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Young Adult Resources

Spiritually thirsty millennials turn to the occult: Reluctance of Catholics to discuss supernatural leaves many vulnerable to dangers of the occult

The link above leads to an article by Nicholas W. Smith and appears in OSV Newsweekly.

 

Bon Secours Young Adult Ministry Grant

The purpose of the Grant Fund is to further the charism of the Sisters of Bon Secours in the world — compassion, healing, and liberation — by providing funding for projects and programs that benefit young adults in keeping with the mission and philosophy of the Bon Secours Young Adults Ministry. To learn more and to access the application please click here.

 

The Data Is Changing: Research and Implications for Young Adult Ministry

Too often, church leaders have relied on outdated assumptions and limited anecdotes for their approach to young adults.  But these are weak foundations for any congregation upon which to build their ministry.

Instead, effective young adult ministry requires solid data and facts.  But where do we start looking?  The data is almost limitless: sociological works by Christian Smith, Robert Wuthnow, and Dean Hoge and; extensive studies done by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) or the Pew Research Center.

The data is almost limitless: Sociological works include those by Christian Smith, Robert Wuthnow, and Dean Hoge as well as extensive studies from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and the Pew Research Center.

A consortium of academic and congregational leaders from across the United States has recently compiled much of that information into a series of essays.  They hope to reflect on the implications that this data will have for churches and their efforts with young adults.  This ecumenical effort, called The Changing SEA Project (SEA stands for "spirituality of emerging adults"), has released a number of these essays online, which you are welcome to view.

The Changing SEA is a great one-stop shop for young adult ministers and provides some great data (and academic reflection) on which good outreach and ministry might be built or enhanced.

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