Faith Maturity: A Comparison between Young Adults in Emerging Churches and in Conservative Evangelical Churches

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Faith Maturity: A Comparison between Young Adults in Emerging Churches and in Conservative Evangelical Churches

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Title: Faith Maturity: A Comparison between Young Adults in Emerging Churches and in Conservative Evangelical Churches
Author: Skinner, Shelly Ann
Advisor: Purcell, Larry Joe
Abstract: This dissertation examined the faith maturity scores of young adults in

emerging churches and in conservative Evangelical churches. An analysis of faith

maturity as well as an overview of emerging churches and conservative Evangelical

churches was presented. The precedent literature suggests that there are postmodern

influences in young adult lives as well as a postmodern influence in the practices of

emerging churches. The contrasts between emerging churches and conservative

Evangelical churches are also seen throughout the literature review.

The quantitative methodology for this research is based on the Faith Maturity

Scale by Benson, Donahue and Erickson, which utilizes a Likert style survey instrument.

This instrument includes two dimensions: the horizontal dimension and the vertical

dimension. The horizontal dimension focuses on one's relationship with others and the

vertical dimension focuses on one's relationship with God.

Upon completion of the Faith Maturity Scale, data were collected and analyzed

utilizing a comparison of means, Pearson Correlations, and Hierarchical Regressions.

The researcher presented her conclusions based on the statistical analysis as well as the

precedent literature.

Keywords: faith maturity; emerging churches; conservative Evangelical churches;

postmodern culture; young adults.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3821
Date: 2010-12

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