In recent years, a number of studies have surfaced focusing upon attrition and retention issues as they relate to emerging adult church attendance. Both researchers and practitioners have shown interest in the attendance pattern of emerging adults. This article explores the experiences of emerging adults and provides evidence for the importance of relationships, when emerging adult retention is considered. Understanding the impact of relationships may provide ministries with helpful information to consider in the quest to retain emerging adults. The findings presented are followed by potential ministry implications for a variety of ministry contexts.
Key Words: Emerging Adults, Retention, Ministry, Church, Relationships