Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Mass Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Paul Linden

Advisor Department

Mass Communication and Journalism


The Christian church today takes on the characteristics of many centuries past in style and ritual. Some churches are choosing to embrace the culture of our booming entertainment industry in order to gain the attention of a “sights and sounds” generation. This research contains a historical review of the relationship between the entertainment world and the Christian church as well as a case study of First Hattiesburg Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, MS. The results of this research show that the deliberate incorporation of secular communication and entertainment strategies into the regular functions First Hattiesburg Baptist Church has had more positive than negative results.