Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church Health, Positivity Paradox, Kingdom Builder, Small Church, Large Church, Metrics
Christianity | Religion
Bassham, Philip Roy, "Cultural Kingdom Architects: Defining Success in Building God’s Kingdom" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2023.
Identifying success or failure in “Building God’s Kingdom” can be challenging, considering the various circumstances and contexts in which one may find himself. The American Church is somewhat divided on what success looks like in this pursuit, and therefore people in ministry can feel discouraged or unaffirmed when their measure of success does not hold up to others’ views of perceived ministry success. The purpose of this project is to shed light on the various measures of success in building God’s Kingdom and enable church leaders to feel justified and affirmed in their approach. The research for this project will be conducted through electronic surveys with leaders from churches throughout North America in varied circumstances. This project will help ministry leaders have a better understanding of how their part of the building of God’s Kingdom is making an impact by redefining what success looks like in their particular culture and setting.