School of Music


Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA)


Jerry Newman


Mental health, spiritual well-being, multicultural church, worship, worship experiences, generation, generational differences, mental illness, church leadership, church hurt, mental health professionals, generational gap


Music | Religion


According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness, 52.9 million people in 2020. “Mental health and well-being are an asset whatever an individual’s age, race or ethnicity, and mental health problems [do not] discriminate [based on] these attributes.” The execution of this research is to facilitate healing within a community in need and open avenues of conversation for understanding, relativity, and oneness within the body of Christ. The researcher will use the qualitative design method through research in literature and population cohorts. Using research sources of panel discussions, focus groups, and surveys within the church and community will promote conversation in a safe space. In this project, the researcher will specify the various ages within the church, how those eras affected their perspectives of church attendance and worship experiences, and how these perspectives connect to their mental health and spiritual well-being. The generational foci for this research include the Silent, Boomers, Thirteenth, Millennial, and Generation Z cohorts while executing a qualitative methods approach and interpretation. The researcher will attempt to educate the church and community on mental health and promote spiritual well-being in the generational cohorts of the home, community, and body of Christ.