Date of Award

12-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Religious Studies

First Advisor

Nadieszda Kizenko

Abstract

In this thesis I will discuss how the Presbyterian Church has been declining in membership and in the number of people attending weekly services. Within this study, I use my own church, Niagara Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, NY as a case study to further prove what is happening within the Presbyterian Church. Though the trend of declining church attendance can be seen across most denominations, I will show how the Presbyterian Church specifically is struggling and show why it is unique in its situation along with other characteristics of the decline that have happened across the denominations. I close out the thesis by giving some advice for how to try and slow the decline and possibly bring more members into the church, first by specifically referring to Niagara Presbyterian Church than expanding to churches in general that are facing these issues.

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