Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
church, disengagement, dropout, ministry, student, youth
Christianity | Practical Theology
Dortch, Christopher, "Best Practices for Retaining Youth Group Students in the Local Church Post-High School" (2014). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 864.
Research has indicated that students who were once active in a local church are leaving the church and possibly leaving the faith after they graduate high school. The purpose of this project is to present best practices for youth pastors in retaining students' involvement in a local church post-high school. The project will consist of surveying fifty student pastors and will examine the impact of the student pastor's tenure, student ministry philosophy and structure, curriculum plans, and the role of the student pastor in assisting students through this transition. Through a review and examination of these elements, the project will offer best practices for student pastors in retaining the involvement of youth group graduates in the local church.