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* 1. Title:                           Healthy Church Multiplication in Modern Churches


Investigator(s):          Jason Burns, Doctor of Ministry Student at Southeastern University

Dr. Daniel McNaughton, Principal Investigator and Southeastern University Professor

                                    Dr. Jenny Carter, Research Consultant


Purpose: The purpose of this study is to develop a survey tool to help individuals to report their awareness, understanding, and practice of seven attributes associated with spiritual growth as discussed in the book Follow by Koch and McNaughton. 


You must be 18 years or older to participate.


What to Expect: This research study is administered online via a survey. Participation in this research will involve completion of a series of questions relating to your practice of the seven attributes of Follow. These attributes as articulated in Follow are taken from the Gospel of Matthew and are intended to be “a simple, practical guide for those who want to learn to follow Jesus” (Koch & McNaughton, 2016, p. vii).  It should take you about 20 minutes to complete.


Risks: There are no risks associated with this project which are expected to be greater than those

ordinarily encountered in daily life. 


Benefits: There are no direct benefits to you. However, you may gain an appreciation and

understanding of how research is conducted.  You may also gain a self-awareness of following Jesus as described in the book Follow and in the Follow series here at Access Church.


Compensation:  Access Church is offering an incentive for five participants to win a $100 Amazon gift card.  Winners will be randomly selected.  In order to participate in the drawing, you will need to share your email address as winners will be notified via email.


Your Rights and Confidentiality: Your participation in this research is voluntary. There is no

penalty for refusal to participate, and you are free to withdraw your consent and participation in

this project at any time. 


You will also have the optional opportunity to receive an email report of your results after the completion of the survey.  Receiving the email report is also an optional aspect of completing the Follow survey.  The email report will include an average of your self-reported scores on each of the steps aligned with one of the aspects of Follow.  For the lowest three attributes of Follow, you receive recommendations for growth in those areas in the email report. If you select to receive the email report, this information will only be used for this research project



The records of this study will be kept private. Any written results will not include information that will identify you. Research records will be stored on a password protected computer in a locked office and only researchers and individuals responsible for research oversight will have access to the records. Data will be destroyed five years after the study has been completed.


Contacts:  You may contact any of the researchers at the following addresses and phone numbers, should you desire to discuss your participation in the study and/or request information about the results of the study: Jason Burns,, (863) 688-8100; Dr. Daniel McNaughton, (863) 667-5462; Dr. Jenny Carter,, (863) 667-5606.


If you have questions about your rights as a research volunteer, you may contact the IRB Office at 


If you choose to participate: Please, click YES if you choose to participate. By clicking

YES, you are indicating that you freely and voluntarily and agree to participate in this study

and you also acknowledge that you are at least 18 years of age.

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