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theology, principles and practice

Welcome to our pages exploring the theology, principles and practice of Christian youth work (youthwork) and youth ministry. This expanding series explores key beliefs, ideas and ways of working
 
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The philosophy of informal Jewish education. Barry Chazan explores the meaning of informal Jewish education and examines its significance for contemporary Jewish life. The conclusions he draws have interesting echoes in Christian youth work.

Youth work and the spark of the divine. In this piece Larry Parsons reflects on his philosophy of youth work - and the fundamental significance of the spark of the divine that he believes is in everyone.

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Calling and informal education. The notion of calling, once rather unfashionable, has re-emerged as an organizing idea within education.  Michele Erina Doyle examines calling and vocation, and sets them in particular within Christian discourse. She argues that fulfilling our calling as informal educators means we work with others for the processes of knowing, testing, naming, being, doing and becoming. Our hope is that both we and others prosper.

Christian youth work: evangelism or social action? Carole Pugh raises questions about evangelical approaches to youth work and argues for informal education practice.

Informal education: a Christian perspective. In this seminal piece, John W. Ellis explores the practice of Christian informal education, and contrasts it with formal approaches.

The philosophy of informal Jewish education. Barry Chazan explores the meaning of informal Jewish education and examines its significance for contemporary Jewish life. The conclusions he draws have interesting echoes in Christian youth work.

Seeking out the gift of authenticity. Heather Smith argues that developments in youth work are undermining authentic relationship. She suggests that if we do prize relationships over targets and do truly care about the people we encounter, it is possible to take personal responsibility to seek out the gift of authenticity.

Youth work and the spark of the divine. In this piece Larry Parsons reflects on his philosophy of youth work - and the fundamental significance of the spark of the divine that he believes is in everyone.

Christian youth work (youthwork) - a guide to reading. Our  brief guide to reading explores the meaning and direction of Christian youth work (youthwork).