Awakening a study on congregational revitalization and the First Reformed Church of Grand Haven, Michigan
This dissertation is a study on revitalization of First Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan. It answers the questions, "What are the biblical principles of revitalization?" and "How can these principles be applied to a historic church ministering in present day America?" A biblical and theological foundation for revitalization is presented through a reading of Jesus' letter to the church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6). The second half documents the implementation of the Embers to a Flame model at First Reformed Church. The results are shared through the pastor's personal transformation, a comprehensive statistical analysis in eight areas of ministry.