Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2024

Document Type

Student Project

First Advisor

Schuller, Mark

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies

Abstract

Christian churches have been a visible contributor to American religion for centuries. However, there has been a noticeable decline in Christian church membership attendance rates. A survey at a small church called Mt. Ebal was conducted to further analyze this topic. The survey was short and concise and rendered around 30 responses. Around 50% of respondents said there had been a decrease in membership attendance. The other 50% consisted of those that said there was an increase, those that said there was no change, and those that were not able to judge based off their less than 10-year membership. The themes for which people did not attend included sports events, work, and other engagements. One response stood out being that the person felt unwelcome. With the results of this survey and prior research that has been done it can be concluded that there are some solutions to the decline. The solutions presented in this study include increasing members sense of belongingness and the church living out its core values.

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