Every theological research project should begin with a research proposal. Before writing a thesis or a dissertation, your proposal needs to be approved by a panel of experts. A professor may require you to submit a brief proposal for a term paper. Even if a project does not require a formal proposal, you will benefit from preparing one for yourself; it will focus your thoughts and give your research direction. The ability to conceptualise and write a quality proposal is the mark of a man ready to do independent research.