Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Rod Earls


Church Plant, Urban Ministry, Healthy Church, Growth, Leadership, Pastors


Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


The health of a church is solely dependent on the health of its leadership. The more the leadership becomes imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2), the more the church resembles the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). This work seeks to determine the kind of healthy church leadership, which generates a healthy church culture for multiplying disciples. The purpose of this study is to assess the health of an established urban church in midtown Manhattan, and to evaluate the perception that one large church is more effective than multiple churches in order to discover an evangelistic approach that may help this and other churches with a similar context to grow spiritually as well as in numbers. Therefore, this research project examines the currently available literature on Christian leadership, a healthy church, and church models in an attempt to discover models or practices that might help this particular church to be more effective in its multiplication of disciples. With the Church Health Analysis Questionnaire by Gene A. Getz, this dissertation evaluates the health of this established church and utilizes T4T (Training for Trainers) to assess the change in leadership’s disciple-making approach.