Recommended Reading


Life as a Young Adult

Letter to My 26-Year-Old Self, Suzanne Hadley Gosselin, Boundless 

Not Quite Adults: The Uncertain Period of Emerging Adulthood, Danielle Moskow 

Panicking with Grace: a Spirituality for Whatever’s Next, Teresa Donellan, America: the Jesuit Review 

What Every Millennial Needs to Know About Life After Graduating College, Clayton Ganziano, Relevant 

Why is Life After College So Hard?, Rebecca Oswell, Relevant 

Young Adult Ministry

Church and Millennials Don’t Mix? Yes, They Can, and They Do, Michelle Ioannou, Not Another Millennial Blog  

Designing Worship Spaces with Millennials in Mind, Barna Group

Five Reasons Millennials Stay Connected to Church, Barna Group

Five Ways to Connect with Millennials, Barna Group 

‘How Do We Get Millennials to Attend Church?’: Why That is the Wrong Question, Ed Cyzewski, Christianity Today 

How Does the Church Reach Millennials? Hint: It’s Not Flashing Lights or Rock Band Worship, Nancy Flory, Stream 

Reaching the Next Generation: This is a Generation Starving for Community, Christianity Today 

So You Want to Start a Young Adult Ministry, John Greco, Boundless 

What the Latest Bible Research Reveals About Millennials, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today 

Why Your Parish Website is Important, Seraphim Danckaert, Orthodoxy Today

Research on Millennials and Emerging Adulthood

Emerging Adults: the In-Between Age, Christopher Munsey, American Psychological Association 

Getting Some ‘Me Time’: Why Millennials are So Individualistic, Samantha Raphaelson, NPR 

It’s Becoming More Common for Young Adults to Live at Home – and for Longer Stretches, Richard Fry, Pew Research Center 

Millennials’ Views of News Organizations, Religious Organizations Grow More Negative, Hannah Fingerhut, Pew Research Center 

The Millennials’ God, Nicolette Manglos-Weber, Oxford University Press blog 

The Millennial Obsession with Self-Care, Christianna Silva, NPR 

Snapchat? No thanks: I’m an Old Millennial, Jesse Singal, CNN 

When Did You Become an Adult?, MarketWatch 

Millennials and Debt

63 Percent of Millennials Have More than $10,000 in Student Debt, Minda Zetlin, Inc. 

Millennials and Philanthropy

Figuring Out the Millennial Christian Giver, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today 

How Millennials Are Reshaping Charity and Online Giving, Elise Hu, All Things Considered

Millennials and Work

When Millennials Go to Work, Barna Group 

Millennials: How They Live and Work, Jim Clifton, Gallup Research 

Millennials and Stereotypes

Most Millennials Resist the ‘Millennial’ Label, Pew Research Center 

Millennials Ruining Everything? It’s an Age-Old Accusation, Dugan Arnett, Boston Globe 

Think You Know what Millennials Are Like? Think Again!, Gabrielle Frank, TODAY 

The Problem With Shaming Millennials for Living With Their Parents, Brandon W. Peach, Relevant 

Why the Millennial Stereotype is Wrong, Jessica Holland, BBC 

Why You Should Start Taking Millennials Seriously, Selena Simmons-Duffin, NPR 


Fuel the Fire to Lead, Forum on Theological Education 

How Millennials Are Reinventing the Priesthood, TIME 

The Importance of Mentors, Christian Gonzalez, The Trench 

What Young People Need from the Church, Be the Bee #132


Why Young People Are Leaving the Church and What to Do About It, Seraphim Danckaert 

TED Talks

Why 30 is Not the New 20, Meg Jay


 “Emerging Adulthood and Faith Formation,” volume 4.2 of Lifelong Faith: the Theory and Practice of Faith Formation

Emerging Adulthood and FaithJonathan P. Hill (2015): This brief gem of a book describes clearly the state of young adult engagement in the Church – and the numbers may surprise you.

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…and Rethinking Faith, David Kinnaman (2016): President of the Barna Group, a Christian research firm in California, Kinnaman explores young adults’ levels of disengagement from the church, what caused it, and how to bridge the gap.

Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, Christian Smith (2005): Drawing from a massive multi-year study, sociologist Christian Smith describes young adults’ involvement in and relationship to spirituality.

The Juvenilization of American Christianity, Thomas E. Bergler (2012): Bergler presents a synopsis of previous generations’ attempts to integrate youth into the church, why they failed (or succeeded), and how they affected the church at large.

From Here to Maturity: Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity, Thomas E. Bergler (2014): Bergler’s optimistic sequel presents solutions for today.

The Volunteer Revolution, Bill Hybels (2004) Willow Creek, Hybels’ church in Illinois, is a paradigm of excellent volunteer engagement. In this book, he shares effective ways to recruit and utilize volunteers. (We envision that this work with young adults will necessitate our ability to engage volunteers well.) 

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