Demography

Developing a strategy for First Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to assimilate young families

Author
John A Matthews
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy for First Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to assimilate young families. The project director assembled and analyzed the demographic data from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, and First Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, Mississippi. The project director explored methods of assimilating young families in order to inform the assimilation-strategy team. The project director with the assimilation-strategy team developed a strategy that included three key areas of connectivity and recommendations in each area for First Baptist Church to assimilate young families. The team presented the strategy to the deacon council and congregation for approval.

Revitalization strategy for the First Baptist Church, Haughton, Louisiana

Author
Gevan L Spinney
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a church revitalization strategy for First Baptist Church Haughton, (FBCH) Louisiana. The first step will involve in-depth research of FBCH's trends in the past ten years and a demographic study of the make-up of both the church and the community. The research will be conducted using FBCH's last ten Annual Church Profile reports as well as recorded church history. the demographic study will be conducted using data from the United States Census Bureau's 2010 census. Next, a team of lay-leaders from FBCH (2020 Team) will be chosen by the project director for the threefold purpose of: (1) assisting the project director in evaluating the overall health of the church, (2) giving insight to the overall strategy of revitalization and (3) help in setting goals for the year 2020. The project director will meet with the 2020 Team for at least five sessions to accomplish this threefold purpose. The 2020 Team's revitalization strategy proposal will be presented to the FBCH Church council for approval.

Multiplying churches among German immigrant communities in Southern Brazil

Author
Philip Edmund Stucky
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis project is to lay a theological, cultural , and historical framework for multiplying churches among German immigrant communities in urban South Brazil. The heart of the project blends a number of research tools, including demographic research of the city of Campo Bom coupled with survey research and statistical analysis by means of questionnaires, interviews and participant observation with the goal of planting a church in the targeted community. The thesis concludes with an assessment of the Campo Bom church plant in light of the goal of beginning a multiplying church movement in South Brazilian communities of German descent.

Pastoral understanding of kenosis

Author
Margaret Ena Bryce
Abstract
The project sought to discover the extent to which United Methodist pastors at the Detroit Annual Conference understood the role of kenosis in their ministries. A survey offering ideals evaluated how well pastors yielded to God within their ministry vocations. Demographics provided insight into detailed kenotic inclination. As a result, pastors showed areas of resistance and embrace of kenosis. Demographics illustrated kenosis highly among female clergy and deacons. Length of time in ministry reflected an ebb and flow. The necessity of a spiritual bond between pastor and congregation to aid in leadership and faith formation was discovered.

Developing a strategy to evangelize young married adults at Sunrise Church, Alabaster, Alabama

Author
Derrick J Jarvis
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy for Sunrise Church to evangelize young married adults in Alabaster, Alabama. The communities of Alabaster have experienced significant growth in population over the past ten years. The project manager identified a need for his church to determine the best strategies for reaching residents who are not Christians and are not involved in a local church. Demographic studies and feedback from local residents were utilized to determine the impact of this project on the community. Following extensive research into the demographics of Alabaster, strategic planning models, and evangelistic strategies, the project team of Sunrise Church, Alabaster, Alabama designed a multi-faceted evangelism strategy that was presented to the church for adoption and implementation.

Developing a church planting strategy for Lamar Baptist Association, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Author
Daniel L Henderson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a strategy to start new churches for the unreached people groups residing in the Lamar Baptist Association, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Phase one entailed exploring the demographics of population groups residing in Lamar Baptist Association, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Phase two explored the field of strategic planning in order to find a viable strategic planning process to start these churches. Phase three developed a strategy to start new churches for the unreached people groups in Lamar Baptist Association. Phase four called for the developed strategy to be adopted by the Lamar Baptist Association.

Leading the long-range planning team of the First Baptist Church, Oakwood, Georgia, to develop a strategy for evangelizing the unchurched

Author
Glennon A Crow
Abstract
The purpose of this project in ministry was to lead the Long-range Planning Team at the First Baptist Church of Oakwood, Georgia, in the development of a strategy for evangelizing the unchurched in Oakwood, Georgia. The project director researched current strategies for evangelistic growth in light of the local census demographic data. This research was used to lead the Long-range Planning Team to develop a strategy to evangelize the unchurched. The final stage of this project involved the presentation of the completed strategy to the First Baptist Church of Oakwood, Georgia, for approval in a business session.

Being and becoming: demographic, religiosity, and attitudinal survey of New England Churches of Christ

Author
Paul D Clark
Abstract
This work is a study focused on one religious tradition in New England. The American Restoration Movement, and its particular branch known as Churches of Christ (a cappell), has a rich and varied history in New England. Currently there are approximately 104 congregations totaling about 5749 members. Yet, due to the autonomy of these churches, accurate accounting is somewhat inhibited. What do these churches look like? Past research has focused solely on attendance figures and did not address other research possibilities such as demographic, religiosity and attitudinal aspects of the tradition. The thesis-project seeks to answer the question by gleaning data from a particular survey instrument that uses demographic, religiosity and attitudinal options. The thesis begins with an explanation of the genesis of the survey and the methodology used to collect the data. Two chapters, then, are devoted to analyzing demographic, religiosity and attitudinal data. With the assistance of the survey's data, a picture of what New England Churches of Christ look like at the start of this new millennium is developed. Demographic and religiosity data is shared in order to get behind the attendance figures and gain a more complete picture of this movement. Attitudinal data, which is based on certain characteristics, or indicators, of church "health" is used to assess the vitality of the group. A third chapter, related to the survey, offers some perspective on various opportunities and challenges the tradition will face in the coming years. A final chapter puts flesh on this thesis. It is a presentation and summary of one church's recent strategic attempt, through the use of an instrument called a vision notebook, to assess their current situation and then seek to implement the ten health indicators into their local church in an intentional, healthy, and effective way. The goal of the thesis-project is to paint a picture of the tradition, offer some insights into her current state, and tender a few challenges. The premise of the work is that Churches of Christ must know who they are if they are to develop a fuller identity and be useful to their communities in the new millennium.

Training a task force to map the church presence in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Author
Michael Duane Falk
Abstract
This project proposes to enlist, train, and direct local denominational leaders to map the church presence among the two million people of Abidjan, in order to determine to what degree specific areas of the city have been reached or neglected by Christian evangelism. Drawing on their training in mapping research and methodology, the selected leaders plan and implement a mapping strategy.

Developing older adults in the local church for the purpose of ministry

Author
James D Porter
Abstract
This project proposes that local churches are the organizations most capable of meeting needs of older adults, because they can lead older adults to a sense of lasting significance found only in Christ. Drawing on demographic research, the project shows how local churches can lead older adults to live each day with purpose.
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