Original Research - Special Collection: Being a Change Agent in a Post-Covid South Africa

Youth ministry: Offering hope in a COVID-19 South Africa through community

Garth Aziz
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 77, No 3 | a6677 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v77i3.6677 | © 2021 Garth Aziz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 April 2021 | Published: 06 September 2021

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Garth Aziz, School of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, College of Human Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


The president of the Republic of South Africa has addressed the nation many times during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) restrictions and lockdown of 2020, and has spoken very strongly about and against the violence toward the vulnerable in our society. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many societies, it has mainly revealed the brokenness in our society and the violence against the vulnerable on multiple levels. Arguably, a place where we can discover God is in the midst of our challenges and struggles, a place where God reveals plans and hopes for our lives. It, therefore, is in a place of hopelessness that wholeness can be discovered. This process, whilst painful, can also be transformative and even healing. This pandemic has created a context that has revealed brokenness in lives, systems and economics.

Contribution: This article will look at how the church through its youth ministry can offer hope, specifically for the youth, as a vulnerable group, so that they may experience the transforming power of God amidst a global crisis through the creation of an alternative community.


vulnerable; youth; youth ministry; hope; crisis; COVID-19; church


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