Thoughts on Life, Theology, & Psychology

by Victor Counted
4 Aug 2016

New Paper Alert: Missionising Youth Identity Crisis

Ever thought of a missional therapy or a missional hermeneutic of care?

I am pleased to announce my new article, “Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a missional hermeneutic of care in youth ministry practice” in Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, 41:1, pp.82-102.

The paper introduces an interpretative framework that can assist Christian counselors in helping hurting youths. The model elaborates on the missional basis of biblical interpretation as a powerful framework within which to interpret a skewed, conflicted identity. I am currently using this model to develop my forthcoming book, “Finding God Without Losing Yourself: Resolving the internal conflict with God and self”. 

Here is the abstract:


 

The intention of this paper is to interpret the ontological conditions of youth identity crisis missionally. This is first done by conceptualising identity crisis as a psychological phenomenon using frameworks of authenticity and attachment to explain the impact of early attachment abuse, abandonment depression, insecure attachment anxiety with God, and self-regulation on the identity formation of the youth. Secondly, the paper introduces a missional hermeneutic that provides an interpretative framework for coping with the crises of identity amongst young people. A missional hermeneutic of care for coping with the crisis of identity formation, therefore, elaborates on the missional basis of biblical interpretation as a powerful framework within which to interpret a skewed, conflicted identity. The author herewith proposes a missional opportunity that can activate the missional consciousness of young people in their time of crisis and identity formation. Furthermore, the author insists that this missional methodology can be a very useful strategy for producing therapeutic change in young people and can help youth ministry workers and pastoral caregivers to reframe the crisis of youth identity from the perspective of ‘missio Dei’.


I look forward to discussing this theory with some of my friends and colleagues at the eighth biennial conference of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry (IASYM) at the University of New South Wales, Australia come January 4-7, 2017.

‪The hashtag for following future updates on this framework via social media is  #‎MissionalTherapy‬. I encourage anyone using this framework to use the #MissionalTherapy hashtag for promoting their contribution to missional hermeneutic of care. #WhoSaysAcademiaShouldBeBoring

You can download the article here.

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