Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Small Group, Evangelism, Discipleship
Practical Theology | Religion
Sconiers, John Raymond, "Small Groups Evangelistic Growth at New Gainesville Seventh-Day Adventist Church" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3063.
Christian denominations generally have low growth rates and stagnant evangelistic programs. While churches struggle to evangelize new believers, evangelistic models that utilize small group methodology have shown various degrees of success. The purpose of the author is to conduct a church growth study of the New Gainesville Seventh-Day Adventist Church by developing, implementing, and evaluating small groups over a thirteen-week period to analyze it’s effect on quarterly growth rate. The author will define and implement biblical principles of small groups and measure the outcome of numerical and personal growth among participants. As a result of implementing small group evangelism into New Gainesville Seventh-Day Adventist Church, there was an increase in numerical church membership and personal growth and participation of established members. These insights can be utilized to develop strategic evangelistic programs based on the small groups evangelistic model that can be applied across ministry settings to improve growth rates and member participation.