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dc.rights.licenseAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licenseen_US
dc.contributor.advisorLivingston, Kevin (Advisor)
dc.contributor.advisorCraig, Brian (Advisor)
dc.contributor.authorCarruthers, Edward Bruce
dc.identifier.citationCarruthers, Edward Bruce. “Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Ministry to Members of First Baptist Church, Montreal During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” D. Min., Tyndale University, 2023.en_US
dc.descriptionBibliography: leaves 182-187.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn its nearly two-hundred-year existence in the city, First Baptist Church has seen the best and worst of life in Montreal. Still, the current congregation shows no signs of giving up our corporate goal to be "A House of Prayer to All Nations." This portfolio reflects my evolution as pastor of this vital community and the church itself, especially during my time at Tyndale. As challenging as the ministry is in general, it takes on another dimension of difficulty when the congregation to whom we minister is gone. The question that loomed large over my pastorate was how I could continue ministering to people in such an event. COVID-19 left us searching for alternate ways to minister to congregational needs despite restrictions on interpersonal contact. We partly addressed this ministry through online services, but many members could not avail themselves of this resource, being unable to access computers or the internet. Government-enforced church closures complicated the issue, as did some individuals fearing the risk of exposure by physically attending the church when open. The threefold foci of this research concentrated on how best to preach to an absent congregation, encourage them in prayer, and maintain a sense of communal fellowship despite enforced separation. The research project documents how we addressed these problems through regular telephone and mail contact to alleviate the isolation members experienced. This outreach included the distribution of printed sermons and prayer requests. We reassured members they were loved and cared for while reminding them of the congregational unity and community of those sharing their struggles. The project had some success, constrained mainly by its eight-week duration. However, we learned valuable lessons and continue using the process we developed, ensuring regular contact without overlooking any of our members.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction – Chapter 1: Personal Preaching Identity – Chapter 2: Preaching Context – Chapter 3: Action Research Project – Conclusion.en_US
dc.format.extentxii, 187 leavesen_US
dc.publisherTyndale Universityen_US
dc.rightsCopyright, Edward Bruce Carruthers managed by Tyndale University. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.subject.lcshChristian leadershipen_US
dc.subject.lcshChurch worken_US
dc.subject.lcshCOVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- --Religious aspects--Christianityen_US
dc.subject.lcshPastoral theologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshFirst Baptist Church (Montreal, Québec)en_US
dc.subject.lcshTyndale University--Dissertationsen_US
dc.subject.otherTheses, Academic--OWOBC--Tyndale Universityen_US
dc.titleEstablishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Ministry to Members of First Baptist Church, Montreal During the COVID-19 Pandemicen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLivingston, Kevin (Committee Member)
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHan, Sarah (Committee Member)
dc.contributor.committeeMemberCraig, Brian (Committee Member)
dc.contributor.repositoryTyndale University, J. William Horsey Library, 3377 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON, M2M 3S4, Canada. Contact: repository@tyndale.caen_US
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_US
dc.subject.keywordInterpersonal ministryen_US
dc.subject.keywordChristian leadershipen_US
dc.subject.keywordCOVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- --Religious aspects--Christianityen_US
dc.subject.keywordPastoral theologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordFirst Baptist Church (Montreal, Québec)en_US
dc.description.noteThis is a research portfolio submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Ministry, Tyndale University.en_US
dc.description.noteFor AODA accommodation, including help with reading this content, please contact repository@tyndale.caen_US of Ministry (D. Min.)en_US
dc.description.degreeThesis (D. Min.)--Tyndale University, 2023en_US

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