Kyu Hahn is a current Master of Divinity student.
(i) Why did you choose this class?
Every branch of ministry (children's ministry, youth ministry, care ministry, grief ministry, and more) seem to point to the very basic human need and desire for "family structure." God's Kingdom is a renovated version of family-hood where all are invited, reconciled, and restored. I chose this class because "family" seems to be a foundation brick that all ministries are built on, and thus I wanted to learn and understand the 'modern family'.
(ii) What have you enjoyed the most about this class so far?
The class looks into the core characteristics of 'modernism' and 'post modernism'. Such close examination of worldviews helps us to understand how the societies around us shape our thoughts, decisions, actions, and moreover our family structures; adults have become deeply individualistic due to sophistication of the society and therefore the kids are left alone in their developmental process with increasing 'performance-based' expectations. We have thus far learned that people so rapidly change upon shifting values of society, and therefore the Church ought to first understand to whom (what kinds of people) we are ministering to.
(iii) What do you hope this class will equip you for?
I hope to be widened in my understanding of different groups of people. And, I hope to learn practical methods and techniques to communicate Jesus to them. Youths, in particular, today are highly stressed from many expectations that surround their lives (grade, sports, SATS, and what have you), and they find their self-worth from level of achievements which often times are best reinforced by comments of their parents and adults around them. The concept of "free grace" seems to be so foreign to these kids who have been earning and achieving much things in their lives since early age. How are we going to communicate 'grace' to these kids? This will be the question I will be asking throughout this course. READ MORE ABOUT 'INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY MINISTRY'