book on the topic of serious play.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, South Africa Theology of Work

The real-world ministry problem discussed in this dissertation is the divide between the sacred and secular, between ministry and work. The problem will be addressed by using several case studies to help view all of life as being a call toward God, to use the skills and passions with which he had created a person to serve him in whatever capacity, and in doing so, being able to enjoy both life and work.
Chapter 1 will discuss the problem of living bifurcated lives, the background to...

South Africa
Dissertation Region: Asia Pacific
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Evaluating the Scope and Effectiveness of Existing Marketplace Ministry in Hong Kong with an Aim to Develop a Roadmap to Launch the Same in Local Churches
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Nathalie Man Se Chan
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According to the most recent survey conducted in 2009 by Hong Kong Professional and Educational Services (HKPES) on Christian behavior at workplace, majority of the respondents (65 percent) experienced intense pressure at work. When choosing a job, “salary and compensation” came up as the top consideration (65.4 percent). The overwhelming majority consider “maintaining livelihood” as the key value for work (68.3 percent) as well as their feelings towards work (75.8 percent). According to a similar survey conducted by HKPES in 2003, more than 90 percent would not share the gospel at work, not with their partners, colleagues or customers. There appears to be a gap between Monday and Sunday for Christians at work in Hong Kong; the struggle to integrate faith and work is not to be underestimated. What is the church going to do about it? Following the global trend of intensifying discussion and focus on “Faith at Work” (FAW) or often used inter-changeably as “Marketplace Ministry” (MM), there is also an increase of interest in FAW/MM among churches and Christian circles here. In this dissertation, I attempt to find out the scope and effectiveness of existing MM in Hong Kong by conducting interviews with various channels including the key general MM organizations, fellowships in key professions and industries as well as a sample of representative churches. I recognize that while the former two can serve as bridges between the church and marketplace, they can never replace the role of church in MM. What is the church’s role in all these ministries and how may it equip its members for the challenge? I hope my findings will help develop a roadmap to launch MM in local churches. An extensive literature review is conducted on MM in this dissertation and various frameworks for MM are discussed. Last but not the least, the theological basis of MM in relation to Theology of Work, Marketplace and Spirituality at Work will also be explored.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2010

English BGU Alumni, Hong Kong Marketplace Ministry

According to the most recent survey conducted in 2009 by Hong Kong Professional and Educational Services (HKPES) on Christian behavior at workplace, majority of the respondents (65 percent) experienced intense pressure at work. When choosing a job, “salary and compensation” came up as the top consideration (65.4 percent). The overwhelming majority consider “maintaining livelihood” as the key value for work (68.3 percent) as well as their feelings towards work (75.8 percent). According to a...

Hong Kong
Spiritual nurture of company small groups for witnessing and transformation in marketplace
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Peter Sing Shun Lam
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In light of the growing number of marketplace Christians in the congregation and the lack of relevant nurture materials targeting this group of believers, the author being a local church pastor desires to investigate their needs and the effective approach for the spiritual nurture of their company small groups for witnessing and transformation in the marketplace.

The research methods include literature review on various definitions of spirituality as well as church spiritual traditions and practices, the basis of evangelical spiritual theology and Christian books for the marketplace workers. Quantitative analysis of the result of survey questionnaires collected from the participants of church weekly white collars gospel luncheons was conducted and the results were used for identifying the Bible study topics to be explored in the group leader manual. The materials prepared for the manual was tested out in a pilot small group and feedback was collected to improve and refine the materials. It was concluded that the incarnation model should be adopted by company small group to provide the spiritual nurture for Christians and seekers of truth.

Paul Stevens applied Christ‘s threefold offices of prophet, priest and king effectively for believers to live out their God‘s ordained roles in the marketplace. The author of this dissertation built on this concept to develop an expandable framework for organizing the Bible study materials in the leader manual that can edify the believers to live out the fact that Jesus is the truth, the way and the life, which in turn will bring out the message of faith, love and hope to the commercial world. Working together with other pastors and lay leaders, it is the author‘s ultimate goal that a vibrant force of witnessing and transformation in the marketplace would take place!

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Bakke Graduate University, 2011

English BGU Alumni, Hong Kong Marketplace Ministry

In light of the growing number of marketplace Christians in the congregation and the lack of relevant nurture materials targeting this group of believers, the author being a local church pastor desires to investigate their needs and the effective approach for the spiritual nurture of their company small groups for witnessing and transformation in the marketplace.

The research methods include literature review on various definitions of spirituality as well as church spiritual...

Hong Kong
Dissertation Region: Southeast Asia
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The Collaborative Work of Churches and Christian Businesspeople in The Community Transformation Ministry
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Jonathan Chyahkyi Naw Twang

(With Assistance from Steven Coe)

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Community transformation is urgently needed in the country of Myanmar. The purpose of this dissertation is to show how that ministry is achievable when churches and Christian businesspeople work collaboratively. At the same time, proposing community transformation has been a great challenge due to the country’s political regime and its isolation policy toward other nations; however, the current political changes and other changing factors of the country seem to be ushering in a promising and welcome scenario to do community transformation. The following open discussions enlighten the feasible situations of initiating community transformation in Myanmar. 

Myanmar is sandwiched between India and China, the two nations with the largest populations and fastest growing economies of the world. Geographically Kachin State touches both of these nations and has formal access to each. The Stilwell Road has been undergoing renovation and will revive trade between these nations in the near future. Kachin State also boasts tremendous natural resources that have the potential to be the source of great blessing for the local community. Used appropriately, these natural resources can provide a basis for business opportunities that can be managed for community transformation. The church, working across denominations, has an obligation to introduce biblically sound principles in the business place for the common good of the community. 

Having been left behind other developing nations of the world for centuries and after having extreme economic and political struggles, Myanmar has recently risen to become a more responsible member of the world community by restructuring her political regime through democratic reforms. The neighboring countries, as well as the xxi 

United States and the European nations have responded positively to the political reforms of Myanmar. India in particular closely watches every political and economic movement in Myanmar, hoping that her political regime will transition fully toward the democratic benchmark that will result in its being embraced by the world community. The government of Myanmar appears to be offering bright hope for the communities of the nation as it has been moving forward with democratic changes. 

The changing conditions mentioned above present unprecedented opportunities for emerging church and community leaders. Christian leaders are encouraged to seize the moment for implementing community transformation. At the same time, there are many potential hindrances that could derail the best intentions. One of the biggest challenges is Platonism, which teaches that the church’s role is restricted to the “sacred” realm, and purpose of business is purely secular. In keeping with this thinking, the church should not be juxtaposed with the business or other “commercial” concerns. Platonism weakens the church’s potential to bring about community transformation. Platonic teaching has become the most difficult obstacle to community transformation; hence, doing community transformation in Myanmar sometimes appears unbiblical and even unrealistic. 

It is no surprise that businesspeople are found in every local church. They are a God-given human resource purposely and rightly placed within the church to accomplish kingdom business by working with the church. The church and Christian businesspeople are different in nature, yet they share the common purpose of working together for God’s glory. 

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Myanmar Vocation Work and Mission

Community transformation is urgently needed in the country of Myanmar. The purpose of this dissertation is to show how that ministry is achievable when churches and Christian businesspeople work collaboratively. At the same time, proposing community transformation has been a great challenge due to the country’s political regime and its isolation policy toward other nations; however, the current political changes and other changing factors of the country seem to be ushering in a promising and...

Myanmar
Red Sky Over Burma (Myanmar)
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Steve Coe
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The existence of humankind is no accident, nor is the institution of the Church. The place of people in God's created order is superior in every way to the position of every other created form, and the Church's purpose is to allow God to make himself visible through us as we devote ourselves to his work in grateful response to the love he has demonstrated for us.

The purpose of this dissertation is to show that the Church has a responsibility to steward all that God has entrusted to humankind in a manner that is worthy of his name. There are many precursors and implications associated with this sacred charge. First and foremost, the Church must see itself as having a responsibility prevent brokenness by providing guidance and influencing socio-economic development, as well as caring for the spiritual and humanitarian needs of its members and neighbors. Secondly, the Church must accept that the institutions of business and government are established by God for a purpose that we are to participate in.

