ELD2400EN - Emergent Leadership Development for Everyday Life

Course description

An overview of the faith formation of the Millennial generation covering the topics of generational differences, the rise of postmodernism and the epistemological turn, the prevalence of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, and the attitudes of Millennials toward Jesus, Christianity, and the institutional church.

How this course benefits students

This course prepares students to become effective ministry practitioners by familiarizing them with the faith of the Millennial generation. The student are encouraged to think critically and prayerfully about their particular role in engaging Millennials in faith formation using missional principles and methods.

Why this course is important

One of the most important endeavors a Christian university can undertake is the investment in its future generations. Indeed, there is biblical precedent for both the pedagogical and replication aspects of discipleship, as evidenced in the relationships between Moses and Joshua, Paul and Timothy. This investment is particularly needed in the Millennial generation. Millennials are the largest of the generational cohorts, surpassing even the mammoth Baby Boomer generation. Millennials are the culture molders, policymakers, and church leaders of tomorrow. However, at present they are also the most un-churched, de-churched cohort among us. It is imperative, therefore, that we design ministries and discipleship strategies that are missional in nature, engaging Millennials where they are so they can encounter Christ and fulfill their generational calling.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Emerging Leadership
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Sara Blakeney, Professor of Millennial Faith & Culture

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Bible is the foundation for the call to make disciples of all nations, peoples, and generations. This course gives special attention to Scriptures which address the replication aspect of discipleship, particularly the concepts of generational calling and intergenerational ministry. These ideas are explored within the larger context of biblical missiology.

Missionally driven

The missional approach to ministry is especially relevant for the discipleship of Millennials, as they are the generational cohort least likely to engage with the traditional, institutional church. It is imperative, therefore, that emerging leaders develop contextually appropriate discipleship strategies that understand how to "take church" to Millennials rather than expecting them to re-engage with traditional, institutional forms.

Contextually informed

Students learn about the importance of culture and context vis-à-vis the spirituality of Millennials. Through the study of demographic and sociographic data students are able to develop leadership skills that will aid them in the implementation of contextualized missional ministries to Millennials.

Interculturally focused

Millennials are the most globally-minded of the generations. Because of their access to common media sources, they share many of the same ideals, concerns, and opinions. Despite these commonalities, intercultural nuances do exist among Millennials; thus, it is important to understand how ministries to Millennials can be contextualized so that faith can be expressed in culturally appropriate ways in their respective cultural milieus.

Practically minded

Students are challenged to take the principles and concepts learned and apply them in the world around them. The goal is transformation of the student by drawing out their individual giftedness for their unique missional calling to the Millennial generation. Students are encouraged to move from theory to praxis as they apply their acquired knowledge to effectively disciple Millennials in missional settings.

Experientially transformed

This course strives to go beyond mere information. It is designed for personal transformation of the student that results in missional living.