Date of Award

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Interdenominational Theology Center (ITC)

Degree Name

D.Min.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to examine carefully how the arts (music, mime, dance, and drama) could potentially enhance the spirituality of youth between the ages of 13 and 19. The researcher’s aim was to use the arts to make the stories and messages of the Bible come “alive” in a creative and innovative manner. Afler meeting with a select group of leaders on August 27, 2009, regarding the needs of the youth, the researcher moved forward with the assurance of membership support regarding the proposed Doctor of Ministry of Project based on the arts. Throughout the process, the researcher used every opportunity available to capture and evaluate dramatic presentations at the Greater Solid Rock Baptist Church. The span of the Doctor of Ministry Project lasted seven months (April-October 2011), with six activities in the form of dramatic presentationsbeing conducted over that period of time. In this document, the author gives the reader detailed information regarding the process used to reach the researcher’s final destination. Below are brief highlights from each chapter in order to give the reader a general sense of the process used to compile and complete information relative to the Doctor of Ministry Project. Chapter I gives the reader a general introduction to each succeeding chapter in this document. Although the information in the introductory chapter is not presented in detail, the author provides key points regarding material appearing subsequently. Chapter II focuses on the Ministry Context/Issue, primarily on the demographics of the Greater Solid Rock Baptist Church and related social statistics. Chapter III explores the Biblical literature that informs the Doctor of Ministry project, identifying key scriptures that relate to youth and how youth are able to overcome obstacles in life. Chapter IV shines the light of research on theological literature, mainly focusing on how Biblical characters such as Goliath can be re-imagined as social influences such as drugs, sex, and alcohol. Key statistics are given regarding the use of these elements by our youth (ages 13-19) before marriage and how this use is impacting their education and spiritual development. Chapter V provides empirical and theoretical information to support the researcher’s position regarding using the arts to enhance the spirituality of the youth, along with professional statements from artists and teachers in the arts espousing this position. Chapter VI focuses on the actual Doctor of Ministry Project and all that went into making this project a success, offering a “How To” listing for coordinating, producing, and directing an arts program/play in the local ministry setting. Finally, in Chapter VII the researcher reflects on the entire process and shares final statistics from evaluation of the surveys submitted to the congregation during each dramatic presentation or activity connected with the Doctor of Ministry Project.

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