Youth Ministry and Spintuality Project
A contemplative approach to ministry with youth is founded on the premise that what all young persons ultimately desire, like Franny Glass, is not only an experience of God, but a whole way of life, a spirituality that sustains them in a living relationship to God. (151)
- Covenant Community
- Accompaniment – To accompany young persons is also to create a space of care andhospitality for them in the larger faith community.
- authentic action
The ultimate goal of the contemplative approach to youth ministry is not contemplation, discernment, accompaniment, or even community. These are not ends in themselves, but means to the larger end of inviting and supporting young persons in authentic action on the way of Jesus Christ. (154)
Volf, Miroslav, and Dorothy C. Bass. Practicing Theology: Beliefs and Practices in Christian Life. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002.
Dorothy C. Bass
Amy Plantinga Pauw
Christine D. Pohl
Gilbert I. Bond
Nancy E. Bedford
L. Gregory Jones
From the Introduction by Dorothy Bass
“Within this context, those who lead theological communities need to find ways of learning with and from people of varied views and histories while also preventing theological reflection from becoming overly abstract or distant from the messy realm where human beings dwell and where Christian life and ministry take place.”1
Toward a Missional Spirituality in the Suburbs