Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Adam McClendon


Church Growth, Discipleship Plan, Simple Church


Christianity | Leadership Studies | Religion


The majority of Evangelical Churches in America are declining. The majority of Christian and Missionary Alliances churches in America are also declining. Greenhouse Community Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Houston, Texas was in decline. Greenhouse Community Church lacked a simple discipleship plan. Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger wrote Simple Church and discovered after conducting research that vibrant, growing churches in America had a simple discipleship plan, whereas declining and plateaued churches had a complex plan or no plan at all. A mixed methods approach of both quantitative and qualitative research was applied to the congregation at Greenhouse Community Church with the intention of providing congregational clarity on the discipleship plan of the church. Furthermore, an increase in attendance at worship services, small groups and ministry teams was also intended. This thesis project provides a step-by-step example of a simple church discipleship plan implemented in a church with before and after results.