The Church has distinguished itself in many cultures as that body of people who care deeply for the spiritual, emotional, and often the material needs of the marginalized. Many works of the Church have been developed in response to brokenness, with efforts focusing on individuals, the institution of family, and, to a lesser degree, on the community that surrounds the Church. Little is done that addresses the need for the Church to make God visible within the institutions of business or government. Neither does the Church seem inclined to proactively influence the course of developments in a manner that would forestall the brokenness that results from humankind's attempts to develop what God has entrusted to it without regard for the Creators design. These two behaviors of the Church need to change. It must view the institutions of business and government as part of its area of responsibility, and it must be willing to act courageously to influence how humankind governs itself and develops the environment around us.

There is also another matter that must be addressed that, if left unattended to, will continue to hamstring God's redemptive work among people. In order for the Church to have a respected voice in the public square, it must be characterized first by the kind of brotherly love that Christ told his disciples would be the evidence to those around them that they are his (Jn 13:34-35). Christ also spoke of how a house divided cannot stand. Admittedly, he was speaking of those whose intentions were opposed to the will of God, but the principle is equally applicable to the 'house' that aspires to serve his purposes. Unfortunately, the Church is also known globally for its own brokenness within. This reputation of internal dysfunction also must change.

The chapters that follow are written in response to observations related to the Church's contemporary conduct, as well as its potential to bring God's shalom to a place that is on the threshold of great change; however, the application of the message is much broader than simply what could happen in the Union of Myanmar. This call for transformation is to the Church worldwide, especially throughout the developing nations of the world that are frequently afflicted with inefficiency, corruption, and oppression.

The first chapter provides an introduction to the situation that the people of Myanmar (technically, it is the Union of the Republic of Myanmar) has been dealing with historically, along with some projections of what they are about to experience. Due to its geographic position at the top of the Bay of Bengal, and the strategic importance of its location between China and India, Myanmar has the potential to influence the economic progress for nearly one third of the earth's population. The project of this dissertation, which was done in collaboration with the dissertation of fellow BGU D. Min student Jonathan Naw Tawng

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Myanmar Theology of Work

The existence of humankind is no accident, nor is the institution of the Church. The place of people in God's created order is superior in every way to the position of every other created form, and the Church's purpose is to allow God to make himself visible through us as we devote ourselves to his work in grateful response to the love he has demonstrated for us.

The purpose of this dissertation is to show that the Church has a responsibility to steward all that God has entrusted to...

Myanmar
The Role of Microfinance in Poverty Reduction and Transformation: The Case of Append Network
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Virginia Juan
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The project reviewed the root causes of poverty and the impact of microfinance as one of the wealth creation models being implemented in the Philippines and in other countries. Microfinance along with the associated development-oriented services is one of the most promising solidarity economy models with the potentials to generate profit, emancipate the poor from poverty and conserve the environment.
The focus of the research was on how to expand and sustain the microfinance operations of the APPEND Network in order to provide quality of life to its target clients of five million poor people within the next five years. APPEND is one of the oldest and the largest microfinance providers in the Philippines. The project reviewed the impact of the APPEND's 'microfinance plus' being provided to poor communities, the health status and the satisfaction levels of the microfinance staff using the Joy at Work Staff survey. The project also firmed up strategies that will enable APPEND provide lasting solutions to poverty and develop microfinance as a functioning bridge to sustainable development and community transformation.
The APPEND Network needs to build up social enterprises that will effectively respond to both the financial and non-financial requirements of the poor communities; should enhance its HRD (Human Resources Development) to equip its people in handling growth and expansion and finally has to strengthen its relationship with the government in helping the poor for greater and deep impact. The lasting solutions to poverty through various wealth creation models are possible if there is unity and solidarity with God, with people and with the environment.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Philippines

The project reviewed the root causes of poverty and the impact of microfinance as one of the wealth creation models being implemented in the Philippines and in other countries. Microfinance along with the associated development-oriented services is one of the most promising solidarity economy models with the potentials to generate profit, emancipate the poor from poverty and conserve the environment.
The focus of the research was on how to expand and sustain the microfinance operations...

Philippines
Empowering Filipino Christian Business Leaders Through Incorporating Biblical and Theological Concepts of Stewardship in their Corporate Social Responsibility
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Zenaida Alcaide Maramara
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This study seeks to empower Filipino Christian business people by incorporating the biblical and theological concepts of stewardship in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. This study presents the context of ministry of transformational business in the Philippines. It surveys proposed solutions in the literature related to stewardship and corporate social responsibility, such as CSR, social entrepreneurship, business as (integral) mission, and a spirituality of business. It investigates and examines the theological and biblical foundations for stewardship. The study uses qualitative research methods to find out what Filipino Christian business owners and leaders think, believe, and practice regarding the concept of biblical stewardship as they apply it in business with focus on CSR.
A seminar-workshop on Integrating Biblical Stewardship in CSR was designed and conducted among the research interviewees and other business people. The aim of the seminar is to move key business leaders to a fuller and richer understanding of stewardship in the practice of CSR.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Philippines Stewardship

This study seeks to empower Filipino Christian business people by incorporating the biblical and theological concepts of stewardship in their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. This study presents the context of ministry of transformational business in the Philippines. It surveys proposed solutions in the literature related to stewardship and corporate social responsibility, such as CSR, social entrepreneurship, business as (integral) mission, and a spirituality of business. It...

Philippines
 Examining The Link Between Ipra Law (Legislation) and Transformative Development through A Study Of the Aytas of Subic Bay, Philippines 
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Ruperto J Bustamante III
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In 1997, the Tenth Congress of the Republic of the Philippines enacted Republic Act No. 8371, known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA). It was promulgated with a stated purpose to recognize, protect, and promote the rights of indigenous peoples. These rights are rights to ancestral domains and lands, rights to self-governance and empowerment, rights to social justice and human rights, and rights to cultural integrity. Through analyzing the proceedings of governmental institutions, pertinent documents, and interviews with the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), this dissertation investigates the complex course of the implementation of the IPRA law, the lack of political will of the past and present administrations to fully empower implementing mechanisms, conflicting legislations, and ultimately the conflicting views on securing and exercising ownership over ancestral domains and lands between the IPs and the government. This dissertation argues that the full implementation of the IPRA law and follow-up legislations alone will not sufficiently envisage full development of the IPs, but a shift in thinking about development that considers the welfare of every human being in the light of a human person being created in the image of God, the effects of sin, the restorative work of Christ in behalf of humankind, and the kingdom of God is also needed. The study illuminates the ways in which IPs’ development work is carried out, first by incorporating shalom with each letter of the word shalom representing a biblically shaped aspect of Christian social engagement. They are sustainable transformation, holistic community health, assets of the IPs communities, loving service to God and humankind, organizing to protect a common goal and interest, and multicultural collaboration. Second, the study has employed the concept of transformative development to come up with an intervention strategy that is calling-based, asset-based, and collaborative. 

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Bakke Graduate University, June 2015

English Theology of Work, Indigenous People

In 1997, the Tenth Congress of the Republic of the Philippines enacted Republic Act No. 8371, known as the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA). It was promulgated with a stated purpose to recognize, protect, and promote the rights of indigenous peoples. These rights are rights to ancestral domains and lands, rights to self-governance and empowerment, rights to social justice and human rights, and rights to cultural integrity. Through analyzing the proceedings of governmental institutions,...

Philippines
Dissertation Region: Central Africa
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Le Leadership Et La Discrimination Au Travail
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Guy M Luyeye
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Introduction  générale

  1. Problématique

Dans  le contexte de l’Afrique  en général et de la République Démocratique du  Congo  en particulier, il se pose un problème  lié   au travail  de  personne  vivant  avec le  VIH-SIDA.  Ces dernières  du moins  pour la  plupart, vivent encore dans l’anonymat dans  les  milieux  de  travail. Celles  qui  sont  en   quête  de l’emploi   ont  beaucoup  moins d’opportunité  d’être  recrutées  dans  le  travail. Il  est  rare  de  voir  ces personnes  s’exprimer  librement concernant   leur  état sérologique  sinon  dans  des cercles  fermés  de forum ou des  ateliers  et  conférences.  Et  pourtant  elles  sont  des  malades  en  possession  de leur  droit  au travail  et  au respect  comme  c’est  le  cas  de  ceux  et  celles  qui  souffrent du  paludisme. ...Lire la suite

French Course, Basic TOW, Kinshasa, DR Congo, Central Africa Theology of Work

Introduction  générale

  1. Problématique

Dans  le contexte de l’Afrique  en général et de la République Démocratique du  Congo  en particulier, il se pose un problème  lié   au travail  de  personne  vivant  avec le  VIH-SIDA.  Ces dernières  du moins  pour...

