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– Christopher CH Pak (2022): Addressing the Attrition of the Emerging Adult Population in the Assemblies of God Churches in Sunway – Subang, Malaysia
– Jeremiah Yap Teow Khoon (2022): Contributing and Hindering Factors of Fathers’ role in the Faith Formation of their Children
Christopher CH Pak (2022), DMin (Bible College of Malaysia)
Supervisor: Rev Dr Simon Cheong
Addressing the Attrition of the Emerging Adult Population in the Assemblies of God Churches in Sunway – Subang, Malaysia: Towards a Discipleship Process [PDF]
This dissertation argues that the attrition of emerging adults in Sunway – Subang, Malaysia was caused by rapid changes in the postmodern world, especially in the urban setting. It has led to a different perspective of religiosity, faith, practice and an erosion of Christian beliefs among them. To address this attrition, this dissertation proposes a discipling process that is wide and flexible that realigns how church is done, using e-media, reinforcing sacraments and practices, and integrating intergenerational involvement.
This project employs a mixed method of qualitative approach. The instruments used were an online survey questionnaire, focus groups, semi-structured personal interview. It sought to understand why the emerging adults have chosen their respective decisions whether to stay or leave, measures that can be taken to address it, developing a biblical approach towards discipleship process to aid faith transmission, and ways in which they can theologically express their spirituality and faith in a post-modern world.
Jeremiah Yap Teow Khoon (2022), DMin (Malaysia Bible Seminary)
Supervisor: Dr Thomas Kimber
Contributing and Hindering Factors of Fathers’ role in the Faith Formation of their Children: A Case Study of English-speaking parents associated with three New Life Restoration Centre congregations, Klang Valley, Malaysia
The purpose of this study is to explore the contributing and hindering factors that describe the New Life Restoration Centre fathers in their role in children’s faith formation. This research used the mixed-methods methodology. Questionnaires were used to obtain a tally of the range of perspectives from participants about the fathers’ role. Semi-structured interviews with fathers and mothers were primary tools for a deeper analysis of perspectives on that role.
This dissertation argues that biblically and theologically, the father as the head of the family is responsible for the faith formation role. The study found fathers engaged in practices of prayer, relationships for engagement, accessibility, role modelling, and in resources to overcome hindrances such as lack of vision, time, Bible knowledge, and personal obstacles. In managing factors (intrinsic and extrinsic) that influence fathers in their role, it is hoped that the children might serve God’s purposes in their life.