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

This book aims to examine the mission and ministry of six mainline churches in Somerset County, New Jersey, and their efforts to grow healthy and faithful churches while reaching out to families, children, and youth in the community. The six congregations include First Baptist Church, Somerville, New Jersey, Saint Martin Episcopal Church, Bridgewater, New Jersey; Saint Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church, Somerville, New Jersey; Trinity United Church, Warren, New Jersey; New Horizon Christian Fellowship, Hillsborough, New Jersey; and Fountain of Living Water, Somerville, New Jersey. Given the need for congregational growth, insights into the Church Growth Movement and the missional approach to church growth are examined in relation to the historical, cultural, and social ministry contexts of six congregations of different faith traditions. A methodology combining demographic data, 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 30 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, Department of Planning and Community Development, Urban Mission Consultant International Ministries, American Baptist Churches, USA, Inc., and Church Health Assessment Consultant, American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, Hamilton, New Jersey. Currently, He has served several churches across the United States. Currently, he serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Somerville, New Jersey.