Thesis by Gerad G. Strong
Varying church models exist throughout the Christian church context. A multisite church model is one that has garnered attention over the past several years. There have been multiple pieces of literature written from both positive and negative perspectives. Within the framework of this thesis I examine multisite literature with particular attention given to the rural context.
This work highlights rural church practice within the community. This thesis evaluates the possibilities of a multisite church model and the possible solutions it may provide to a rural church community and those who minister within them. This work considers the declining health of some of the rural churches and their communities. A multisite church model may provide solutions for a rural church and pastor. The literature review of a multisite church model and a rural ministry context provide insights into the consideration of a multisite church within a rural community that could be helpful to rural ministers.
The genre of literature is reflected in the bibliography and footnotes. The total word count of 15,668 (excluding footnotes and bibliography), does reflect the engagement of literature in both a multisite and rural ministry context.