Losing the lost generation : exploring the relationship between Mt. Zion Baptist Church (MZBC) and young adults ages 18-30 within a two-mile radius surrounding MZBC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Drew Theological School

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Doctor of Ministry


The purpose for this project was to create a young adult missionary group for Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. One of the main objectives for the creation of this group was to increase the number of young adults who are actively involved in the Mt. Zion church missions. This group will also will serve as a means to incorporate the ideas, interests, and activities pertaining to those in the aforementioned age-group. Prior to this research, this age group was mostly underrepresented in the church community prompting the need for intentional outreach with the goal of developing a conversation between young adults and church leadership that could ultimately lead to more interest from the target population. Over a six month time span, a team of church members was assembled with the goal of developing a plan of action, that included determining the specifics of the plan, executing and reflecting on a plan that could be sustained indefinitely. A significant amount of the research was aimed at understanding why the identified age group was not participating in MZBC with the same intensity as other age-groups. From the onset, the hope of this research was to determine the perceived problem with young adult participation and to implement at least one strategy that would solve, or at least minimize, the problem.