About New Generation Ministries
Since 1985 in rural towns of Mississippi and West Tennessee, New Generation Ministries has created and provided a complementary enrichment program designed to assist parents, churches, and public schools enhance the quality of life in our youth. Our program is based on the four attributes of Jesus as a youth. Luke 2:52.
The Problem We Are Addressing
The problems impacting our children, youth and young adults are varied and many, however we will address this overall problem using several points from Dr. Samuel Proctor’s discussion on “The Moral Incubator.”[i]
The Decline of the Moral Incubator
Dr. Samuel Proctor describes the physical environment in which he and his siblings were brought up in as the moral incubator he automatically inherited by birth. The moral incubator was his family, the family value system, the family’s friends, his neighborhood, his church and the quality of life that was inherited from his grandparents to his parents and given to him and to his siblings. It was in this physical environment that he discovered his own person-hood. For Proctor there were two important factors that were valuable to his early and subsequent development.
- The first factor was that his parents had something to give him as soon as he was born into this world, and that was a history and a tradition.
- The second factor was the extended family network that participated in his growth and development
The moral incubator is a crucial element in the lives of African American youth because within it young people are given the opportunity to discover themselves as they begin to learn about life and survival.Often parents, especially single parents, spend time working, trying to make ends meet. Therefore, they cannot or do not take the time to develop moral character in their children. This often means leaving the moral training to others or totally neglecting the moral development of their children. The decline of the “Moral Incubator” is a problem because without it youth are left defenseless in a hostile world.
- When children lack a healthy moral incubator in the home, they are more easily mis-educated about the significance of African Americans as it relates to history, cultural values, and religious heritage.
- This is especially true when public school systems fail to utilize culturally relevant materials in their curriculum.
The family and the extended family should always be in the process of providing moral incubators where young people can be nurtured. The local church in any community can give support to the moral incubator. The decline of the moral incubator often leaves children, youth and young adults vulnerable to:
- Sexual Activity
- Drug Use
- Alcohol Use
- Academic Problems
- Peer Pressure
- Social Media
- On-Screen Violence [ii]
The decline of the moral incubator also exacerbates the:
- The Mistrust Of The Church
- The Negative Influences of Social Media
- The Failure of Social Institutions Meant to Help Children
- To assist parents, churches, public schools and community organizations to improve their quality of life of our youth.
- To be an extension of the family’s moral incubator where students can safely learn and engage with their surroundings in ways that will help them grow and enhance the quality of their lives.
- To study the spiritual and practical attributes of Wisdom, Stature, and Favor with God and Man that shaped the life of Jesus from the age of twelve.
To develop a fellowship of young women and men who are proteges of Jesus, well versed in the life of Jesus and the attributes of wisdom, stature, favor with God and favor with man associated with Jesus at the age of twelve.
- This fellowship of proteges will be empowered with knowledge and understanding about wisdom that will help them navigate the chaotic maze of life from the wisdom books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Job.
- Help the fellowship of proteges identify seven qualities in the life of Jesus that will serve as a strong foundation to build and enrich their lives with fruitfulness and purpose while weathering the storms of life.
- This fellowship of proteges will learn how to practice Love in Action, fulfilling the great commandment.
- The Protégé fellowship will learn ways to live out the great commission by making disciples of Jesus Christ, using their skills, gifts and abilities to share God’s message of hope, deliverance & victory to transform the world.
- Discipleship/Mentoring: Teaching our participants about the life and work of Jesus and how it is how and why he continues to be relevant
- New Generation Ministries Enrichment Program: Cultivating, equipping and advancing the gifts and abilities in our students for Kingdom work.
- Community Service & Mission: Taking a practical look at what it means to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves and putting it in action.
- REARR Media & Communication: Communicating God’s Message of Hope, Deliverance & Victory using one’s gifts, skills and abilities,
[i] Samuel Proctor, My Moral Odyssey (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1989), 19-32.