Bringing Renewal to Established Congregations

Designation: EVAN 3023

This course will consider how to give effective leadership to older, established congregations in order to bring renewal and growth. Beginning with a Biblical understanding of renewal, students will consider the strengths and weaknesses of established churches, why established churches don’t change easily, and how to lead real change in an established church. The typical life cycle of established congregations will be examined, along with ways to interrupt the cycle. The course will examine both spiritual and social reasons for congregational decline, the effect of the social environment on church life, and how to interact with contemporary society. The course will emphasize the pastor’s leadership role in church renewal, and will look at practical ways to attract younger adults to a congregation of older members.

Recommended Prior Study

  • EVAN 3013 Evangelism and Mission in Contemporary Society