The Princeton Project on Youth, Globalization,
and the Church

The Princeton Project on Youth, Globalization, and the Church is designed to assess the impact of globalization on young people, and to ascertain responses available to the 21st Century church. The project has three goals:

  • To develop the first body of theoretical literature that examines the trends and relationships between globalization and modernization, young people, and religion at the turn on the twenty-first century
  • To develop constructive proposals for the Christian community's responses to issues raised by youth in a global culture
  • To identify salient issues for practical theology related to youth, globalization, and the church in the 21st century

Rather than acting as a satellite that televises the entire global landscape related to youth ministry from afar, this project relies on the academic equivalent to journalistic photographers, "stringers" indigenous to given regions that report in detail, comment, and interpret what it is they are seeing from their perspectives.

The project is conceived to be international in scope but makes no pretense of being inclusive of every economy or geographic region affected by globalization, using qualitative instead of quantitative measures.

The globalization project members include scholars from a range of economic as well as geographic "spheres" who will work independently (descriptive portions) and together (constructive portions) on the project's content. The project papers include reports from Russia, Germany, South Africa, Japan, India and Latin America.

It is assumed that the project will take three years to complete, and that its projected outcomes include online literature reviews, a book publishing project findings and theoretical and constructive proposals, and the possibility of conferences or related gatherings within each global sphere to disseminate findings in culturally appropriate ways.