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Generation: The Centre for the Study of Youth, Children and Families Mission and Ministry

Generation: The Centre for the Study of Youth, Children and Families (YCF) Mission and Ministry aims to provide a space for research and conversations on evangelical approaches to ministry and mission among YCF, including a focus on how children, youth and families are integrated into the life of the church.

About the Centre

Generation will host termly forums aimed at practitioners and academics seeking to explore the theology of YCF ministry. As such, Generation aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in YCF ministry and grapple with the theological issues it raises.

While based at Cliff, Generation will also work with a range of significant partners working in the area of YCF ministry, and a Council of Reference will ensure that the centre focuses on issues that are relevant and timely for those working in this area.

The Co-Directors of the Centre are Gareth Crispin (Programme Lead for the BA Mission and Ministry) and Ed Mackenzie (Lecturer in Biblical Theology and Mission).

Upcoming activities

Our next forum takes place on Monday 17 October, and is titled How does class shape mission and ministry to youth, children and families? This forum will tackle this significant question for mission and ministry to youth, children and families. Presentations will be given by Gemma Wraight and Erica Payne. Booking is available below - please contact Ed Mackenzie or Gareth Crispin for more details.

Past activities

Generation has hosted four forums - you can find the titles, speakers and recordings of these events below.

Inaugural forum in June 2021

Why do we do what we do? Reflecting theologically on youth, children and families' mission and ministry Gareth Crispin
Graeme Thompson
Forum in October 2021How are children spiritual? Exploring the relationship between evangelical theology and children’s spiritualityRobin Barfield
Sarah Holmes
Forum in February 2022Evangelism to youth, children and families in a secular ageAli Campbell

Lou Woolcock and Laura Hancock

Forum in June 2022

Sexual Ethics and Contemporary Culture

Ian Paul and Rachel Gardner

If you have any queries about the Centre, please get in touch with Gareth Crispin ( or Ed Mackenzie (