Intergenerational Church

2019 Cohort Courses and Schedule

Mission and Purpose
Learning Modalities
The Cohort Experience
Module Descriptions
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The next cohort for this concentration is planned to begin in 2023.


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 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. CHMN 707 - The Church in Intergenerational Contexts
    Credits: 4
    Articulate a wholistic model that includes similarities and differences of individuals and groups in different age categories. Develop clarity in theological foundations for ecclesiology and missiology for those who join, are born into, and/or those who leave church involvement.
  2. CHMN 751 - Relational Dynamics and the Intergenerational Church
    Credits: 4
    This module seeks to identify, practice, and incorporate relational skills to model and instruct church members of all ages. It will explore the relational dynamics the church provides for psychological identity in an ecclesiological institution. Special attention will be given to current issues such as the tension between the spiritual and religious, the conservative and progressive, the exclusive and inclusive, among others.
  3. GSEM 790 - Doctor of Ministry Professional Dissertation Seminar
    Credits: 2
    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,  academic writing, development of an effective work plan for completion of the project, and other project-related topics.
  4. GSEM 706 - Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry
    Credits: 4
    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.
  5. CHMN 762 - The Challenge of Second and Third Generations
    Credits: 4
    Explore cultural realities that challenge stability and growth for individuals and churches across generations. Identify steps for transmitting faith and motivating young people for mission, including how immigration, language , and culture play a vital role in this process.
  6. GSEM 793 - DMin Research Methods Seminar
    Credits: 2
    Forming the action plan for successfully implementing and evaluating the DMin project. Areas of focus include action research, research design and methods, descriptive statistics, methods of evaluating the project, IRB approval, and other project-related topics.  
  7. CHMN 783 - Hearing and Responding to God Throughout Life
    Credits: 5
    Address the life cycle perspective of God's call in the initial response and continuing relationship indicative of discipleship and renewal. Evaluate individuals, groups, and Adventist history in light of piety, mission, organizational structure, lifestyle, and worship.
  8. GSEM796 - DMin Professional Dissertation/Portfolio
    Credits: 7
    The DMin professional dissertation/portfolio integrates theological reflection, scholarly research, and practical ministry. The professional dissertation/portfolio contributes to the enhancement of ministry and to the growth and development of the ministry professional. Students taking the Chaplaincy ACPE Certified Educator option must successfully complete the competency-based professional portfolio according to the guidelines outlined in the ACPE Certification Manual. 

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:

2019 Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort to form in 2019:
(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)
Daily schedule for intensive
Steve Case September 30-October 8, 2019 Loma Linda, CA
CHMN751 Relational Dynamics and the Intergenerational Church (4 cr) Angela Li October 9-17, 2019 Loma Linda, CA
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (4 cr) Joe Kidder  September 28-October 6, 2020 Andrews University

DMin Professional Dissertation Seminar (2 cr)

Daily Schedule

David Penno October 7-13, 2020 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (2 cr) (no intensive-work with project advisor) Fall semester 2020  
CHMN762 The Challenge of 2nd and 3rd Generations (4 cr) Steve Case September 27-October 5, 2021 Columbia, Maryland
GSEM793 DMin Research Methods Seminar (2 cr) David Penno October 6-12, 2021 Columbia, Maryland
GSEM796 DMin Project (2 cr) (no intensive-work with project advisor) Fall semester 2021  
CHMN783 Hearing and Responding to God Throughout Life (5 cr) Stephen Yeagley September 26-October 6, 2022 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr) (no intensive-work with project advisor) Fall semester 2022  

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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