Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
S. Joseph Kidder
Pastors tend to hover over the churches and many of the functions of ministry within the local church. Church members demonstrate little personal spiritual growth or activity in witnessing to their communities. A specific church in New York City will be selected as a laboratory for experimentation with the premise that a non-pastor dependent church can achieve better than average growth.
A systematic study of the Bible, Spirit of Prophecy, commentaries, books, and articles concerning the development of church leadership and growth was reviewed. Once theological and historical data on non-pastor dependent churches and church growth was identified, it was utilized for training, equipping, and empowering lay members. A program of teaching and training was used to create a culture of non-pastor dependence in a New York City church in a diverse urban community.
The model church experienced a revitalization. Members learned spiritual leadership which was demonstrated in their taking the initiative in forming various ministries, experiencing above average church growth and planting new churches.
A non-pastor lay empowered church can be created through education, training, and coaching in a diverse urban environment. Apparently such a church can demonstrate a high rate of growth when compared with similar churches in the same territory.
Lay ministry; Church management--New York (N.Y.); Church growth; Church renewal; Church work; Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Marker, Richard A., "A Non-Pastor Dependent Model For Churches In The Greater New York Conference" (2008). Dissertation Projects DMin. 414.
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