Intergenerational Church

2018 Cohort Courses and Schedule

Mission and Purpose
Learning Outcomes
Primary Educational Objectives
Learning Modalities
The Cohort Experience
Module Descriptions
Contact the Coordinator

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The application deadline is July 30, 2018.

Mission and Purpose

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry around the world. The Intergenerational Church concentration aims to prepare ministers for the specific challenges and opportunities of transforming multiple generations within congregations and the community at large.

The intent for the Intergenerational Church concentration is to provide a significant and terminal professional doctoral experience for those who lead churches to include all ages and to give purposeful attention to the similarities among and differences between generations. This includes the expected seasons of life each generation experiences as well as unique changes when new generations emerge. While doctoral students are likely to serve key leadership roles at different levels of the church organization, the focus for the Intergenerational Church concentration will be on local church mission and ministry.

Learning Outcomes

The Doctor of Ministry in Intergenerational Church seeks to develop participants mentally (knowing), spiritually (being), and empirically (doing). Following are important outcomes to evaluate in these areas. These outcomes guide the curriculum and should be reflected in the Ministry Development Plan (MDP) to be started by participants during the first module. The following program learning outcomes reflect the intended impact of the Doctor of Ministry program:

  1. Critically reflect on, articulate, and apply biblically based principles and values for excellence in mission and ministry.
  2. Conduct research and implement an intervention in response to ministry challenges and trends in a glocal context, related to the primary field of service.
  3. Integrate knowledge and skills acquired into an effective ministry practice and evaluate the resultant impact on one's personal experience and ministry.

The Intergenerational Church graduate will demonstrate these outcomes in the following ways (concentration learning outcomes):

  1. Competently apply biblical principles to the intergenerational context (case study; reading reflections; ministry development plan; chapter 2 of project document)
  2. Integrate theory and practice in dealing with the challenges confronted in diverse ministry contexts (project document; oral assessment; ministry development plan)
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness achieved in the application of intergenerational theory and practice to ministry (project document)
Primary Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the concentration include knowing, being and doing. These correspond to: 1) a knowledge base; 2) a transformational emphasis on being; and 3) doing, as evidenced through training for ministry that integrates multiple generations as the church.

Knowing: The knowledge base has the following components:

  1. A clear understanding of a theology of the church.
  2. A communicable understanding of ecclesiology.
  3. A faithful praxis of ministry.
  4. A visionary motivation of mission.
  5. An understanding and application of the life cycle of individuals, families, and congregations, including immigration dynamics and multiple generations.
  6. Exceptional immersion and creative approaches to integrating multiple generations into a living organism for worship, discipleship, and mission.
  7. Exposure and understanding of cultural values—creation, expressions, shifts, consistency, entrenchment, and transformations.

Being: In the process of the Intergenerational Church concentration, participants will experience transformational development in the following essentials:

  1. Transformation through personal biblical spirituality and theological formation.
  2. A vision for mission to all ages in a church and community.
  3. Value diversity in mind and heart.
  4. Commitment to church renewal and expansion.
  5. Courage to integrate rather than segregate.
  6. Assurance of God's love that leads to unconditional love for others.
  7. Hope that perseveres in the face of current realities.

Doing: Participants in the Intergenerational Church concentration form skills for effective ministry in their respective context of ministry. These include:

  1. Verbalizing a biblical theology of the church, ecclesiology, and mission.
  2. Stretching current church practices and vision to include missing generations.
  3. Revisioning personally and collectively for an intergenerational church.
  4. Leading in change practices for church renewal and expansion.
  5. Practicing humility, shared leadership, accountability, forgiveness, and spiritual growth.
  6. Living in expectation of Christ's actions rather than merely human plans and activity.
  7. Modeling and promoting kingdom values and practices in contrast to human norms.
  8. Empowering the marginalized, equipping the members, erasing the hierarchy of the church.
Learning Modalities

The following learning modalities will be include din the concentration's andragogy:

