European Valuegenesis Survey
The European Valuegenesis Survey is a research project conducted in 2007, involving approximately 6,000 Adventist young people in seventeen European countries. The Valuegenesis Report originates from two distinct research contexts. On the one hand, the contributions written by Thomas Spiegler, Andreas Bochmann, and Stephan Sigg were developed as part of the work of the team of researchers who originally participated in the European Valuegenesis Project.
The findings in their articles cover the entire dataset of the survey and paint a picture of the contemporary scene of Adventist youth ministry in Europe, with highlights on the most significant differences among the countries involved.
Alexander Schulze’s article, on the other hand, summarizes the conclusions of a derivative study stemming from the main project. It focuses on a specific dataset related to the German-speaking area (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), and was developed as part of Schulze’s doctoral thesis project.
The European Valuegenesis Project represents a significant contribution to the reflection on youth ministry practice within the Adventist Church, but not only this denomination. The reader will find similarities between the trends emerging from the European Valuegenesis Survey and the findings of the National Study of Youth and Religion, a study on Christian youth ministry in the USA. The concern behind the launching of the European Valuegenesis Project was closely connected to the reality – not uncommon in the wider evangelical context, especially in the USA – of large numbers of young people leaving the denomination in which they have grown up.
The questionnaire design aims to provide a picture of the faith environments in which young adults grow, and more specifically focuses on their families and church congregations. Starting from the study of these two contexts the research team tried to situate factors that would correlate with positive or negative outcomes in the area of youth devotional life, doctrinal beliefs, ethical values and behaviors, and church involvement.
The chapters in the European Valuegenesis series constitute a source of reflection on contemporary trends in the Adventist denomination. While the findings represent the reading of a specific group – mainly young people who have grown up sitting on the pews of Adventist congregations in 17 countries of Europe – Valuegenesis Europe constitutes a voice from individuals who know the Adventist Church well. It is a wake-up call that challenges the Church to reflect on the reasons for the significant loss of young adults. It also is an invitation to value the Church in all its potential as an important agent of authentic youth ministry.
"This book concludes another phase of the Valugenesis Research in Europe," said Corrado Cozzi, Inter-European Division communication director and former youth leader when the survey started. "I invite all church leaders to read this report. It will help you understand the feelings of our youth, and allows us to build a church responding to the needs of today's youth "
The Valuegenesis Report Book is only available in English so far. Efforts are made to translate it as soon as possible in other languages.
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