The author uses the lifecycle model developed by Ichak Adizes to analyze the growth of a denomination.
Machel, E. (2002). Will Church Planting Help a Denomination to Stay in Prime? A Reflection about the Lifecycle of a Denomination and Church Planting. Journal of the American Society for Church Growth, 13(1), 9-18. Retrieved from https://place.asburyseminary.edu/jascg/vol13/iss1/3