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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.

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January 15, 2018


Instructor: Rev. David MacDonald, DMin

Rev. Dr. David MacDonald serves as the University Chaplain at Ohio Northern University. He earned a doctor of ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a master of divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He has recently had an article on group spiritual direction with emerging adults published in Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, and has a chapter on vocational discernment in The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace: Theological Reflection on Collegiate Ministry. His first book, Introducing Eight Classical Spiritual Practices to Collegiate Ministry, is due to be published by The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church in late 2018.