Project Documents

Date of Award

1995

Document Type

Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry

School

Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Program

Doctor of Ministry DMin

First Advisor

Douglas R. Kilcher

Second Advisor

Bruce L. Bauer

Third Advisor

Philip G. Samaan

Abstract

Problem. There has never been a SDA church in Augusta, the capital city of Maine. The purpose of this project was to plant a healthy SDA church there, develop a church-planting plan, and create a vision for further church planting in the Northern New England Conference.

Method. Twenty-one members from an established congregation, four miles south of Augusta, became the nucleus for the Augusta Church. In conjunction with this group, a ten-part church-planting plan was developed. Northern New England church.-planting vision is progressing as the successful impact of the Augusta, Maine, church-planting project is unfolding.

Results. The church plant has been successful following the church-plant plan. Upon completion of the first year, membership in the Augusta Church increased by more than 100 percent, tithe for the mother and daughter churches increased nearly 50 percent, and many in conference leadership are beginning to develop a vision for church planting in other Northern New England communities.

Conclusions. Well-organized and planned church planting has tremendous impact on church growth that can be duplicated in other communities throughout Northern New England and North America.

Subject Area

Church growth--Maine--Seventh-day Adventists

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