For four years, I have been working on the dissertation project. This is larger than a huge research project, it was a field test within a congregation. It involved working with a team within the congregation, fulfilling the desires of the elders, and partnering with the church to accomplish a work for the Lord. All of this is done, so now I am in the processing stage. This means that I am to reflect on what was accomplished. What worked, what did not, and how to improve the process for the future. The dissertation is written, all 180 pages, and now I am in the process of bringing it down to 125 pages. This is done to create stronger clarity of thought and expression. It is a trying process, and it time consuming and challenging. But once again, this is done not to punish a student, but to develop the student. We become better ministers, and men of God when we are challenged. During this process, I am gaining greater respect to those men who have gone before me. If there is a minister who has accomplished this goal, one certainty is that he is not lazy. He understands challenge, and he understands difficulty, it is a great purifying process. I still have a ton of work to do, but with dedication, it will be finished.
- One Elder and the Hiring Process
- Second Draft of the Dissertation
- Review Process in Churches
- The Creativity Process in Preaching
- A Process for Preaching