DR Congo
Dissertation Region: Africa
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The effects of post-colonial views of work on donors and recipients of humanitarian and developmental aid in Africa : A case study of organizations offering and receiving aid in Zimbabwe
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Justice Marwisa
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The question of aid effectiveness has been bothering many participants in the aid arena for many years now. Despite Africa receiving the bulk of aid in the last fifty years, real development is yet to be seen. I am concerned about the ineffectiveness of aid and desired to find out from donors and recipients of aid their views of work and how those views affect the effectiveness of aid. I had three hypotheses and asked three questions. A literature review was undertaken with a number of scholarly works being reviewed. The views of work of both donors and recipients of aid agreed on the ineffectiveness of aid in Africa.

 

Seminars were arranged for donors and recipients of aid where I taught a theology of work. At these seminars, research instruments I designed were used to collect pre and post seminar data. The data collected were both quantitative and qualitative, although the research design was mainly qualitative. The context of the study was considered in the research and this context gave insight to the causes of the behaviors that influence the views of work and which subsequently affected the effectiveness of aid. A biblical and theological framework was also reflected on which a number of Scriptures and other scholarly work are cited.

The results from the seminars were analyzed. The hypotheses one and two were partly supported, while hypothesis number three was fully supported. Also recommendations as well as suggestions for future studies were made.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Zimbabwe Theology of Work

The question of aid effectiveness has been bothering many participants in the aid arena for many years now. Despite Africa receiving the bulk of aid in the last fifty years, real development is yet to be seen. I am concerned about the ineffectiveness of aid and desired to find out from donors and recipients of aid their views of work and how those views affect the effectiveness of aid. I had three hypotheses and asked three questions. A literature review was undertaken with a number of...

Zimbabwe
Copious challenges faces by women in leadership in the Zimbabwean society
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Patience Itai Hove
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The purpose of this project was to assess the copious challenges faced by women in leadership in the Zimbabwean society. The research focused on women in leadership in the Christian, private, and public sectors. The scope of the research included establishing the source/foundations of these challenges to determine the impact they had on women. The project also investigated the role played by men to aggravate or alleviate these challenges.

The study established that general perceptions, beliefs, and practices are evident across the sectoral divide. Issues that arise in the home or private sector tend to spill into the church and vice versa. The challenges faced by women thus tend to be similar across the sectors. These include the following among others: difficulties in reconciling business and family obligations; gender discrimination and stereotypes; recruitment procedures, which are not women friendly; lack of contacts and access to networking; and weak provisions of childcare facilities at the workplace.

The descriptive qualitative research design was identified as the most appropriate for the study with the interview and questionnaires as the tools for use. The research findings were consistent with the objectives of the study. The methodology confirmed that the challenges faced by women were deeply rooted in the cultural beliefs and practice; thus a new way of approaching the matter was suggested.

The theology of gender cross-pollination compliments male and female equally. It is not biblically, theologically, or culturally correct for one gender to rule over another, nor to be ruled by another. As a result, there is need to raise the females to top leadership positions by creating equal opportunities. Secondly, it should be noted that men were the xv creators of the problem; thus, they should be part of the solution. There is need to abandon practices that perpetuate male dominance and embrace those that promote complementarity.

A paradigm shift in cultural practices would see men supporting and affirming women, which will result in the amendment of legislation and acceptance of biblical examples of women who lead. I further recommended that women enhance their personal effectiveness and the girl child be adequately educated, mentored, and exposed to leadership roles by her predecessor.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Zimbabwe Women in Leadership

The purpose of this project was to assess the copious challenges faced by women in leadership in the Zimbabwean society. The research focused on women in leadership in the Christian, private, and public sectors. The scope of the research included establishing the source/foundations of these challenges to determine the impact they had on women. The project also investigated the role played by men to aggravate or alleviate these challenges.

The study established that general perceptions...

Zimbabwe
Dissertation Region: West Africa
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Developing a Theology and Practice of Influence as the Antidote for the Ethno-Religious Crisis: Case Study of Jos City, North Central Nigeria
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Oladotun Reju
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The purpose of this dissertation is to research how the church has responded to the perennial ethno-religious crisis that has engulfed the city of Jos, the capital of the Plateau State of Nigeria and its environs and possible approaches to respond and their theological implications. The study will seek to explore how the church can deploy its overwhelming presence in the region as a tool for positive influence in order to achieve the much needed peace and reconciliation.
The dissertation also hopes to proffer theological perspective for peace in a multiethnic and multi-religious context. This work will eventually become the design for The Centre for Transformational Leadership, which will provide resources for training and also engage in interfaith and other activities geared towards reconciliation in Jos City and its environs.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Nigeria Multi Ethnic and Multi-Religious

The purpose of this dissertation is to research how the church has responded to the perennial ethno-religious crisis that has engulfed the city of Jos, the capital of the Plateau State of Nigeria and its environs and possible approaches to respond and their theological implications. The study will seek to explore how the church can deploy its overwhelming presence in the region as a tool for positive influence in order to achieve the much needed peace and reconciliation.
The...

Nigeria
Theology of work & its implications
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Abiodun Akintoye Olugbenga Coker
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The purpose of this dissertation is to find how the understanding of theology of work influences the transformation of the community in Nigeria West Africa. To this end, a survey was conducted in three locations among Christians in two cities; Kaduna and Lagos. A qualitative inquiry was carried out on a stratified sample of over three hundred Christians in four groups among seminar participants: Fulltime pastors, part-time pastors, fulltime Christians in the marketplace and the unemployed. A literature review will focus on scholarly sources on the integration of faith and work and its attendant effect on community transformation. The rationale was to examine a holistic integrative model. The literary review revealed different relationships between faith and work over the centuries and identified models for community transformation.

In order to examine the thesis hypotheses, a pre-seminar survey was conducted. The pre-seminar survey questions focused on participants’ understanding of the concept of church, work, hierarchy of work and worker, as well as work satisfaction. A post- seminar survey was also conducted to investigate the impact of theology of work seminar among the participants and how its understanding can be used to mobilize Christians who are already located in the marketplace. Analysis of data and results was presented in tabular form, charts, graphs, and in other descriptive forms. Analysis showed that an understanding of theology of work is germane for Christians’ active and meaningful participation in the transformation of their communities. Conclusions and recommendations drawn from the analysis showed how Christians may be empowered through theology of work seminars for community transformation by integrating their faith and work.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2010

English BGU Alumni, USA, Nigeria Theology of Work

The purpose of this dissertation is to find how the understanding of theology of work influences the transformation of the community in Nigeria West Africa. To this end, a survey was conducted in three locations among Christians in two cities; Kaduna and Lagos. A qualitative inquiry was carried out on a stratified sample of over three hundred Christians in four groups among seminar participants: Fulltime pastors, part-time pastors, fulltime Christians in the marketplace and the unemployed. A...

Nigeria
A study of how theology of work would affect theology of preaching for the practice of business as a calling : A survey conducted among pastors of the global Evangelical Church
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Setorwu Kwadzo Ofori
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To find how theology of work would affect preaching for the practice of business as a calling, in the Global Evangelical Church, (GEC) in Ghana Africa, a survey was conducted among pastors of the church. A qualitative inquiry was carried out on a stratified sample of 50 pastors drawn from 106 seminar attendants. Literature review focused on several scholarly sources on the subject among which one scholarly work was chosen for critical examination. The purpose was to build on the chosen scholar’s unfinished works. Literary review of the scholar revealed that there were tasks that the institutional church had to execute to enable understanding of theology of work leading to the practice of business as a calling. In order to find how true the findings were with the GEC, data was collected. Data demanding objective and subjective responses were collected following a seminar purposed to give basic information about theology of work. Analysis of data and results, were presented as percentages as well as in descriptive form.  Analysis showed that in the face of preaching opportunities available to pastors of the GEC, they needed knowledge of theology of work coupled with stewardship structures and conceptual skills in order to affect congregants for the practice of business as a calling. Conclusions and recommendations drawn from the analysis appreciated the conceptual skills of pastors but encouraged the leadership of GEC to empower its pastors through the provision of study opportunities and organizational structures for GEC members to understand and do their work as calling from God.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2009

English BGU Alumni, Ghana Theology of Work

To find how theology of work would affect preaching for the practice of business as a calling, in the Global Evangelical Church, (GEC) in Ghana Africa, a survey was conducted among pastors of the church. A qualitative inquiry was carried out on a stratified sample of 50 pastors drawn from 106 seminar attendants. Literature review focused on several scholarly sources on the subject among which one scholarly work was chosen for critical examination. The purpose was to build on the chosen...

