IDENTIFYING COMMON CHALLENGES FACING LEADERS IN THE SECOND GENERATION OF LARGE CHURCHES TO FORTIFY HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH DOWNTOWN (MINNEAPOLIS)

Full Title
IDENTIFYING COMMON CHALLENGES FACING LEADERS IN THE SECOND GENERATION OF LARGE CHURCHES TO FORTIFY HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH DOWNTOWN (MINNEAPOLIS)
Author
Cor M Chmieleski D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to identify common challenges facing leaders in the
second generation of large churches. This was the reality of Hope Community Church
Downtown (HCC DT) in Minneapolis, MN at the time of this paper’s formation. Specific areas
of challenge which have been explored include growth from small to large and transitions in
leadership between generation and senior leaders. The fortification of the church depends on
building an accurate list of common challenges that can be later addressed by church staff and
leadership.

The process utilized to accomplish that purpose included robust biblical and literature
research followed by interviews with seven pastors serving in churches similar to HCC DT. The
initial research led to a preliminary list of challenges which were then utilized in interviews to
determine their relative validity within the lived experiences of pastors. Analysis of the research
and field work revealed five significant findings churches must address for the sake of long-term
endurance: (1) Answer the question, “Who are we today?”, (2) Address unavoidable realities, (3)
Foster the following, (4) Protect against these, and (5) Achieve success in pastoral succession.
Each of these is explained and illustrated with real-life examples from within local churches.

Upon completion of this project, a list of common challenges was presented to the elders
and staff of HCC DT. It was then their responsibility to read, discuss, pray, and respond to the
challenges addressed herein.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Pastoral Ministries
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
William Donahue Ph.D.
Stephen Treichler D.Min.
Jonathan Kim Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2021
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