Date of Award

Fall 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Carter

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Gollery

Third Advisor

Dr. Joshua Henson


Ministers with a strong belief in the Assemblies of God’s Statement of Fundamental Truths and doctrine are essential to the future success and proliferation of the Assemblies of God mission and churches. This study aimed to assess and compare ministers’ denominational and doctrinal beliefs in the AGUSA by generational groups. The researcher examined the history and current literature concerning generational differences, varied religious beliefs and practices among the generations, the early history of Pentecostalism and the Assemblies of God in America, and specific characteristics of the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The aim was to provide insights that would add to the existing knowledge about ministers’ doctrinal beliefs by generational group. The findings revealed that the mathematical relationship between generational groups of ministers concerning AG doctrine and beliefs was statistically significant at the p < .05 level. Furthermore, the findings offer insights for future research, provide implications for practice, and serve as a call for action by AGUSA leadership to proactively address the challenge of these and future generational differences in doctrinal beliefs.