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Oct. 22, 2013

Ministry Starts by “being with”

A blog post by Luke Halverson What is one thing I have noticed about young adults? Early on in the book of Job, Satan is granted power over Job’s life. From Job losing his children to having sores inflicted all over his body, Job endured enormous amounts of pain and loss. When Job’s friends heard of his pain, they sought
Oct. 21, 2013

The Next Ninety Five: Being A Young Lutheran in the 21st Century

A blog post by Isaac van Bruggen Picture this: it’s the early 1500s, and you are a young Martin Luther. Disenchanted with some of the Church’s teachings, you begin to form your own ideas and question authority. You go rogue. Do you ever wonder what it must have felt like to completely change the church in your thirties? Look around
Oct. 15, 2013

Christian Camping in Light of Emerging Adult Research

A blog post by Jake Sorenson Christian outdoor ministry is an incredibly understudied field. As scholarly attention increases in the fields of youth ministry and emerging adult ministry, camp is conspicuously absent from nearly every study. Evidence for camp’s effectiveness is left largely to anecdotal accounts that seem convincing to those of us who have had wonderful camp experiences but
Oct. 14, 2013

Emerging Adult Faith Formation and the Camp Experience

A blog post by Jake Sorenson In diverse studies on emerging adult religiosity, three essential factors consistently rise to the top as important for lasting faith formation: relationships, internalization of faith, and incorporation of faith into daily living. These factors align remarkably with the “essential trinity” of camping: community living, away from home, and in an outdoor, recreational environment. This
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Oct. 09, 2013

Discovering More About Young Adults – Resources Installment #2

A blog post by Terri Elton As we begin to imagine accompanying younger adults in their journey, what are some things to keep in mind? 1. Younger adults are tinkerers. According to Robert Withnow: “The single work that best describes young adults’ approach to religion and spiritual life — indeed life — is tinkering. A tinkerer puts together a like
Oct. 07, 2013

Young Adult Resources, Installment #1

A blog post by Terri Elton Over the next several weeks, we will share with you some resources that might help you understand some aspects of what’s going on in the lives of people in their 20s and 30s. This first installment address these three questions: Who are they? Why is this so important? What is their main “task”? Who
Oct. 06, 2013

Young Adult Intro

A blog post by Terri Elton My daughter is almost 21. She can vote and serve in the army, but in the eyes of society she will not be an official adult until her birthday appears on the calendar. Yet her birthday and the ability to drink in a bar are only two markers of her transition into adulthood. We,
Aug. 01, 2013

10 Things I’ve Learned About Young Adults

A blog post by Aaron Fuller For the past three years, I’ve been coaching wrestling at Augsburg College, a small ELCA college in Minneapolis. This time has given me the gift of hanging out with young adult wrestlers. Because of the nature of the sport and the coach/athlete relationship, I’ve learned some important lessons about young adults and their lives,
Oct. 24, 2012

Ministry to Young Adults

By Neil Christianson David Kinnaman, author of the book unChristian, tells us that we are operating out of an old model that isn’t effective for young adults today. In his new book You Lost Me, he says that close to 60% of young people who went to church in high school drop out after high school. Why? Barna Research gives us
Oct. 10, 2012

Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church

In light of Nancy’s blog post Looking for the “Nones” and the recent Pew study that showed one in five adults have no religious affiliation, you might be wondering why people are leaving the church.  A five-year project headed by Barna Group president David Kinnaman explores the opportunities and challenges of faith development among teens and young adults within a