The purpose of writing this project, Best Practices for Church Planting in Metro New York City among French-Speaking African Immigrants is to determine and to expose best practices in planting churches among French-speaking African immigrants in the Metro New York City area. This study seeks to contribute valuable insight and information for newcomers to new church plantings in this area on the use of best practices for starting a successful and healthy church.
Chapter 1 develops the purpose, goals, context, and rationale of the project. This chapter introduces the hypothesis and research questions. It also describes the limitations of the study and assumptions. The theoretical and theological foundations for researching are developed in this chapter.
Chapter 2 provides previous research and review of related literature for identifying relationships between ideas and practices, establishing the context of the project, and seeking new lines of inquiry.
Chapter 3 sets forth the research methodology utilized in approaching this project by interviewing ten active church planters in the Metro New York City area who have been in ministry for more than five years. The questions are divided into three sections: the history of the church, the procedures on the call to ministry, and the ministry strategies. In data collection, the key words coding in interviews is used to categorize the results.
Chapter 4 presents an analysis of the method used to gather supporting data in the hypotheses found through the interviews. The resulting data showed eight best practices available for church planters. Hypothesis 1: The participants affirmed as best practice the selection of a good location of the church plant. Hypothesis 2: The participants affirmed as a best practice team building for leadership. Hypothesis 3: The participants affirmed as a best practice imparting vision to leaders. Hypothesis 4: The participants affirm as a best practice targeting the community leaders. Hypothesis 5: The participants affirm as a best practice to concentrate effort on the French language first. Hypothesis 6: The participants affirm as a best practice addressing the need to provide social services. Hypothesis 7: The participants affirm as a best practice the use of African style music in worship service. Hypothesis 8: The participants affirm as a best practice training leaders from other nationalities. This is followed by a detailed study of the workings and effective church planting in this area.
Chapter 5 assesses the conclusions, research implications, and points to the strategy for areas of further research on preparing seminars for the current church planters and the newcomers called to this type of ministry and specially this people group.
|Advisor:||King, Paul, Chan, Frank|
|School:||Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African Studies, Theology|
|Keywords:||African immigrants, French, Metro New York City|
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