Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Emerging Adults, Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials, Discipleship, Mentoring
Christianity | Religion
Thompson, Acquenetta, "Discipleship Mentoring Program for Emerging Adults That Have Abandoned Church" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3550.
There has been and continues to be a mass exodus of emerging adults that have stopped attending church services after they graduate high school. Many emerging adults have abandoned church and other religious institutions, abandoned their affiliation with the title of Christianity or religion, their religious beliefs that they once held, or have participated in other worldview religions or atheism. The purpose of this research study focuses on the similarities and differences between the current generation of emerging adults and earlier generation of young adults, other reasons why emerging adults have abandoned church, and how effective discipleship mentoring can be to resolve this problem. The research conducted resulted in five major reasons why emerging adults have abandoned church and how the discipleship mentoring program used these reasons to disciple emerging adults to grow in their relationship with God and implement spiritual formation into their lives with the guidance to hopefully return to back to church.