Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




Many churches are struggling to attract younger generations to their services. While the ministry changes from traditional style to contemporary style worked to draw baby-boomers back into the church, it did not have the same effect on people in their 20's and 30's. However, there are churches that draw younger generations in large numbers. Known as postmodern churches, they look significantly different in their worship style and ministry approach. Contemporary churches have attempted to incorporate the same style elements into their services, but have not seen similar results. This research goes beyond these simple style changes and discusses the shared beliefs, values and leadership styles of three postmodern churches as compared with three modern churches. Although all three postmodern churches look very different from each other in their worship services, they share six defining characteristics and identify the essential challenges for churches hoping to transition to this ministry model.


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