Youth Ministry Creating Ecclesial Space

The Work and History of ‘Urban Saints’ and the Development of Ecclesiological Thinking within Youth Ministry

In: Journal of Youth and Theology
Mark Scanlan PhD student, University of Durham, UK,

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By outlining the origins of ‘Urban Saints’ youth ministry and through comparing this with the emerging ecclesiology of ‘New Contextual Churches’ this paper proposes that work with young people creates space into which the church can grow. The potential of a pilgrim ecclesiology is noted as way of moving towards an ecclesiological framework for this. Finally, through reflection on data from extended case studies of two current Urban Saints groups, the way in which youth ministry is still moving into new space is demonstrated. The paper concludes by suggesting that creating ecclesial space is one way of understanding the relationship between youth ministry and the church.

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