Faith Formation with Young Adults
Young adulthood encompasses the years of “emerging adulthood” (eighteen to twenty-nine) a time of significant change and transition, and the early years of marriage and the beginning of parenting. In American society today, the young adult stage of adulthood corresponds to the millennial generation. (As of 2015, the oldest millennials are thirty-five years old and the youngest in the later years of high school.) The following summary, based on his chapter, presents key developmental, generational, and religious/spiritual perspectives on young adulthood drawn from a variety of research studies and analysis.
Principles & Practices
Feature: Faith Formation with Young Adults - Kyle Oliver
Kyle Oliver, one of the authors of The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation, describes effective practices and strategies for faith formation with young adults.
Engaging Young Adults Effectively - Asa Lee
The Faith Communities Today (FACT) study focused on the active involvement of young adults in participating faith communities and involved a multi-year examination of ten congregations with a sizable presence of young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. These case studies revealed some key lessons in how to attract and engage younger adult populations.
Faith Formation in Christian Practices with Youth and Young Adults - Don Richter
Don Richter offers thoughtful commentary and practical ideas for developing Christian practices faith formation with young adults based on his experience with the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith and his work on the book, Way to Live.
Faith Formation with Emerging Adults - John Roberto
How can churches address the distinctive spiritual and religious needs of emerging adults? What does faith formation with emerging adults look like? Part 1 of this article presents research findings on what young adults are seeking in a congregation and what congregations are doing to address their religious and spiritual needs. Part 2 presents a variety of congregational examples of approaches, ideas, and practices in faith formation with emerging adults.
Building a Young Adult Network - Mary Cat Young
First-person story of a young adult minister’s involvement in building a denominational young adult network across multiple churches in a large metropolitan area.
Churches Emerging Adults Like (The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project)
What kinds of churches do emerging adults attend? Why do they go? How involved are they? How do churches engage emerging adults in meaningful ways? Here are reports of churches that are reaching the emerging adult population.
How to Attract Young People to Church - Noami Schaefer Riley
In her book “Got Religion?” a journalist profiles seven religious institutions that have created new models for inviting young adults into lives of faith. Interestingly, she says technology is not the answer.
How to Reach Young Adults - Anthony Robinson
The author has eight suggestions for reaching Generation Next, starting with the reminder: We're not just another social club or civic group. (FaithandLeadership.com)
Increasing Young Adult Participation in Churches and Other Faith Communities: Profiles & Case Studies (Faith Communities Today Research)
What is the involvement of young adults in local congregations across the United States? And how are faith communities with significant proportion of young adults distinctive? The resources below explore patterns and practices of congregations with significant young adult involvement.
Kevin Offers a DIY Approach to Jewish Millennials - Yonat Shimron
A startup in California has adapted the small group model to Jewish life, offering support for people to study ancient texts in community. The approach is attracting both young and old, the unaffiliated as well as synagogue members.
Taking a Coalition Approach to Young Adult Ministry - Kate Hine, SND and Margaret Vogel
The Coalition with Young Adults (C-YA) is an intentional network of community leaders and young adults who work collaboratively to reveal a Church that is relevant to today’s young adults.