Faith Formation with Midlife Adults
Midlife adulthood - adults in their 40s and 50s - is a complex time that is marked both by stability and mastery of life, and by chaos and uncertainty. Midlife adults are in the midst of their most productive professional years. Many are engaged in the joys and demands of family life and tending to the needs of their children. But they are also at a crossroads. They have lived about half as long as they will live, and this realization can have a profound impact on midlife adults. The following summary, based on his chapter, presents key developmental, generational, and religious/spiritual perspectives on midlife adulthood drawn from a variety of research studies and analysis.
Principles & Practices
Feature: Faith Formation with Midlife Adults - Jim Merhaut
Jim Merhaut, one of the authors of The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation, describes effective practices and strategies for faith formation with midlife adults.
Generation X Research - The Longitudinal Study of American Youth - University of Michigan
The research reports from the Longitudinal Study of American Youth highlight the experiences, challenges, attitudes, behaviors, and dreams of the group of Americans known as Generation X. It is drawn from the responses of approximately 4,000 members of this generation, surveyed each year from 1987 through 2010. Generation X refers to American adults now 30 to 50 years of age, born between 1961 and 1981
Generation X: Ministry Lessons from the Television Kids - Jim Merhaut
Generation X is now parenting the kids in your church. If you’ve noticed changes in the loyalty of parents to your program in the past ten years, that’s because Gen X has arrived and they’ll only be loyal if you prove that you’ve earned their loyalty. Institutions are not to be trusted and anything bigger than a family fits the institutional bill.