Growing a Healthy and Faithful Congregation

by Rev. Dr. Loreno R. Flemmings



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/24/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 216
ISBN : 9781663223630
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 216
ISBN : 9781663223654
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 216
ISBN : 9781663223647

About the Book

The First Baptist Church of Somerville, New Jersey is an historic mainline church that is experiencing decline in its spiritual, numerical, and financial life. The project seeks to examine the factors and conditions at work in the congregational life of First Baptist which are hindering congregational growth and community outreach. Given the need for congregational growth, insights of the Church Growth Movement and the missional approach to church growth are examined in relation to the historical, cultural and social ministry contexts of traditional mainline churches like First Baptist. A methodology combining neighborhood asset mapping, congregational surveys, and focus groups is used to determine the historic and present contexts of the congregation. The results of these efforts will inform and guide a congregation’s efforts to develop a missional vision and a strategic growth plan and restore spiritual vitality to its members by participating in the mission of the Kingdom of God (one result of which will be to attract families, youth, and children to the church)

About the Author

The Reverend Dr. Loreno R. Flemmings has been in the pastoral ministry for over 25 years and has served on various civic, community, national and international boards, committees and organizations. He has worked in several professional positions including City Planner for the City of Petersburg and Urban Mission Team Leader for American Baptist Churches, International Ministries. Currently, he serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Somerville, New Jersey. He was the first African American pastor call to served a predominantly European American congregation