Baptist Churches/Congregational Churches

A Strategy to Develop Change Readiness for Succession Plans in a Post-Baby Boomer Era at First Baptist Church in Crowley, Texas

Author
Aaron William Summers D.Min.
Abstract
The Church is at a tipping point. Over the next five-to-ten years, decisions made by the local church will either prepare it for closure or seize the future for the Kingdom. The Western Church loses the second-largest generation when the Baby Boomers [Boomers] either die or become unable to continue attending and serving.
Is the church prepared? Is the church constructing a succession plan for when the Boomers are gone? The church will experience extreme shifts during this transition in leadership style, methodology, authenticity, polity, structure, and behavior. This project sought to understand the complexities of the coming generational transition and provide a starting point through the development of the change readiness of First Baptist Church [FBCC], Crowley, Texas.
The results of the project revealed an increase in change readiness for organizational succession planning after a sermon series designed to promote understanding and readiness toward change. These findings demonstrate that with proper biblical presentation and much prayer, the local church can be hopeful for the future.

Enhancing the Project director's Expository Preaching skills at Happy Church of Daejeon, South Korea, in order to Enhance Congregational Awareness of the Biblical Text

Author
Seung Ju Jung
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to enhancing the project director's expository preaching skills at Happy Church of Daejeon, South Korea, in order to enhance congregational awareness of the biblical text. Through the entire process if planning and implementing the project, the results of the project director's expository preaching skill improvement and the congregation's awareness of the biblical text were presented.

The project director looked at the current situation of ministry in this age and recognized that the word of God must be properly proclaimed through the language of the preachers. There are many ways to deliver God's words, but in this project adopted the principle of expository preaching, which correctly interprets and explains the biblical text. In order to discover common theories of expository preaching, traditional expository preaching theories were analyzed, and based on these, more advanced alternatives were found and methods to be applied to expository preaching texts were studies. Based on the theories discovered through study, a preaching text written by applying modern preaching to the traditional expository preaching theory was preached and was evaluated by congregations of Happy Baptist Church. Throughout the entire process of the project, this project was implemented with a focus on enhancing the project director's research on the biblical text, improving the skill of writing expository preaching, and enhancing the congregation's awareness of the biblical text.

Designing a Strategy for a Ministry-Intern Framework for Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Author
Andrew Chapman
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to design a strategy for a comprehensive ministry-intern framework for Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The project director led a selected team to design a strategy in order to develop a framework for an intern program. The strategy included a combination of best practices gleaned from the research of various models of ministry internships and a summary of past, present, and future intern use determined through an internal audit of Temple Baptist Church. The project director concluded the project by presenting the strategy to the Strategic Leadership Team of Temple Baptist Church.

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Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for First Baptist Church of Warrensburg, Warrensburg, Missouri, to Equip Transient Families in Military Contexts

Author
Jeffery N. Gray
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a disciple-making strategy for First Baptist Church of Warrensburg, Warrensburg, Missouri, to equip transient families in military contexts. During the first phase of this project the project director researched the demographics of the Warrensburg community and Whiteman Air Force Base. He also looked at the discipleship demographics of First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. The project director looked at disciple-making resources to determine best practices that would inform this project. The second phase of this project was the strategic planning stage. During this stage, the project director assembled, equipped, and led a team to determine the best strategy to equip transient families in military contexts for First Baptist Church of Warrensburg. The final state was the presentation phase. The project director presented the strategy for equipping disciple making to the elders of First Baptist Church of Warrensburg for approval.

Developing a Leadership Engagement Strategy for Smaller Membership Church Pastors of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention

Author
Laramie LeQuieu
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization leadership engagement strategy for the pastors of Smaller Membership Churches (SMCs) within the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC). A team a church health practitioners from the ABSC, leaders of local Baptist associations in Arkansas, an pastors of churches within the ABSC, were assembled to aid in the strategy's development. Specifically, the aim of the team was not only to engage SMC pastors in the work of church revitalization but to help retain pastors and churches in the ongoing process of church revitalization. The need for revitalization leadership engagement and retention has been addressed by developing a strategic plan with both relational and resource components to help these pastors navigate the process and stay the course.

