Doctoral Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to identify best practices in mega-church assimilation and equipping ministries and to establish a best practice assimilation ministry in a fast growing mega-church in Perrysburg, Ohio. Organizational structure and key roles and responsibilities are defined for an assimilation/equipping ministry which fits the vision, strategies, values, and culture of the church. Since the mega-church is planning at least five new satellite locations over the next three years in their strategic alignment plan, this structure and role definition must be able to operate in both Perrysburg and satellite locations. The assimilation ministry is called "Connecting Point" and serves as a link for newcomers and previously unchurched attendees to become connected and involved in CedarCreek Church. In addition, this project identifies the required steps to develop the ministry and qualitatively assesses the participants' satisfaction and ability to connect over a three month trial period of the ministry based on results of formal and informal assessments. The report explains how coaches are selected and trained to volunteer in this ministry and the data gathering interview and recommendation process conducted between and during weekend services with new attendees. Streamlining existing ministries and recommendations for developing stronger equipping ministries in the church are discussed. An analysis of the assessment outcomes indicates a discussion with a Connecting Point Coach helps a new attendee feel connected and desire to participate more fully in CedarCreek's mega-church environment.