Looking Back to Move Forward: Navigating the Impact of Emotional Attachment to Subjective Interpretation of Past Worship Experiences on Church Growth in Rural Methodist Congregations Open Access

Cox, Tyler (Spring 2022)

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Recently, there have been concerns regarding the impact of nostalgia on the ministry and growth of the Christian church.  Many of these concerns include attempts to canonize one style or genre of music, and more time devoted to protecting old practices than considering new ones with leadership decisions being made based on how they best represent and perpetuate the past.  This project utilized the Nostalgia Inventory and Tenets of Christian Faith and Church Satisfaction Survey in order to explore if church growth is productively impacted when leadership engages the shared nostalgic longing of their parishioners in developing a ministry concerned around adherence to the tenets of the Christian faith and community outreach.  

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