JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – David Bond, who currently serves as assistant team leader on the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) evangelism and church health team, was named runner-up Researcher of the Year by the Southern Baptist Research Fellowship (SBRF) for his dissertation “An Analysis of Selected Church Health and Church Context Characteristics among Growing, Plateaued, and Declining Churches in the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.”
Randy Stone, Donna Peavey and Jake Roudkovski constituted Bond’s dissertation committee.
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the program and work on this project,” said Bond. “The purpose of our study was to equip us to serve Arkansas Baptists with the best information on the principles behind how churches in our state are reaching the lost, making disciples and impacting their communities. This recognition gives affirmation that Arkansas churches can serve as a model for pursuing revitalization, revival and spiritual awakening.”
Bond’s focus areas at the ABSC are in church revitalization, adult Sunday school and small group ministries. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. For more than 20 years, he has served churches in Arkansas and Nashville, Tenn., as a minister of youth/music, minister of education and pastor.
The SBRF is an organization that seeks to provide an informal forum for Southern Baptists with professional interests in and/or assignments for religious research. Each year the organization recognizes outstanding research by Southern Baptist students through the Researcher of the Year Award. The doctoral students were recognized as outstanding researchers by the SBRF at its annual meeting held at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn, Sept. 24-25.