Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)
Nancy W. Flanagan
evangelism, baptism, conversion, outreach
Christianity | Religion
Redding, Shane, "Commissioned: A Mixed-Methods Study of Evangelism Beliefs, Practices, and Results" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4420.
Although Jesus clearly commanded His Church to spread His gospel to the world and make disciples of all nations, the modern American Church has struggled to evangelize effectively, resulting in declining church attendance. While many churches claim to value evangelism, the results indicate a need for churches to reevaluate their current evangelism approaches. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to determine if a relationship exists between the levels of importance that churches place on evangelism, the churches’ tangible evangelism practices, and their new believer baptisms. The target population for the study was lead pastors from non-denomination, baptistic, evangelistic, Christian churches in suburban areas of the United States.