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Ministry with Young Adults: Toward a New Ecclesiological Imagination

Loyola Institute for Ministry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Religions 2020, 11(11), 570; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11110570
Received: 3 October 2020 / Revised: 23 October 2020 / Accepted: 26 October 2020 / Published: 2 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry)
Pope Francis is urging ministry leaders to become a more synodal church, one where the people of God journey together as a faith community to create a more just and compassionate world. This calls for ministry leaders to embrace a paradigm shift, to not just rename their programs or develop new ones, but to develop a new worldview from which to understand and engage the New Evangelization as envisioned by Pope Francis. However, the 2018 Synod on Young People revealed that the current parish and diocesan programming with young adults are inadequate in: (1) curbing the increasing tide of religious disaffiliation in young adults and (2) addressing the real and felt needs of contemporary Catholic young adults. This article argues for a new ecclesiological imagination that enables ministry leaders to go out into the world to fully engage young adults in the life of the Church. View Full-Text
Keywords: young adult ministry; young adults; imagination; evangelization; synodality; synodal church; ecclesiological imagination; missionary discipleship; ecclesiology young adult ministry; young adults; imagination; evangelization; synodality; synodal church; ecclesiological imagination; missionary discipleship; ecclesiology
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Lamont, T. Ministry with Young Adults: Toward a New Ecclesiological Imagination. Religions 2020, 11, 570.

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