Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, General
Church Merger, Heathy Church Growth, Lay Leadership Training, Local Church, Merging Unhealthy Churches, Strategy for Merging
Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Practical Theology | Religion | Sociology
Holdbrook-Smith, Samuel, "Strategy for Merging Unhealthy Churches and Leading the Merged Congregation to A Healthy Christ-Centered New Testament Church" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 652.
The hypothesis of this project is that merging two or more local churches is a practical option to growing a healthy Christ-centered New Testament church as opposed to closing those declined and dying churches. This project will examine and evaluate the merger process of Charles Wesley United Methodist Church and Earle's Chapel United Methodist Church in 2005, led by the author to form a new congregation called New Life Community United Methodist Church. A post-merger questionnaire will be developed and used to evaluate the merger process. Second, a healthy growth ministry plan will be developed and implemented to lead the merged congregation to a Christ-centered New Testament Church. Finally, a National Church Development assessment tool will be used to evaluate the health of New Life Community United Methodist Church to produce a healthy Christ-centered New Testament church.