Ghana
Liberating the laity from the clergy : Empowering Ghanaian Christians
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Anthony Owusu Asamoah
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The ministry problem addressed in this dissertation is “Lay Christians in Ghana too often are suppressed by the professional clergy in exercising their ministry gifts.” It will be addressed through researching the extent of the stated problem and offer concrete suggestions to release and empower the laity to see their role in mission.

Chapter 1 will describe the causes of the problems, its extent, and its perniciousness in inhibiting the growth of mature Christianity in Ghana. The intended outcome of the project will be to provide answers as to how both the Ghanaian clergy and laity may integrate the practice of servant leadership, marketplace theology, and community development into liberating the Ghanaian from this suppression in order that their communities may be transformed. The project intends to contribute to the systematic transformation of both the clergy and the laity to work together in the service of God as equal partners.

Chapter 2 will develop a literature review that will discuss and interact with relevant literature that can be helpful in liberating the laity from the suppression of the clergy, and offer solutions to the problem.

Chapter 3 will describe the historical background of the emergence of the clergylaity divide and the resultant disempowerment of the lay and its impact on the development of Christianity in Ghana.

Chapter 4 will address a healthy biblical and theological basis that describes a collective view of the clergy/laity relationships.

Chapter 5 will provide a systematic representation of the procedure and methodology used to carry out the research involving both quantitative and qualitative instrument.

Chapter 6 will provide the description of the findings and subsequent conclusions of the research.

Chapter 7 offers a summary of the imputations for developing new educational procedures, along with recommendations for healthy understanding of the clergy/laity relationship. The results from the study are intended to lay a foundation that will provide lay release from the unfortunate attitude of many clerical Christians, but also a healthier understanding of the mutual roles of both clergy and lay in Ghana.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2011

English BGU Alumni, Ghana Theology of Work

The ministry problem addressed in this dissertation is “Lay Christians in Ghana too often are suppressed by the professional clergy in exercising their ministry gifts.” It will be addressed through researching the extent of the stated problem and offer concrete suggestions to release and empower the laity to see their role in mission.

Chapter 1 will describe the causes of the problems, its extent, and its perniciousness in inhibiting the growth of mature Christianity in Ghana. The...

Ghana
Theology of Work : A case study for the integration of a local church and business for community transformation and its missiological implications
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Richmond Ofori-Tawiah
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The ministry problem statement discussed in this dissertation is how to integrate business into the local church ministry to create jobs for the church and the community to lead to the community’s transformation. In addressing the problem the study will examine God’s vision for the church and how it fits into the mission of God in the context of transforming the community through the application of integrating business into the church ministry.

Chapter 1 will introduce the problem the study wants to solve and will bring in some perspectives of transformational leaderships. Chapter 2 will examine other proposed solutions by reviewing some literature that sheds light on both the problem and other proposed solutions. Chapter 3 will outline my main dissertation: Theology of Work: A Case Study for the Integration of Church and Business for community transformation and its missiological implications, using water purification as a model for solving the problem. Chapter 4 will address the ministry problem’s biblical and theological basis. Chapter 5 will review the research I conducted in Ghana to find solutions to the problem. Chapter 6 will examine what would be the outcome of this study in the context of the church and the community life. In chapter 7 will draw a conclusion with regard to the impact of integrating business into church ministry.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Ghana Vocation Work and Mission

The ministry problem statement discussed in this dissertation is how to integrate business into the local church ministry to create jobs for the church and the community to lead to the community’s transformation. In addressing the problem the study will examine God’s vision for the church and how it fits into the mission of God in the context of transforming the community through the application of integrating business into the church ministry.

Chapter 1 will introduce the problem the...

Ghana
An assessment of the effect of theology of work as paradigm for workplace attitudinal and behavioral transformation in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone 
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Samuel Gerald Alimamy Kargbo
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The dissertation project assesses the effect of theology of work as a paradigm for workplace attitudinal and behavioral transformation in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The work is divided into seven chapters.
Chapter 1 examined the ministry problem to affirm workplace challenges that inhibit transformation. Chapter 2 reviewed literature related to the challenges identified as impediments to workplace transformation. Chapter 3 brought to light the historical, geographical and demographic background of the ministry context with the aim of showcasing: 1) the relevance of the study and 2) how it can transform negative workplace attitude and behavior in the city of Freetown. While chapter 4 discussed the biblical and theological basis of the ministry problems, chapter 5 outlined the methodology to assess the effect of theology of work as a paradigm for workplace attitudinal and behavioral transformation in the city of Freetown. Chapter 6 analyzed the findings of the study taking into consideration: individual respondent demographic information, information on organizations of the respondent,
and the knowledge level of the respondent's relation to attitudinal and behavioral change.  Chapter 7 concluded with a summary of the topic under investigation. The need for transformation in the workplace cannot be overemphasized, but it will not happen until transformational leaders arise to the task with all confidence and sincerity to effect the needed change.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Sierra Leone Theology of Work

The dissertation project assesses the effect of theology of work as a paradigm for workplace attitudinal and behavioral transformation in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The work is divided into seven chapters.
Chapter 1 examined the ministry problem to affirm workplace challenges that inhibit transformation. Chapter 2 reviewed literature related to the challenges identified as impediments to workplace transformation. Chapter 3 brought to light the historical, geographical and...

Sierra Leone
Dissertation Region: East Africa
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Work & work ethic : Integrating faith and work as a strategy for poverty alleviation in Ethiopia
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Yenenesh Geleta Wolteji
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This research work addresses the lack of integration between faith and work that affects work ethics and aggravates poverty in Ethiopia. The proposed solution is a holistic view of work whereby Christians are called to integrate their faith into all areas of life so that work is valued and serves as a means to address poverty.

There is a problem of disintegration especially among Ethiopian Christians who do not reflect their faith values in the work world. The traditional holistic culture tends not to be integrated with the modern lifestyle, and dualistic reasoning dominates the wider experience so that there are no significant differences between Christians and non-Christians.

A review of relevant literature is included, which presents work as God’s original intention for humanity. Building on the Protestant Reformation, work is seen as a calling and a divine assignment for humans created in the image of a working God. Work can result in wealth creation and a strategy for poverty alleviation by using God-given talents and gifts. The integration of faith and work also shapes one’s ethics to serve God and neighbor in a responsible way. The project also explores theological foundations, drawing on literature about the theology of work as well as the Bible. Through integration of work without classifying it into sacred and secular, people find their source of provision and fulfillment.

The research presents the Ethiopian context and the degree of poverty, the extent of disintegration, and corruption using statistical data. Through questionnaires, observations, and interviews the project analyzes the perception of work among a sample group of Ethiopians and suggests strategies to address poverty in Ethiopia.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2011

English BGU Alumni, Ethiopia Theology of Work - Ethics

This research work addresses the lack of integration between faith and work that affects work ethics and aggravates poverty in Ethiopia. The proposed solution is a holistic view of work whereby Christians are called to integrate their faith into all areas of life so that work is valued and serves as a means to address poverty.

There is a problem of disintegration especially among Ethiopian Christians who do not reflect their faith values in the work world. The traditional holistic...

