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The goal of this study was to develop an effective model of ministry in the local church context to emerging adults living in Australia. It is argued that this model would involve mature Christians acting as mentors who include and involve emerging adults in the life of the church. The model was developed as a result of a biblical theology of adoption, based on the relationship between Christ and his disciples; and that Paul had with his church members.

The study revealed that the largest group that are disengaging from active involvement in the Seventh-day Adventist Church are young men up to thirty-four years of age. Due to several factors, many emerging adults find the local church irrelevant to their daily lives. While in some cases this is due to the need to travel for further education or employment, it remains significant that many don’t re-engage in the church at their new residential location.

In order to reverse the trend of disengagement, local church leaders need to actively nurture relationships with emerging adults and engage them in appropriate ministries and activities in the life of the church. Developing relationships will benefit the younger members as they learn from mature members, but more importantly the faith of the mentor in many cases will enable the emerging adult to grow in their spiritual insight and understanding.

Content Reader: Chap Clark, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Clark, Chap

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Australian Seventh-Day Adventist Church; Emerging church movement; Non-church-affiliated people; Ex-church members; Church work with young adults


Missions and World Christianity


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