  1. A ministry development plan.
  2. A context support group.
  3. Learning groups including collective assignments, consultations, and accountability.
  4. Classroom consultation, including didactic and experiential learning, field trips, and networking with top educators, experts, and practitioners in the field of ministry.
  5. Journaling
  6. Research, including perusal of the current literature, assigned readings, and case studies.
  7. Praxis, including implementation of ministry in the context of one's ministry context.
  8. Mentoring
  9. A project including theological reflection, literature review, field research, and intervention involving a specific challenge for an intergenerational church.
The Cohort Experience

The program is delivered in the cohort model, wherein participants proceed through the sequence of courses together. Study and learning are year-round, with pre-intensive, during-intensive, and post-intensive activities and experiences. Pre-intensive assignment preparation can begin as early as six months prior to an intensive. There are four annual teaching sessions presented by ministry professionals. During the program you will participate in regional work groups, follow a ministry development plan, read and reflect on the best literature in your concentration area, and develop and evaluate a professional project within the context of your own congregational or other leadership responsibilities.

Cohorts are identified by the year in which they formed. For example, if you are a member of a cohort that formed in 2018, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2018 Intergenerational Church Cohort."

Module Descriptions
  1. CHMN707 - The Church in Intergenerational Contexts
    Credits: 4
    Discover a proper tension of unity and diversity utilizing the principles and practices of life cycle stages for individuals and churches. This includes those who join, are born into, and/or those who leave church involvement. Develop clarity in theological foundations for church, ecclesiology, ministry, and mission. Assess current situations and creative change for a more wholistic participation that results in an intergrated rather than segregated church.
  2. GSEM706 - Doctor of Ministry Project Seminar
    Credits: 4
    Participants receive assistance in forming their DMin project proposal and orientation to issues in successful completion of the project. Areas of focus include a literature review, theological reflection, critical thinking, experiential learning, reflective observation, research design and techniques, reading and evaluating research, academic writing, development of an effective work plan for completion of the project, and other project-related topics.
  3. GSEM706 - Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry
    Credits: 8
    This is a foundational module required of all DMin students. The module builds the spiritual and theological basis from which the practice of ministry and mission grows and seeks to lead the student into a self-reflection and examination of life and belief.
  4. CHMN762 - The Challenge of Second and Third Generations
    Credits: 5
    Address the realities of change and consistency across generations which challenge stability and growth for individuals and churches. Develop a model that explains how immigration, language, and culture accentuate this, crises expose it, and time evaluates it. Teach steps for passing on the faith by identifying faith, how to hand it off and how to grab on to it. Anticipate conflicts related to faith maintenance, maturation, and mission.
  5. CHMN783 - Hearing and Responding to God Throughout Life
    Credits: 5
    Based on God's initiative, the call from God comes to people repeatedly throughout their lives. Biblical examples abound and inform individuals and congregations regarding God's actions and appropriate responses. In addition to a single life cycle, historical trends and Adventist history must be considered, including worship styles, preferences, and God's directives.

The coordinator for this concentration is Dr. Steve Case. Contact him at


Cohorts are identified by the year in which they begin. Cohort participants will take these courses and study modules:

2018 Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort to form in 2018:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
CHMN707 The Church in Intergenerational Contexts (4 cr) Steve Case October 1-10, 2018 Riverside, California
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr) David Penno October 11-18, 2018 Riverside, California
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
(Field Research Symposium Sept 5-6, Petr Cincala)
Allan Walshe and Kleber Gonçalves September 5-30, 2019 Andrews University
  Implementation Symposium David Penno May 28, 2020
2:00-4:00 pm EDT
Virtual meeting
via Zoom
CHMN762 The Challenge of Second and Third Generations (5 cr) Steve Case September 28-October 9, 2020 Columbia, Maryland
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   fall semester 2020  
CHMN783 Hearing and Responding to God Throughout Life (5 cr) Stephen Yeagley September 27-October 8, 2021 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2021  

The Doctor of Ministry reduced residency (for intensive venues other than the Andrews University campus) is offered as an approved exception to Association of Theological Schools Degree Program Standard B, section E.3.1.1.

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For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the four-year DMin Program Planner.

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