Table of Contents

This page is designed to guide you through the linear, text-based form of the final dissertation. Below is the Table of Contents as it appears in the final dissertation. Any headings that are not hyper-linked are included in the hyper-linked heading immediately above it. Enjoy this linear expression of the Deep in the Burbs project.

(You can read the PDF of the dissertation here if you prefer)

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

  • The Story of the Question
  • Every Story has a Prologue
  • How am I Writing This?
  • To Whom am I Writing?
    • To the Research Team
    • To the Academy
    • To God
    • To the Accidental Reader
  • Why am I Doing This?
    • I Love God
    • I Love the Church
    • I Love the World
  • Why is this Question Important?
    • Personal Importance
    • Academic Importance
    • Congregational Importance
  • The Dangers of Studying Spirituality
    • The Danger of Interdisciplinarity
    • The Danger of Self-Implication
    • How Do We Navigate these Dangers?
  • An Overview of the Chapters

CHAPTER TWO: THEORETICAL FRAMES

CHAPTER THREE: THEOLOGICAL AND BIBLICAL FRAMES

CHAPTER FOUR: METHODOLOGY AND DESIGN

  • Using Participatory Action Research
    • What is PAR?
    • How Does PAR Work?
  • The Design
    • Phase One
      • Phase 1.1
      • Phase 1.2
      • Phase 1.3
    • Phase Two
    • Phase Three
    • Dwelling in the Word
      • Why Dwelling in the Word?
      • Why the Upper Room Discourse?
      • Lessons from the Experiment
    • The Use of Digital Media
    • Data Collection and Analysis

CHAPTER FIVE: DATA AND FINDINGS

  • A Brief Overview of the Data
  • My Coding Process
    • Step One
    • Step Two
    • Step Three
    • Step Four
    • Step Five
    • Step Six
    • Step Seven
    • Step Eight
  • Project Narrative
    • Phase One
      • Phase 1.1: Sessions 01-02—February 24 and March 3, 2014
      • Phase 1.2: Session 03-04—March 10 and March 17, 2014
      • Phase 1.3: Sessions 05-08—March 24, March 31, April 21, May 5, 2014
        • Decision-Making and Leadership Issues
        • Reflections on Dwelling in the Word
        • An Outside Event that Impacted the Project
      • Phase Two
        • What Do S’mores Have to Do with Anything?
        • The Action Projects
          • Sunday Night S’mores.
          • Regular Participation at Feed My Starving Children.
          • Participating in the Planning of Women’s Retreat.
          • Designing of Adult Formation Plan.
          • Reflection on the Leading of Yoga Classes.
          • Intentional Journaling
        • Session 09 – August 25, 2014
      • Phase Three: Sessions 10-11—November 10 and 17, 2014

CHAPTER SIX: INITIAL INTERPRETATION OF THE FINDINGS

  • Increased Awareness and Understanding
  • How was the Team Impacted?
    • A Directional Shift
      • Vertical-Personal Spirituality
      • Horizontal-Communal Spirituality
    • A Wholistic Umbrella
  • Conclusion

CHAPTER SEVEN: THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION AND IMPLICATIONS

  • Framing the Findings
    • Finding One: Relationships
      • Frame One: Relationships in Time
      • Frame Two: A Shift to Relationality
      • Frame Three: An Expanded Definition of Neighbor
    • Finding Two: Reflection
      • Frame One: Reflection in Time
      • Frame Two: Transcending One’s Own Frames
      • Frame Three: Reflecting on the Frame
    • Finding Three: Awareness of the Holy Spirit
      • Frame One: The Spirit and Time
      • Frame Two: The Structure of the Spirit
      • Frame Three: Expanding the Horizon of the Spirit
    • Reframing the Frames
  • Implications for Leadership in the Missional Church
    • Stewarding Power
    • The Communicative Zone

EPILOGUE

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