Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Discipleship, Biblical Leadership, Training, Revitalization, Church Health
Rhodes, Jerry Anthony, "Discipling Leadership is Key to Church Revitalization: A Revitalization Strategy for Declining Churches" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3927.
This thesis project is designed to help diagnose the spiritual condition of church leaders as well as to implement a plan to encourage biblical leadership development. Due to the lack of biblical leaders, churches across the country are declining and/or dying. The Southern Baptist Convention in 2019 reported more churches closed than opened. This is a trend that must change, and it starts with leadership. A major problem in our churches today is the leaders are not biblically discipled. Without biblical leaders, the church will not be as Jesus intended. This research project will focus on helping churches create leaders who will lead from a biblical point of view rather than men’s point of view. It looks at studies of other churches, surveys of individual leaders, and previous scholarly literature. The research will show a lack of biblical leadership as well as the hope that abounds when churches raise up biblical leaders. A plan is given to help develop leaders into ones using their God-given abilities to help move God’s church forward. With the implementation of this plan, a church can get on the path to revitalization and begin making an impact as commanded in Acts 1:8, in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and The World.