Re-imagining Christian Education for Millennials in an African American Pentecostal Assemblies Context
Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)
Mary E. Lowe
Discipleship, Millennials, Spiritual Formation, Information Communication Technology
Education | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology
Campbell, Kevin Louis, "Re-imagining Christian Education for Millennials in an African American Pentecostal Assemblies Context" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2989.
It seems many Christian Pentecostal churches are struggling to disciple and retain a millennial population. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 57% of religious millennials have church membership, and this represents the lowest percentage among current generations as overall church membership and participation trends downward from 76% in 1948 to 52% in 2018 (Jones, 2019). The factors contributing to the poll must be explored both from outside and inside of the church. One may wonder if the church is providing the proper education and training to attract and retain millennials. The purpose of this qualitative exploratory case study research design will be to explore current pedagogical methodologies and ICT use in Christian education among pastors and teachers in the Gates of Heaven Assembly of Churches (GOHAOC) and to assess the current level of satisfaction with and participation in Christian education ministry activities of the GOHAOC among the millennial members of the church community. At this stage in the research, ICT is defined as a “diverse set of technological tools and resources used to communicate and to create, disseminate, store, and manage information. These technologies include computers, the Internet, broadcasting technologies (radio and television), and telephony” (Amin, 2018, p.2). Pastors, Christian educators, and millennials will be interviewed and surveyed to explore contributing factors to the target group's discipleship practices. The qualitative methodology was chosen to analyze the practices surrounding the research problem. Research findings and recommendations from this research will contribute to the body of literature on discipling millennials.