Exploring a Framework
Emerging Adults Consortium | Session 2
Building on the first session’s call to proactively and compassionately speak into the journey of emerging adults, the second session proposes a highly relational and responsive framework for such an approach. Though churches and other ministries that are seeking to reach emerging adults may need to reexamine their approach programmatically, this session explores the place where the “rubber meets the road” with emerging adults: mentoring relationships. Three rhythms for joining emerging adults on their journey are explored. First, listening with discernment to the adult and the Lord in order to gain an accurate and Spirit-assisted perspective on how best to support. Second, rather than being advice-focused, the mentor can move forward with intentionality, responding to what has been discerned with wisdom in guiding the adult as they figure out intentional steps for moving forward. The final rhythm involves taking time to reflect on both the interpersonal process and one’s own intrapersonal process and areas for growth in the midst of this journey. In this way, we join the emerging adult in transformational living.
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.