Human maturity can be thought of as “achieving my God-given potential at my age and stage of life.” The 5 Stages of Maturity (infant, child, adult, parent, and elder) have been confirmed cross-culturally, biblically, and even scientifically through modern brain science.
While most people reach physical maturity without difficulty, it seems that many do not reach their full potential of social and emotional maturity. Rather, like a brick of swiss cheese, almost all of us have some “holes” in our maturity (some of which go all the way down!).
The good news is that when we understand the 5 Stages of Maturity, we can partner with God and others to see these “holes” in our maturity filled. Insights from The Life Model reveal what a person needs to receive from their family and community, as well as the developmental tasks they must complete, in each stage of maturity.
While my value is unchanging and complete as a beloved child of God, my maturity can grow and increase over time. Raising maturity levels increases the health and satisfaction of marriages, parenting, leadership and other relationships. Blocked or stunted maturity limits our ability to receive and give life and to live fully from the heart Jesus gave us.
This class walks through each of the 5 Stages of Maturity, including the needs, tasks, and key principles associated with each stage. In addition to learning the material, you will be given opportunity for interacting with Immanuel, as we examine this road map to maturity and assess where we are, what we missed, where we’re headed, and how God is calling us to get there.
The book this course is tied to is Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You which is available for purchase at our Online Bookstore.
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Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You
Nik Harrang is the Director of Operations at Deeper Walk International. Nik has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and helped plant a church and new college ministry in Seattle, where he served in pastoral ministry for 16 years. Nik’s passion is helping people grow in emotional, relational, and spiritual health.
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