Building Churches That Last (PT727)


“Building Churches That Last” (PT727) explores the “first church,” described in the book of Acts, and seeks to observe dynamics and principles that can be used to establish a local church that will be more than a fad, lasting until Jesus comes.

“Church Growth” has been researched, taught, and written about for several decades. We know how to have larger churches. However, we often don’t know how to sustain growth for the long haul. “Church Health” is a more recent emphasis, exploring the common elements of church that grow both qualitatively and quantitatively. The keys to both church growth and church health are to be found in the book of Acts.


After completion of this course, students will:

  • Gain a new appreciation for and understanding of the first church described in the book of Acts.
  • Identify and describe the dynamics of the New Testament church.
  • Be able to apply the dynamics of the New Testament church to the church today.


Dr. Larry Asplund is both the son and the father of a pastor. In fact, he comes from a long line of Christian ministers and educators. He has been involved in pastoral ministry and teaching for 48 years, including serving as an associate pastor, teaching pastor, senior pastor, and church planter.

His professional background also includes being actively engaged in the ministry of higher education for 31 years, including roles as a full-time Bible college teacher, seminary teacher, and university vice president. Dr. Asplund holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Biblical Literature, D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, and an Ed.D. (ABD) in Educational Leadership.

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