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Faculty and Staff Research Publications: Davis, Barbara J.

This guide provides information on the publications of Bethune-Cookman University Faculty, Administration, and Staff.

Selected Publications, Presentations and Other Professional Activities

"Finding Your Place in Ministry" ( Summer Lecture Series- 2015); "How to Embrace Today" (Summer Lecture Series 2015)

Davis, B. J. (2014). Developing a volunteer ministry placement strategy for new song bible fellowship church in Bowie, Maryland (Order No. 3669660). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.. Retrieved from


This research project focused on developing a recruitment and placement strategy for volunteers at New Song through the use of the PLACE Inventory Assessment tool.

Chapter 2 describes the biblical and theological support for why believers should serve. Four foundational scriptures were used to support the thesis that God has created believers to serve. Ephesians 2:10 emphasizes that believers are created for "good works" and therefore, they should serve. James 2:14-17 focuses on the fact that faith without "works" is dead. Therefore, if believers had faith they would have "works' and serve. First Corinthians 12:7-11 highlight that believers have been given spiritual gift(s) to perform a specific task (service). Mark 10: 42-45 states that the believer's identity is rooted in Christ. Therefore, the believers must serve because Christ was a servant.

Chapter 3 describes the theoretical foundation for volunteer administration. Volunteer administration is a set of complex human management processes, which entails reviewing the demographics and dynamics of the volunteer, the volunteer recruitment process, volunteer management, volunteer training, and the motivation of volunteers.

Chapter 4 discusses the research methodology used for the project. This project focused on new adult members and non-serving adult members at New Song. The project used the PLACE inventory assessment tool. This tool assessed personality type, spiritual gifts, abilities, passions, and life experiences that have shaped a believer for ministry work. A ministry placement coach was used to help each member who took the assessment to understand the results for placement in ministry.

Chapter 5 presents the results of the project. The results strongly suggested that members who took the PLACE assessments and had a ministry coaching session were highly likely to join a ministry.


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Barbara J. Davis, D.Ed.Min

 Assistant Professor, Religion

White Hall 2nd Floor
Telephone: 386-481-2065


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 Current research interest:

Our research is focused on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as a "Womanist Theologian". Dr. Bethune  has been acknowledged as impacting the religious thought of Howard Thurman who is recognized as one of the greatest Black theologian of the 21st century. Henceforth, this research is unveiling Dr. Bethune as a theologian herself.