|dc.description.abstract||This dissertation examined the faith maturity scores of young adults in
emerging churches and in conservative Evangelical churches. An analysis of faith
maturity as well as an overview of emerging churches and conservative Evangelical
churches was presented. The precedent literature suggests that there are postmodern
influences in young adult lives as well as a postmodern influence in the practices of
emerging churches. The contrasts between emerging churches and conservative
Evangelical churches are also seen throughout the literature review.
The quantitative methodology for this research is based on the Faith Maturity
Scale by Benson, Donahue and Erickson, which utilizes a Likert style survey instrument.
This instrument includes two dimensions: the horizontal dimension and the vertical
dimension. The horizontal dimension focuses on one's relationship with others and the
vertical dimension focuses on one's relationship with God.
Upon completion of the Faith Maturity Scale, data were collected and analyzed
utilizing a comparison of means, Pearson Correlations, and Hierarchical Regressions.
The researcher presented her conclusions based on the statistical analysis as well as the
Keywords: faith maturity; emerging churches; conservative Evangelical churches;
postmodern culture; young adults.||en_US