Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Janet Applin (Director), Gregory McAmis, and John Baker
School of Teacher Education
Master of Arts in Education
In recent years, an increasing amount of research has been conducted on the topic of personal spiritual practices, such as prayer. Fewer studies have been conducted on reasons for changes in the frequency of such practices within the church. Those that have addressed church behavior have most often measured attendance and membership. It is the goal of this study to conceptualize potential causes for changes in personal prayer practice at one church. A yearlong marketing campaign was used to help increase church attenders’ frequency of the personal spiritual practice of prayer. Two cross-sectional studies were conducted one-year apart and revealed a significant increase in prayer. Possible reasons for this change, limitations and suggestions for further research will be discussed.
Health Psychology | Religion | Social Psychology
Elliott, Charles Alexander, "Push to Pray: A Conceptual Framework for Significant Change in Prayer Frequency in One Church" (2017). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2016.