Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Revitalization, Missional, REVEAL for Churches Study
Christianity | Missions and World Christianity | Religion
Norris, Patrick Headen, "A Missional Resurgence: Helping Bridges Church Rediscover Her Missional Purpose Resulting in Vibrant Growth" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2798.
The church in America is facing difficult times. The majority of churches are experiencing plateaued or declining attendance and a lack of spiritual vitality. While every church is unique in her own experience, there are some common factors that can lead to new life and vibrancy. The purpose of this study was to understand how to lead a specific church, Bridges Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to rediscover her missional purpose and discover vibrant growth, as individuals and as a corporate body. This study utilized the REVEAL for Churches Survey, an online survey that is both descriptive and prescriptive in nature, to determine the spiritual vitality of the church and to determine specific interventions leading to greater vibrancy that have been successful in other churches which have taken the survey. This survey was administered to the church twice, once in the Spring of 2019 and again in 2020, with a year of implementing specific interventions between the two. These interventions were specifically focused on creating a more missional culture, a foundation of this church when planted in 2007 and through her first four years but which diminished over time. Each of the interventions was based on specific results from the REVEAL for Churches Survey and led to results placing Bridges Church in the top percentile of churches in the United States in regard to church health and vibrancy.