Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Michael C Whittington


African American Males, Black Church, Church Attendance, Church Involvement, Males


African American Studies | Christianity


Contending for the Faith Church Ministries was founded in 2004. It is a predominantly African American congregation located in the eastern North Carolina city of Wilson. Since the church’s founding, the gender gap in involvement has been obvious. It is quite clear that men’s involvement is significantly lower than the than that of women within this congregation. This project will suggest a model to increase involvement of African American men at Contending for the Faith Church. Taking into consideration the challenges faced by African American men in America as well as specifically in the community surrounding the church, this study will assist Contending for the Faith Church in its goal to get African American men more involved and to effectively address these challenges. This project will be constructed in the form of a case study involving select members of Contending for the Faith Church. It will use questionnaires and interviews to establish the problem, discuss related issues, and reach positive solutions.