Youth Ministry: An Inclusive Missional Approach

Malan Nel


This book aims at contributing to the scientific and academic discourse as regards to the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of youth ministry. Too often, youth ministry has been approached from a mainly practical point of view, almost asking how we keep young people off the streets. Its methodology has often not included the theological and theoretical presuppositions that lie behind this ministry. Previous scientific reflection has been determined by a one-dimensional and almost exclusive point of view. In comparison with existing literature, this book does not focus so much on the ‘how’ of youth ministry. It innovates a different approach. The book challenges the existing exclusive approach and develops an inclusive, congregational and missional understanding of and approach to youth ministry.

From a particular perspective on the understanding the main objectives of Practical Theology, the author endorses the so-called movement of ‘what is supposed to be going on’. He adds the outcome of an empirical round table discussion with some 16 leaders in this field on the descriptive and interpretive movements within the subject field: what is going on and why is it going on? The book will form the standard for any new research with regard to youth ministry. The book’s contribution lies on the level of sound theological reasoning and argumentation (supported by many scholars) for an inclusive congregational understanding of ministry as an integral part of every congregation being missional in being and doing. Youth, children, adolescents and emerging adults, are just as integral a part of every congregation within which they live and serve.


  • Chapter 1
    Methodological: What we do is Practical Theology
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  • Chapter 2
    Theological: Because of God
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  • Chapter 3
    Cultural: Because of where we are who we are: The world we live in!
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  • Chapter 4
    Pedagogical or educational: Because we learn as we develop
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  • Chapter 5
    Historical: Because of where we come from
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  • Chapter 6
    Teleological (the purpose of Youth Ministry)
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  • Chapter 7
    A comprehensive and inclusive approach
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  • Chapter 8
    The youth themselves
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  • Chapter 9
    The parents
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  • Chapter 10
    The adult youth leader
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  • Chapter 11
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  • Chapter 12
    The youth organisation: The relational approach
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  • Chapter 13
    The youth organisation: Basic approaches
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  • Chapter 14
    The youth organisation: Basic models
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  • Chapter 15
    The perspective of building up the local church and/or developing a missional local church
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  • Chapter 16
    Perspectives on the state of Youth Ministry in South Africa: What is going on?
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  • Chapter 17
    Organisation and administration
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