Strategic planning

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.

Developing a Vision Strategy for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina

Author
Robert C Sipper
Abstract
Seeking to reach a community with the gospel of Jesus Christ requires an intentional path for fostering lives of investment and passion. The purpose of this project was to develop a vision strategy for Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina. By studying the demographics of the community and the church, the project director hoped to see God working to bring believers together to formulate avision strategy. Concurrently, the project director studied and evaluated several models for developing a vision strategy, seeking to guide a leadership team to discover the unique makeup of the church and how an intentional strategy within the framework of a tailored model will guide the future of the church. Professionally, the project director sought to grow in his knowledge of vision strategies and ability to adapt avision strategy process to other venues. Additionally, the project director hoped to gain leadership skills that transcend the project for use inmultiple settings in the church and community. The project director planned to use various rubrics and evaluators to appraise the research, methodology, and concluding product. Ultimately, the project director desired to see ministry alignment across various programs and arenewed passion for community ministry.

Discerning the Next Step Helping Struggling Churches Find Their Way

Author
Vaughan R Hayden
Abstract
Decades of decline have left many churches in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of the UMC struggling. Is there an effective method of intervention that can change the direction of struggling churches? This project designed an intervention utilizing the adaptive challenge approach to help churches discern the next step. After a six- week Bible Study followed by a workshop, their values and beliefs were challenged. They contemplated their place on the life cycle of the church and utilized a process of discernment to compose a letter from the Lord for their congregation similar to the letters for the churches in Revelation.

Developing a Disciple-Making Strategy for Deerfood Baptist Church, Trussville, Alabama

Author
Mark C Gainey
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a disciple-making strategy for Deerfood Baptist Church (DBC) in Trussville, Alabama. During the first phase of the project, the project director explored the demographics of DBC to assess the effectiveness of current disciple-making processes. In the second phase, the project director researched existing models of disciple-making to determine best practices. The third phase of the project involved the project director leading a strategy team to develop a disciple-making strategy for the church. The final phase of the project was to present the completed disciple-making strategy to DBC for approval.

Developing an Outreach Strategy to Reach Millennials for Community Bible Church, Stockbridge, Georgia

Author
Jody A Shaw
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop an outreach strategy for millennials at Community Bible Church in Stockbridge, Georgia. The project director led selected staff members of Community Bible Church to develop a strategy of reaching millennials in Henry County, Georgia. The strategy planning team met for six sessions to develop a strategy that would be effective for the church. The project director informed the team on demographic data from Henry County, data about millennials discovered in research, outreach strategies, and strategy formation essentials. The project director then led the team to develop a multifaceted outreach strategy. After completion, the project director presented the finalized strategy to the executive leadership team of the church for approval and implementation.

Equipping selected leaders of Lakeview Baptist Church, Oxford, Alabama, with strategic planning competencies

Author
Darrell W Paulk
Abstract
Christians and churches participate in life-long journeys of faith. However, few participate in a spiritual strategic journey that enables them to better pursue God's calling. The thesis of this project is that strategic planning competencies enable leaders to help churches become the missional agencies God desires. Identifying church core values, mission, and vision are the first steps of strategic planning and are necessary to pursue God's preferred future. The project director conducted extensive research through lending libraries and online. Research resulted in a curriculum used to equip selected church leaders. Project results indicated cognitive and affective gains among participants.

Strategic planning for Christian organizations

Author
Oscar Teodoro Arauco
Abstract
This applied research project studied the hypothesis of an association between organizational effectiveness and organizational strategic planning that includes three components. These components are strategic planning that is intentional, integrated, and implemented. This association is compared in the same organization before and after their strategic planning, and is defined as the organization's ability to accomplish its vision and mission. This hypothesis was studied quantitatively through a survey of previous research and literature review, and qualitatively using the case study method in three Christian organizations. The results argue for the research hypotheses that organizational strategic planning is associated with organizational effectiveness.

Developing a church revitalization strategy for Calvary Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author
Terry Michael Carney
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop a church revitalization strategy for Calvary Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. The project director explored the demographics of the New Orleans Westbank community and conducted a church health analysis for his congregation in order to understand the context and condition of Calvary Baptist Church. He researched church revitalization strategies through the use of a questionnaire, gathering expert analysis and bibliographic data in order to gain an understanding of the critical elements in the field of church revitalization. The project director then developed church revitalization strategy sessions and a resulting church revitalization strategy for Calvary Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, utilizing a selected group of leaders and experts. Finally, he presented a church revitalization strategy to the congregation of Calvary Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, for approval.

Equipping the church council of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas, in strategic planning skills

Author
Marion R Jaye
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip the church council of First Southern Baptist Church, Hutchinson, Kansas in basic strategic planning skills. The project director researched the field of strategic planning. Basic skills for effective planning were identified. The project director also researched the field of curriculum development. The information gained from researching both fields was used to develop appropriate strategic planning curriculum. Twenty-four learners attended the equipping sessions. The church council members represented varying degrees of past exposure to strategic planning. Evaluation of the overall effectiveness of project implementation relied on pre and post training surveys.

Designing a worship leadership development strategy for Clarke-Venable Baptist Church, Decatur, Mississippi

Author
Billy K Williams
Abstract
The purpose of this ministry project was to design a worship leadership development strategy for Clarke-Venable Baptist Church, Decatur, Mississippi. The project began with the exploration of the field of worship leadership development to determine best practices of worship leadership development. Second, the project director examined strategy planning processes in order to inform the strategy planning team. Third, the project director enlisted and led the strategy planning team to design a strategy for the purpose of worship leadership development. Finally, the project director presented the strategy to the pastor, church staff, and deacons of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church for approval.
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