Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church Growth, Hospitality
Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion
Noel, Gesner, "Church Hospitality: A Biblical Model for Growth Based on the Seven Churches in Revelation" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 916.
Church growth seeks both to actualize the precepts of the "Great Commission", to attract new members and sustain current congregation. One of the fundamental problems is the inability to preserve hospitality. The pertinence of hospitality to the Church originates from Scriptures that clearly exemplify Christ's deeds and teachings of hospitality. This thesis project will investigate the seven churches in Revelation and reveal factors of outstanding and inhospitable practices in relation to Church growth and hospitality. Surveys will be based on unregulated interactions among pastors. Twenty pastors across five denominations, Evangelical Lutheran, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Seven-Day Adventist, and Roman Catholic will demonstrate Christian hospitality as well as show areas for improvement. A biblical model for hospitality will be shaped on this research that will enable churches to continue the mission of reaching the masses.