Church planning

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

Designing a strategy to transition Fellowship of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Colorado, into a multi-site church throughout the Colorado Springs metropolitan area

Author
Stewart W McWilliams
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to design a strategy to transition Fellowship of the Rockies, Colorado Springs, Colorado, into a multi-site church throughout the Colorado Springs metropolitan area. Currently Fellowship of the Rockies is a one-site, value-based, medium-sized congregation primarily focusing on a particular community. The senior pastor/project director's vision is that the medium-sized congregation responding to the dynamics of a community within a larger city is the best form of church to lead individuals into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ while being embraced by a community of believers (the purpose statement of the project director's church).

Equipping a worship planning team at Vaughn Forest Church, Montgomery, Alabama, with worship planning skills

Author
Matthew W Andress
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip members of the Vaughn Forest Worship Planning Team at Vaughn Forest Church of Montgomery, Alabama, with worship planning skills. The prject director has identified that many key leaders involved in the worship planning process of Vaughn Forest Church lack necessary worship planning skills. The worship planning team is responsible for the planning of of the large worship gatherings that involve the entire church. These gatherings have a tremendous impact on the life, direction, and momentum of Vaughn Forest Church. Therefore, the project director prepared a six-session workshop that was used to equip the worship planning team.

Developing a risk management strategy for the First Baptist Church of Live Oak, Florida

Author
Stephen T Sweitzer
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a risk management strategy for the First Baptist Church in Live Oak, Florida. The project director used the strategy development model. The project director began by researching risk management and strategy formation. Upon completion of the research phase, the project director selected a risk management team and developed a three-session teaching curriculum designed to educate the team on risk management and strategy development. The result was a functioning team that focused on developing a risk management strategy to minimize risk for the First Baptist Church of Live Oak. The strategy was developed during six meetings over a three-month period and was presented to church membership for adoption on July 21, 2013.

Equipping ministry leaders of Lake Buffum Baptist Church, Fort Meade, Florida, to utilize strategy planning skills in discipleship ministry development

Author
Derrick S Hensley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip ministry leaders of Lake Buffum Baptist Church, Fort Meade, Florida, to utilize strategy planning skills in discipleship ministry development. Using the equipping program model, the project included the development of a workshop consisting of six sessions which addressed the following topics: understanding biblical strategic planning, the need for leaders to strategically plan a process to make disciples, discovering strategic planning, strategic planning, strategic planning as a team and strategy vision. In preparation, the project director researched the field of strategy planning, received tutoring in curriculum design, and organized the ministry leaders of the church to participate. Workshop participants demonstrated an increased understanding of strategy planning skills. Participants also indicated their intent to utilize strategy planning in developing discipleship ministry in their respective ministry responsibilities.
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