CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILY DAY OF DEFENSE PROJECTS

The Children youth and family program invites students to work on a thesis project during their capstone class.  These projects explore the cutting edge ideas in children, youth, and family ministry. 

The CYF prize is given annually to two students who demonstrate excellence in reflecting theologically, culturally, and pragmatically on the practice of children, youth, young adult, or family ministries.  The prize is awarded in connection to an 18 to 22 page thesis paper.

View more information on the award criteria. 

Below are presentations and papers of the past winners.  We have also collected many of the other projects submitted, you can browse them by year using the links to the left.

2014 Winning Projects

Corporate Worship's Pedagogy
by Culynn Curtis
The Sanctified Life: Modesty is Not the Best Policy
by Ali Ferin

2013 Winning Projects

Bridging the Disconnect: Reframing Vocation for the Sake of Young Adults & the Church
by Aaron Fuller
Narrative Beings: What Virtual Media is Revealing About Our Youth
by Kyle Zvejnieks

2012 Winning Projects

A Future I Trust In: Identity and Vocation as the Parent-Leader
by Karen Gieseke
Communities of Creativity: The Role of Symbols on Youth Formation
by Andrew Kellner

2011 Winning Projects

Church & Canvas: Recreating the Engagement of Art with Youth & Young Adults
by Katy Vitek
On Beyond Zebra: Thinking Beyond Traditional Models of Children's Ministry
by Amber Espinosa

2010 Winning Projects

Youth Homelessness:  A Cry for Right Memory and Embrace
by Matthew Maas

2009 Winning Projects

Youth as Co-Creators in Ministry
by Derek Tronsgard