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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Development of a Revitalization Partnership Strategy for First Baptist Church of Rockwood, Tennessee to Assist a Church Needing Revitalization in the Big Emory Baptist Association
by Shadoan, Marty Douglas, D.Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019, 246; 13865454
Abstract (Summary)

The project director chose to design a church revitalization partnership strategy. This strategy would enable First Baptist Church of Rockwood to assist another church in the Big Emory Baptist Association needing revitalization. The nature of the seven-step strategy provides flexibility, so the strategy can be used in a variety of ministry contexts.

Chapter one presents the purpose and nature of the ministry project. After listing the project’s ministry and professional objectives, the project director described the project’s ministry context, rationale, assumptions, limitations, delimitations, description, and definitions of terms. Through these descriptions, the project director explained the how and why of the project.

Chapter two addresses the biblical foundations for the ministry project. The project director details the benefits of a revitalization partnership from Ecclesiastes 4:9–12, the necessities for a revitalization partnership in Nehemiah 2:11–20, and an example of a revitalization partnership in 1 Corinthians 16:1–4. Each of these passages support the purpose for the strategy created through this ministry project.

Chapter three examines the ministry foundations for the ministry project. First, the project director discloses the historical foundation for revitalization partnerships. Next, the project director cites current authors emphasizing the need in revitalization partnerships for strong leaders and intentional planning. Finally, the project director details the seven-step structure for the project’s strategy.

Chapter four details the course of work the project completed to accomplish the project’s goals. The project director enumerates three phases of work. Phase one describes the people involved in the ministry project. Phase two explains the process of the ministry project. Phase three details the product of the ministry project which was validated by the expert panel and members of FBCR.

Chapter five analyzes the results of the ministry project. After presenting a summary of the project’s seven step strategy, the project director evaluates various issues such as objectives, strengths and weaknesses, and the project’s process. The project director then reflects on lessons learned and future implications for the project’s strategy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Moseley, Allan
Commitee: James, Al, Lawless, Charles, Moseley, Allan
School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Department: Department of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Clergy, Religious education
Keywords: Church, Partnership, Revitalization, Strategy
Publication Number: 13865454
ISBN: 978-1-392-09951-3
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