Doctor of Pastoral Music: Graduate Profiles

Kevin Turner (2016 Cohort)

Program Pioneer: First Doctor of Pastoral Music Graduate (Find Perspective article here)

Kevin A. Turner, DPM ’20, is an ordained deacon in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves Davidson United Methodist Church, Davidson, North Carolina as Pastor for Worship and Music.

Thesis Abstract:

THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO TURN: IMAGINING A NEW ECCLESIOLOGY FOR EMERGING ADULTS THROUGH MISSIONAL MUSIC MINISTRY

Advisor: C. Michael Hawn
Second Reader: O. Wesley Allen
Doctor of Pastoral Music Conferred: May 16, 2020
Thesis completed: April 23, 2020

How can ministry leaders in the twenty-first century provide guidance for those who are at the leading edge of the church’s next generation? How might emerging adults become contributors to congregations where they are given space to offer and plan for themselves rather than passively acquiesce to traditional church structures where a strict, top-down leadership style dominates? In conversation with author Letty Russell, this paper will describe a more democratic vision of ecclesiology for music ministry and ministries of the larger church. The methodology employed in this thesis involves a case study examining the creation of a choral ensemble focusing on Millennials and Generation Z that became a community of service and song dedicated to egalitarian leadership and a focus on social justice. This work will also give insight into a more egalitarian approach to leadership for a new generation of church leaders.

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