Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Church, Revitalization, Renewal, Vitality
Houston, Timothy Alan, "Impacts of Network Training on Church Revitalization" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3054.
Does the impact of executive team training in church networks enhance problem-solving at the local church level and develop theologically informed theoretical practices? The action research project addressed the question that if the staff at Harvest Network received instruction in biblical principles of church revitalization, the expected result might be that the network team may become better equipped to serve the churches of the network. Four primary themes emerged from the literature research: barriers to church revitalization; detrimental pastoral leadership; church revitalization culture; and organizational team training. The designed intervention included interviews, focus groups, participant observations, reports, surveys, instruction, and exit interviews for the staff at Harvest Network and network churches identified as needing revitalization. The action research found that organizational team training did better equip the Harvest Network team to serve the network's churches better. As the American church landscape indicates a widespread need for revitalization, the thesis project will impact others in ministry network leadership.