An analysis of factors contributing to the decline of Protestant churches in a metropolitan center
MetadataShow full item record
This research analyzed the factors contributing to the decline of protestant churches in metropolitan centers. Houston, Texas, was named as the metropolitan center. The research concern is that there is a lack of current and recent knowledge of factors leading to the decline of Protestant churches in metropolitan centers. The purpose of this study was to identify the biblical and theological, leadership and organizational, cultural, and demographic factors contributing to the decline of Protestant churches. Precedent literature reviews the literature written in the area of church growth and decline. Five areas are researched: Church growth specialists is a review of leading contributors to the church growth movement. Biblical and theological concerns is a review of God's loving relationship with his people and the people's rebellion and decline. Leadership and organizational concerns is a review of the effects of leadership and organization on the churches today. Cultural concerns is a review of the effects of culture on the church today. It reviews both Christianity in culture and culture in the church. And, demographic concerns is a review of how demographic changes have affected the church. It reviews the contextual factors leading to church decline and the life-cycle of the church. The methodological design of the study was a survey of Protestant churches in Houston, Texas. The sampling of 542 churches was taken from 842 Protestant churches of nine major denominations. A Likert response scale survey was created based on the research found in the precedent literature. Two surveys were created and distributed: an electronic response survey the pastors responded to online and a paper survey mailed out to the churches. The analysis of findings reviewed the one hundred churches that responded to the survey. In all, nineteen factors within the areas of concern were researched and analyzed. The results demonstrate that biblical and theological concerns illustrate no differences between growing and declining churches. Leadership and organizational concerns, cultural concerns and demographic concerns all demonstrate a difference between growing and declining churches. The conclusion was that there are many factors that contribute to church decline. The declining churches had numerous factors that were contributing to the decline. Decisive actions must be taken for the churches to turn into healthy and productive growing churches.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Leveraging the Multi-Site Church Approach as a Long-Term Church Planting Strategy at the Village Church in Dallas-Fort Worth Patterson, Josh (2014-05-16)The purpose of this project is to create a strategic vision document to serve The Village Church as it considers the transition of its Denton campus, and potentially other campuses, to become separate autonomous local ...
The Foundation, DNA, and Methodology of Being a Church Planting Church According to Vintage Church of New Orleans Wilton, Robert Edwin John (2016-10-27)ABSTRACT THE FOUNDATION, DNA, AND METHODOLOGY OF BEING A CHURCH PLANTING CHURCH ACCORDING TO VINTAGE CHURCH OF NEW ORLEANS Robert Edwin John Wilton, D.Min. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, ...
Discipleship, Church Membership, and the Place of Children among Southern Baptists : An Investigation of the Place of Children in a Baptist Church in View of Christ's Teachings on Discipleship and the Baptist Doctrine of the Church Ratliff, Lewis Craig; Ratliff, L Craig (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1963)