Ethiopia
Theology of work and poverty alleviation in Mozambique
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Xavier Simoes Massingue
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This dissertation sought to determine the need, possibilities, and strategies, necessary to alleviate urban poverty in Mozambique through the tool of transformational business, understood out of Contextual Theology of Work (CTOW). The focus of the study was the capital of Mozambique, Maputo metropolitan area; however, it makes generalizations that include diverse urban poor contexts. Two groups of people consisting of urban church leaders (UCL) participated in the research; one of UCL exposed to Theology of Work (TOW), and the other of urban church leaders not familiar with TOW. The study examines the dynamic relationships of urban poverty, unemployment, and work as raised and tackled by a CTOW. The biblical and theological basis of the study is faithful to contextual Bible interpretations. Thus, the study draws a parallel of the Exodus event with the development history of Mozambique.
Work was ordained by God. Thus, this dissertation explores its intrinsic, extrinsic, and eschatological importance in the mission of God. Transformational business is understood to be God’s way of providing employment in urban contexts. In urban contexts, employment affords Christian believers an altar on which to worship God with their work, which in God’s ecology translates into poverty alleviation.
This dissertation recommends the dissemination of contextual theology of work to mobilize the churches to engage in the mission of urban poverty alleviation. Urban poverty alleviation has impact beyond urban spaces.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Mozambique Vocation Work and Mission

This dissertation sought to determine the need, possibilities, and strategies, necessary to alleviate urban poverty in Mozambique through the tool of transformational business, understood out of Contextual Theology of Work (CTOW). The focus of the study was the capital of Mozambique, Maputo metropolitan area; however, it makes generalizations that include diverse urban poor contexts. Two groups of people consisting of urban church leaders (UCL) participated in the research; one of UCL...

Mozambique
Entrepreneurship: A Transformational Approach to Empowering Local Development through Christian Missions in Uganda with Transferable Concepts for other Rural Communities in Africa.
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Sam Nick Sseba
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Human dignity not only lies in living in the likeness of our Creator but also in our freedom to use the abilities and skills God has given us to the greater good of humanity. Many rural communities especially in Africa barely have enough to live on despite the abundant resources that abound right within the rural communities. Many of these communities have been evangelized. But the grip of abject poverty still manifests its ugly effects with little hope for the local residents. Can entrepreneurship (as part of Social Action) be a good partner and compliment to Evangelism in developing rural remote communities in Uganda and taking rural communities out of abject poverty? These rural communities are overwhelming in their concerted demand for dignity. Humanization, reconciliation, shalom and the setting up of God’s kingdom are together the goal of mission.[1]

The goal of this project is to explore the extent to which entrepreneurship, as part of the social action plan of Christian missions, can be used as a transformational tool to improve the living conditions and service delivery in rural Uganda engrossed in deep poverty.

 


[1] Stott, John. Christian Mission in the Modern World. (InterVasity Press, Downers Grove IL. 1975) 29

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Bakke Graduate University, 2015

BGU Alumni, Uganda Vocation Work and Mission

Human dignity not only lies in living in the likeness of our Creator but also in our freedom to use the abilities and skills God has given us to the greater good of humanity. Many rural communities especially in Africa barely have enough to live on despite the abundant resources that abound right within the rural communities. Many of these communities have been evangelized. But the grip of abject poverty still manifests its ugly effects with little hope for the local residents. Can...

Uganda
Transforming Acholi Culture: The Power of Relational Influence and Work Ethics
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J Dickson Onen Obwoya
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The project sought to deal with the prevailing negative attitude towards works in light of the collapse of Acholi traditional cultural values, way of life, beliefs, and idiosyncrasies; scarcity of effective transformational leadership and the influence of the church on Acholi leadership worldview and practice; the importance of incarnational leadership and its impact on transformational change in transforming prevailing Acholi cultural values, beliefs, and attitude.

The result of the project is a professional pragmatic biblically based, contextually and culturally relevant curriculum on work ethic that can be easily taught to others within the context of local community setting; and a ministry to raise and equip Emerging Leaders in Acholi community to become societal transformers.  It is also designed to help equip leaders to know how to exegete their communities as a process of transformation.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2014

English BGU Alumni, Uganda Theology of Work - Ethics

The project sought to deal with the prevailing negative attitude towards works in light of the collapse of Acholi traditional cultural values, way of life, beliefs, and idiosyncrasies; scarcity of effective transformational leadership and the influence of the church on Acholi leadership worldview and practice; the importance of incarnational leadership and its impact on transformational change in transforming prevailing Acholi cultural values, beliefs, and attitude.

The result of the...

Uganda
Integrating Faith and Work: A Ministry Transformational Model
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Elly Kansiime
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This dissertation is a project intended to address the poor work ethic that currently exists among the Christians of West Ankole Diocese. Poor work ethics have resulted in poverty, family breakdown, and corruption among others. The major underlying factor has been assumed to be a lack of living the Christian life in the daily work life. Therefore this study suggests that if biblical values were taught to Christians, there would be a better work ethic and work attitudes. The problem statement was formulated around the observed work behaviours among these Christians. Due to some existing gaps in the Christian work life, the following outline of chapters was applied.
Chapter One introduces the geographical area of study, the status of the people, and the conditions surrounding their work behaviour.
Chapter Two presents a review of the literature that has been used as scholarly work to support the arguments advanced in this study, and to help find the strengths and weaknesses there in as well as try to bridge some gaps.
Chapter Three points out what is happening among the Christians' work life in West Ankole Diocese, making reference to specific examples drawn from other scholars.
Chapter Four deepens the biblical understanding of why people work and enhances insight on the theological reflections of how work is related to the creator and the created.
Chapter Five addresses the research methods that were used and why they were used. These included: Questionnaires; Observations; Interviews; Group discussions, and the development of a teaching curriculum.
Chapter Six discloses the desired outcome of the project and how it would be achieved.
Chapter Seven gives a general overview of the dissertation and provides some suggestions to be considered for further study and implementation.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Uganda Theology of Work - Ethics

This dissertation is a project intended to address the poor work ethic that currently exists among the Christians of West Ankole Diocese. Poor work ethics have resulted in poverty, family breakdown, and corruption among others. The major underlying factor has been assumed to be a lack of living the Christian life in the daily work life. Therefore this study suggests that if biblical values were taught to Christians, there would be a better work ethic and work attitudes. The problem statement...

Uganda
Dissertation Region: North America
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Addressing The Chasm
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Dean Johnson
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There is a chasm that separates the Church from many First Nations people in Canada. As long as this chasm exists and continues to grow, both the Church and First Nations are weakened. In order for the gap to be closed, it is important to recognize and understand three facets of the chasm: its nature, origins, and dynamics. This issue can only be addressed when people are able to see the chasm, understand how it was formed, and see how it is being maintained. The focus of this study is on the chasm that will be the encounters between the Church and the Nuu-chah-nulth people. One cannot understand this chasm without first recognizing its existence on a broader scope. This chasm is not unique to First Nations and the church in Canada. It exists between First Nations and various levels of governments in Canada, between First Nations and industry, and increasingly between First Nations and other Canadians. This chasm is also reflective of the chasm that exists between the colonized and the colonizers around the world.

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Bakke Graduate University, June 2012

English North America Theology of Work, Indigenous People

There is a chasm that separates the Church from many First Nations people in Canada. As long as this chasm exists and continues to grow, both the Church and First Nations are weakened. In order for the gap to be closed, it is important to recognize and understand three facets of the chasm: its nature, origins, and dynamics. This issue can only be addressed when people are able to see the chasm, understand how it was formed, and see how it is being maintained. The focus of this study is on...

Canada
A Theology Of Work as Stewardship and Mission Based On Genesis 1:28 and Illustrated By AEA, A Multi-National Electricity Company
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Brad Smith
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The purpose of this dissertation is to provide a fresh biblical expression of the theology of work as stewardship and mission illustrated by the example of a large company which has attempted to operate consistent with this theology. The theology states that all humans were created in God's image as God's representatives on earth. As God's representatives, people were created to connect to their Creator, make decisions on God's behalf, and to work to take care of God's creation. As a result, individuals should pursue these three purposes in their lives, and organizational leaders should create organizations that facilitate this pursuit. Dennis Bakke has written a book called Joy at Work: A Revolutionary approach to Fun on the Job1 which provides a memoir account of his attempt to create and maintain such an organization. The bulk of this dissertation is intended to be a manuscript for a Bible study companion to Joy at Work.
The dissertation provides several forms of research. Chapter 1 is an original outline of the theology of work as stewardship and mission resulting from research into the historical expressions of the theology. Chapter 2 is a review of the various streams of literature that discuss the purpose and theology of work. The topics of chapters 3 through 13 were selected after surveying people in the workplace about core felt needs they have about their work. Additionally chapters 3 through 13 were written in draft form and tested throughout the fall of 2004 for relevancy and clarity of expression in a ten-week small group with sixteen workplace leaders. The current form of this dissertation has incorporated the comments and reactions of this small group.
Dennis Bakke, Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job (Seattle: PVG, 2005). It is hoped that the reader will have a new understanding of the God-given
purpose of their work and can increase their personal joy as they work consistent with God's plan. It is also hoped that Christian readers will understand their unique call to lead
their organizations in ways that help others connect to God, make decisions on God's behalf, and steward God's creation.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2005

English BGU Alumni, BGU Staff, USA Theology of Work

The purpose of this dissertation is to provide a fresh biblical expression of the theology of work as stewardship and mission illustrated by the example of a large company which has attempted to operate consistent with this theology. The theology states that all humans were created in God's image as God's representatives on earth. As God's representatives, people were created to connect to their Creator, make decisions on God's behalf, and to work to take care of God's creation. As a result...

