Finding Meaning in Organized Religion: A Practical Theology for the Church's Mission with Millennials

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2020

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This thesis develops a practical theology for mission with Millennials. This theology engages in an Empirical Task as it gathers data; engages in an Interpretive Task as it reviews the multi-disciplinary conclusions drawn for that data; engages in a Normative Task of identifying theological norms; and engages in a Pragmatic Task of shaping a practical theological response. The method used for this task is described by Richard Osmer in his book “Practical Theology: An Introduction.” Millennials who are unaffiliated with the church are the subject of this project. The project answers the question, “How does the church engage in frontier mission with Millennials who are unaffiliated with mainline congregational ministry?” Three threads will be used in answering this question: the common narrative used by Millennials to describe their lives; the spiritual condition of “not being enough;” and the journey to adulthood.

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Mentzer, Timothy Andrew (2020). Finding Meaning in Organized Religion: A Practical Theology for the Church's Mission with Millennials. Dissertation, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/20652.

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