Church growth

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.

Prophetic Preaching to Foster Intergenerational Relationships in the Congregation

Author
James Alvin Jamison D.Min.
Abstract
Declining church attendance is a problem, locally and nationally, for many pastors and congregations. This decline is causing many pastors and churches to have concerns about the future survival of their ministries. There are many reasons given by church statisticians and church growth gurus for this decline. One of the problems can be traced to the generational divide that exists in many congregations between the seniors and those of younger age groups. This thesis offers strategies to use prophetic preaching as a tool to bridge the generation gap. The preacher has to be willing to be intentionally intergenerational in their approach to ministry and in the preparation and delivery of sermons. To do so, the preacher must craft sermons that include all generations so that the listening community becomes a church for all generations.

AN EXAMINATION OF SELECT PRACTICES IN CHINESE IMMIGRANT CHURCHES THAT ARE REACHING SECOND GENERATION AMERICAN BORN CHINESE

Author
Don Laing D.Min.
Abstract
The challenge of the Chinese immigrant church (CIC) in America is the ongoing departure of its second-generation, American-born Chinese (ABC), now commonly called the “silent exodus.” The Overseas Born Chinese (OBC) leaders of these CICs need to champion a clear and compelling vision of reaching these ABCs that rises above retention. In addition, these OBC leaders will need to incorporate two more practices to reach their second-generation: (1) embrace a biblical culture above either culture of origin and (2) create processes that empowers the second-generation in leadership. This research project evaluated these three practices within three churches that were determined to be reaching their second-generation.
This dissertation was divided into three parts. It opened with a literature review that examined each of the three practices relating to vision, culture and leadership. The dissertation then continued with the construction of the research procedure, utilizing the case study approach. Three Chinese immigrant churches were chosen for this study: Houston Chinese Church, Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles and West Houston Chinese Church. The qualitative research method was applied to handle the field research portion of this study including but not limited to site visits, interviews, and the follow-up questionnaire. The findings of this project were discussed and evaluated regarding the significance of them and the recommendations for future study. The case studies affirmed the significance of each of the three hypotheses.

Co-working Ministry in and with Christ

Author
Jennifer Parks-Snyder
Abstract
The mid-size church faces various challenges, especially when they have grown from a smaller congregation in a matter of a few years. Using leadership and congregational surveys, along with theological and congregational development techniques, this project will lead the reader to recognize the valuable tool of co-working ministry between laity and pastors. The Apostle Paul developed this form of ministry, and today's churches of all sizes can certainly benefit from his example.

A Study of a Missional Life Accomplished by the Missional Spiritual Disciplines Focusing on Seowon Church

Author
Ki Song Nam
Abstract
This project paper studies the relationship between the missional spirituality and a missional life hoding the question, "how do the Christians lead a missinal life?" The author draws a conclusion that the missional spirituality has a positive influence on the Christians" missional life by comparing pre-project and post-project surveys carried out targeting the congregation of the Seowon Church who participated in the training course of the missional spiritual formation.

What kind of Leadership Model Will Help to Impact Lavington United Church and other Congregations in Similar or Related Contexts for Sustained Numerical, Spiritual and Financial Growth?

Author
John M Mucheke
Abstract
This project has reviewed the development of leadership at Lavington United Church in Nairobi. It argues that traditional models of church leadership such as servant leadership and shepherd leadership are highly dependent on a single person, the leader. Shared leadership informed by the wisdom of scripture uncovers the benefits of team leadership in various models of shared leadership both in the Old Testament and the New Testament. The project has particularly drawn insights from Paul's shared leadership through his co-workers and found contextual application for the leadership practices of Lavington United Church. The author argues for the benefits of shared church leadership within his ministry context and its Relevance for other ministry contexts.

Majung Sokhoe A New Model of Class Meeting for Newcomers

Author
Yun Ho Mun
Abstract
The research is about Majung Sokhoe, which is a new model of Class Meeting which welcomes and nurtures newcomers. The purpose of this project was to restore the essence of the church and to foster newcomers on the basis of the theologies of Hospitality and Class Meeting in Methodism. The author aggregated the scattered newcomer-ministries into one (which is Majung Sokhoe), and he entrusted all the ministries of welcoming, guiding, and nurturing newcomers to Majung Sokhoe. The analysis suggests that Majung Sokhoe increases the retention/settling rate, grows the faith of laity, and changes the existing class meetings and the church.

Developing a Revitalization Strategy for Broad Street Baptist Church, Hawkinsville, Georgia

Author
Jeff Waters
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for Broad Street Baptist Church (BSBC) in Hawkinsville, Georgia. A vision team made up of lay-leaders from BSBC was appointed. They examined demographic information of the church and the surrounding community. The informatoin included attendance data, financial data, and the demographic make-up and trends of the community. Next, the vision team assisted the project director by giving insight into an overall strategy for revitalization and setting goals to accomplish health and growth. The vision team presented the strategy to the church for approval.

Study of Small Church Growth and Independence: Effective Operation and Renewal Through the Kwanglim Church SALT PLAN

Author
Soonjung Kwun
Abstract
During the revival period of the Korean church there was no need for a special church planting strategy or plan. As the number of churches and pastors increased, problems such as overpopulation of large churches and competition between ministers started to occur. Thus, a number of problems arose. This paper, with the theological consideration that God wants the mission of the Church to be the growth and independence of different churches, addresses how the SALT PLAN, the small church growth and self-reliance program organized by Kwanglim Church, can be developed more effectively and provide practical help.
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