Date of Award
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Dr. Daniel McNaughton
Loneliness is the most common shared experience. With Generation Alpha already predicted to be the loneliest and most anxious generation of all time, it is more important than ever for next-generation ministry leaders to step ahead of the trend of loneliness and establish effective discipleship systems within their ministry. This study explores to what level people are experiencing loneliness on a daily basis and how their church involvement impacts said loneliness. The church is good at offering large group and small group connections for individuals, but most participants said their church does not offer mentorship opportunities, neglecting the vital intimate dimension of connection Dr. Vivek Murthy discusses. This study proposes a youth leader training manual for churches to implement to make sure each student is able to have a one-on-one coaching relationship with their leader.
Brits, Sarah, "LONELINESS AND THE CHURCH: CREATING EFFECTIVE DISCIPLESHIP SYSTEMS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION" (2022). Selected Honors Theses. 154.