Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Frank J Schmitt
Primary Subject Area
Church Growth, Revitalization, Small Church
Sprayberry, Rodney Merrill, "The Revitalization Process In A Small Rural Plateaued Southern Baptist Church" (2010). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. Paper 329.
New Zion Baptist Church is a small Southern Baptist church in rural Northeast Texas. The church has been stagnant for approximately three decades. This project is a record of the journey that the pastor and people of NZBC have traveled towards revitalization. The researcher began this project intent on implementing a strategic plan. However about half-way through the process, after evaluating the culture of NZBC, an intentional shift in methodology occurred. NZBC is a small church and therefore not a rationally structured, task driven, goal oriented organization. Instead it is a relational, biological and organic community. Therefore the process of revitalization was adjusted to reflect this reality. This researcher has concluded that in a world informed by quantum thought, small churches should embrace this orientation rather than change it. In doing so, they can become strategic mission posts in a postmodern world.