Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church Planting, Church Growth, Evangelism, Discipleship
Christianity | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Billups, Damian, "Strategies and Biblical Principles to Keep Church Plants From Closing its Doors Within the First Three Years" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2524.
Christians are commissioned to disciple the nations. Many attempts to fulfill this commission encounter variables that hinder the fulfillment of this dictum. Statistics indicate significant proportions of church planting endeavors are challenged to survive beyond one year. This project will expose reasons church planting efforts struggle to thrive and will provide strategies and biblical principles to remedy the identified obstacles. The data will be utilized for current and future church planting efforts. The goal of this project is to reduce factors that cause church plants to close prematurely. Church laity and clergy will be surveyed for their perspectives regarding church planting vitality. Practical strategies for church growth will be researched, employed, and evaluated. Biblical principles and perspective will be examined. This project will provide a survey of strategies and biblical principles to help churches survive beyond the first three years in church planting.