Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Primary Subject Area
Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, Clergy; Religion, General; Theology
High School Ministry, Mentoring Urban Youth, Rethinking Discipleship Strategies, Transforming Youth, Urban Youth Discipleship, Youth Bible Study
Biblical Studies | Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Practical Theology | Religion
Rackley, Michael, "Rethinking Discipleship in the Area of High School Ministry: Key Strategies for Transforming Urban Youth" (2013). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 751.
According to a Barna Research Group study titled "Third Millennium Teens" 60% of young people will leave the church permanently or for an extended period. Decreasing the number of urban youth ages 14-18 from defecting from the church and to increase retention of church dropouts using Twenty-First Century transformational strategies is the goal of this project. Having served as a youth pastor the writer will analyze key strategies that will benefit high school ministry by raising the bar on expectations and by building future leaders in the church.
This project will include an anonymous survey of 125 participants aged 18-24 and the results will be analyzed and displayed in graph form. This will serve as a visual representation of youth's interest in the topic, their involvement in church, and their willingness to apply strategies to their personal lives. The desired outcome is to give strategies to strengthen youth ministry and the church to impact the world for Christ.