Christian youth work: teaching faith, filling churches or response to social need?

Stanton, Naomi (2012) Christian youth work: teaching faith, filling churches or response to social need? Journal of Beliefs and Values, 33 (3). pp. 385-403. ISSN 1361-7672 (doi:10.1080/13617672.2012.732818)

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Abstract

This essay explores the purposes of Christian youth work. It responds to Collins-Mayo et al.’s contention that youth work is an ineffective medium for faith transmission and building faith communities and to their affirmation of the church’s role in this. The analysis is based on research with young people aged
between early teens and early 20s, who are engaging with Christian activities in Birmingham. The discussion highlights young people’s experiences of rejection by their churches, demonstrating that community membership is not always on
offer. A model is presented that illustrates how youth work can be, but is not exclusively, a connecting influence between young people and church.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 13 Dec 2012. Special Issue: Religion in Education: Findings from the Religion and Society Programme, Online ISSN: 1469-9362
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 17340
Depositing User: Naomi Stanton
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 09:45
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:26
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17340

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