The Decline in Black Men's Church Attendance: The Role of Male Presence in Church and the Family
Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
William Valmyr, DMin
Stu Cocanougher, DMin
The Black Church in the United States has historically played a significant role in the community providing a sense of belonging and purpose. However, there has been a significant decline in the attendance of Black men in the church. Despite being the largest ethnic group to attend a place of worship, 70-80% of Black men do not attend church services, either in-person or online. This trend is concerning, especially since over 80% of those who do not attend consider themselves religious and believe in a higher power. This paper explores the reasons for this trend and its effects. Chapter 1 delves into the problem of the high number of absent men in churches and the impact it holds. Chapter 2 provides a historical context, examining how Black historical data in the United States has contributed to this problem. Chapter 3 explores the biblical and religious aspects that perpetuate these behaviors and attitudes. Chapter 4 analyzes the data that highlights the effects of the issue and provides a breakdown that can be utilized to identify solutions. The decline in Black male attendance is not a recent phenomenon. However, the pandemic further highlighted the lack of regular attendance and contributions from Black men in the church. Chapter 5 presents potential solutions to address this issue, including efforts that individuals and the church can take to promote inclusion and participation. This dissertation provides a comprehensive understanding of the dilemma facing churches, particularly Black churches, with a significant number of men being absent. It examines historical and biblical data, as well as statistical information, to identify possible solutions. Ultimately, this paper contributes to a better understanding of the 2 reasons for the decline in Black male church attendance and provides potential solutions to promote participation and inclusion in the church.
Tate, Gregory James, "The Decline in Black Men's Church Attendance: The Role of Male Presence in Church and the Family" (2023). Doctor of Ministry. 560.