Identity Formation Theory and Youth Ministry

From: Volume IX, Issue 1: Autumn 1988 Pages 91-100


This article discusses the use of identity formation theory for youth ministry, based on the ideas of Erik Erikson and James Marcia. Identity theory is described and discussed in relationship to conversion and spiritual formation. The author shows what conversion brings to identity formation and how identity formation theory informs our understanding of conversion. Implications for the youth minister's style of service and for the church's development of youth programs are discussed.



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