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Publication Date

Summer 8-2020


The goal of this project was to develop a curriculum that helped students and young adults navigate the complex road of relationships and life in community. Culture in the nation and in much of the world is in a state of rapid change, and these changes impact the nature of relationships and how individuals interact with one another. Many factors such as social media, the breakdown of community, and political polarization have contributed to isolation, lack of social connections and loneliness. This paper addresses the current challenges, while also providing a theological framework for living in healthy community with one another. This paper uses the work and life of Jesus as a reference point for a theology of community, and as a model of relational wholeness. Based upon this study, a six-week curriculum is provided. This curriculum is to be used in a small group setting with students and young adults. The curriculum addresses six areas: dealing with conflict, leadership development, understanding one’s family of origin, boundaries and healthy relationships, and recognizing when one needs further help and support.

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

First Advisor

Lee, Cindy

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Youth, Young Adults, College Students, Community, Communities, Relationships, Curriculum development, Curriculum, Curriculum planning, Small groups, Small group, Church and the world


Practical Theology | Religious Education


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