The Challenging Landscape of Emerging Adulthood
Emerging Adults Consortium | Session 1
Emerging Adulthood is a term that describes not a particular developmental stage but a season in the life of many young adults who are marked by the challenges of this 21st century. In this introductory session, Sundene and Dunn address motivations for understanding and coming alongside of emerging adults. The session especially focuses upon particular challenges that young adults face and their affects. These challenges are viewed through four lenses: (i) a biblical/theological view of disciple-making as it relates to young adulthood, (ii) relevant relational and developmental factors, (iii) global socio-cultural shifts, and finally (iv) local socio-cultural trends specifically related to engagement in the local church. Overall, the session calls for awareness of the difficulties that many young adults face and encourages a willingness to compassionately and proactively speak into their lives.
Richard R. Dunn is lead pastor of Fellowship Evangelical Free Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, a congregation consisting primarily of emerging adults. He was formerly chair of educational ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Jana Sundene is an Associate Professor of Christian Ministries (Trinity College). Before coming to Trinity in 1990, Professor Sundene served as an associate director of youth at Garden Grove Community Church in California and at Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois.