As the largest generation in the United States today, reaching Millennials is an urgent priority of the SDA Church—but how well do church leaders and members really know them and what actually they think about SDA beliefs? Where is the SDA Church succeeding with Millennials, and where can it strengthen its approach?
Designed to fill these gaps in understanding, this collection presents recent research that offers insight into the Millennial generation. The Beyond Beliefs series reports and exegetes doctoral research on the spiritual attitudes of Millennial Adventists about SDA doctrines and practices, and also their worldview—what’s important and what isn’t. Identifying themes that resonate with Millennials, as well as where the SDA Church is succeeding and where it could be strengthened, the research opens a window into the minds and hearts of SDA Millennials and the church’s current mission. This collection is designed to equip leaders, pastors, and anyone who works with people of this age for more effective ministry. It includes three Beyond Beliefs reports: one full report—including the original written responses of participants—and two special reports.
Broadening the value of this collection is a supplementary research report: Religious Verbal Fluidity: What Nice Christian Folk Really Think—which summarizes data from a sampling of respondents of different ages, nations, ethnicities, socio-economic levels and educational backgrounds on a variety of contemporary religious topics.
In the Logos edition, this collection is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.
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Leanne M. Sigvartsen holds bachelor, post graduate and masters qualifications in psychology and counseling. She has designed and managed a number of research projects including the Sex and Sensibility study, which investigated sexist and sociocultural attitudes among Seventh-day Adventists. She has formerly worked in treating youth and young adults who had experienced workplace sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying, and unfair dismissal and discrimination.
Jan A. Sigvartsen has worked as an adjunct professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Religion and Biblical Languages Department at Andrews University. He is currently concluding his PhD in religion at Andrews University, investigating the use of the Tanakh in the development of the resurrection concept in the literature of Second Temple period and early rabbinic Judaism. He has also been a visiting research fellow at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the founder and director of ClergyEd.com—which provides free and at-cost resources and services to academics and students of ministry disciplines around the world—and author of ExegesisPaper.com.
Paul B. Petersen is currently the chair of the Religion and Biblical Languages Department at Andrews University. He completed his BA and MA in religion in Copenhagen, Denmark, and earned his PhD from Andrews University. Formerly he served as a youth leader, junior college pastor, and conference president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Denmark. He has also worked as a theological consultant for the South Pacific Division and a liaison for ministerial education at Avondajuniorle College, Australia, Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea, and other institutions. He has preached and taught in many places in Australia and the Pacific Islands.