Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Creating a Strategy to Reach Senior Adults in the Communities Surrounding Fenwick Island Baptist Church in Fenwick Island, Delaware
by Fillis, Michael J., D.Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020, 158; 27959468
Abstract (Summary)

The congregation of Fenwick Island Baptist Church (FIBC) ministers to the residents living in the communities in and near Fenwick Island, Delaware. The people of Fenwick Island have watched their town grow from a quiet, rural community to a busy, resort area. A significant population of senior adults live in Fenwick Island on a fulltime and a part-time basis. The members of FIBC face the challenge of reaching and ministering to a population comprised of a large segment of senior adults.

The project director assembled a strategic planning team to examine the church and its surrounding communities for the purpose of creating an outreach plan designed to meet and minister to senior adults. The project director led planning team members through exercises and discussions for the purpose of discovering and documenting FIBC’s core beliefs, values, and behaviors. The planning team also reviewed data from a local demographic study. Members of FIBC’s planning team attempted to discern and describe the characteristics, values, and preferences of the local residents.

Planning team members compared the values and preferences of the FIBC congregation with those of the residents. The planning team noted that FIBC members and local residents valued family, family-oriented events, and recreational activities. Church members and residents also preferred a traditional church and worship style. Planning team members developed a strategy to engage members of the congregation in intentional prayer and personal evangelism training and connect members with local residents through church and community-sponsored events. The planning team, not the project director, created the strategic plan.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Millwood, Randall
Commitee: Harvey, Charles E, James, Al
School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Department: Department of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 81/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Clergy
Keywords: Evangelism, Leadership, Outreach, Retired, Seniors, Strategy
Publication Number: 27959468
ISBN: 9798641903132
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