Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Paul Lessmann


Within the past decade youth have seemingly charged onto center stage in the arena of life in America, and the pace of their "now generation" is one which calls for action. As the church, the body of Christ here on earth, we cannot afford to sit back and wait for something to develop, but rather, we must decide on how to respond to the "adolescent epidemic" and then we must act upon our decision by implementing it. "Leading the young to use their power and vitality responsibly is the biggest task facing today's Christian leaders." That statement might well be expanded to include all members of the church today. Yet, as the church endeavors to meet this task it frequently finds itself frustrated. This frustration stems from the tremendous difficulty of understanding how to minister effectively to youth in such a challenging era as the one in which we live.

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