Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


C. Todd Hartley


Church, Community, Revitalize, Ministry, Guests


Christianity | Religion


This project will measure the success of acquiring and retaining guests by gauging the efforts made to welcome guests by utilizing a questionnaire among community guests. A Church sitting in a diverse community in Moravian Falls, North Carolina, accessible to nearby schools and a local town is in decline. Today, small churches close their doors, and pastors are leaving the vocational ministry. The ministry of the church is to fulfill the greatest commandment by loving God and loving others. However, many churches today have confined the essentials of the church to inside the walls. A church willing to seek the community through loving others and welcoming those to worship can restore the church's greatest calling. Effective strategies used to be successful in reaching the community and being welcoming to guests. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (CSB).

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