Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Development of an Assessment Plan for the Leaders of Grace Church of Alpharetta, GA to Begin a Church Revitalization Initiative
by Young, Nathan Alan, D.Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020, 174; 28257816
Abstract (Summary)

Through academic research and with input from ministry experts, the project director established biblical and practical foundations for an intentional assessment for church revitalization. First, he demonstrated from Prov 27:1, 12, and 23–24 that church leaders and their churches should accurately understand the current context and condition of their ministry so they may recognize and resist decline. Second, the project director used Acts 2:41–47 as the biblical standard of a healthy church for measuring a church’s priorities and ministries. Third, the project director surveyed five representative assessment models available to churches: consultant, self-discovery, systems, group, and concept. Fourth, he identified six critical issues church leaders must address when undertaking an intentional assessment process for church revitalization: corporate prayer, turnaround leadership, strategic planning, intentional evangelism, discipleship process, and adaptive learning. Fifth, the project director explained the importance of a congregation’s single life cycle and multiple health cycles, so the leaders can describe the church’s present reality to begin a church-revitalization initiative. The project director believed the biblical and practical foundations clarified the need for church assessment to help church leaders and their congregations begin a revitalization process.

The project director served as the community life pastor of Grace Church of Alpharetta, Georgia throughout the ministry project. Grace Church hired the project director in 2017 to work fulltime alongside the lead pastor, Scott Kay. Eighty people started Grace Church in May 2001. Over the years Grace Church steadily grew to approximately 180 people in 2015 to 2016. Then, Grace Church’s attendance plateaued and started a period of decline. In 2019 and 2020 an average of 104 people attended Sunday worship each week. Grace Church’s leaders and members increasingly desired church renewal and growth. Therefore, the project director utilized the ministry project to help the elders of Grace Church acknowledge the need for church assessment and to propose an assessment plan to start a church-revitalization process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hildreth, Scott
Commitee: Robinson, George G., Harvey, Charles E.
School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Department: Department of Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 82/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Religion, Theology
Keywords: Acts, Church assessment, Church leaders, Church revitalization, Healthy church, Proverbs
Publication Number: 28257816
ISBN: 9798698569459
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