Date

5-2015

Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Charles Davidson

Keywords

Church, Commission, Government, Great, Growth

Disciplines

Christian Denominations and Sects | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Practical Theology | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

After learning 3500-4000 churches close their doors each year, Ed Stetzer believes, "the church will not change until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of change." This project will compare Congregation-led churches to Elder or Board-led churches to explore the need for changing the practical operation of the church in attempts to fulfill the Great Commission. The thoughts presented will provide a guide for church leaders, pastors, and church planters to adopt the style of governing policies that best results in for Jesus Christ. There will be fifty pastors polled from Congregation and Elder-led churches to gauge which style of government has the greatest potential for maximizing the Great Commission. The guide will offer church leaders a resource to lead their local churches to greater growth.