Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Barnett College of Ministry & Theology


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Dr. Jamie Stewart

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Railey

Third Advisor

Dr. Jim P. Vigil


The United States is becoming increasingly urbanized. The metropolitan areas are thriving with new residents and new industries. While the cities are growing, the church is declining. The church has a problem to solve. How do we plant rapidly growing churches in growing metropolitan areas? The focus of this doctoral dissertation is to present rapidly growing church plants as a solution to the declining church attendance in the metropolitan areas of the United States. Not only do new churches need to be planted, but these new churches need a strategy for growth. I found this strategy by researching five rapidly growing church plants in five of the fastest growing metropolitan areas of the United States. This dissertation an in-depth theological study of the growth of the church as well as current literature review on the subject of church planting. The project concludes with qualitative research of rapidly growing church plants and how this research can be applied to future church planters in metropolitan areas.

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