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Toward Re-Enchantment of the Cosmos

Responding to Andrew Root’s Faith Formation in a Secular Age

David F. White

aesthetics as validating—frequently looking to youth as a source of energy, beauty, joy, spontaneity, creativity, camaraderie, and authenticity. Freud furthered the Romantic agenda with his view that social expectations were manifestations of pesky ego and superego structures, which inhibited authentic

Lack of Belonging as Disrupting the Formation of Meaning and Faith

Experiences of Youth at Risk of Becoming Marginalized

Suvi-Maria Katariina Saarelainen

here is focused on trash talk… According to the rumours, I’ve been pregnant like a hundred times, even though I did not know about it. I have escaped from a mental hospital or jail. I just laughed about it. I don’t waste my energy on stressing about it. Niina explains that first she was bullied

Anna Aven

As the Song of Songs relates in chapters two and three, the bride finds herself alone, out of the presence of her love. This causes great consternation and she determines that she must have him, so she goes to search for him. In the same way, the loss of the wild abandoned pursuit of our divine Lover results in burnout in ministry. The thrust of this article is not to further discuss the widely recognized idea that burnout in ministry does occur, but rather to dissect burnout in the stages in which it occurs as well as the areas that it affects the minister, and then to recognize it in its earliest forms so that the loss of fire for God is not the end result of the flames the minister encounters in minishy. Included in this article is a discussion of theology regarding the "indispensability complex" that many ministers often receive from the continuing expectations of their church or ministry, as well as a discussion of handling times of darkness in the minister's life and fanning into flame the passion for our Lover, which is the source of all energy in the ministry.

Sarah Dunlop

response to the lack of investment North American churches made in ‘spiritually interested teenagers’ (p. 8). Why? According to Dean and Hearlson, these youth had already been ‘won’ and churches preferred putting time and energy into reaching a wide range of young people to engage the ‘spiritual appetites

Human Beings and Human Becomings

Departing from the Developmental Model of Youth Ministry

Wesley W. Ellis

ministry, the Youth Pastor was justified in directing his energy toward empowering those young people who had passion and vision for ministry. And eventually, it became evident to Jesse that there was no real reason for him to continue to go to youth group. Youth ministry was, by design, for me but not for

David F. White

– adolescents are characterised as creative, interrelated and romantic, a “vernal season of the heart”; but also, significantly, in need of enforced boundaries (educational, judicial, labour, leisure, etc.) to protect their vital energies from dissipation. Moreover, this theory spawned numerous ‘child

Spaces of Possibilities

The Role of Artifacts in Religious Learning Processes for Vulnerable Youth

Tone Stangeland Kaufman and Astrid Sandsmark

constrain an experience of God’s love during camp as well, at least as embodied knowledge . Further, if confirmands spend all their energy trying to be invisible or trying to protect themselves, they might not be very open to teaching sessions or evening prayer, or may even skip the sessions all together

Pivoting toward Hope

Interplay of Imagination, Fear and Life Experience

Francisca Ireland-Verwoerd and Mary Elizabeth Moore

congregation, nor the denial of her father or the congregation, have the last word; she felt compelled to resist silence or denial. These young people, with their determined decisions to hope, point religious scholars and leaders to revisit theologies of hope, which are imbued with new energy and insight by

David F. White

significance of Christian revelation. While seemingly benign, uncritical use of social science arguably risks smuggling into youth ministry anthropologies and ontologies at odds with the world disclosed in scripture. 4 Far too often the demands of sheer time and energy involved in social science research

Youth Ministry Creating Ecclesial Space

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

Mark Scanlan

period and the controversies that led to the ecclesial creativity is often overlooked. 41 Similarly, the revitalizing of Welsh church life by the emergence of Methodism through the first half of the eighteenth century was the result in no small part of the energy of youthful men in hymn-writer William