Issues and Trends in Next Generation Ministry – CHMN 841

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

Course Description

This course explores the cultural trends and issues impacting the current generation of children, adolescents, and their families. Current and developing trends will be evaluated from theological and sociological perspectives in the context of local church ministry. Research related to the future of next generation ministry will be initiated to further the church’s effective response to these issues.


DMIN 810


Every area of life and ministry as well as all academic disciplines change over time. The elements that influence those changes can vary from constructive to destructive. Next Generation ministry leaders are on watch for these influential developments that shape the faith and practice of a biblical worldview in the lives of young people and their parents. Observations alone are simply not adequate in the efforts to equip parents and next generation ministry leaders. These leaders must access strong research and produce additional research so that next generation ministry leaders are thoroughly equipped for what lies ahead in missional efforts of the body of Christ, at home, at church, and in the community.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop the skills needed to identify trends that shape ministry to young people and their families.
  2. Understand how the historical foundations of youth and family ministry in the 20th century provide keys for leading churches to be effective today.
  3. Produce research that encourages cultural awareness and engagement for the church in the 21st
  4. Understand the changing landscape of this current culture as it pertains to church ministry with children, adolescents, and their families.
  5. Identify theological presuppositions through which current trends and issues will be evaluated.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Reflective Discussion Board Forums (3)

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 400 words 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 150 words. Required Reading. The student will read all required texts submit a reading report which will list all related materials read during the course listed with title, author, and pages read.

Book Critiques (2)

Students will write two book reviews on the books listed below. Please review the Book Critique Instructions.The student will also prepare a 750-1,000 word book critique for each of the following text.

Shift: What It Finally Takes to Reach Families Today

Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views (Youth, Family, and Culture)

Annotated Bibliography

The student is required to submit a 900-1,200-word bibliography sketch in preparation for the “Issues & Trends in Next Generation Ministry Training Seminar.” This sketch will include an anticipated thesis statement and a bibliography of at least 20 related works. This bibliography sketch must contain at least 5 books and 5 articles related directly to the anticipated thesis, and may contain no more than 5 Internet sources. Any website used must have a direct, unique, and relevant bearing on the specific paper or research and how it will be utilized. This assignment is designed to support your DMIN Project. The student will prepare an initial investigation into the biblical/theological foundations for a topic related to the leadership aspects of his or her own research interests and produce a plan for conducting a thorough biblical/theological analysis of the topic. Some things that will need be considered in the plan:

  • biblical texts that appear to have special relevance to the topic.
  • theological issues that should figure prominently in an analysis.
  • historical and contemporary exegetical and theological resources that have special relevance to the topic.

Note: Approach this assignment as preparation for your DMIN project. This assignment will provide a “practice run” at the task of laying a biblical/theological foundation for a research project. It will also provide the opportunity to identify the most relevant sources for strategic leadership and church revitalization. This assignment will include extensive bibliographical material (with annotations demonstrating how the resources are likely to be important to your topic). The paper will be evaluated stringently, so make sure that your annotated bibliography is well prepared as it will be needed to successfully write this portion. As always, edit the document well for grammar and sentence structure. Be concise, be thorough in your argument. Display critical analysis and interaction between writers—avoid an “encyclopedic” listing in your writing.

Issues and Trends in Next Generation Ministry Training Seminar

The student will submit a paper on a topic that focuses on developing a conference style seminar session on issues and trends in next generation ministry. This should be directed toward parents and leaders of next generation ministries. The student must demonstrate strong critical reflection on the subject and accurate handling of the biblical text. The paper must be a minimum of 4,000 words and is not to exceed 5,000 words.

Course Reflection

The student will write a 1,000–1,200-word reflection essay in current APA format. The essay will answer the question “How has this course shaped your thinking in the following areas related to issues and trends in next generation ministry: 1) theological framework for evaluating issues & trends, 2) identification of current trends affecting families, and 3) equipping parents and leaders for family life amidst changing cultural landscapes.