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Author: Richard R. Dunn,Jana L. Sundene
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Title: Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults: Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation
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Publisher: IVP Books (February 20, 2012)
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Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults: Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation by Richard R. Dunn,Jana L. Sundene



Jana and Rick offer a way beyond fads into the depths of life in Christ for young adults. If we the church would face the future, we must read this book. While the book touches upon many good ideas and draws in relevant supporting literature, readers will find it challenging to mine useful data from a book that seeks to avoid formulas while providing an abundance of very specific recommendations that come across as best practices.

Jana and Rick offer a way beyond fads into the depths of life in Christ for young adults.

Life-Giving Rhythms for Spiritual Transformation. by Richard R. Dunn and Jana L. Sundene. Veteran disciplemakers Rick Dunn and Jana Sundene offer concrete guidance for those who shepherd and care for emerging adults. Some traditional models of disciplemaking focus on a set curriculum to be transferred from the discipler to the disciplee. Jana and Rick offer a way beyond fads into the depths of life in Christ for young adults.

by Jana L. Sundene and Richard R. Dunn. Between adolescence and adulthood is a new stage of life: emerging adulthood. Those in their twenties and early thirties find themselves in transition. This "provisional adulthood" is a time of identity exploration and instability in which one's vocation, purpose, relationships and spirituality are all being renegotiated.

Veteran disciplemakers Rick Dunn and Jana Sundene offer concrete guidance for those who shepherd and care for emerging adults.

Quotes by Richard R. The time is well past for the church, particularly the Western church, to rethink and reimagine what it means to be the church in the twenty-first century. We seem to have this tendency to want to make things simple with formulas-and yet our formulas consistently make them more complex.

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Drawing much from sociologists, such as Christian Smith, and experts in human development, Sundene and Dunn look at how to best approach a discipleship and mentoring relationship to help guide and shape the lives of emerging adults. Sundene and Dunn’s book is written to bring up a generation of disciple-makers (emerging adult mentors) among those in their mid-life or later years. However, even emerging adults, especially those in pastoral leadership, campus ministry, or any mentoring type relationship with young adults can gain from this book.

Referenced in: Generational Issues.

Between adolescence and adulthood is a new stage of life: emerging adulthood. Those in their twenties and early thirties find themselves in transition. This "provisional adulthood" is a time of identity exploration and instability in which one's vocation, purpose, relationships and spirituality are all being renegotiated. Many emerging adults lose sight of God and experience significant confusion and brokenness. Others unexpectedly reconnect with the Christian faith and seek deeper discipleship, yet lack helpful mentoring and direction. Veteran disciplemakers Rick Dunn and Jana Sundene offer concrete guidance for those who shepherd and care for emerging adults. Some traditional models of disciplemaking focus on a set curriculum to be transferred from the discipler to the disciplee. Dunn and Sundene instead emphasize relational rhythms of discernment, intentionality and reflection to meet emerging adults where they are at and then to walk with them further into the Christlife. Whether you're an older adult ministering to the next generation or a younger adult with a heart for your peers, this book is an accessible, hopeful guide for effective ministry to emerging adults.
Reviews: 7
Nuadabandis
I'm a seminary student reading this book for class. While I agree with a lot of the criticisms on here of how to actually implement the material without formulas or instructions, I did feel there was some good elements regarding the heart of discipling others. I felt at times it could be a little verbose, but overall not the worst book in the world.

The biggest concern for me in my spirit were the parts in the book where the authors seemed to be sublty self-aggrandizing by emphasizing how many lives had been changed because of their faithfulness and obedience. I understand their desire to stress the importance of leaving a spiritual legacy, but the way they spoke about their experiences and "successes" reads very much as spiritual pride/bragging to me (especially when one is talking about how many lives she's impacted through the hundreds of women she's discipled), and that's a major turn-off because in those instances their focus is on their role and responsibility in creating disciples rather than "making themselves less and less" in terms of putting the emphasis on God's work in the disciples. It's a fine line to walk, and unfortunately I don't think it's an element they executed well. With one of the authors being a mega-church pastor, though, I can understand the temptation to look at our role and feel satisfaction in yielding to God to do great things. However, this element pops up throughout the book repeatedly, and even concludes with it on the last page!

An email from a former disciple to Dunn that was included on the last page reads: "I can't wait to introduce you to [list of people]....who know God now, because of you."

