Emerging Adulthood, or Young Adults between the ages of 18 and 30, include a social/economic cohort that call for for new strategies for ministry. While not every young adult fits this category, recent research seems to indicate the church needs to rethink its approach for the future. The following page offers resources for future study.
Jeffrey Jensen Arnett on Emerging Adulthood
(major theorist for the movement)
Christian Smith’s important followup research on young adulthood
Barna research that seems to include Emerging Adults who are leaving the church
Free ebook on ministry to Emerging Adults
Yet Another Stage of Life?
Scientific American Article
Challenging the concept of Emerging Adults
The Pew Foundation Research Center and PBS Newshour provide insights to this age level cohort associated with Emerging Adulthood including demographic information on ethnic representation and civic engagement
Danny Quanstrom presented a survey addressing millennial clergy in the church of the Nazarene during the quadrennial gathering of Nazarene ministers in Kansas City (M15). He also proposed ways of going forward to overcome some shortcomings to some weaknesses we have as a denomination