School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church Characteristics, Church Effectiveness, Church Philosophies, Church Programs, Functional Church, Worship Methods
Biblical Studies | Liturgy and Worship | Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Williams, Charlie, "The Transitioning of A Non-Functional church Into A Functional Church: The Great Commission Commandment Mandate" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1291.
From conception, America has embraced the Christian church as its cornerstone. However, as noted by Barnes and Lowry, “Church attendance has decreased substantially in recent years in comparison to the 1950s and 60s. The majority of Americans do not attend church on a regular basis.” This thesis project will research churches with regards to their effectiveness and will both isolate and analyze the characteristics of churches that fit into operative categories. A survey using a quantitative research instrument, such as the Likert Measurement Scale, will examine the New Hope Missionary Baptist Association of North Carolina. The survey’s purpose will be to evaluate characteristics, philosophies, programs, teachings, and worship methods that will be useful for churches. This thesis project will provide key concepts and a step-by-step biblical guide on how to transition a non-functional church into a Bible-focused functional church.