What to expect:

In this learning experience, students will explore the shifting landscape of youth ministry as well as re-imagine ways to engage youth in the life of the church. Students will look at and beyond traditional approaches to youth ministry and help the learner determine appropriate biblically based strategies for their current context.

Ideally, Regenerating Youth Engagement will strive to equip learners with an understanding how of youth ministry can continue to transform in order to transform youth for the Kingdom.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of how youth ministry has been approached historically.

  • Examine foundational biblical principles related to engaging youth in the life of the church.

  • Come to a deeper understanding of and appreciation for developmental and cultural challenges that youth and those who minister to youth confront.

  • Gain a sense of paradigm shifts occurring in youth ministry philosophy & strategy.

  • Explore what it means to adjust youth ministry strategies contextually.

What's inside the course:

  1. 1
    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • How to use the course player

    • Welcome to Regenerating Youth Engagement

    • Course Description and Objectives

    • Before we begin...

  2. 2
    • Instructions

    • Student Assignments

    • Rubric for Asynchronous Discussion Participation

    • Rubric for Book Review

    • Writing Academic Book Reviews

    • Rubric for Final Research Project

    • Writing a Seminary Paper

    • Required Textbooks and Articles

    • Online Resources

    • Course Bibliography

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Writing & Style Guides

  3. 3
    • What to expect in this session

    • Youth Ministry Beginning

    • Major Shifts in Youth Ministry Values

    • A History of Youth Ministry Education

  4. 4
    • What to expect in this session

    • A Theology of Youth-Bearden

    • Two Visions for the Church

    • The Reciprocal Church Revisited

  5. 5
    • What to expect in this session

    • Common Youth Challenges

    • Summary Charts for Developmental Changes in Adolescence

    • Stages of Adolescent Development

    • Navigating Youth Development

  6. 6
    • What to expect in this session

    • Contemporary Youth Ministry Challenges

    • Gender dysphoria

    • Sexuality

    • Social Media

    • Cyberbullying

    • Mental Health

    • Explore

    • Additional Resources

  7. 7
    • What to expect in this session

    • Rethinking Youth Ministry Approaches

    • Youth Ministry and the Pandemic

    • Evaluating Past Models

    • Additional Resources

  8. 8
    • What to expect in this session

    • Introduction to Intergenerational Engagement

    • Intergenerational Ministry Panel Discussion

    • Intergenerational Ministry Handout

    • Discussion

    • Additional Resources

  9. 9
    • What to expect in this session

    • Rethinking Youth Ministry Approaches

    • Contextualizing Conversation

    • Assignment

  10. 10
    • Class Survey

    • Before you go...

    • Want to go further? Here's what's next.

  11. 11
    • Reading, Reflections, and Class Lessons

    • Participation

    • Book Review

    • Research Project

Meet Jana Sundene

Jana Sundene

Professor Jana Sundene has been preparing students in the area of Christian Ministries at Trinity International University since 1990. She has a BA from Wheaton College and a master's in communication studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an emphasis in interpersonal and group communication theory. She also holds an MA in communication theory from Northern Illinois University. Before coming to Trinity, Jana spent 10 years doing Youth Ministry at churches in Illinois and California. Most of her time has been spent teaching and mentoring youth and emerging adults and serving at her local church. She is the co-author of Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults.