Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Restoration, Key Middle Age Demographic, Save, African Methodist Episcopal Church, church revitalization
Johnson, Geromy D., "Restoration of Key Middle Age Demographic Can Save the African Methodist Episcopal Church" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4400.
St. Luke faced years of struggles resulting in a dwindling ministry and membership with specific impacts resulting in missing generations within the church. The missing generations include Generation X who were born between 1965-1980, Generation Y who were born between 1981-1996, and generation Z who were born between 1997-2012. There are many methods used to combat church decline and incentivize membership growth including evangelism, mega facilities, appealing ministry, and church legacy attracting the community. This research sought to prove that if ministries were developed specifically targeting the wants and needs of the missing generations souls would be won for Christ and the St. Luke membership would grow. To identify the needs and desires of potential members, a survey was conducted to understand the current spiritual state, any existing church hurt, and ministry topics. Using the information gathered the St. Luke ministry was revamped and participants were invited to participate in the ministry classes and activities. Interviews of the participants were executed to gauge the success and execution of the new ministry approach as well as understand more about the answers provided on the surveys.