Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, Clergy; Religion, General
Carns, Richard T., "A Rationale for an Independent Baptist Church to Clarify its Mission, Analyze its Program, Prioritize its Objectives and Revitalize its Ministry" (1993). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. Paper 203.
The purpose of this thesis project is to provide a rationale for the pastor of an independent Baptist church to lead his church into a revitalization program. The author selected the topic for two reasons: (1) Church stagnation/decline has become a spiritual disease of epidemic proportions and (2) The author pastored a church which was experiencing decline and viable strategies needed to be understood, accepted and implemented. The main body presents the reasons a church needs to clarify its mission, analyze its program, prioritize its objectives and revitalize its ministry. The appendices delineate the steps taken in the author's church to pursue the above objectives.