Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, General; Theology
Kendrick, Johnny Lamar, "Narrow Your Focus: A Strategy For Revitalization of a Small to Medium Size Plateaued or Declining Traditional Church" (2009). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 248.
This thesis attempts to identify reproducible principles for the revitalization of small to medium sized plateaued or declining traditional churches. These principles were identified by the author in his experience serving as the pastor of three small to medium sized plateaued traditional churches. The principles involve the importance of preparation for Sunday morning worship and Sunday school, the importance of developing leadership, the importance of evaluating and implementing successful ministries, and the importance of indentifying with the community. The principles were studied and validated in the author's interaction with two churches during a year of research in which he consulted with the two churches four times each on the four areas of focus. The principles were also validated in the current literature available. It is the purpose of this thesis to give pastors of small to medium sized plateaued and declining traditional churches the tools necessary to achieve revitalization.