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A Strategic Approach Equipping Parents to Raise Children to Become Healthy
Adults by Age Twenty-Five
James Kyooje Lee
Doctor of Ministry
School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
The goal of this final project is to create a parent seminar and strategy that would
serve local churches, Christian schools, and families. Over the past few decades, major
shifts and changes have taken place in the adolescent journey and the complicated
transition into adulthood. Adolescence is starting earlier and ending later. A new
demographic called emerging adulthood has developed, finding its way in between
adolescence and adulthood. Many parents, schools, and ministries intuitively know
growing up today is different but do not necessarily know what is at the root causes of so
many changes. The journey of adolescence is further complicated by the systemic
abandonment of youth by adults and their agendas.
This final project takes an in-depth look at the reasons why adolescence is taking
so much longer. Because adolescence is extended, the natural by-product is the delaying
of entering adulthood as defined by traditional markers. Keeping these dynamics in mind,
the project not only explains the multitude of reasons behind the rapidly changing
landscapes of adolescence and emerging adulthood, it also provides helpful strategies to
assist parents, educators, youth pastors, coaches and executives. Adults today need to
learn both the new markers of adulthood and the non-traditional order in which these
markers are reached.
Ultimately, positive change will come from a true awareness of today’s landscape
by an older generation of adults willing to come alongside young people and families. A
final goal of this project is to provide a parenting seminar that can assist parents, schools,
and churches across the country.
Content Reader: Chap Clark, PhD.
Doctor of Ministry
Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood, Parent, Adult
Arts and Humanities | Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Lee, James, "A Strategic Approach Equipping Parents to Raise Children to Become Healthy Adults by Age Twenty-Five" (2018). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 283.