Church growth

The Impact of Preaching on Church Growth: Black Churches in The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church

Author
Yvette Denise Massey D.Min.
Abstract
This project addresses the question of whether good preaching can cause congregational growth. The location of the work was two Black churches in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church and included preaching a variety of sermons, followed by congregational research on the influence of the sermons on church growth. Through this project, the thesis on which this work was based, that church growth was a direct result of good preaching, changed to recognize that while preaching alone does not cause church growth, it is one of many significant factors in the decision to join a church. The project reveals that a comprehensive church system that includes elements such as preaching, outreach, nurture, Christian education, evangelism, and worship, is necessary to impact congregational growth.

Developing a church revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia

Author
David A Lambert
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia. The project director first researched methods and principles in developing church revitalization strategies and identified ten best practices. Second, the director researched the demographics of the community to identify the needs and concerns of those within the church’s sphere of ministry. Third, the project director identified the major revitalization needs of the church through an internal analysis of the church’s vision, ministries, programs, and structures.

Based on this research, the director then led a strategic revitalization team, comprised of a representative selection of twenty church members, through a fourteen-session strategy development process. The team members were equipped to understand and work through the ten best practices of church revitalization, as identified by the project director as well as engaged in the process of strategically planning the church’s revitalization strategy. Finally, the project director presented both the project’s research findings and the team’s revitalization strategy proposal to the membership of the First Baptist Church, Thomson, Georgia, for adoption.

Developing an evangelistic church-growth strategy for Calvary Baptist church, Wolfe City, Texas

Author
Larry Gregg Morris
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop an evangelistic church-growth strategy for Calvary Baptist Church, Wolfe City, Texas. The project director examined demographics of Wolfe City, and reviewed the statistical data for Calvary Baptist Church. Second, the director researched existing church-growth models, and explored evangelistic methods. After this examination and research, the project director led a leadership team in an evangelistic church-growth strategy development process. The completed evangelistic church-growth strategy was presented to the deacons of Calvary Baptist Church for review and to the members of Calvary Baptist Church for approval in a called meeting. The project director sought to gain knowledge in evangelistic church-growth strategies and increase his skills in demographic interpretation and evangelistic methods.

An exploration of John Wesley's transformational leadership, with a special focus on church revival and church growth and its challenge and relevance for the Wembley Methodist Circuit (WMC)

Author
Kofi Dennis Tekyi-Ansah
Abstract
The U. K. Methodist Church is in gradual decline, because it now exists in a postmodern, post-Christendom milieu. There is also a lack of effective transformational leadership skills among its leaders. A new ontology and new praxis are needed to address this new reality. This essay integrates transformational leadership characteristics and its practical application within John Wesley’s “Twelve Rules of a Helper,” updated by Mark L. Gorveatte in his Book “Lead like Wesley” as a catalyst tool, to equip the leaders of the Wembley Methodist Circuit (WMC) to initiate church growth. It is argued that these tools are not an end, but a major catalyst that can enable the Methodist Church to experience growth and revival.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

All things to all people : creating engaging, empowering, and evangelistic entry points of grace for millennials in 21st century traditional churches

Author
Allen L. Hollie Jr.
Abstract
Millennial engagement in traditional churches in the African American Community have experienced a vast decline in the 21st century. Pew research reports that 63% of the silent generation (born between 1928 and 1945) identifies with historically black denominations, while only 41% of black millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) say the same. Three-in ten (29%) African Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 claim to be religiously unaffiliated. Considering these statistics, many churches face the danger of extinction due to the lack of entry points promoting consistent engagement among millennials. The pressing issue then becomes how Black Churches as a whole (and more specifically, the Greenforest Community Baptist Church) can create engaging, evangelistic, and empowering entry points for millennials. This project will expound upon Paul’s mission strategy of becoming "all things to all people, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 [NSRV]) to serve as a theological framework for establishing evangelistic entry points for millennials into traditional churches.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

A SEMINAR FOR CHURCH PLANTING LEADERS AND PARTNERS

Author
Robert Grysen D.Min.
Abstract
Leading in the mission of church planting is a high, challenging, and blessed assignment. It is the burden of my heart to advance this mission through the Church Multiplication Team (CMT) and her church planting partners. This process is designed to engage the CMT and her partners in a learning environment where we can be encouraged, affirmed, and better equipped to further the mission of church planting.

The effectiveness of the plan is dependent on three elements: (1) the accumulation of knowledge and experience in church planting; (2) the participation of leaders with knowledge and experiences in church planting; and (3) participation with an open heart of everyone involved in the seminar.

The project confirmed the value of a seminar setting, the worth of CMT and partner participation, and the importance of the learning that occurred as a result of the seminar.

Narratives Church: A Missional Church Planting Path for Cultivating a Unified Theological Vision

Author
Mark Miller D.Min.
Abstract
This research project focused on the development of a unified theological vision for the missional movement. The researcher conducted a thorough investigation of Scripture and current biblical material in order to discern the barriers existing within the missional movement. The researcher looked at key areas that shape the missional church planting movement: leadership development, theological interpretation of the early church, church planting methods and practice, ecclesiology, and the application and interpretation of Ephesians 4:11. Four church planting organizations participated: North American Mission Board, Acts 29 Network, Association of Related Churches, and Converge Worldwide. A questionnaire given to each movement revealed that there is indeed a disconnect from one movement to the next in terms of areas mentioned above.

Developing a church revitalization strategy for Bethel Baptist Church, Trenton, Florida

Author
Stephen M Ahrens
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for Bethel Baptist Church, Trenton, Florida. The project director explored the field of church revitalization in order to determine best-practices. The project director researched the literature and practices of both the Southern Baptist Convention and other denominations to gather information and strategies of revitalization of the church. He then investigated the internal and external demographics of Bethel Baptist Church, Trenton, Florida. The project director selected church members to serve on a church revitalization strategy development team. He chose members who were involved in a wide range of ministries in Bethel Baptist Church. He trained the members of the strategy development team and led them through a chosen strategy development process to create a step-by-step church revitalization strategy. The project director then presented the church revitalization strategy to the church council, deacons, and the entire Bethel Baptist Church for approval.

Developing a church growth strategy for First Baptist Church, Dubach, Louisiana

Author
Cory Brooks Bruce
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church growth strategy for First Baptist Church, Dubach, Louisiana. The project director commissioned a demographic study of First Baptist Church, Dubach, and explored existing church growth strategies. The project director used the demographics data to compose a church growth-potential report. He used the research from existing church g4rowth strategies to create an annotated bibliography and a report entitled Best Possible Growth Strategies for First Baptist Church, Dubach. The project director formed a Church Growth Strategy team that reviewed the research during six team sessions and helped develop a list of church growth strategies that would be most effective at First Baptist Church, Dubach. The project director presented the final strategy to the Deacon Board, Board of Directors, and congregation of First Baptist Church, Dubach, for approval.

Developing a Regional Understanding of Church Growth of Chinese Churches in the U.S. and a Plan for Disciple-Making Based Church Growth at a Local Chinese Church

Author
Fong-Yuen Ding D.Min.
Abstract
A DMin major paper effort was made to understand church growth of Chinese churches in the U.S. It is suggested that church growth should be considered along with other biblical goals, and the principles of church growth should be considered as reminder for our being faithful. The dynamics of church growth were stated as a guide for faithfulness. A survey among four Chinese churches in the U.S. east coast region was conducted, and another in a local Chinese church in Knoxville among its attendees was also conduct. A strategic plan for disciple-making based church growth plan was developed.
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