Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dianne M. Dawson Daniels
Mark A. Frisius
H. Stanton Tuttle
Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
This study examined the decline of church attendance and church participation for the Millennial generation specific to the African American church. Church attendance and church participation has been integral in the culture of the African American church, and the decline for the Millennial generation is of significant importance. One hundred and forty-five Millennials from three African American churches participated in the study and were asked to explain their perception of today’s church. Three main research questions covered demographic factors related to the decline of church participation and church attendance, belief patterns and opinions, and the role of Millennials in the African American church as perceived by the respondents. The study revealed common characteristics for Millennials with current literature of the topic. However, Millennials in the study indicated that church is more about spirituality and not a religious life. Implications of the study are helpful for the church to specifically target this generation to gain a better and understanding of their expectations. The research findings are useful to advance the understanding regarding the decline of church attendance and church participation for Millennials, as well as to provide insight to African American churches, pastors, and ministry leaders to connect and engage the largest generation in U.S. history for the African American church to remain relevant in the 21st century.
Cobbins, Sharon, "Millennials: The Next Paradigm of the African American Church" (2016). Ed.D. Dissertations. 95.
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Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2016 for Olivet Nazarene University.