United States of America
Stewarding People Towards Personal Transformation
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Arthur Clayton Zylstra
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The purpose of this final project is to study the extent to which staff at Bakke Graduate University (BGU) experienced personal transformation through their work. As an under-resourced nonprofit engaging in a dynamic global mission, BGU has the potential for creating a work environment that could lead to staff burnout. In the article entitled 'Volunteer and Non-Profit Burnout - The Burnt Stick,' Bart Gragg explains, 'When a person starts down the path to burnout their performance begins to slip, and they know it. But they are tired. They get frustrated because they are not performing to their standards. And therefore they are not being fulfilled. Then they begin to have an attitude, either of anger or despair.' This attitude then affects donors, clients, and other employees negatively, which can then create even greater stress.
The personal transformation experience will look different for each individual, but as a general guideline it will include a sense of self-fulfillment when the individuals are able to use their God-given gifts and talents in a significant role as part of a larger community. This project will consider different factors and criteria that need to be present for this transformation to happen. Based on the study and presentation of information gathered, this project then will develop guidelines for BGU to implement and follow to create an environment where staff is more likely to experience personal transformation.
The scope of this project will include definitions for transformation, transformational leadership, and personal transformation as it relates to this study. Staff of BGU, both present and past, will be surveyed to gather information on BGU's work environment and the type of factors necessary for staff to experience personal transformation. This project will identify transferable principles that leaders of other nonprofit organizations can implement to create environments within their own organizations for their staff to experience personal transformation.
This project will be limited to gathering and analyzing data from existing and past BGU employees and will not be a broad-based survey of employees from other nonprofit organizations. In addition, this project will not include the actual implementation of guidelines that are developed by this study, but will simply be recommendations for BGU leadership to follow.

Bart Gragg, "Vounteer and Non-Profit Burnout - the Burnt Stick," Maverick's Mental Meals (2008). http://www.maverickbusinessadvisors.com/wordpress/2008/10/a-burnt-stick/ (accessed October 30,
2011)
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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, USA Stewardship

The purpose of this final project is to study the extent to which staff at Bakke Graduate University (BGU) experienced personal transformation through their work. As an under-resourced nonprofit engaging in a dynamic global mission, BGU has the potential for creating a work environment that could lead to staff burnout. In the article entitled 'Volunteer and Non-Profit Burnout - The Burnt Stick,' Bart Gragg explains, 'When a person starts down the path to burnout their performance begins to...

United States of America
Vocations and the church
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Theodore Engelbrecht
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The real-world ministry problem discussed in this dissertation is the decline of professional church workers in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and a proposed solution to address it. The problem is addressed through research and the proposed solution will include a curriculum of study for teaching would-be recruits that includes an experiential component and follow-up counseling with them.

Chapter 1 introduces the problem and which audiences the solution would target to address it. It also notes other stakeholders in the solution and the transformational objectives to which it would hope to contribute. Chapter 2 discusses the history of the problem in terms of the church’s attitudes to the role of the laity and clergy through time and the context of the problem as it relates to my church body both in the United States and Asia. Chapter 3 discusses how other authors have addressed the problem and highlights how they contribute to the solution offered here. Chapter 4 lays the biblical and theological basis for Christian vocation and calling of people into God’s service that will figure in the proposed solution. In Chapter 5, research undertaken both in the United States and Asia is analyzed and discussed to both identify the problem and help direct the solution. Chapter 6 then discusses the desired outcome and Chapter 7 the proposed solution towards meeting that outcome, which is a course of study that includes both teaching a proper theology of vocation and work in the context of an experiential activity that creates the “disorienting dilemma,” which is a key to the transformation of those involved in the training. Chapter 8 outlines those hopes and the steps needed to complete this undertaking.

 

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, Lutheran Missionary to Asia Vocation Work and Mission

The real-world ministry problem discussed in this dissertation is the decline of professional church workers in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, and a proposed solution to address it. The problem is addressed through research and the proposed solution will include a curriculum of study for teaching would-be recruits that includes an experiential component and follow-up counseling with them.

Chapter 1 introduces the problem and which audiences the solution would target to address...

United States of America
Christian speak up on living out faith at work
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Larry Peabody
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This dissertation studies the responses of employees in non-ecclesiastical employment to discover what they face in living out the Christian faith on the job so that pastors, with the findings, may equip them with a biblical and relevant theology of work.

The responses were collected from sixty employees, who attend three churches (urban, suburban, and rural). Each completed a forty-one-question survey that asked for answers concerning demographics, scheduling, job suitability, spiritual preparation for the workplace, opportunities for serving others, and potential difficulties in the employee role. The questionnaire included both quantitative (multiple-choice) questions and an invitation for optional qualitative comments.

Quantitative findings were entered into an Excel spreadsheet to compile statistical data and to cross-reference responses to related questions. For the benefit of pastors and church leaders, the results were linked with recommendations on presenting a biblical theology of work to congregants.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, USA Theology of Work

This dissertation studies the responses of employees in non-ecclesiastical employment to discover what they face in living out the Christian faith on the job so that pastors, with the findings, may equip them with a biblical and relevant theology of work.

The responses were collected from sixty employees, who attend three churches (urban, suburban, and rural). Each completed a forty-one-question survey that asked for answers concerning demographics, scheduling, job suitability,...

United States of America
Explorations into the relational work of attachment and bonding as part of community spiritual formation
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Laura Speiller
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In the midst of a broken world, people reflect God to the degree that love is experienced through the presence, words, and actions of his people. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Community is the laboratory whereby people work and learn to grow into the God-imaging creatures they were destined to become. In essence, the spiritual formation of a community is expressed through loving relational bonds.

 

These loving relational bonds that validate the Christian witness are not easy to form or preserve; however, because they are foundational to the purpose of communities of faith, relational work is a part of the redemptive work each person is called to. This dissertation asserts, “I am studying relational work so that Christian leaders may both understand and practice how people may be equipped for attachment and bonding as part of community spiritual formation.”

Transformational leaders are catalysts that enable a community to mature and “build itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Eph. 4: 16). In order for leaders to better understand relational work, I explain several key concepts that are instrumental for leaders to apply in terms of relational work in a community. 1. an understanding of attachment from the perspective of social science researchers 2. an understanding of how systems thinking relates to congregational life 3. an assertion that a theology of work, with an emphasis on relational work, is a framework for community formation 4. a call to embrace the Trinity as the source and paradigm from which all relational work stems

While study and teaching is necessary, in themselves they will not facilitate change; therefore, I conclude with six practical results that stem from my study, research, ministry experience, and prayer. These six results are offered as an application of the study of relational work toward community spiritual formation for the transformational leader.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, North America Relational Work

In the midst of a broken world, people reflect God to the degree that love is experienced through the presence, words, and actions of his people. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Community is the laboratory whereby people work and learn to grow into the God-imaging creatures they were destined to become. In essence, the spiritual formation of a community is expressed through loving relational bonds.

 

These loving relational bonds...

United States of America
Equipping Laypeople for Transformational Workplace Ministry: A Biblical Perspective of Work Ethics and Workplace
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Caroloretta Tucker
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This study focuses on ministry opportunities Christians have in the workplace. Further, this project provides a model for Pastors and other church leaders alike to become intentional about teaching laypeople principles for transformational workplace ministry outside the church within the sphere of their influence.

Pastors and laypeople were asked to participate in personal interviews, survey questionnaires, and a five-session curriculum of study. These methods were used to analyze attitudes and feelings of the laity of the church. The participants come from various backgrounds but all shared the common position in Christ.

