Publication Date

Spring 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Janet Applin (Director), Gregory McAmis, and John Baker

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

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