Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Seth Nathan Polk


Shortage, Youths, Not Returning to Church, Leaving Church


Christianity | Religion | Social and Behavioral Sciences


The purpose of this project is to examine the lack of youth at Mouth Moriah Baptist Church. The participants’ perspective is crucial to understanding why youth are not returning to the church after graduating from high school. The following chapters show the need for youth in the church and the why youth are leaving the church after graduating high school. In this project, the data will demonstrate the causes for the lack of youth. Furthermore, it will present changes that are needed to increase the number of youth in the church. Current literature provides insight into what others have done to address the problem. At risk is the next generation of youth. The goal is to create awareness for pastors, youth workers, lay-people, parents, and the congregational members to implement ways to attract youth to the church. The overall purpose of this project is to identify the reasons for the shortage of youth at (MMBC) which will lead to solutions, so the number of youth will increase between the ages of twelve to eighteen by ten percent in one year, and also to develop a young adult ministry.