Streaming Media


How can ministry leaders in the twenty-first century provide guidance for those who are the leading edge of the church's next generation? How might emerging adults become contributors to congregations where they are given space to offer and plan for themselves rather than passively acquiesce to traditional church structures where a strict, top-down leadership style dominates? In conversation with author Letty Russell, this paper will describe a more democratic vision of ecclesiology for music ministry and ministries of the larger church. The methodology employed in this thesis involves a case study examining the creation of a choral ensemble focusing on Millennials and Generation Z that became a community of service and song dedicated to egalitarian leadership and a focus on social justice. This work will also give insight into a more egalitarian approach to leadership for a new generation of church leaders.

Degree Date

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name



Perkins School of Theology


C. Michael Hawn

Subject Area

Music, Religion


Keywords: leadership, ecclesiology, millennial, emerging adults, young adults, choir, Generation Z, music ministry

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