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Let them Come to Me: A Youth Inclusive and Missional Perspective in Presbyterian Context

In: Journal of Youth and Theology
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Kevin Muriithi Nderebaunisa, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Pan Africa Christian University, Department of Children and Youth Ministry, Adjunct Lecturer, Nairobi, Kenya, kevin.muriithi89@gmail.com

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Abstract

The contemporary context creates complexities for the young person. These include the political and socio-economic realities of African states, the cultural renaissance of Africanism and the reality of postmodernity. From both a practical theological perspective as well as experience in higher education, the author claims that ministers in the Presbyterian Church lack a missional perspective to the contemporary African (Kenyan) youth. The author proposes that theological education in Kenya must seriously consider youth ministry education. Second, Presbyterian ecclesiology must be missional minded by moving from an inward posture to a missional posture that considers the African (Kenyan) youth. This reflection will engage practical ministry and higher education experience, as well as an inter-disciplinary literature survey, to offer a missional perspective for the church and theological education.

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