Foundational Leadership Models for Next Generation Ministry – CHMN 500

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course explores the necessary skills and competencies for leading next generation ministry.  It will introduce current and developing models in response to current cultural issues in the context of local church ministry.




The ministry of the church has experienced a significant shift in recent years. This shift has opened up new opportunities to serve families and younger generations that will propel the gospel mission. The church has begun to focus more intentionally on discipling younger generations in the context of their family at home and in the body of Christ.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the ever-changing nature of culture as it pertains to ministering to young people and their families.
  2. Develop the skills needed to identify trends that shape ministry to young people and their families.
  3. Produce a theological grid through which various models and approaches will be evaluated for strategic ministry to the next generation.
  4. Produce research that encourages cultural awareness, expertise, and engagement for leading in next generation ministry.

Course Assignment

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

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 400 words, include at least 1 source citation in addition to the course textbook, integrate at least one biblical principle, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words.

The student will submit a paper on a topic that focuses on developing a next generation leadership model related to the children's or student ministry context. The student must demonstrate strong critical reflection on the subject and accurate handling of the biblical text. The paper must be a minimum of 5,000 words and is not to exceed 6,000 words.

The student will prepare a 750–1,000-word book critique on the Cockerell text. The essay must include summary, critique, and evaluation sections and follow current Turabian format.

The student will write a 500–750-word reflection essay. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the the area of next generation ministry leadership?” The student will also answer the question "What would be the one takeaway from the course that you could implement immediately in the context where you serve or will serve?" The student must provide biblical support where necessary.