VTS Theses - D. Min.

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VTS Theses - D. Min.

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Big theological questions : using inquiry-based pedagogy in teaching theology and religion to undergraduate students
By Tracy Wenger Sadd. -- "The purpose of this study was to test whether or not using inquiry-based pedagogies, specifically big questions inquiry and appreciative inquiry, to teach Christian theology and religion in an undergraduate first-year…

One thousand steps : the development of guiding principles of effective parochial mission work.
By Harrison M. McLeod -- "The purpose of this thesis is to establish a set of “Guiding Principles” for the design and implementation of effective parochial mission work that is faithful to Jesus’ command in Matthew 25 and genuinely respects and…

 Journeying with the Celtic Saints : living our Baptismal Covenant
By Debra M. Brewin-Wilson, 2017. "An adult education program invited participants to reflect on their own spiritual gifts and response to the Baptismal Covenant in light of material presented about four Celtic saints: Saints Brendan, Brigid, Columba,…

'Supply and demand' : a discussion of the practical , spiritual, and theological dimensions of ordained itinerant ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
By Olivia P. L. Hilton, 2017. "Through my thesis research and project, I studied clerical bivocationalism and itinerant ministry in EDOW [the Episcopal Diocese of Washington] from practical, spiritual, and theological angles. In these pages, I will…

Claiming Episcopal school identity : principles,  understanding, and practice.
By Kenneth Roger Willy, 2016 -- Every Episcopal school is different, and each school’s understanding of what makes it Episcopal and how that identity is translated into action, is specific to its own context. Claiming Episcopal School Identity:…

Urban secondary education : poverty, power, class : A pathway to change
By Leonard Cambra, 2016. "There is an economic divide between educators and students. It is reflective of deeply rooted ideological principles that perpetuate educational inequities. Culture is rooted in socio-economic class. Schools mirror the…

Mentoring and reflective practice for newly ordained priests
By Rachel Nyback, 2015. "Newly ordained priests are not given consistent support upon entering the ministry. As the practical, dynamic theology of the priesthood becomes more prevalent in western culture, newly ordained priests need help navigating…

Speaking our faith : Using sacred conversation to develop evangelical competency in Post-Boomers
By Katherine Carlson, 2015. "[E]quipping faithful post-boomers to learn to speak to their friends about faith seemed an intriguing approach for me to take as my little slice of the great challenge of adapting American Christianity to the rapidly…

Faculty, fellowship, and faith : creating a spiritual community of teachers
By Jo W. Harney, 2016. Contents Introduction -- Chapter 1 : Existing community and hope for the future -- Chapter 2 : A community of souls at work -- Chapter 3 : The project -- Chapter 4 : Results and analysis -- Chapter 5 : Conclusion.

The JesusTalk program: developing student leaders for empowered campus evangelism
By Richard J.F. Elsner, 2016. "The overall purpose of the project was to develop leadership that could change the campus culture to be truer to the Christian mission of a small, rural, distressed Christian college. A total of 157 students…
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