Foundations of NextGen Ministry – CHMN 301

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An investigation of specific elements that are building blocks for biblical education from birth through late adolescents in NextGen Ministry. Foundational issues, principles of teaching, and curriculum development will be studied. (Formerly YOUT 301)


CHMN 201


This course reflects the philosophy, principles, and paradigms of foundational elements and skills necessary for effective ministry to children, adolescents and college students, (NextGen) with practical application assignments. This course provides students who are training to work with in specific age groups in local church and/or Christian youth ministry organizations with the necessary skills to apply biblical principles to contemporary culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Construct accurate biblically based responses to contemporary NextGen culture.
  2. Identify issues and trends that impact NextGen relationships.
  3. Describe a biblically based value system for moral and spiritual development in NextGen students.
  4. Interpret NextGen behavior as per the various stages of development.
  5. Explain ministry approaches that are relevant to NextGen spiritual development.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations (MLO: A, B, E)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Website Summary

The student will examine the website . The student will write a 2-3 page paper (excluding cover page) giving a description and critique of this website, with a focus on phases and ministry skills that the student finds beneficial. (MLO: B, C, D. E)

Group Discussion Board Forums (4)

The student will be required to give a personal response in a new thread to the topic presented in the lesson for each module/week, and reply to at least 2 other students’ threads within his/her assigned group. Each thread must contain at least 250 words, and each reply must have at least 100 words. (MLO: B, D)

Reading Reports (4)

The student will be expected to read the required texts (excluding theWorktext) for this course. The student will write a 2–3-page report for each text using current Turabian format. (MLO: B, E)

Disturbing Behavior Paper

The student will write a 3–5-page paper focusing on a disturbing behavior that has been observed among NextGen. If the student has difficulty identifying one behavior, the student may take a broad behavior narrow the topic (be more specific). It is expected that the student will identify the age group that is most suseptical to this behavior. The paper must have at least 5 sources, and the student must use current Turabian format throughout. (MLO: A, B, D)

NextGen Pastor Interview

The student will identify a NextGen pastor and interview him or her about the curriculum that is taught within the youth group. Based on the information discovered through the interview, the student will complete a paper of at least 3 pages using current Turabian format. (MLO: A, C)

Journal Article Summaries

The student will be expected to read 10 articles from contemporary periodicals (5 years or less) that are related to today’s college students and write a 1-2-page, double-spaced summary for each of the 10 articles (10 pages total). Articles can come from popular news and popular culture websites as well as hard-copy periodicals. In addition, the student must include a cover page and bibliography with his/her summaries that follow current Turabian formatting. (MLO: A, B, D, E)


The student will complete 1 test based upon the Foundations of NextGen Ministry Worktext. The test will be open-book/open-notes and consist of 50 true/false and multiple-choice questions. The student will have 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete the test.