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.
|Advisor:||Carter Waren, Mary|
|Commitee:||Samuel, Nathaniel, Whapham, Theodore James|
|School:||St. Thomas University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Disaffiliation, Discipleship, Faith formation, Practical theology, Youth ministry|
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