Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Revitalization, Renewal, Vision, Leadership
Christianity | Leadership Studies | Religion
Baker, Jarvis, "Leadership Matters: The Process of Leading a Declining Church to Revitalization Utilizing Early Church Principles" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1926.
A review of current literature that exist details the perpetual decline that is occurring in the local church. Nevertheless, the leadership a pastor provides must not be ignored, when there is an attempt to lead a church from decline to revitalization. The purpose of this project is to assist pastors who lead declining churches to revitalization by examining the principles of the early church, which was a church that was vibrant in the area of growth and spiritual life. Based on questionnaires sent to pastors and other ministry leaders, the project will reveal the need for a practical Biblical plan for churches and ministries to “come alive again.” It then reviews both historical and current approaches to a leader’s implementation of the early church’s principles and practices.