Original Research - Special Collection: Church

Creative tensions in youth ministry in a congregational context

Anita L. Cloete
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 2 | a2107 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i2.2107 | © 2015 Anita L. Cloete | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 December 2013 | Published: 06 February 2015

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Anita L. Cloete, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Abstract

Since the recognition of youth as a social category, several approaches to youth ministry developed. One of the approaches, namely the inclusive congregational approach to youth ministry, will be critically reflected on in this article. The aim of this article is to indicate what the implications of this approach are for congregational ministry. It is argued that the inclusive congregational approach to youth ministry could lead to certain creative tensions in youth ministry as an integral part of congregational ministry. Therefore the article identifies and discusses specific creative tensions that could be present in youth ministry where the inclusive congregational approach to youth ministry is taken as the point of departure. Creative tension is here understood as a source of creative energy that informs and guides ministry. Although the different tensions may cause uneasiness, with the spontaneous response to release them, it is argued that it should rather be kept intact in order to inform and maintain a creative process of ministry.

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