Elastic Morality

Leading Young Adults in Our Age of Acceptance

by Chris Tompkins & John Mcauley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/18/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781449728922
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 194
ISBN : 9781449728915

About the Book

laterBack Cover Copy



E.las.tic Mo.ral.i.ty: An emerging Christian mindset for right and wrong that…


Creates space for diversity

Resists judgment

Extends uncensored acceptance

Exchanges certainty for mystery

Stretches the boundaries of belief and behaviour



Elastic Morality is a portrait of a generation painted from a palette of values unlike that of previous generations. It articulates a moral trajectory that is taking young adults of today into places their parents and grandparents would find unfamiliar. The book provides a lens through which thoughtful readers are invited into the heart of what drives 20-somethings today. 

Dr. Marv Penner -- Youth Specialties and AllAboutYouth


“This documentation of relativistic values and expressions of faith among youth leaders is essential reading for those who value effective ministry.  Elastic Morality offers a tough dose of reality. But the authors passionately and creatively reflect on responses to find solutions that preserve the integrity of Christian faith.” 

Reginald W. Bibby, Ph.D. -- Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge


In order to effectively reach the emerging generation, we must first come to an understanding of who they are and what they believe. Chris, Don, and John provide us with a compelling window into who young adults are and how to best instill in them a faith that has deep and reaching consequences. I’m recommending this book to youth workers, pastors, educators, and parents!”

Dr. Walt Mueller -- Founder and President, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding




Elastic Morality Authors

Chris Tompkins -- team leader, youth expert


Don Posterski -- author, researcher, cultural strategist


John McAuley -- visionary, speaker, coach

About the Author

Chris Tompkins -- team leader, youth expert Chris serves as Managing Director of Muskoka Woods where he leads a team of 300 high school and college aged staff each summer. He recently co-authored the published research findings of "What's Happening: The state of youth ministry in Canada." His current role and expertise generates a demand for him to speak to teens and consult with adult youth workers. Don Posterski -- author, researcher, cultural strategist Don is a nationally acknowledged researcher and author who has devoted his career to interpreting social trends and their religious implications. Utilizing research data, Don has written and co-authored several influential books connecting the gospel with youth culture. John McAuley -- visionary, speaker, coach John is the visionary President and CEO of Muskoka Woods – a Christian youth resort in Canada. He also serves as a member of the Arrow Leadership faculty and a lead facilitator of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. An adult learner, John recently augmented his credentials in Organizational Leadership by completing his certification as an Adler Trained Coach. Muskoka Woods Muskoka Woods is a Christian Youth Resort that welcomes all young people to life changing experiences. Camp guests choose from water sports and athletics, media and arts, leadership and team building programs. Muskoka Woods operates all year round on Lake Rosseau as a non-profit youth organization. Our skilled staff are selected for their trustworthy character, ability with children and love for their Creator. Muskoka Woods is a safe place where kids grow mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. A place where creativity reigns, friendships flourish and confidence grows. FUN IS OUR TRADEMARK!