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The goal of this study was to examine the unique needs of the Millennial generation in the pivotal season of life as they enter into young adulthood. This paper proposed a mentoring strategy to support young adults at Peachtree Presbyterian Church through this transitional life stage to help them discover a greater sense of personal identity, cultivate spiritual formation and embrace a desire for missional living. This program was implemented in a trial run from 2006-2009. In 2009, a more strategic mentoring ministry was developed to incorporate the lessons learned in the first attempt.
Through an examination of Scripture, this study argues that Jesus used relational methodology to teach his own disciples. Jesus established an imitative faith, calling his disciples to follow him and his way of life. In Matthew 28:19-20, he left his disciples with the on-going mission of continuing the relational pattern of disciple-making that he initiated. This study also draws from three methods of spiritual guidance in the history of the Church, spiritual direction, spiritual friendship and Christian coaching, each aimed at helping people grow spiritually and caring for their individual needs. Due to the challenges in forming natural intergenerational relationships within a mega-church, the program developed a systematic way to pair mentors with mentees for the purpose of intentional spiritual mentoring relationships.
This study concludes that one-to-one spiritual mentoring presents both many benefits and challenges. The majority of young adults who participated in the program expressed positive feedback about their mentoring experiences, and in particular those who utilized the life-planning curriculum Storyline, which helped them develop a sense of personal identity and grow in spiritual formation and missional living. However, further revisions to the program are needed to ensure that it will be sustainable long-term and continue to draw more young people into intentional spiritual friendships.
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Ryan, Miriam N., "Mentoring Young Adults for Identity Formation, Spiritual Growth and Missional Living at Peachtree Presbyterian Church" (2015). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 192.