Contribution to Book
A contributory factor in the increasing rates of young people going through the “back door” and out of our church is the extension of adolescence and the corresponding postponement of commitment. This paper will look at pluralism, the extension of adolescence, and the erosion of adulthood as some reasons why commitment is being delayed. Some fundamental questions will be addressed: Is there a need to focus on the age of commitment? What about rites of passage? Do we need some in the Adventist culture? This paper will, in conclusion, look at the experience of the Norwegian Union and the Absolute Nine Program which is a significant part of the Norwegian churches response to the problem of delay.
Ministering with Millennials: A Complete Report on the 180° Symposium
Roger L. Dudley with Allan Walshe
The 180° Symposium
Marley, Victor, "A Study of Youth Retention and the Challenge of Delayed Commitment in the Norwegian Union" (2009). 180 Symposium Publications. 67.
Posed with permission, Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University