Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Robert W. Massey
Hybrid Model, Community, Family, Spiritual Growth, Discipleship, Small Groups
Adams, Steven Edward, "Metamorphosis of the Traditional Church: The Hybrid Church Model" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4758.
For several decades, Church attendance in America has steadily declined. This observation is corroborated by extensive surveys and academic research analyzing church attrition. The national attendance phenomenon is evident is also evident at Livingwater Church of God. Using the Livingwater Church of God as the test lab, this project utilized and implemented the Hybrid Church Model, and evaluated its effectiveness for improvements. Substantiated by practical research surveys, interviews, and academic research, this thesis addresses attendance decline with a systematic implementation, evaluation, and modification of the Hybrid Model for the local church unique to the Western North Carolina area. This ministry project resulted in modest but encouraging gains in all targeted areas, with plans for potential improvement and implementation.