The research standards were carefully chosen, including a qualitative and quantitative process. This process involved a substantial number of respondents across a range of backgrounds. The analysis focused and benefited greatly from such response.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2009

English BGU Alumni, USA Faith and Work

This study focuses on ministry opportunities Christians have in the workplace. Further, this project provides a model for Pastors and other church leaders alike to become intentional about teaching laypeople principles for transformational workplace ministry outside the church within the sphere of their influence.

Pastors and laypeople were asked to participate in personal interviews, survey questionnaires, and a five-session curriculum of study. These methods were used to analyze...

United States of America
Resolving the Sacred/Secular Divide of African American Bivocational Pastors
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John William Howard, Sr
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The genuine ministry problem addressed in this dissertation is an existing divide between Sunday and Monday. There is a gap in the consciousness of church leaders who convey the wrong message that only the Lord's work is sacred. Because of this distortion, there are pastors and church leaders who can't integrate faith and work. The project examines the problem within ministry from the contextual view of incarnational and transformational leadership.
Chapter 1 presents a survey of the proposition to be proved. Included in this problem are stakeholders, the audience, and aspects of transformational leadership.
Chapter 2 discusses the literary review which brings comprehension concerning the problem and the author's solutions.
Chapter 3 outlines the context of ministry issues, provides the historical background, and presents the personal experiences. This chapter also addresses how the project will renew and transform Christian ministry.
Chapter 4 examines the biblical and theological roots of the problem and offers a Christian solution.
Chapter 5 presents methods of investigation and uses questionnaires and interviews as well as an analysis of the community.
Chapter 6 explores the conclusion of the problem, evaluates the methodology, and presents the desired outcomes in addition to providing the project's intended purpose.
Chapter 7 looks at principles learned, objectives of the research, the proposal for further research and the final conclusions.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2012

English BGU Alumni, USA Vocation Work and Mission

The genuine ministry problem addressed in this dissertation is an existing divide between Sunday and Monday. There is a gap in the consciousness of church leaders who convey the wrong message that only the Lord's work is sacred. Because of this distortion, there are pastors and church leaders who can't integrate faith and work. The project examines the problem within ministry from the contextual view of incarnational and transformational leadership.
Chapter 1 presents a survey of the...

United States of America
Small-Group Discussion Guides Presenting A Theology Of Work That Answers The Question: “How Do I…Live My Faith More Fully At Work And In My Community?” By Addressing Personal, Workplace, Community, And Church Transformations With Regard To Shalom, Justice
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Mark Gosney
Abstract: 

The purpose of this project is to develop a small group discussion guide to be utilized by Christians that desire to live their faith more fully within the workplace. It was first observed that Christians throughout all levels of the workplace desire to feel it is important to live their faith more fully at work, but feel ill equipped to do so. Also, they feel alone in their desire. It was further observed in discussions that centered on having a personal Theology of Work that Christian often expressed their need with a question that very often begins with, “How do I…?” such as:

How do I find meaning in my work?

How do I share my faith at work?

One goal of the project was to validate twelve to eighteen “How do I…?” questions (HDIQ) that when answered would satisfy the questions in a cross-section of Christians. The development of the HDIQ revealed that there are numerous resources available that might answer the questions, but that people with full-time jobs rarely have time to digest the information in the form in which it is presented. Therefore, it was conceived to develop a small group discussion guide that would fit the time constraints of this population. So, as not to short those who would like to dig deeper a resource catalog has also been developed. The discussion guide for thirteen lessons is found in Chapter 6 and the Resource Catalog is in Chapter 3.

The first six lessons take the small group through development of a personal Theology of Work. Lessons 7 to 13 explore beginning transformations in the individual, the workplace, a community, and a church. These lessons contain the transformational concepts of shalom, justice, mercy, and addresses a city torn by racism and poverty. The issue of racism is an extremely important factor with regard to living faith more fully at work and transforming the community within the context of the Memphis culture. In the same sense that the workplace is the location of the church scattered, the workplace is also the predominate venue for the opportunity for racial interaction leading to reconciliation.

 

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Bakke Graduate University, 2015

English BGU Alumni, USA Faith and Work

The purpose of this project is to develop a small group discussion guide to be utilized by Christians that desire to live their faith more fully within the workplace. It was first observed that Christians throughout all levels of the workplace desire to feel it is important to live their faith more fully at work, but feel ill equipped to do so. Also, they feel alone in their desire. It was further observed in discussions that centered on having a personal Theology of Work that Christian...

United States of America
Developing craftspeople with character for secondary students through theological reflection, praxis and qualitative research
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David Frank Hataj
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The purpose of this project is to show how and why a character-based curriculum rooted in sound theology can help provide high school students interested in manufacturing find purpose and direction in their choosing a career.

In collaboration with the Edgerton Senior High School in Edgerton, Wisconsin, this project was hosted at Edgerton Gear, Inc., a medium-sized gear manufacturer I own and serve as president of the company. In response to a perceived skills gap in manufacturing, the Edgerton High School has endeavored to provide educational and career opportunities for students not interested in a traditional four-year university education. Recognizing manufacturing is often wrongly perceived as a dirty, dark and dangerous profession, I developed a curriculum to expose students to the world of high- tech manufacturing while attempting to influence their characters and worldviews through a comprehensive approach, including teaching, praxis, mentoring, and reflection. During a semester, students were engaged on the shop floor with mentors 80 percent of their time, while the remaining 20 percent was spent in a classroom, with the emphasis on real world application and development of virtuous character. Behind this curriculum is the truth that character development and spiritual formation take place centrally in the context of work rather than a classroom or retreat center.

Two teaching sessions were conducted with a total of fourteen students involved. Research findings were gleaned from student journals and evaluations, mentor and teacher feedback, and direct observation. The results show marked improvement in self-worth, understanding of the value of work and trades, and definitive direction in career choices.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2014

English BGU Alumni, USA Theology of Work

The purpose of this project is to show how and why a character-based curriculum rooted in sound theology can help provide high school students interested in manufacturing find purpose and direction in their choosing a career.

In collaboration with the Edgerton Senior High School in Edgerton, Wisconsin, this project was hosted at Edgerton Gear, Inc., a medium-sized gear manufacturer I own and serve as president of the company. In response to a perceived skills gap in manufacturing, the...

United States of America
The Contextualization Of The Theology Of Work For African Americans
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Stanley A Holbrook
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The purpose of this project is to determine the feasibility of contextualizing the Theology of Work for African American congregants and Pastors in the city of Pittsburgh. There is anecdotal evidence that many people are showing the desire to live an integrated life, where faith teachings and workplace practices are aligned. Pittsburgh is a city where the Faith at Work movement is thriving. In fact, the mantra in Pittsburgh is to make “the city of Pittsburgh as famous for God as it was for steel” (Elliott, 2004, p. 165). Those who do see their places of work as a mission field are making a tremendous difference how they look at work. Today many people are showing the desire to live an integrated life, where faith teachings and workplace practices are aligned. Workers of all types are no longer content to leave their souls in the parking lot (Gunther, July 9, 2001, pp. 58-80). Businesspeople today want to find moral meaning and purpose for their. Jesus taught us that discipleship is an endeavor we should be undertaking in all aspects of our lives. However, many African Americans however, do not see their workplaces as a place of opportunity and ministry. In fact, they often see their workplaces as a reflection of the world of injustice and discrimination that they have experienced since the 1600’s. They have not been exposed to the Theology of Work and in many instances do not see God clearly in the reality of their culture.

This project seeks to summarize the historical and biblical/theological context of the Theology of Work, while looking through the lens of demographics of Pittsburgh as it relates to salary, religion and economic equity. A survey will be developed and conducted by analysis of the literature review, for the purpose of validating the research. Contextualization of the Theology of Work must be consistent with the findings of study and research reflecting its relevance to the current African American culture.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2015

English BGU Alumni, USA Faith and Work

The purpose of this project is to determine the feasibility of contextualizing the Theology of Work for African American congregants and Pastors in the city of Pittsburgh. There is anecdotal evidence that many people are showing the desire to live an integrated life, where faith teachings and workplace practices are aligned. Pittsburgh is a city where the Faith at Work movement is thriving. In fact, the mantra in Pittsburgh is to make “the city of Pittsburgh as famous for God as it was...

