Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Mentoring on the Life Fulfillment of Millennials in the Quad Cities of Iowa
by Powell, Dorman J., D.Min., Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary, 2018, 173; 10830301
Abstract (Summary)

The author presents as the ministry problem the dropout rate of Millennials from the church and argues as a partial solution an intentional strategy of mentoring in life fulfillment. It is posited that in addition to experiencing greater life fulfillment through a process of mentoring that is gospel centered although not overtly spiritual, it will naturally create a path to which a participant will likely explore faith in Christ if it does not exist, or have existing faith strengthened. The author created an intervention wherein he recruited 14 Millennials to participate in a 6-month mentoring process focusing on life fulfillment. Then using a mixed methodology approach administered the Life Fulfillment Questionnaire or LF-Q to measure quantitatively the degree to which a participant experienced greater life fulfillment. The author then administered the Life Fulfillment Interview or LF-I to measure qualitatively the degree to which a participant experienced growth in life fulfillment as well as to determine the degree to which a participant experienced greater growth and maturation in his/her spiritual life, confessed faith in Christ, or was more receptive to the claims of Christianity. The two instruments were compared and contrasted to determine areas of agreement or disagreement and to add greater clarity to areas of congruence. The author discovered that Millennials who participate in a mentoring process that focused on life fulfillment and that is gospel centered experienced growth in life fulfillment and that the process had a positive impact in terms of their faith in Jesus Christ.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sittema, John
Commitee: Chan, Frank, Sanders, Martin, Sittema, John
School: Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary
Department: Christiian Leadership
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Biblical studies, Divinity, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Discipleship, Mentoring, Millennials
Publication Number: 10830301
ISBN: 978-0-438-13318-1
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