Title

Connecting the "Missing Generation" Through the Formation of Biblical Community

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

College

College of Christian Ministries and Religion

Department

Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Steven M. Fettke, Th.M., D.Min.

Second Advisor

Robby C. Waddell, Ph.D.

Abstract

The trend of declining church attendance and the secularization of American society is not a new development, nor is the understanding that a significant portion of the young adult population is missing from many congregations. A brief survey of salient points of this dilemma will be presented, and then the topic of the formation of biblical community in a 21st century context will be introduced as a piece of the solution. When compared to the first century church, which was defined by its ability to speak into the lives of those both inside and out of its "walls," the 21st century church has proven itself to be sorely lacking. By studying the foundations of biblical community and applying them to contemporary life, a basic understanding of what biblical community in the 21st century should look like emerges. An essential piece of that understanding includes intergenerational connections that are missing in many evangelical and Pentecostal congregations across the United States. Potential models for community formation are explored and practical application is offered along with continued areas for research and study.

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