Journey to Adulthood

Journey to Adulthood (J2A) is a youth ministry program of spiritual formation for 6th to 12th grades. It uses Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries, and serious as well as playful activities to underscore its core principles; that manhood and womanhood are free gifts from God and that adulthood must be earned.


The first two years (6th & 7th or 7th & 8th graders) focus on celebrating the individuality of each young person and his or her creative potential. The Rite-13 liturgy (A celebration of Manhood and Womanhood) is the community expression of this.




The middle portion of the program (8th & 9th or 9th & 10th graders), engages youth with the skills and critical thinking involved in adulthood. The youth plan and embark on a pilgrimage together at the end of this segment.



YAC (Young Adults in Church)

A mentor-based program helping older teens (11th & 12th graders) to discern and carry out a ministry within their church or in the larger community. Vocation and development of a personal credo are also emphasized.



J2A is widely used throughout the Episcopal Church and is used in several diocesan churches.

Learn more about the Journey to Adulthood through LeaderResources or call 800-941-2218.