Editorial As you will have noticed, we have struggled to keep a proper rhythm for JYT in recent years. In June the Executive Team of the Association met for a…

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Paul’s paideia: Creating a strong sense of self

Andy Stirrup

While youth ministers may argue over which ministry model is best or
works best, one thing that all are agreed on is that the teenage years
are tremendously important in terms of building a sense of personal
identity. There are different ways in which young people can go
about constructing a sense of who I am and where I fit, but not all of
them are sturdy enough and sufficient enough to see them through
the sometimes turbulent years of adolescence and to offer a secure
platform from which to engage generously with the world. Written to
provoke those who teach youth ministry to think about the models we
assume within our teaching. This essay draws on the social sciences
to look at two different ways in which we might think about ourselves
and then turns to Paul’s letter to the Philippians to consider a robust
and satisfying alternative.

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Book Reviews

The following books are reviewed in this issue.  A link for complete download is available for members at the end of this list:

For Life Abundant: Practical Theology, Theological Education, and Christian Ministry.

By Dorothy C. Bass and Craig Dykstra (eds.) Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008.
372 pages. ISBN: 978-0802837448

Children and the Theologians: Clearing the Way for Grace.
By Jerome W. Berryman., Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2009.
276 pages. ISBN: 978-0819223470

When Kids Hurt: Help for Adults Navigating the Adolescent Maze.
By Chap Clark and Steve Rabey. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009.
208 pages. ISBN: 978-0801071836

The Leadership Jump: Building Partnerships between Existing and Emerging Christian Leaders.
By Jimmy Long. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009.
205 pages. ISBN: 978-0830833641

Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World.
By David A. Livermore. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009.
287 pages. ISBN: 978-0801035890

Baptism and Christian Identity: Teaching in the Triune Name.
By Gordon S. Mikoski. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009.
253 pages. ISBN: 978-0802824608

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Going Beyond the Plateau: Ministry to Young Catholic Adults in the Third Millennium

Richard Rymarz

This paper proceeds on the assumption that many Catholic youth
and young adults reach, relatively early in life, a plateau of religious
involvement and commitment. This plateau is characterized by,
among other things, a loose religious affiliation but not an overt
hostility to the tradition. In order to move beyond this plateau
those who work with these young people need to develop a pastoral
response that is sensitive to this cultural reality. A number of guiding
factors and principles are suggested such as the difficulty of the task
and the need to focus more on proactive proclamation. Many of these
strategies are reflective of the need for a new evangelization.

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Fluid Religion in Liquid Age? De/Traditionalization and its implications for Youth ministry in the Czech Republic

Mgr. František Štĕch, Th.D.

Using the common framework of contemporary culture as liquid
or fluid times. This article looks specifically at Czech sociologists
of religion and the domestic religious situation in the Czech
Republic. It draws upon empirical work into traditionalization
and de-traditionalization within the Roman Catholic Church and
illustrates that these phenomena pose crucial questions for the shape
and form of Roman Catholic youth ministry and youth work in this
context. my country today. Proposals are made to address some of
these challenges.

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Christian Spirituality and the Well-being Agenda

Nash and Pimlott

This article discusses demonization and toxicity as illustrative of the
life of young people in the UK. It offers definitions of well-being
and the role of spirituality within this. We propose that unless the
underlying well-being of young people is taken seriously, improved
upon and re-imagined, then the challenges some young people
encounter will develop into long-term problems well into adulthood.
Furthermore, those young people who have relatively few challenges
and problems will be at risk of being contaminated by the assault
upon their well-being resulting in damage to them that will manifest
itself in personal, communal and social problems. We argue that
without the spiritual dimension, however, constructs, policy and
approaches to well-being are lacking.

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Kenosis, Race and the Sacredly Mobile Adolescent: A Revised Christology for Racial Reconciliation

Jeff Keuss

This paper argues for a reappropriation of kenosis as a vital aspect
of Christology that is particularly important in the understanding of
what I have termed “sacredly mobile adolescents”— teens who inhabit
a core identity value as fluidity of personhood rather than fixity. The
concept of kenosis is explored through a combination of theological
and biblical lenses. This understanding is then correlated against the
experiences of ‘Third Culture Kids’ (young adults who have spent
significant time in childhood in other cultural settings) to establish
a model of youth ministry that approaches a kenotic form of identity
construction through its life and practices.

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Contexts That Have Influenced Young Australian Maronite Adults’ Spirituality

Margaret Ghosn

The research described in this paper examined the Maronite
spirituality of 33 young Australian-Lebanese adults who attended
a Maronite1 Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia. Data gathered
through qualitative methods of in-depth and focus group interviews
were collated using grounded theory, to reveal the cultural resources
utilized as interpretive structures for their life journeys. Apparent
influences on their Maronite spirituality is evidenced through
ecclesial, social and cultural contexts.

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