Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Michael C. Whittington
Discipleship, Millennial, Youth
Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Studebaker, Keith, "Saving the Sheep, Preserving the Fruit: A Plan of Christian Education for the Millennials and Beyond in the Midwest Wesleyan Church" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1722.
This thesis involved a ministry plan for adequately preparing preteen youth in the Midwestern Wesleyan Church denomination. The goal was to ground those youth in their relationship with God until their relationship with Him and His Church will persist through their teenage years and beyond. The topic is crucial in view of the marked exodus of youth from the evangelical church by their late teenage years, often never to return. Data were collected to show what is actually being provided currently to preteen youth in Midwestern Wesleyan local churches through a mixed-methods survey of pastors or Christian education leaders in the denomination. In view of the research, a coherent, biblically based plan is offered to enhance local church ministry to preteen youth in Wesleyan churches by addressing the different avenues for their becoming and remaining active ministry participates in their local church.