Professional Dissertations DMin
Strategic Church Planting in the Central Zimbabwe Conference: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Church Growth
Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Douglas R. Kilcher
Walter B. Douglas
Bruce C. Moyer
This dissertation focuses on church planting in the Central Zimbabwe Conference. While impressive results have been achieved in evangelizing the lower classes of the society, there has been meager success in reaching the upper classes of the Black community as well as the White, the Indian, and the Colored minorities. A strategic church-planting approach to church growth hopes to not only target the least promising population segments served by the Central Zimbabwe Conference, but also to increase the effectiveness of the other church methods currently being employed to reach the more responsive classes in that conference.
A diachronic analysis of the various church-growth methods that have been and are currently being used in the Central Zimbabwe Conference is conducted, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Data gathered from interviews and a survey sent to the Central Zimbabwe Conference authenticate the need for a paradigm shift in church growth that is driven by a church-planting consciousness.
The Central Zimbabwe Conference has much to gain by embracing a strategic church-planting approach to church growth. Placing church planting at the core of the conference's mission enhances lay participation in evangelism and is cost effective.
Church growth--Zimbabwe--Seventh-day Adventists; Central Zimbabwe Conference; Seventh-day Adventists--Zimbabwe
Zvandasara, Nkosiyabo, "Strategic Church Planting in the Central Zimbabwe Conference: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Church Growth" (1998). Professional Dissertations DMin. 697.
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