Church planning

Graceful adjustments : financial decline and staff downsizing in congregations

Author
Michelle Collins
Abstract
It’s no secret that religious institutions in the United States are facing unprecedented challenges. Membership levels, participation, and financial giving and support are shifting. Congregations often struggle to keep up with the rate of the change. Nowhere is this truer than in the financial realm, especially when they must consider downsizing their staff. This project examines classic staffing models, situations where downsizing has taken place, and a process for addressing staff transition times strategically. These help to address the challenge of how congregations can adjust with grace and thrive in the face of declining resources and changing realities.

[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 strategy to transition Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, to a multicampus approach

Author
Ronald Scott Harris
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a strategy to transition Hopewell Baptist church, Gainesville, Georgia, to a multicampus approach. At the present time, Hopewell is a land locked, large church meeting on one campus in an older part of Gainesville, Georgia. The vision of the project director is that this large church will embrace this strategy in order to reach more people in the growing community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The project director carried this project out in four steps. Step one was to explore the demographics of a five, ten, and twenty-mile radius of the church's current location. Step two was to explore existing multicampus models in order to obtain best practices. The third step was to develop a strategy for Hopewell Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia, to employ a multicampus approach. The final step was to present the strategy to the leadership team of Hopewell Baptist Church for approval.

Witness, mercy, life together as the framework for mission

Author
Steven D. Schave
Abstract
The thesis for this project was two-fold: 1) We can use the marks that Martin Luther wrote of as the basis for how we define church to a core group. 2) A developed resource entitled Witness, Mercy, and Life Together can be used as the framework for mission. The project’s research involved a combination of meetings, in depth study, and surveys of Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod church planters. The researcher concluded that Luther’s marks of the church can be a tool to developing Lutheran identity, and that the witness, mercy, life together resource is a successful planning tool for church planting.

All things to all people: planning worship with regard for different personality types at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Virginia

Author
Cameron F Dahl
Abstract
The purpose of this praxis was to test the hypothesis: worship elements designed for specific personality types will engage those personality types in a deeper way during corporate worship. The praxis director planned twelve worship services designing each element to engage one personality type as measured by the DiSC [registered symbol] model. Participants were surveyed as to engagement with each element. A double-blind study was maintained. The praxis revealed that a rich variety of worship expressions, with consideration given to the engagement of different personality types, does result in deeper engagement during corporate worship.

Effective long-range strategic planning in churches: mitigating crises, seizing opportunities, and cxecuting leadership transitions for God's glory

Author
William T York
Abstract
Business and nonprofit organizations have been concerned about strategic planning and leadership transition matters for several decades. The principles and practices involved in growing organizational health, staying true to an organization's founding charter, and executing seamless leadership transitions date back to the ministries of Jesus and Paul and are increasingly expressed by the best authors on leadership today. This dissertation aims to utilize biblical, historical, and cultural resources, as well as practical insights from a ministry model worked out with three churches, to help church leaders conduct effective long-range planning involving emergency, strategic, and leadership transition planning.

An assessment of the benefits for the church congregation of Highland Baptist Tabernacle of Blue Ridge, Georgia in strategic, long-term sermon planning through the book of Hebrews

Author
Jerry R Thomas
Abstract
When a man that God commissions begins to preach, he may approach the sermon in many ways, but the goal is always the same: for the preacher and the listener alike to hear the words of God. Each strategy has its benefits and losses, but all strategies must lead to the pinnacle of hearing God's word. This research will investigate the benefits for the church congregation at Highland Baptist Tabernacle of strategic, long-term sermon planning through the Book of Hebrews. The motivation behind the research is to determine whether strategic, long-term sermon planning benefits this local church congregation in the areas of biblical understanding, spiritual conviction, and Christian living. If this strategy for sermon planning is highly beneficial, it could be likened to that of a strenuous climb up the mountain-difficult but well worth the effort. Not only will this research be a determining model for our local congregation, it also could give insight into the effects of intentional long-term sermon planning for expository preaching in small, rural churches throughout the country.

Developing a vision-based strategy for ministry in the District Eight Baptist Convention, West Central Louisiana

Author
Ronald H Thompson
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a vision-based strategy for the District Eight Baptist Convention, including the five cooperating associations and the three cooperating ministries. This doctoral project included four sections. First, the project director explored the demographics of the four parishes comprising the District Eight Baptist Convention and the Annual Church Profile data of the partnering churches. Second, the project director examined other models of associational strategy planning to synthesize best practices of associational strategy planning. Third, the project director facilitated a selected group of leaders from the District Eight Baptist Convention in developing a strategy for the convention. Finally, the group presented the strategy to the District Eight Baptist Convention Executive Board for approval.

Exploring a pilot process of values-based planning within a pentecostal church context

Author
Dale Levi Whitson
Abstract
An exploration of planning approaches was conducted to determine which approach should be used in the context of Biltmore Church of God. It was concluded that a values-based approach to planning made the most sense as it relates to fostering a balance to the typical top down approach present in most Pentecostal circles. This approach was appealing because it allowed everyone to contribute to the planning process, leading to a shared vision. The values-based approach was subjected to a series of tests: theological and experiential. The theological revolved around an analysis of biblical themes of planning and their impact upon a values-based approach. The experiential consisted of an interview process of data collection which led to the discovery of personal and corporate values within BCOG. In tum, the discovery of these values led to the development of a strategic plan at BCOG
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