Adult Ministries in the Church

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Adult Ministries in the Church


Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 24 MinutesTime Required: 19 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced


How do adults learn? What are the most successful ways to teach them? This course presents principles of adult education and their application to various adult age levels within the church. Learners explore theories in young, middle, and older adult education, and examine successful ministries to singles, single parents, and families. The course promotes Knowles’ andragogical model of adult education, emphasizing such important subjects as how adults learn, how structure the classroom, and how to facilitate learning.

This course is part of our Legacy Series of courses from renowned scholars over several decades.


ProfessorKenneth O. Gangel, PhD (1935-2009)
  • Mercy College, LittD
  • University of Missouri, PhD
  • Concordia Seminary, STM
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, MA
  • Grace Theological Seminary, MDiv
  • Taylor University, BA


  1. Understand a basic biblical theology of adult education.
  2. Develop a “psychology of adulthood,” especially a grasp of adult learning theories.
  3. Analyze the characteristics and developmental areas of the three general adult age groups (young, middle, and senior).
  4. Develop a philosophy of ministering to various sub-groups among the church’s adults (e.g., singles, single parents, divorced, ill, and elderly).
  5. Apply the principles of adult education to church ministry.


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