Document Type



Master of Arts

Capstone Coordinator (Advisor 1)

Eugene Bunkowske

Reader (Advisor 2)

Mark Press

Reader (Advisor 3)

Phillip Johnson


This research study addresses Generation Xers in the church today, specifically those who were once connected to the church. Through literary research, the history of small groups is examined from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and also in the modern era. Through field research, the attitudes and perceptions of this population are studied regarding the Divine Service as well as small groups. Additionally, ways to use small groups in order to care for this generation are proposed, as well as ideas and topics for further study in this general area. This research study will show that small groups are an effective point of first reconnection to the church for these dechurched Generation Xers.


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