The Table Podcast

Chapel: Emerging Adolescence and the Church

Dr. Darrell Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, along with Dr. Jay Sedwick, Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership, and Mark Matlock, President of Youth Specialties and Wisdom Works Ministries, help define emerging or extended adolescence, and how this sociological shift impacts ministry.

Emerging Adolescence - Chapel
  1. Chapel: Emerging Adolescence and the Church
Timecodes
00:25
Dr. Bock and Matlock explain that adjustment from adolescent life and singleness to family life has shifted from the late teens to the late twenties and sometimes early thirties.
04:49
The difference between emerging adulthood and extended adolescence.
06:53
How has the Church reacted to this phenomenon of shifted adolescence?
11:47
Matlock discusses what Youth Specialties is doing to try to aid the Church to minister to those in this stage of life.
14:11
The impact that this shift of adolescence plays in the way one teaches Christian education in the local church.
20:05
The impact over-emphasizing families in the local church has had on those who do not come from the “ideal” family.
22:28
How does the local church balance the preferences and cultures of older and younger generations?
28:15
The challenges and advantages of the “fluidity” of individuals who float back and forth between congregations.
31:38
How does a local church avoid being viewed as just another institution of which one is a part?
34:40
Understanding the three phases of adolescence.
Darrell L. Bock
Dr. Bock is senior research professor of New Testament and executive director for cultural engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored or edited more than forty books, including Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study, Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods, Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King, Who Is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith, and Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence.
Jay L. Sedwick
Dr. Sedwick has over thirty years of youth ministry experience and serves on the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators and currently serves as president of the board for the Society of Professors in Christian Education. He has four children, guaranteeing a youth laboratory in his house for many years to come. An ordained minister who teaches youth at a large Dallas-area church, Dr. Sedwick is also a popular conference and seminar speaker. His research and teaching interests include youth development, youth culture, biblical education for youth, curriculum design, and legal and financial issues in ministry.
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