Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church Revitalization, Revitalization
Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Rogers, Wayne E., "Overcoming Church Euthanasia: A Plan to Revitalize Dead and Dying Churches in the Southern Baptist Convention" (2015). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 991.
This thesis will examine the problem of dead and dying churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. Membership in more than seventy-percent of churches in North America has plateaued or is declining according to the North American Mission Board. Rather than just starting new churches, this thesis will present an option to revitalize dead and dying churches in order to reverse this trend. The aim of this thesis is to promote the historical Southern Baptists plan which will help Southern Baptists regain historical parameters and goals when revitalizing dead or dying churches. The thesis will cite existing quantitative and qualitative data, and biblical sources. Pastors, denominational leaders, and a congregation who have been involved in revitalizing churches will be surveyed and interviewed to gather their recommendations, pitfalls to avoid and strategies to employ. The thesis will conclude with a plan to be presented to pastors and other denominational leaders to encourage them to consider investing in established churches.