Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
It was at a church growth conference with Dr. Medford H. Jones that pastors of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church began giving serious thought to planting and developing large Friends churches in the Northwest. Jones spoke of other passive or plateaued churches, which became growing, dynamic churches. New hope was conceived for Friends.
Since that first conference, many seminars and church conferences have been held, books have been read and papers have been studied. Churches do not grow simply through prayer, faith and hard work. Through research, study and experience, it has been determined that there are distinct patterns and principles which aid or hinder the growth of a church.
Armstrong, Glenn K., "An Analytical Study of Four Churches in the Light of the Seven Vital Signs of a Healthy Church with a Tentative Application to Lynwood Friends Church" (1984). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 339.