Dr. Chris Kiesling

Articles by this Author

  1. O Father, Where Art Thou?

    Spring 2017, Ministry with Today's Diverse Families — Pages 85-98

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  2. A Long Adolescence in a Lame Direction? What Should We Make of the Changing Structure and Meaning of Young Adulthood?

    Spring 2008, College & Young Adult Ministry — Pages 11-27

    Sociological data confirms what we have often felt: (a) adulthood is now a more difficult status to attain; (b) transitioning to adulthood admits to different pathways, complicating ministry with young adults; and (c) the meaning people attribute to being "adult" is more varied than when societal roles were more ascribed. This article offers sociological analysis of these trends, especially as they impact how Christian identity is shaped. It also suggests strategic foci for Christian educators tending the life course of young adults.

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  3. Identity Research and the Psychosocial Formation of One's Sense of Spiritual Self: Implications for Religious Educators and Christian Institutions of Higher Education

    Fall 2006 — Pages 240-259

    Utilizing Erikson's (1963) psychosocial ego identity development theory, 28 qualitative interviews with religiously devout American are analyzed to determine different patterns of adult spiritual identity. Following an integrationist approach, we provide response to the question, "What types of identity development are accommodated, promoted, or prohited by particular models of Christian education and the educational communities that embody them?" Recognizing individual differences in (1) the social and contextual factors that affect identity formation, (b) the way religious doubts are resolved, and (c) what individuals seek from community, we offer important implications for religious educators and Christian institutions of higher education.

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  4. Donald M. Joy: A Redemptive Developmental Perspective

    Spring 2004 — Pages 72-94

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