Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Committee Member

An-Pyng Sun

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study is to gather information about the role and the relevancy of the black church in regards to social issues in today's society. The significance of the study reflects many attitudes of the African-American community. It gives greater insight on the questions surrounding the differing roles of the black church. This study also gives some insight to churches on what the participants say makes the church relevant to them. With this information, churches can become more aware and capable of meeting the needs of the people in the community; The methods used were an in-depth qualitative interview process consisting of exploratory insights from the participants into what they believed the role and relevancy of the black church is today. Taped interviews, written interviews, note-taking, and open-ended guiding questions were also used. The sample size of 25 people and five local pastors included people in eight churches located in the Las Vegas area. The people interviewed were African-American males and females age 18 and above, with various education levels, family structures, and backgrounds. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).


Black; Church; Relevancy; Role; Society

Controlled Subject

Social service; Religion; Blacks--Study and teaching

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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