Date

4-2010

Document Type

Article

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Frank J Schmitt

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General

Keywords

Church Growth, Revitalization, Small Church

Abstract

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.

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