Change and Conflict in Church Revitalization – CHMN 830

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An advanced course for pastors and church leaders who are called to lead a church through the process of church revitalization. This course will give the pastor and church leader the biblical and practical understanding, training, and leadership skills to successfully navigate change and conflict in a church that is engaging revitalization process.


DMIN 810


Church revitalization requires a clear call from God to the pastor, deacons, church leaders, and the members of the church. The church body must embrace a clear understanding of the church revitalization implementation as they work together investing their time spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially in this process. The Church Leadership willingness to learn and be equipped with the right tools needed such as leadership skills, people skills, team work, communication skills, resolving conflict, handling and overcoming opposition to change, biblical unity, evangelism, and a total surrender to the missional vision for a lost and hurting world that needs Jesus.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a biblical theology of change and church conflict resolution.
  2. Apply biblical and practical tools to navigate change and resolve church conflict in his/her ministry setting.
  3. Develop a preaching and teaching plan for leading change and navigating conflict in church revitalization.
  4. Formulate a strategy that includes preventative and interventional solutions for change and church conflict in church revitalization.
  5. Create a procedure for addressing conflict that arises in church revitalization.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

4-MAT Book Reviews (4)

The student will write reviews of 4 books using the 4-MAT review system. The 4-MAT Review system is a way of responding to readings, lectures, and life experiences that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels. Each review must be at least 5 pages and use footnotes in current Turabian style.

Style Matters Inventory

The student will write a reflection essay summarizing his/her thoughts on the results of his/her conflict style inventory.

Personal Theology of Change and Conflict

The student will write a 12-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on his/her personal theology of change and conflict. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.