Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Jason Whitehurst


worship, servant leadership, Millennials, spiritual maturity


Christianity | Religion


As protestant Christianity meanders through time from its roots as a light post of religious ritualism to a contemporary beacon of Christ-centered worship, there has been a noticeable scattering of a critical portion of its congregants commonly known as the Millennial generation. While their absence is obvious across the entire Christian landscape, the evidence of their displacement is most definite in the small inner-city Black Church context. The writer attributes the cause of the Millennial diaspora to the unconscious loss of humanity’s God-given purpose: to exclusively worship Him forever. It is apparent that an absent generation will garner a ripple of devastation that will commence within the individual believer, roll into the local ministry setting, and cascade outside the walls of the church into the community in which it serves. The researcher is adamant about investigating what has driven Millennials away from ministry and in turn providing a platform to seek them and pilot them back into a Christian community, mobilizing them to infiltrate culture for the sake of Christ. The tool of spiritual formation in the form of Christian education can be how Millennials are invigorated, implemented, and inspired to experience spiritual maturity. Influenced by the Holy Spirit, the Millennial generation can be stoked to become the impending class of servant leaders of the church. If Millennials model holistic worship in the form of weekly Christian education, then the local church will experience a sustainable increase in servant leadership.

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