Learning to Pray Without Ceasing: Instilling the Importance of Prayer and its Connection to Social Justice in Youth

Full Title
Learning to Pray Without Ceasing: Instilling the Importance of Prayer and its Connection to Social Justice in Youth
Author
Wesley Brian Jamison D.Min.
Abstract
Progressive churches continue to struggle with retaining youth, who often seen little merit in the church's traditions and rituals. These spiritual practices are essential to nurturing the strength and vision necessary to create a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. This project offers a model for integrating these practices into the regular activities of youth ministry as a way of reconnecting them to the struggle for justice. It was tested by adding the observance of the daily offices of prayer to a youth mission trip and examining the views of participants concerning prayer and its connection to justice before, during, and after the trip. Noticeable changes were measured during and after the trip, indicating that youth came to see spiritual practices are more important to the work of justice. These findings suggest that the church would do well to look to its own history of monasticism as a model for youth ministry in the post-Christian era.
Degree Granting Institution
Country
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Major
Advanced Practice of Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Advisor
Dianne Reistroffer Ph.D.
Language
English
Date
2019
Number of Pages
140
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