Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Gregory S. Faulls


Black Church, Church Growth, Church Decline, African American Church, Church Revitalization, Johnston County, North Carolina


Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion


This study concentrates on issues dealing with the decline of attendance in African American churches. Although long-standing statistics since the Civil Rights Era have always shown the African American Church keeping higher audience percentage than European American churches, the tide has changed, and now African American churches are uncharacteristically declining at a faster rate than usual. Unchurched young adults, particularly African American males, are disproportionately missing in the African American church. The fundamental purpose of this study is to focus specifically on evangelical denomination African American churches in Johnston County, North Carolina by employing quantitative and qualitative research. The survey collected recorded interviews with twenty pastors of African American or multicultural churches. The results of this study suggest several factors contribute to the decline of African American church attendance. Without a doubt, the African American Church has an epidemic attendance problem that has a backdrop of spiritual, social, and economic factors. This report makes recommendations for reversing the dwindling attendance problem.