Vocation and Lockboxing

Brad M. Griffin | Jul 31, 2009

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Just listened to this podcast through Princeton’s Institute for Youth Ministry with sociologist Tim Clydesdale, author of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School who developed the “lockbox” theory we’ve been exploring in our College Transition Project research.

The interview was on discerning vocation, but one comment that was really interesting to me was Tim’s insistence near the end of this interview that we as youth workers should really be focusing our energy on sophomores and juniors when it comes to helping them avoid lockboxing their faith. Seniors are often already checked out in many cases, and their mindset has shifted toward a different constellation of concerns.

Would love to hear other thoughts about that—what are we doing to help sophomores and juniors develop faith that sticks beyond high school?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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