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Claiming Elijah's Mantle:
Young Adults and the Life of the Church

Michael A. Clarke

Elijah’s challenge to the young Elisha was real and life-changing, requiring an immediate decision. The transfer of spiritual authority from one generation to another ensures the continuity of the faith community. At the same time, the nature and quality of what is transferred affect the quality of the faith experience of those who follow. Religious experience must be powerful and life-changing; otherwise it is worthless. Young adults need to be exposed to a faith that challenges them and engages them in a way that produces growth and maturity. In a rapidly changing environment, the church must provide young adults with the effective tools needed to develop a wider perspective of faith. This will entail revisiting the past to see how it engages the present and the future.

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