‘Being church’: The Social and Spiritual Purposes and Impacts of Christian Detached Youth Work

in Journal of Youth and Theology
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

In this paper, we explore the social and spiritual purposes and impacts of Christian detached youth work in the uk through an exploration of relevant literature and through qualitative research with a small sample of youth workers. The article finds, both in the literature and the primary research, that the development of relationships between youth worker and young person is the most significant purpose and impact of Christian detached youth work. These relationships are used to facilitate impacts, both social and spiritual, in detached youth work, but are also seen as an important impact in themselves. The paper argues that social and spiritual purposes and impact are fluid and overlapping within Christian detached youth work, that institutional agendas are given low priority, and that youth workers aim to start their work from the young people’s own starting position rather than an imposed agenda. This equalising of power and negotiation of mutual relationships is largely considered, by both the literature explored and the youth workers in our primary research, to enhance the uniqueness and effectiveness of detached youth work in achieving its particular social and spiritual impacts.

‘Being church’: The Social and Spiritual Purposes and Impacts of Christian Detached Youth Work

in Journal of Youth and Theology

Sections

References

  • Bardy H. Grace P. Harris P. Holmes J. and Seal M. Finding a middle way between faith-based and secular youth and community work courses’ in in Smith M. ; Stanton N. & Wylie T. Youth work and faith: debates delights and dilemmasLyme Regis: Russell House2015 pp. 99114.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Bell J. Doing your Research ProjectMaidenhead: Open University Press (2005).

  • Blacker H. Relationships, friendship and youth work’ in Jeffs T. and Smith M.K. (eds) Youth work practiceNew York: Palgrave2010 pp. 1530.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Braun V. and Clarke V. Using thematic analysis in psychology’. Qualitative Research in Psychology3 (2006) 77101.

  • Brierley D. Joined Up: An Introduction to Youth work and MinistryCumbria: Spring Harvest Publishing/Authentic Lifestyle2003.

  • Coburn A. and Wallace D. Youth work in communities and schoolsEdinburgh: Dunedin2011.

  • Collins-Mayo S. Mayo B. Nash S. & Cocksworth C. The Faith of Generation YLondon: Church House Publishing2010.

  • Davies R. Places to go, things to see, space and activity in English youth work policy’ in Kraft P. Horton J. and Tucker F.J. (eds) Critical geographies of childhood and youthBristol: Policy Press2012 pp. 7996.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Davies B. Youth Work: A Manifesto for our Times – Revisited’ in Youth and Policy No. 114 (2015) pp. 96117.

  • Dewey J. The Art of ExperienceNew York: Penguin1934.

  • Federation of Detached Youth WorkReconnected detached youth workLeicester: nya2008.

  • Freire P. Pedagogy of the OppressedLondon: Penguin1970.

  • Gadamer H.G. Philosophical Hermeneutics (Trans.)London: California Press1976.

  • Goetschius G. and Tash J. Working with Unattached YouthLondon: Routledge1967.

  • Green M. A Journey of Discovery: Spirituality and Spiritual Development in Youth WorkLeicester: The National Youth Agency2006.

  • Griffiths S. Models for Youth MinistryLondon: spck2013.

  • Jeffs T. and Smith M.K. Informal education – conversation democracy and learning (revised edition)Nottingham: Educational Heretics Press2005.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Jeffs T. Changing their ways youth work and “underclass” theory in MacDonald R. (ed) Youth the ‘underclass’ and social exclusionLondon: Routledge1997 pp. 153166.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Jolly J. Christian Youth Work: Motive and Method’ in Smith M. ; Stanton N. & Wylie T. (eds) Youth work and faith: debates delights and dilemmasLyme Regis: Russell House2015.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Passmore R. Meet them where they’re atBletchley: Scripture Union2003.

  • R. Passmore Passmore L. and J. Ballantyne Here be Dragons: Youth work and mission off the mapBirmingham: Frontier Youth Trust2013.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Putnam R. Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American CommunityNew York: Simon and Schuster2000.

  • Richards S. Christian Youth Work? Can youth work legitimately incorporate evangelism – or is evangelism necessarily indoctrination?’ in Perspectives (1999) pp. 57.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Rogers C. The characteristics of a helping relationship’ in Kirschenbaum H. and Henderson V.L. (eds) The Carl Rogers ReaderLondon: Constable1989 pp. 108126.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Sercombe H. Youth work ethicsLondon: Sage2010.

  • Smith H. Engaging in Conversation’ in Jeffs T. and Smith M.K. (eds) Youth work practiceNew York: Palgrave2010 pp. 3140.

  • Smith M.K. Detached, street-based and project work with young peoplethe encyclopaedia of informal education. (1996 2005). Accessed September 2016. http://infed.org/mobi/detached-street-based-and-project-work-with-young-people/.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Stanton N. ‘Faith-based youth work – lessons from the Christian sector’ in in Curran S. Harrison R. and Mackinnon D. (eds.) Working with Young People (2nd Edn) London: Sage2013 pp. 193206.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation
  • Stiver D.R. Ricoeur and TheologyLondon: Bloomsbury2012.

  • StreetspaceWelcome’. Accessed November 2013. www.streetspace.org.uk/Streetspace/Home.html.

    • Export Citation
  • Thiselton A. The Hermeneutics of DoctrineGrand Rapids: Eerdmans2007.

  • Prince’s TrustThinking on your feetGlasgow; Prince’s Trust2003.

    • Export Citation
  • Vanhoozer K.J. Remythologizing TheologyCambridge: Cambridge University Press2010.

  • Wilson M. Eden: Called to the StreetsEastbourne: Survivor2005.

  • Young K. The Art of Youth Work (2nd Edn)Lyme Regis: Russell House2006.

Figures

  • View in gallery

    The three domain model of Christian youth work50

  • View in gallery

    Stanton’s three ‘domains’ in ‘incarnational’ Christian detached youth work

Index Card

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 318 195 4
Full Text Views 227 223 1
PDF Downloads 27 26 0
EPUB Downloads 0 0 0