Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
church health, congregation health, disciples, healthy church, healthy congregation
Logan, Angelo DeSalles, "Essential Strategies for Leaders to Develop a Healthy Church" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1552.
Many churches are dying as they fail to grow and produce disciples. As with the human body, a church’s overall health must be maintained to operate effectively for the Kingdom. In today’s world, experts predict that nearly 4,000 churches will close every year in America, and well over 3,500 people will leave churches every single day. Although these numbers are staggering, many churches still produce disciples, grow, and remain vibrant year after year. The overall health of a church plays a critical role in retaining and spiritually growing members. This thesis project will give biblical definitions of the spiritual health and purpose of the church described by experts. This thesis will present a brief history and vision of Miracle Faith Ministries Church while evaluating its current condition based on Becoming a Healthy Church by Stephen Macchia. Pastors will also be surveyed to determine the overall health of their churches. Finally, this thesis will offer strategies to help pastors and leaders develop a healthy congregation.