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Spiritual formation support for young adults is a crucial ministry for the church today. Young adults often are neglected by churches who cater to older members that are less interested in adapting to a new generation. It is important to prioritize the spiritual formation of young adults both for the purpose of helping young people know Jesus and be transformed by his love, but also for the church to thrive in the future.

Models need to be given on how churches may particularly journey with young adults as they grow in faith. This doctoral project provides an experience of both spiritual direction sessions and a prayer retreat that support the spiritual formation of college students from George Fox University. The results of this project showed significant growth in the college students who participated in the experience.

Part One explores the ministry context of Newberg First Presbyterian Church in the city of Newberg, Oregon and nearby to George Fox University. Part Two offers a theological reflection on the spiritual formation of young adults using Scripture, literature review, and the setting of Newberg First Presbyterian Church’s college and young adult ministry. Part Three demonstrates the value of the ministry practices of spiritual direction and prayer retreats for the spiritual formation of young adults.

Now is an exciting time to invest in the next generation of Christian leaders. Churches that wish to follow Jesus’ call to make disciples are invited to prioritize ministry to young adults. College students and other young adults are open to grow deeper in faith, but they need opportunities like spiritual direction and prayer retreats to help them experience intimacy with God and spiritual transformation.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Summerell, Steve

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Spiritual direction, Spiritual formation, Emerging adulthood, Young adults, College students, Retreats, Newberg First Presbyterian Church


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