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The goal of this study was to argue that in order for churches to move off plateau and into transformation, they must engage an adaptive change process called a learning community. In the Reformed Church in America, a number of churches are aging and in a period of decline. The church in the twenty-first century ought to look and be different than the church has in the past, even as recently as a decade ago. The postmodern society and the rise of secularism have contributed to the decline in church attendance. The emergence of a new generation, social media, and the frenzied lifestyle of families have all contributed to the changing landscape of the church in North America.

The reasons for plateau were discussed in this study. A historical review of the RCA was provided along with a literature and theological review of adult learning, results-based conversations, and adaptive change. The study outlines the process of a learning community, as well as its goals and outcomes.

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Doctor of Ministry

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Logan, Robert

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April 2018

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New Life Community Church (Grand Rapids, Michigan); River Community Church; Reformed Church in America; Communities


Missions and World Christianity


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