Spiritual Formation with Youth and Emerging Adults
January 15 – February 23, 2018
Rev. David MacDonald, DMin, Instructor
2 CEU’s | $200.00
Recent well-respected studies have shown a rise among youth and emerging adults of a group known as the “nones.” Fewer young people are concerned with traditional organized forms of religion than members of previous generations. The same studies have shown, however, that young people today are as interested or more interested than any generation before them in exploring their spiritual lives. The term “spiritual but not religious” has never been more relevant than among the current generation of 18-26 year olds in the U.S. Churches and other ministries of spiritual formation can help open young people to the depth of resources available to them in the Christian spiritual tradition. Much of what entails “spiritual formation with youth and emerging adults” is developmental in nature, rather than focusing specifically on the current Millennial generation. Thus, insights into faith development and maturity can provide a long-term approach to spiritual formation with this group that draws upon the ancient traditions of the Church.
This course will help pastors, youth leaders, campus ministers, chaplains, and others who work with youth and emerging adults find new ways to help young people who are on a spiritual journey.