Mike Cumiskey

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Patricia C. Kornelis


Christian schools have a long history of offering programs that contribute to the spiritual nurturing of adolescents. Many students participate in Bible classes, morning devotions, prayer groups, mission trips, service projects and chapels during their time in a Christian school. Yet, there is very little research on the effect that these faith-based programs have on a student’s spiritual maturity. Despite this lack of research, Christian schools continue to work tirelessly to create, manage, maintain and sustain faith-based programs. To determine whether faith-based programs have a lasting impact on an individual’s spiritual maturity, the researcher conducted a survey with youth and adults. A 25-question bipolar survey using a Likert scale was distributed to youth and adults ages 17-40 that participated in faith-based programs at a Christian high school. Results of the study showed that students that participate in faith-based program during high school show evidence of spiritual maturity post-graduation and have a positive perception of those programs that continues to contribute to their spiritual growth.


Action Research Project Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements of the Degree of Masters of Education