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Original Research: Practical Theology

The career youth pastor: A contemporary reflection

Garth Aziz, Malan Nel, Ronnie Davis

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 73, No 2 (2017), 6 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v73i2.3856

Submitted: 26 August 2016
Published:  02 November 2017


There has been an increase of discussion and focus on matters of theological significance in the area of youth ministry. An area that remains neglected concerns the professional youth worker in Southern Africa. This focus on professional youth work has gained a great amount of urgency from the office of the presidency of Southern Africa, who in collaboration with the Commonwealth desk have prioritised the focus on youth work in South Africa. Unfortunately, the focus on the professional youth worker, the career youth pastor, within the church in Southern Africa fails to receive a similar amount of attention. The article will highlight the need to pursue a theological articulation around the office of the career youth pastor by building a practical theological argument for the office of career youth pastor. The article will address a case study of a mainline evangelical denomination regarding its theological articulation of the career youth pastor.

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Author affiliations

Garth Aziz, Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa
Malan Nel, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Ronnie Davis, Cape Town Baptist Seminary, South Africa



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