This study examines the concept of success concerning churches in America during the coronavirus disease. This paper goes on to support that the COVID-19 disease has played a major role in affecting the conception of success for American churches. I develop my topic further by providing a short introduction to my general understanding of success and COVID- 19. This section also mentions what I mean by American churches and why I chose to focus on Grace Church. The discussion then turns to where I have seen success play out across American churches. I provide different examples from those who have disagreed with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and examples from those who have agreed. I analyze if those two sides of the argument have created different perceptions of success during COVID-19. Next from this comes a focus on one church, in particular, Grace Church, which is located in Wooster, Ohio. I observe if their specific conception of success has altered or transformed because of COVID-19. I focus a part of my attention on their adaptations to better impact the community around them by their usage of online, drive-in, and socially distanced worship service options. Finally, I conclude with where I deem success in American churches can be seen during a global pandemic by relating information I have collected from previous chapters.


Rapport, Jeremy


Religious Studies


Christianity | History of Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Virus Diseases


COVID-19, American Churches, Grace Church, Success

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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