Congregations sometimes struggle to engage the 18-30 year olds in their community. Recently defined as “emerging adults”, members of this life stage are navigating the distance between high school and the typical “adult” milestones that earlier generations reached at a younger age: job security, marriage/life partnership, parenthood and home ownership, for example. This research-based book brings home the practical and spiritual implications of emerging adulthood for congregations and emerging adults themselves. The authors are teachers with experience in young adult and campus ministry. They describe what it means to attain adulthood within this life stage. They address, among other things, developmental issues like “identity, intimacy and sexuality, vocation and mentoring”. And they offer practical tools for fostering spiritual formation to help this group along its unique journey to adulthood. Spiritual Formation could serve as a training or conversation resource for staff, small group leaders, and emerging adults themselves.
Curated by Marie F. Fleming