The Future Church

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    For theological education to understand its future it is essential to understand the future of the church. And today, this future church is one where the millennials play a vital role.

    What does the church look like seen through the eyes of millennials?  Who are millennials different and how do they conceive church life?   What role does the digital culture play? What about community or the place of arts in spirituality?  These, and many other questions, will be addressed in this course through the dynamic voices of millennial leaders themselves.

    The main content of this course features the plenary videos of the Asia Theological Association's General Assembly in 2019 (Singapore) where a number of younger leaders from different parts of Asia gathered with seasoned theological educators to share on topics and issues relevant to the next generation and how the church and theological institutions can address them. 

    This course is well suited for those working in theological education in Asia but also for anyone wanting to gain a privileged and scholarly insight into millennials and how to best serve them through theological education. 

    Course Outcomes

    The intended outcomes of this course are to increase knowledge and understanding of how the 'millennial' generation engages with church and to foster critical reflection skills on how theological education can best serve millennials.

    Course content
    • The Future Church: an Introduction (Lua)
    • Understanding the Millennials and Post-Millennials (Tan)
    • Digital Christianity (Sang)
    • Building Communities (Handayani)
    • Authenticity (Koshy)
    • Arts and Spirituality (Crizaldo)
    • Theological Education and the Millennials (Lee)
    • Evangelical Diversity (Shinohara)


    This course collects the contributions from experts convened by the Asia Theological Association in occasion of the ATA General Assembly 2019 in Singapore.  

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course.


    10 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    10 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to watch the videos in the learning sections, produce a critical comparison table comparing how your school 'provides' theological education and how millennials might rather 'receive' theological education and pass a simple quiz that evaluates your knowledge and understanding of the materials presented in the plenary sessions.

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