Ick. Major, major problem when we assume humans have a bigger role than God in disciple-making. That email leaves a very bad taste in my mouth, especially for the book to end with that example. Still don't know why that email was included, served no purpose reading it other than to make the author look/feel good. For that kind of thing for my spirit to pick up repeatedly throughout the book is enough for me to discourage recommending this to others.
Frdi
Purpose, Main Argument, and Overall Summary;
Sundene and Dunn’s book is written to bring up a generation of disciple-makers among those in their mid-life or later years. In this book the authors inform us on the whys and hows of ministering to younger generations through disciplemaking. The practice of disciplemaking is defined as a person who, while listening, learning, and modeling the Christian life, comes alongside another emerging adult.
In this book an emergent adult is defined as someone between the ages 18 and 35. This purpose of disciplemaking to emergent adults is presented in three parts. First, a foundation for disciplemaking. Second, the specific issues to disciple emerging adults. And third, support for the disciplemaker.
The authors address several developmental issues in emerging adulthood.  Their list includes identity and purpose, spirituality, relationships, sexuality, and the daily life. The authors seek to help aid the adult in discipling the emergent adult by giving them insight in these areas. However, Sundene and Dunn persistently shy away from mentoring methods, but seek out a helpful rhythm in the mentoring relationship:  discernment, intentionality, reflection.
In this book the authors provide five distinguishing marks of emerging adults. First, it is the age of identity exploration. Second, it is the age of instability. Third, it is the most self-focused age of life. Fourth, it is the age of feeling in-between, in transition. And fifth, it is the age of possibilities, when hope flourished, when people have an unparalleled opportunity to transform their lives.
Personal Reflections, Ministerial Considerations, and Questions for Class Consideration;
As far as personal reflections, there is good advice for any ministry here. This book does not promote models or techniques, but a call to discipleship. We must raise up adults who have a desire for developing discipleship relationships. The three skills of discernment, intentionality, and refection provide the foundational skill set of a disciplemaker.
Personally, I have found the themes outlined in this book to be very helpful and stretching in my own mentoring relationships with middle school students, their leaders, and their parents.  Many of the parents of students themselves that in the emergent adult category, as well most of our leaders. And much of the similarities can be seen in our middle school students as well. The themes the authors outline prove to be transformative in cross-cultural mentoring relationships as well.  Disciple-making in every generation is an important work, a work worth spending our lives doing.  Disciple-making among the Millennial Generation requires a discerning, intentional, reflective, and relational journey to help emerging adults shape their craft of life and become disciples and future disciple-makers for emerging adults to come.
Significant Quotations
Emerging adults need spiritual caregivers who will prayerfully engage the disciple’s maturation, steering them away from navigating these life-shaping years primarily based on their own personal or experiential truth. To reach full maturity and maximize potential impact, the emerging adult needs to be challenged and supported as they are awakened to the way, the truth and the life offered by the Father, discovered by the Son and imparted through the Spirit . . . As disciplemakers of emerging adults, God has given us a stable “geographic center” based on the reality reflected in God’s Word and represented by his Son (41).
Let’s face reality: There are no programmatic shortcuts to effective disciplemaking. There is no “easy button”. Disciplemaking is about relationships. Relationships are inefficient. Disciplemaking is about life change. Life change is messy. Disciplemaking is centered in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ allows no pretense. Disciplemaking is unpredictable. Unpredictability requires risk. Disciplemaking is unique to each person, each generation, each cultural context. Uniqueness eliminates the possibility of universally applied “paint by the numbers” disciplemaking relationships (58-59).
No mechanical five-step strategies for life change, clever methodologies to mimic or ultra-cool programs to apply. Just inefficient, messy, unpretentious, unpredictable, risky relationships with no “paint by the numbers” answers on how to proceed. Just you, the young adults you are investing in and Jesus. Nothing more—but so much more than enough (59)
A person’s unwavering trust in God’s wisdom, humble submission in embracing God’s heart, and love that pursues God and others with selfless generosity can all be rendered ineffective and unproductive by relational incompetence in the disciplemaking journey (74)
BeatHoWin
I really love this book's content. Anyone who is interested in discipleship should read this (that should be every Christian believer). I also found it helped me to examine my own self as an emerging adult and how I perceive my own journey. The Kindle version was very well formatted. I think this is the best Kindle reading experience I ever had.
Binthars
I agree with one of the other commentators, this book is not necessarily wrong in it's message, it just says the same thing over and over and over again. I think this book could be 60% shorter and be more powerful.
Truthcliff
I was pleased with the price and quality I received. It met all my expectations. I will use this source again.