Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Joel Breidenbaugh


Church, Model, Acts, Disciples, Growth, Winfall


Christianity | Religion


Churches are in decline. Every relevant statistic reveals the church has a major problem, and if it is to continue to survive it must make changes. The church is not evangelizing, not making disciples, and not making an impact in our communities. Every year it is estimated that over 4,000 churches close each year. The organism founded by Jesus is being overcome. Winfall Baptist Church, located in Gladys, VA, was arguably a church on the decline. Members of the Winfall community believed the church building would one day end up becoming a hay barn. Based on Scripture, surveys of current ministry leaders, various books/articles, and personal observation this paper will create a biblical model, the Acts Model, proven to resurrect the power and influence of the church. This work will also show how WBC used this biblical model to resurrect a congregation. This project set out to prove that if WBC would apply the principles found in Acts 2:42-47 then this church could be revitalized and experience spiritual growth and make a difference in the Kingdom of God.

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