Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church Family, Ecclesiology, House Church, Postmodern, Primacy of Jesus, Small Group
Christianity | History of Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion
Woods, James, "A Pre-Methodological Theology for Biblically Proper Ecclesiological Health" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 917.
The American church is in a dramatically noticeable decline, with many resources offering superficial remedies and solutions but rarely digging below the surface to evaluate the structural integrity of the foundation. This paper will evaluate the foundation as to how it has been altered over the last two thousand years, as well as identifying three main foundational attributes of the first century church that must be in place for the twenty-first century church to be on target biblically. The thesis will be corroborated by utilizing two different, yet related surveys administered to both pastors and congregants, as well as by accompanying academic research. The desire herein is that the provided information will influence seminaries and churches in both church health dialogue as well as implemented actions which will poise the church to be influential in holistically fulfilling the Great Commission in America.