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International Journal of Practical Theology

Ed. by Couture, Pamela / Schröder, Bernd

Editorial Board: Dreyer, Jaco / Gräb, Wilhelm / Graham, Elaine / Grethlein, Christian / Hastings, Thomas John / Lefebvre, Solange / Mette, Norbert / Miller-McLemore, Bonnie / Mullino Moore, Mary Elizabeth / Nieman, James / Osmer, Richard / Schreiter, Robert / Schweitzer, Friedrich / Kwan Un, Joon / Ven, Johannes / Wolfteich, Claire

In cooperation with Simojoki, Henrik / Bowers Du Toit, Nadine / Ramsay, Nancy

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Volume 22, Issue 1


Youth Ministry Research and the Empirical

Dr. Jos de Kock
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Published Online: 2018-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2016-0028


The aim of this article is to discuss how one can understand empirical observations as a starting point for practical theological research, which is geared towards developing theological reflection, with a particular focus on the faith practices of children and young people. Three basic skills are suggested as keys in scholarly engagement with children and young people: observation as reception, listening as reception, and the importance of learning language. The authors show what happens theologically when youth ministry scholars apply these skills in practical theological research that focuses on the faith practices of young people.


Dieser Beitrag diskutiert empirische Beobachtung als einen Ausgangspunkt für praktisch-theologische Forschung mit dem Schwerpunkt Glaubenspraxis von Kindern und Jugendlichen. Drei grundlegende Fähigkeiten werden für den wissenschaftlichen Umgang mit Kindern und Jugendlichen vorgeschlagen: Beobachtung als Rezeption, Zuhören als Rezeption und das Erlernen von Sprache.

Keywords: Youth ministry; practical theology; empirical research; faith practices; children; adolescents; theological reflection

Stichwörter: Jugendarbeit; praktische Theologie; empirische Forschung; Glaubenspraxis; Kinder; Jugendliche; theologische Reflexion

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Published Online: 2018-06-01

Published in Print: 2018-05-30

Citation Information: International Journal of Practical Theology, Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 69–83, ISSN (Online) 1612-9768, ISSN (Print) 1430-6921, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2016-0028.

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