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Experience of the Redeemed Christian Church of God North America (RCCGNA)
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Funmilayo Adeyemi
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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as the responsibility of an organization or company towards the community, employees, stakeholders, environment, and society as a whole. Companies demonstrate this responsibility through educational, community, and social welfare programs, and by reducing hazards caused by pollution and industrial waste. In return, the organization’s prestige and branding is improved as the community is strengthened.
The church is rapidly becoming engrossed in strictly spiritual crusade, and the complexities of the contemporary church often breeds systemic neglect for the poor and structural decay for the community. The art of active, liberal demonstration of a church’s commitment to the cry of the poor in one’s community and giving back to the cities in the spirit of corporate social responsibility has been traded for a menu of church – only spiritual cuisine. The portion that is reserved for the underprivileged in the society and ethical reciprocity to the environment is been wasted under the excuse of ignorance and unresponsiveness on the part of the church. This dissertation examines the apparent irresponsiveness of RCCGNA towards corporate social responsibility, advocates the urgency for its inclusiveness as a church tradition, and recommends how CSR can be used as a mechanism for community integration and growth.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2014

English BGU Alumni, North America Theology of Work

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as the responsibility of an organization or company towards the community, employees, stakeholders, environment, and society as a whole. Companies demonstrate this responsibility through educational, community, and social welfare programs, and by reducing hazards caused by pollution and industrial waste. In return, the organization’s prestige and branding is improved as the community is strengthened.
The church is rapidly becoming...

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Children as Agents of Community Transformation: A Church-Based and Child-Focused Model
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Gregg Keen
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The ministry issue discussed in this dissertation is the role that children can and should have in the community transformation process. This issue is discussed in the context of the ministry of Compassion International. The project that was implemented in order to inform this issue was an exercise to measure the level of self-esteem in Compassion-registered children and their siblings. The results of that research helped determine whether there are correlations between a child’s self-esteem level and his/her taking initiative as a change agent. 

Chapter 1 provides background on the reasons the role of children in community transformation was selected as the topic for this project, and how this study contributes to transformational leadership. Chapter 2 discusses the historic place of church-based, child-focused programming within the larger community transformation industry and compares the programmatic principles of Compassion International to those of Bakke Graduate University, The Christian Community Development Association, and other industry standards. Chapter 3 is a literature review of various aspects of community transformation and includes a comparison of the World Vision International and Compassion International models for child-focused programming. Chapter 4 provides a theological overview and case for elevating the place of child-focused ministry as well as a history of the recent child theology movement. 

Chapters 5 and 6 both focus on the actual research project. Chapter 5 describes the project that took place in Uganda comparing self-esteem levels of Compassion-registered children with those of their siblings. A tool referred to as the DAPR (Draw-A-xiii Person-In-The-Rain) exercise was used as the primary data collection tool. Chapter 6 reports the findings of the project and also includes examples that children gave regarding their own experiences initiating change at home or in the community. These stories are categorized according to Bakke Graduate University’s eight principles of transformational leadership. 

Chapter 7 provides the conclusions and specific recommendations to Compassion International’s programmatic leadership team. Recommendations are given in the areas of equipping the church, child-focused transformation, and other potential programmatic adjustments as well as suggestions for additional research. 

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Bakke Graduate University 2013

English Theology of The Womb

The ministry issue discussed in this dissertation is the role that children can and should have in the community transformation process. This issue is discussed in the context of the ministry of Compassion International. The project that was implemented in order to inform this issue was an exercise to measure the level of self-esteem in Compassion-registered children and their siblings. The results of that research helped determine whether there are correlations between a child’s self-esteem...

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God's Pleasure @ Work: How a Biblical Worldview Invigorates the Workplace and Renews the Community
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Christian Overman
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The project described herein seeks to bridge the gap between Sunday and Monday as evidenced by members of the Body of Christ who have difficulty believing that fixing potholes in a city street, flying a 767 jetliner, or painting an oil portrait can be as much 'the Lord's work' as what their pastors are doing.
This gap is largely the result of a platonic dualism in the Church, which has produced a religious worldview that falsely divides all forms of work into so called 'sacred' and 'secular' categories. Such a bifurcation is illegitimate and debilitating to the effectiveness of the Church and its total mission in the world.
This D. Min. project is based on the belief that the removal of this faulty paradigm would go a long way toward invigorating the workplaces of the world and transforming the communities in which these workplaces are found.
The persistent problem of dualism in the Church has been identified and lamented by many, yet efforts to remove this mental roadblock have been sporadic, with limited success. We have not yet reached a tipping point with respect to the massive paradigm shift necessary for a significant change in the status quo.
The proposed solution described here is an instructional curriculum targeted to the Body of Christ, called God's Pleasure @ Work: How a biblical worldview invigorates the workplace and renews the community. It is a multivi media, audio-visual, interactive workshop that incorporates fourteen hours of direct instruction (incorporating one-on-one dialogue and small-group discussion) and a personalized follow-up process done with the help of the Biblical Worldview Integration Discovery and Alignment Tool, or, the 'D.A.T.'
The workplace is the topic of this project because this is where most Christians spend 50-60 percent of their waking hours. Furthermore, if Christianity doesn't relate to life as it is lived in the workplace, then its benefits and blessings are severely truncated, and the community fails to be transformed to the degree that it can be. God's Pleasure @ Work was created to address this matter directly.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2007

English BGU Alumni, USA Theology of Work

The project described herein seeks to bridge the gap between Sunday and Monday as evidenced by members of the Body of Christ who have difficulty believing that fixing potholes in a city street, flying a 767 jetliner, or painting an oil portrait can be as much 'the Lord's work' as what their pastors are doing.
This gap is largely the result of a platonic dualism in the Church, which has produced a religious worldview that falsely divides all forms of work into so called 'sacred' and '...

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Dissertation Region: Europe & Eastern Europe
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Informing Mission Strategies Through A Theology of Work
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Dan Michael Krull
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The purpose of this dissertation is to illuminate a growing global need for business as a context for mission and propose a model of business that holds promise for building sustainable spiritual movements. The premise is that God's biblical mandate is to take the gospel to all the nations. In this generation, however, those countries that are least-reached with the gospel tend to be those countries that are most closed to traditional missionaries and are becoming increasingly more stringent in their visa requirements. Furthermore, even countries previously open to Christian missionaries have closed their borders to religious activity (or what is perceived as religious activity) following the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the global war on terror. Into such a context of international fear and suspicion this generation of ministers finds itself thrown. God's historic mandate remains immutable, but the means to fulfilling it must adapt to this new global environment. Business as context for mission may be one tool to help fulfill the Great Commission and build God's all-nation Kingdom mosaic.
The academic piece of this dissertation will include this abstract, an overview, and proposal for a theology of work, a description of the current need for business as a context for mission ventures, a review of some of the literature which informs this issue, research specifications, and a postscript evaluation of the research project. Part two of the dissertation is intended to be a manuscript for a book entitled Movement-Building Businesses, which will hopefully be useful to individuals and missions agencies contemplating business as a means to facilitate mission. Chapters 1 through 3 of the book
will focus on God's missional mandate, globalization, and theology of work, which together reinforce the need to pursue business as a vehicle for twenty-first century mission efforts. Chapters 4 5 are an overview of the philosophy behind movement-building businesses and an examination of recent attempts to implement such missions. Chapter 6 presents a model for establishing businesses that promise to create sustainable spiritual movements. Chapter 7 is a detailed account of one business venture in a predominantly Muslim context, in which I was intimately involved. Chapter 8 highlights significant lessons learned through study and experience, and identifies transferrable concepts for other movement-building business endeavors.
It is hoped that readers will gain a greater appreciation for work as a conduit for sustainable ministry and the potential of businesses to create contexts for taking the gospel to today's least-reached nations. An even greater desire is that through this study and the experiential lessons learned, yet another avenue will be opened for God's Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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Bakke Graduate University, 2011

English BGU Alumni, Eastern Europe Vocation Work and Mission

The purpose of this dissertation is to illuminate a growing global need for business as a context for mission and propose a model of business that holds promise for building sustainable spiritual movements. The premise is that God's biblical mandate is to take the gospel to all the nations. In this generation, however, those countries that are least-reached with the gospel tend to be those countries that are most closed to traditional missionaries and are becoming increasingly more stringent...