This weblog will be dedicated to my doctoral thesis project: “Enabling Generational Transference of Ministry Leadership in the Local Church”.
The project seeks to discover common principles that have enabled local churches to transfer leadership of their ministries and vision from one generation to the next. Generational transference is the biblical pattern of ministry… where
one generation proclaims to the next… and where current leadership is equipping future leadership. The problem being addressed is that many local churches struggle to equip and release successive generations to continue in ministry within their local church setting. Many local churches exhibit patterns of generational dominance, where one generation dictates the vision, mission and ministry, to the omission of participation and ownership among other generations.
Positively, there exist churches today that have done well transferring leadership of their ministry to successive generations over a period of time. The project will interview 15-30 churches the North American Baptist conference in the United States and Canada that have exhibited healthy patterns of generational transference. From these interviews, it is hypothesized that common principles of generational transference will emerge.
To this point the thesis proposal has been approved and the Ethics application has been accepted by the administration of ACTS / Trinity Western University. The author is in process of contacting potential candidate churches for project in conjunction with the Regional Ministers of the NAB. So far, 35 potential churches have been identified in 12 of the 13 NAB regions across North America. (Just waiting to hear back from one region.) Arrangements to visit 15-30 of these churches will be made within the next few weeks… and all accepted churches will be interviewed in person by the author by the end of August, 2009.
This weblog will serve as a communication resource for project participants and others who are interested in the study. This weblog will also serve as a notation resource for the author. Along the way this page should serve well for progress updates and discovered materials.
Thank you to all those who are providing time, energy, resources and support for this project. Blessings,
DMin student, ACTS / Trinity Western University
February 12, 2009