School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Charlie N. Davidson
Church Characteristics, Church Health, Purpose of Church
Christianity | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion
Hackley, Jeffrey, "A Strategic Plan to Develop a Healthy Church" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1277.
Not all churches are healthy; however, to be effective, churches must be healthy. The purpose of this thesis project is to assist pastors in developing strategies for church health. When the work of evangelism is a stated goal, the greatest catalyst for the community is the presence of a healthy church. This thesis project will clarify the biblical definition and purpose of the church and describe the characteristics of church health as suggested by experts. This thesis project will also share a brief history, vision, and ministry example of church health, and analyze and evaluate the current condition of Mount Morris Baptist church based on Becoming a Healthy Church, written by Stephen Macchia. Pastors will be interviewed to assess their church health. Finally, this thesis project will produce strategies that will develop church health.