Scholarly Work from the Olivet Nazarene University Community

Resourcing the Postmodern Pastor: An Examination of Young Pastors’ Attitudes and the Implications for Denominational Publishers

Bonnie J. Perry
Perry Dissertation Title Page
Title page

The researcher concluded that there is a subtle but unmistakable paradigm shift in thinking on the part of 35-or-younger pastors, who demonstrated statistically significant differences from the 36-or-older group in most questions in the section of the survey instrument pertaining to worldview, matters of authority, salvation, Scripture, the church and the world, spiritual practices, and faith formation in the local context.

Abstract This study explored the influence of postmodernity on the changing attitudes of young pastors regarding spirituality and discipleship in their adult congregants. The purpose of this study was to educate and equip Christian publishers to resource young pastors who are ministering in a postmodern culture. The study focused on Church of the Nazarene pastors 35 years old or younger in the calendar year 2012, exploring their attitudes toward Christian faith, spirituality, and discipleship.
English
Type: 
Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00015515

The Effects of Laity Ministry Involvement on Transformational Discipleship

Emmanuel Reinbold
Reinbold Dissertation Title Page

Reinbold's research used the Place Assessment among Nazarene congregations in Iowa to show a quantitative increase in engagement of participants in the areas of fellowship, witnessing to others and ministry to others. Additional qualitative measurements show increase in a participant's desire for community, clarification of identity and roles, and serving out of passion.

This study sought to determine the impacts of The Place Assessment process within four congregations that are a part of The Church of the Nazarene in central and Eastern Iowa. The Place Assessment process included structured teaching, completing a comprehensive assessment online, and structured coaching. The results of this process showed measurable increases in the areas of discipleship engagement and discipleship transformation.
English
Type: 
Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00015543

Attracting Millennials: An Examination of Millennial Participation in Assembly of God Churches

Kenneth J. Hansen
Hansen Dissertation Title Page

The researcher found four statistically significant characteristics that were most related to Millennial church attendance in high attraction Assembly of God churches in Illinois: the presence of a strong discipleship ministry, the presence of intentional ministry to Millennials, the presence of technology, and an openness to innovation and change. The current study provides church leaders with a knowledge and understanding of the preferences and characteristics that attracted Millennials to high attraction Assembly of God churches in Illinois.

The greatest decline in church attendance of any age group has occurred among Millennials born between 1980 and 2000. This decline has created concern about the future of the church. The lack of understanding about Millennials by church leaders has hampered the ability to attract and maintain Millennial church participation. The purpose of this study was to determine what, if any, characteristics caused Millennials to be attracted to certain Assembly of God churches in Illinois and not others.
English
Type: 
Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00015546

Adequate Yearly Progress, Special Education, and Student Success: Can They All Co-Exist?

Ruth Reynolds
Reynolds Dissertation Title Page

The researcher looked at the awareness and focus on Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) as a key factor in establishing a school's status in accreditation particularly in reference to the performance of students in special education programs in assessments. When special education teachers were aware of how their students impact the school's status, interventions like co-teaching and collaboration and intentional teaching of test-taking skills showed significant increase results.

This study investigated the ways that the disaggregation of Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) scores has impacted the progress and performance of students with disabilities within two central Illinois counties, discovered the interventions taken with this subgroup, and explored the ethical implications of these interventions. The participants were middle school special education and general education teachers, administrators, and support staff. A mixed-methods format with a predominant qualitative approach was used.
English
Type: 
Dissertation
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00015548

The Effects of Inulin and Galactooligosaccharides on the Production of Reuterin by Lactobacillus Reuteri

Micah Dwight Forshee
The Effects of Inulin and Galactooligosaccharides on the Production of Reuterin by Lactobacillus Reuteri by Micah Dwight Forshee

The researcher looked at two prebiotics, inulin and galactooligosaccharides (GOS), for their ability to promote growth of probiotics in the Lactobacilli family in the absence of glucose.

English
Type: 
Journal article

Data for Rosenberger & Conforti. Native and agricultural grassland use by stable and declining bumble bees in Midwestern North America. Insect Cons. & Div.

Derek W. Rosenberger
McKenna Conforti

The data set used by the authors for their research into the habitat of bumble bees in Midwestern North America in their article published in Insect Conservation and Diversity in September 2020.

English
Type: 
Presentation

Engaging Capitalism with Wesleyan Theology

Kevin Twain Lowery
Paul R. Koch

Conference Proceeding

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration

English
Type: 
Presentation

Where Justice Meets Compassion: A Christian Assessment of Illegal Immigration

Kevin Twain Lowery
Courtney Fuqua

Presentation - Scholarship of Community Application, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Scholarship of Faith and Learning

Faculty - student presentation

English
Type: 
Poster
WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00015871

Wesleyan Theology and Christian Ethics

Kevin Twain Lowery

Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration, Scholarship of Faith Integration

Presented on February 4, 2013 as a faculty workshop at Olivet Nazarene University.

English
Type: 
Presentation

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WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00019732
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