Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
young adults, relevant Bible studies, contextual updated topics
Education | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Lugo-Melendez, Jessica, "Utilizing Relevant Bible Centric Studies as a Means of Retaining Young Adults in Active Church Membership and Ministry in an Older Puerto Rican American Baptist Church" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3040.
This project will explore how the integration of young adults’ everyday life issues and struggles into Bible Studies content can become more attractive for this demographic. With the intention of adding relevancy as a means of retention of young adults within a local American Baptist Church in Puerto Rico. Several recent studies provide a concrete picture of the lack of local church involvement among young adults’ lives, translating into attrition in many cases. In terms of church attendance, a study maintains that only 30.9% of young adults attend religious services "regularly," meaning at least twice a month, 35.4% report never attending religious services, while the rest (about 34%) only attend very sporadically (once a month) . Although dealing with the problem at one local American Baptist congregation, this project intends to reach out to other local Baptist congregations young adults’ membership to assess how likely they would be to attend church more often if such topics are approached and develop from a more biblical-theological perspective. The project will include results from two surveys and one focus group among the congregation and young adults to obtain quantitative and qualitative data. Because the prospectus of this project was submitted pre-pandemic and its field work executed post-pandemic, readers can expect statements that required past and present clarifications throughout the work.