Foundations of NextGen Ministry – CHMN 301

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/16/2022

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)

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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 within 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

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (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. (MLOs: B, D)

Website Summary Assignment

The student will examine the just a phase webpage. 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. (MLOs: B, C, D, E)

Reading Report Assignments (3)

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

Disturbing Behavior Paper Assignment

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 and narrow the topic (be more specific). It is expected that the student will identify the age group that is most susceptible to this behavior. The paper must have at least 5 sources, and the student must use current Turabian format throughout. (MLOs: A, B, D)

NextGen Pastor Interview Assignment

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 2–3 pages using current Turabian format. (MLOs: A, C)

Journal Article Summaries Assignment

The student will be expected to read 5 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 5 articles (5 pages min. and10 pages max.). 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. (MLOs: A, B, D, E)

Quiz: Foundations of NextGen Ministry

The student will complete 1 quiz 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. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)