Dear Participant

            Thank you for volunteering your time and your mental and spiritual energy in helping do research in the important area of spiritual formation.  My hope, by your involvement in this study, is that I will be able to discern with greater clarity the mysterious process by which people become more Christ-like in their self understanding and in their behaviors.   I believe that you to will benefit from this study, not only by your participation, but also by having the results of this research available to you once the dissertation is completed.

            I ask that you to consider doing the following:

            A.        Read the consent form below.  By filling out the demographics survey below, choosing "continue" and submitting your demographic data, you indicate your agreement with the consent form and you will enter the devotional portion of the survey.

            B.         Fill out the Personal Information Questionnaire

            C.        If you would like an electronic copy of this research once it is completed, please send your request for a copy to spiritualformationresearch@yahoo.com.  Your email request will be kept and the copy sent to you once it is completed. 

            D.        Complete the devotional exercise as instructed.

            If you choose to do this exercise in printed format, please send it completed to

Pastor Bill Versteeg. 
22305 – 50th Ave
Langley, British Columbia, V2Y 2V4

            Once again, thank you for your participation.  Your input is deeply valued!

Sincerely

Transparent Signature

Rev. Bill Versteeg,

February 28, 2009


Consent Form

 for TWU/ACTS Dissertation Research

Title of Dissertation: “Imagination’s Role in Spiritual Formation” 

Principal Investigator:  Rev. Bill Versteeg, ACTS Seminaries, Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation Program.  Phone #604-533-0288. 

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Brian Rapske, ACTS Seminaries, Phone # 604-888-7592

Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to gain understanding into the mysterious process by which we become more Christ-like in our self understanding and behaviors with a focus on the role of the imagination in that process.  Your survey feedback will contribute to this study alone.

Procedures:  You will be asked to practice a one hour bible reading based on simple instructions and then will fill out a survey form based on your devotional experience.  You may contact me by email if you have any questions about the survey at spiritualformationresearch@yahoo.com (subject line “Survey Question”).

Potential Risks and Discomforts:  There is minimum potential that this devotional reflection and introspection regarding the experience in response to the questionnaire will cause emotional distress.   Your participation is voluntary and you have the right to withdraw at any time. 

Potential Benefits to Participants and/or to Society:    This devotional exercise has the potential to help you in your personal spiritual growth.  You will also have access to the completed dissertation at the future date.  This study will contribute to the ongoing research in effectively communicating the gospel to others in preaching, teaching and other spiritually formative practices.

Confidentiality:   "Any information that is obtained in connection with this study will be disassociated with the participant by the following means.  All survey forms will be emailed from the researcher’s server to spiritualformationreserach@yahoo.com.  No name or personal email information will be included in that data.  Data will be collected anonymously and names will not be linked with any information.  If you would like who would like a copy of the dissertation, you may send a personal email to the above address.  No link to your survey data will be made; thus anonymity is guaranteed.  The author of this study promises to protect your identity and commits to keeping all anecdotal references reported anonymous.  Along with the author of this study, only a dissertation advisor will be able to read your responses.    Your responses will only be evaluated for their spiritually formative qualities.  All raw research survey data will be owned by the author alone, will be used for this study alone and all raw research data will be destroyed after 1 year. 

Remuneration/Compensation:  A PDF copy of the dissertation will be made available to you on your request.

Contact for information about the study:  If you have any questions or desire further information with respect to this study, you may contact Rev. Bill Versteeg at 604-533-0288 or pbvcanada@yahoo.com) 

Contact for concerns about the rights of research subjects:  If you have any concerns about your treatment or rights as a research subject, you may contact Ms. Sue Funk in the Office of Research at 604-513-2142 or sue.funk@twu.ca.

Consent: This study if for those who are 18 years of age and older.  Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw from the study at any time.

By clicking "continue" you are indicating that you consent to participate in this study and that your responses may be put in anonymous form and kept for further use after the completion of this study.  You may print a copy of this consent form for your own records.

Transparent Signature                                                                                                 

            Rev. Bill Versteeg

            February 28, 2009