A timely and topical resource that looks into the areas of Christian youth work, faith and politics. Nigel Pimlott aims to inform, engage, empower and resource Christian youth workers and those studying youth work, so that they have a better understanding about the relationship between their work, their faith and politics.
In this challenging and accessible book, Nigel Pimlott argues young people are often marginalised, oppressed and rarely heard in a world favouring the rich and powerful. Young people are opinionated, passionate about what they think is right and wrong, and are concerned about the world they live in. Yet research indicates young people are disengaged from mainstream political processes where they can express their views - young adults have stopped voting in elections in unprecedented numbers.
This is something of a paradox. Pimlott contends that by more effectively equipping Christian youth workers and ministers to do politicking, they will be able to better equip and disciple young people to be more politically engaged in their own contexts.
This unique research-based book provides a concise overview of how youth workers might best help young people flourish and realise the common good.
'I firmly believe that if your theology doesn't challenge you to be involved in your community, work to bring about change, create inclusion, and seek justice for those on the edges of our society, then something is wrong. This book encourages us to do all of these things; inspiring those who work with young people to take seriously the political aspect of Jesus' ministry. I warmly welcome it.' -- Steve Chalke
'Helping youth workers with a Christian value-base understand the concepts, language and implications inherent in contemporary work is essential if opportunities to make a difference in the world are to be maximised. This book is a very provocative and timely critique of these matters and an excellent resource for both student and experienced youth workers. -- Sally Nash
'Nigel's research is a brilliant up to date resource for our trainee youth workers. His book is both stretching and challenging: copies will definitely be available in our library!' -- Paul Friend
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