Spiritual Seasons of Adult Faith Formation 2017-09-01T13:42:24+00:00

SPIRITUAL SEASONS

Click on the tabs below to see faith-building resources for 4 generations of adults plus a “niche” group that is ever-changing.  Resources are refreshed monthly.

Young Adults

(Ages 18-34 a.k.a. Millenials)

This group has grown up with technology and are engaged with it for 12 hours/day on average.  Millenials value relationships with others more than institutions, which is why they may not be crossing the threshold of your parish as often as other groups.  They do, however, crave authenticity and respond to ideas that involve active learning. Millenials are not afraid to ask the big questions and are always seeking the truth.

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    Finding Jesus on the Metro by Paul Nixon
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    “Nixon explores what it means for a church to be on a ministry journey into the unchartered territory of unprecedented social change in 21st-century America. The book takes a look at the communities and cultures that shape and influence this generation of young adults and then describes how churches can be a part of this influence and outlines the journey that its leaders and members will go on as they become the faith community that the newest generations of Americans need.” – Cokesbury.com description

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    FOCUS blog: Fellowship of Catholic University Students
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    Great blog for anyone in college looking for a Catholic outlet.

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Midlife Adults

(Ages 35-54 a.k.a. Generation X)

Generation X is actively involved in the community and values stable commitments.  Many are juggling the raising of their own children while starting to care for their parents.  Traditions, family, and mentoring are prominent in their lives.  Members of this group are always seeking deeper meanings and crave authentic religious experiences.

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    Beloved Series for Married Couples
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    Lighthouse Catholic Media presents BELOVED, a program for married couples to discover the deep treasure of the sacrament marriage.  Great for any couple no matter how many years they’ve been married.

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    aleteia.org
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    Catholic website with articles, stories, blogs and more.

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Mature Adults

(Ages 55-70 a.k.a. Baby Boomers)

The Baby Boomer generation has experienced great transitions in their lives including the switch from analog to digital technology.  Most have grandchildren and at least 1 living parent.  They are vary curious, willing to be vulnerable, and have a great sense of empathy.  They look to religion for a place to belong and tell their story.  They gravitate towards contemporary worship with a focus on spirituality.

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    Christian Trends: From Baby-Boomers to Millenial Christians
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    Great for anyone who ministers to a wide range of ages including the Baby Boomer generation.

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    Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
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    “One of history’s greatest examples of the triumph of spiritual power over violence and oppression is vividly recounted in Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, a new documentary film that poignantly captures the intricate role played by John Paul in the collapse of communism and the liberation of Central and Eastern Europe” – amazon description

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Older Adults

(Ages 71+ a.k.a. “The Greatest Generation” or “The Silent Generation”)

Today’s older adults are facing many transitions including retirement and reduced income.  This group grew up without many technological advances we take for granted today and was raised to work hard.  They put their confidence in authority and institutions, trusting that those institutions will help them.  They prefer lecture-style learning and traditional worship experiences.  They also value agreement and harmony over being “right.”

Niche Group

September’s niche group: college-bound students.

Next month’s niche group: end of life and loss.

Each month we will feature resources pertaining to those having a common experience.  Niche groups will include those suffering the loss of a loved one, those discerning a vocation, those battling depression, the unemployed, college-bound students, and more.