Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
Covenant Seminary is pleased to announce a new partnership with NEXT (formerly Global Youth and Family Ministries) that will strengthen the Seminary’s ability to prepare pastors and other ministry leaders to reach emerging generations with the grace and truth of God’s gospel in powerful and culturally relevant ways. The distinctive partnership will enable both organizations to better provide strategic training for shaping a new generation of local church leaders with a global mindset.
Founded by Covenant Seminary alumnus Dr. Eric Larsen, NEXT is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America’s Mission to the World (MTW) focused on equipping missionaries, national leaders, and indigenous churches around the world to reach the youth in their communities with the gospel. The new partnership will give Covenant’s ministry-leaders-in-training greater access to the knowledge and expertise of NEXT’s experienced staff and provide NEXT with a new hub of operations for its global ministry.
Larsen, a PCA pastor with a doctorate in youth, family, and culture, grew up as a “missionary kid” and knows firsthand the challenges involved in reaching the next generation. He has taught courses on next-generation ministry at Covenant and other Christian institutions for many years and is the author of the recent book MissionNext: How the Church Can Reach a Global Generation. Under the partnership, he will continue to teach key courses in Covenant’s youth ministry curriculum and consult regularly with Seminary faculty, staff, and alumni on best practices for reaching and equipping emerging generations for ministry.
Larsen sees the partnership as a win-win proposition for both ministries: “Today’s exploding global youth population, extension of adolescence, and emerging global youth culture make 10–30-year-olds the largest under-reached people group in the world. We call it the 10/30 Window. Together, NEXT and Covenant are connecting classroom to practice, linking emerging leaders with the worldwide church, raising-up pastors, church planters, missionaries, and servants in various ministries to lead the global church in reaching the next generation with the gospel.”
Dr. Mark Dalbey, president of Covenant Seminary, agrees: “This partnership enables both Covenant and NEXT to build on each other’s strengths for the purpose of better equipping Christ’s church locally and globally over the next twenty years and beyond. It also illustrates the kind of cooperation we like to see among our denominational agencies. The biggest winners will be those reached by the gospel of grace and truth as a result of the expanded opportunities this partnership provides.”