Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Attractional, Missional, Discipleship
Christianity | Religion
Thigpen, Samuel F., "Attractional to Missional: A Strategic Transition Plan for Anastasia Baptist Church" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2042.
Anastasia Baptist Church (ABC) has existed for fifty years and has grown into a church of roughly sixteen-hundred regular worshipers. Over the last five years, ABC has plateaued in growth due to its focus on maintaining an attractional church structure. For ABC to grow and be healthy again, it must shift from an attractional model of discipleship to a hybrid one that utilizes both attractional and missional models of discipleship. This thesis seeks to investigate how ABC can strategically shift from an attractional to a hybrid model of discipleship. Research for this project will examine a biblical model for discipleship, healthy modern churches that have transitioned to a hybrid discipleship model, and empirical data gathered about ABC. The goal of this thesis is to formulate a step-by-step discipleship strategy that will move ABC from an attractional-based church to a hybrid-based one.