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“Young Apprentices: Communities of Practice as a 21st Century Model for Youth Ministry in U.S. Catholic Communities”
by Gonzalez, Ricardo, Ph.D., St. Thomas University, 2020, 252; 27540398
Abstract (Summary)

Disaffiliation of youth is considered one of greatest pastoral challenges facing the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes across the United States have been searching for best practices that can lead to greater youth involvement in the life of the Christian community in light of the downturn in youth participation. This dissertation proposes a discipleship model of youth ministry as a formidable response to these concerns and proffers a “communities of practice” social learning model to reinvigorate current youth ministry efforts. The work will lay out fundamental elements of a working theology of youth ministry based on this community model and will propose best practices for effective programs and innovative ways of engaging younger millennial and generation Z students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carter Waren, Mary
Commitee: Samuel, Nathaniel, Whapham, Theodore James
School: St. Thomas University
Department: Practical Theology
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology
Keywords: Disaffiliation, Discipleship, Faith formation, Practical theology, Youth ministry
Publication Number: 27540398
ISBN: 9781392583616
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