The purpose of this qualitative research study was to examine the transition process as alumni of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship sought to find their place in faith communities after they graduated from university. Interview data revealed the process of finding a faith community was often intricately connected with each person's identity formation process. If the desired qualities were not found in faith communities, a selection process ensued where each graduated determined which unique set of qualities would not be compromised. These qualities were often indicative of each person determining what he or she would stand for in the world. Data reveal they were looking for an identity fit and companionship so they might keep growing. Numerous findings emerged which have educational and sociological implications for future graduates, leaders of faith communities, and other stakeholders who care about their transition process. The researcher was conducted in the Chicago area but was designed so the study might be duplicated in other cities and with other populations of twenty-somethings.
|Commitee:||Cha, Peter, Guthrie, Donald|
|School:||Trinity International University|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Adult education, Religious education, Social structure|
|Keywords:||Emerging adulthood, Faith communities, Identity, Mentoring, Millennials, Twenty-somethings|
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