Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Department of Christian Ministries and Religion
Dr. Jamie Stewart
Dr. Chris Railey
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.
Burke, Aaron R., "DEVELOPING A CHURCH PLANTING GROWTH STRATEGY FOR GROWING METROPOLITAN COMMUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES" (2020). Doctor of Ministry (DMin). 12.