Millennial Students in Higher Education: Changes Needed from Christian Teachers
Keywords:Millennial students, higher education, Christian teachers, change
Millennial students learn differently compared with the previous generations, and this variation demands changes from Higher Education (HE) teachers. Even though many studies have offered suggestions for change, there is scarcity of research, specifically related to how Christian HE teachers can be effective disciple-makers to millennial students. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to shed light on how Christian HE teachers can be effective disciple-makers to millennial students, while fostering curiosity and passion for learning. To be effective disciple-makers, Christian HE teachers can follow Jesus’ model of discipleship: nurturing community, doing mission service, reflecting on experience, and intentionally developing students’ character (Parker, 2012). Additionally, since actions speak louder than words, millennial students need to see a living faith in Christ modeled by their HE teachers. This paper examines these needs, approaching the topic from a post-positivist paradigm. It employs a theoretical format to review the literature, to identify key criteria for discipling millennials.