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Doing Theology in Youth Ministry Part II

A blog post by Dr. Roland Martinson

Image Credit: Amazing Grace by Len Matthews on Flickr

Practical Theology -- Four Tasks

These youth ministry leader reflections and actions could look much like Richard Osmer’s definition and description of practical theology in The Teaching Ministry of the Congregation.

Osmer asserts that Christian ministry is best done when leaders attend to four tasks.

  1. The descriptive-empirical task which asks: What is going on? It focuses on the actual
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Doing Theology in Youth Ministry Part I

A blog post by Dr. Roland Martinson

Image Credit: Amazing Grace by Len Matthews on Flickr

Age-level youth ministry has historically focused on tactics, i.e., methods and programs. Youth ministers often do “theology lite” if at all. Youth ministry conferences, workshops, and websites are long on inspiration and “how to’s” and short on theological and strategic exploration that eventuates in faithful and effective mission and ministry by, with, and for young people.

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