Developing a Leadership Multiplication Strategy for Volunteer Leaders at First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana

Author
Josh Jordan
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to design a leadership multiplication strategy for volunteer leaders at First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana--hereafter, FBC Covington. The project accomplished three foundational elements of strategy. The first element was to identify the current competencies of leadership multiplication at FBC Covington. The current leadership culture and systems were understood by using interviews and surveys thereby revealing where the church currently stands in producing leaders. The second element was to research the field of leadership multiplication for best practices. The best practices established and understanding in leadership multiplication strategies, structure, and leadership processes found in books, other successful churches, and organizations. The last element was to train a selected team to build a strategy for leadership multiplication at FBC Covington. The team learned strategy planning and the current state of leadership at FBC Covington. They also gained a vision for leadership multiplication potential. The team built a unique leadership multiplication strategy to fit the needs of FBC Covington. Finally, the leadership multiplication strategy was presented to the staff of FBC Covington for approval.

Equipping selected Adults of First Baptist Church, Forney, Texas, with Personal Evangelism Skills

Author
Matthew P. Hill
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults of First Baptist Church, Forney, Texas, with personal evangelism skills. To accomplish this purpose, the project director first researched the field of evangelism to identify personal evangelism skills. From his research, he then produced an annotated bibliography and report on personal evangelism skills. Next, the project director researched curriculum writing. He then developed a curriculum that incorporated the personal evangelism skills discovered in research. Finally, the project director equipped eighteen selected adults in a one-day, personal evangelism training workshop. The personal evangelism skills the participants acquired taught them how to adopt a new mindset, live and attractive life, and share the message conversationally. These skills will help the participants reach the increasingly post-Christian and fast-growing population of unchurched people of Forney. Expert evaluators in evangelism and curriculum design validated multiple aspects of the project to ensure accuracy and effectiveness.

Designing a Replant Strategy for Chattahoochee Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia

Author
Christopher Scott Rourk
Abstract
The project's purpose was to design a replant strategy for Chattahoochee Baptist Church (CBC) in Marietta, Georgia. The replant pastor of the church was the project director. The project model implemented for the project was the strategy planning model which included four project goals and two professional goals.

The project director explored internal and external demographics of CBC and the surrounding East Cobb, Georgia, community to develop an accurate church profile. Exploration of successful replant models and other Doctor of Ministry replant projects determined best replant practices which the project director compiled. The project director selected and trained a strategy planning team who assisted designing the replant strategy. Finally, the project director presented the replant strategy to the CBC church body for approval.

The project director pursued two professional goals for the duration of the project. The first professional goal sought to improve the project director's strategic leadership skills while advancing him as a leader in the area of church replanting. The second professional goal increased the project director's knowledge in church replanting, developing him into an expert in the replanting churches.

Developing a revitalization Strategy for Bethel Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove, Alabama

Author
J. Eric Taylor
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a revitalization strategy for Bethel Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove, Alabama. The project director gathered demographic data for the city of Pleasant Grove, Alabama, as well as a three-mile ring surrounding the church. Additionally, the project director analyzed internal church data and surveyed the congregation to augment his research. The community and church data helped the project director produce a profile of the trends in the community and congregation. The project director researched church revitalization models and methods, interviewed pastors involved in revitalization, and read extensively on the subject of revitalization. This investigation produced a report of best practices and potential steps toward revitalization. A team of strategic leaders in the church served as the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and the project director led this team through a process to develop the strategy for revitalization. Various groups in the church received the presentation of the revitalization strategy and their input produced a final version of the presentation to be presented to the church body. The project director along with the SRT presented the proposed strategy to the congregation for approval. The church unanimously approved the strategy in a business meeting called for December 1, 2021.

Church Revitalization Strategy for Morgan Chapel Baptist Church, Sturgis, Mississippi

Author
Luke M. Gardner
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for Morgan Chapel Baptist Church, Sturgis, Mississippi. The project director will conduct an internal audit of the church's demographics and key functions to determine the revitalization priorities of the church. The project director will research the field of church revitalization to determine the best practices in church revitalization. Next, the project director will select and train a diverse group of church members to serve on the strategy development team (Dream Team). The Dream Team, along with the project director, will design a church revitalization strategy for Morgan Chapel utilizing the best practices in church revitalization. Finally, the project director will present the completed strategy to the deacon body for evaluation and then the church for ultimate approval at a scheduled business meeting. Experts in the field of church revitalization will be enlisted to evaluate the process and the completed strategy.
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