School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


Jerry Newman


Youth, Youth Ministry, Youth Engagement, Mentor


Liturgy and Worship | Music


According to many biblical accounts, children were included in worship experiences. Despite the efforts of many churches to engage, attract, and retain youth, there is still a lack of youth participation, involvement, and interest in the local church. This not only affects youth, but also the church. Unengaged youth do not have the opportunity to become future leaders of the church. In turn, churches will experience a void in future leadership and will be prohibited from flourishing. This qualitative historical study examined reasons for youth disengagement in an effort to find strategies for effective retention and engagement to benefit youth and the church. Existing literature pertaining to youth engagement in local church ministry will be examined. Data centered on the youth’s perspectives of youth leadership will be collected via surveys. The findings informed strategies that may engage youth in the local church, encourage youth leaders to grow in their relationship with the Lord, and prepare youth to serve Christ. Youth are vital for the future of the church, and Christ cares about youth. Therefore, this study may influence engagement approaches by providing opportunities for mentorship, engagement, and church leadership development.