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Finding God Without Losing Yourself (in press)

Resolving the Conflict with God and Self
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From A Weakspot To A Hotshot (2015)

Life-changing insights on how to live/lead a complete life

Think Up [TMAFRICA Journal] (2013)

The Church in Africa Engaging Plurality


Journal Articles


Journal Articles

Conference Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Counted, V. (2016). The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith? Journal of Youth and Theology, 15(2): 146 – 172. PDF
  • Counted, V. (2016). Making Sense of Place Attachment: Towards a Holistic Understanding of People-place Relationships and Experiences. Environment, Space, Place, 8(1): 7-32. PDF
  • Counted, V. (2016). Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a Missional Hermeneutic of Care in Youth Ministry Practice. Missionalia 44(1): 85–102. PDF 
  • Counted, V. (2016). Being Authentic is the New Image: A Qualitative Study on the Authenticity Constructions and Self-images of Christian Millennials in Africa. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture, 19(3): 268–294. PDF 
  • Counted, V. (2016). God as an Attachment Figure: A Case Study of the God Attachment Language and God Concepts of Anxiously Attached Christian Youths in South Africa. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health, Vol 18(4): 316-346. PDF
  • Counted, A.V. & J.O. Arawole (2016). “We Are Connected, But Constrained”: Internet Inequality and the Challenges of Millennials in Africa as Actors in Innovation. Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vol 5 (3). PDF 

Conference Presentations

  • Paper: Investigating youth identity crisis and the internal conflict with the divine and self. A paper to be presented in the Youth, health and Practical Justice Conference at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia – 5 December 2016. PDF
  • Paper: The Circle of Place Spirituality: A Study of the African Diaspora in the Netherlands. A paper to be presented at The Australian Association for the Study of Religion Annual Conference (26 November, 2016), hosted by the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Australia. PDF
  • Paper: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths. A paper presented at the Spirituality, Culture, and Well-being Conference at Exclesia College Sydney, Australia (4 – 5 Oct. 2016). PDF
  • Paper: Place attachment, spirituality, and mental health: A study of the African diaspora in Europe. A poster for the European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health at the University of Gdansk, Poland (May 12-14, 2016)
  • Paper: Patterns of the God-image Functioning: A study of Christian youths in South Africa. A paper presented at the International Association of the Study of Youth Ministry at the Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (March 30 – 2nd April, 2016). PDF


Journal Articles

  • Counted, A.V. (2015). Understanding God images and God concepts: Towards a pastoral hermeneutics of the God attachment experience. Verbum et Ecclesia, 36(1), Art. #1389, 14. PDF
  • Counted, A.V. (2015). African Women, Religion, and Health: Essays in Honor of Mercy Amba Ewudziwa Oduyoye. Journal of Religion and Health, 55(1): 350–354PDF

Conference Presentations

  • Lecture: Youth Identity Crisis: God Images and Self Images Lecture presented at the Christian Youth Forum Stellenbosch, April 24, 2015. PDF
  • Paper: A ‘Just and Loving Gaze’ On Homosexuality and Attachment: The Impact of abandonment conflict on human sexuality. In Conference proceedings: ICGSDS 2015: International Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies, Malaysia (Feb 12-13, 2015)
  • Paper: Being Authentic is the New ‘Pieces’: A Mixed Methods Study on Authenticity among African Christian Millennials. In Conference proceedings: ICCPBS 2015: XIII International Conference on Cognitive, Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, Zurich Switzerland (January 13 – 14, 2015)


Conference Presentation

  • Paper: Mission as Connectedness: Digital Natives, Technology and Christian Community Formation in Embodied and Disembodied Spaces. Paper presented at the South African Missiological Society conference at North-West University Mafikeng, South Africa – April 13 – 15, 2014. PDF


Book Chapter

  • Counted, V. (2013). From Mission to Cybermission: The New Change in Missiology and the Implication for the Church in Africa. Think Up: The church in Africa engaging plurality, pp. 211-239. Berlin: TMAJ.

Conference Presentation

  • Paper: ‘We Are Connected, But Constrained’: Internet Inequality and the Challenges of Millennials in Africa as Actors in Innovation. Paper for the Global Action for Africa’s Development Conference, Pan-African Parliament Johannesburg, 13th – 15th Nov. 2013


Conference Presentation

  • Paper: Youth in Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches and Factors Accounting for their Attraction to Pentecostalism. Paper presented at the 2012 Nigeria Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Centre Conference in Abuja, Nigeria – March 26 – 28, 2012. PDF.


Conference Presentation

  • Paper: Perspectives on Genomics and the Developing World: The Nigerian Case Study. In conference proceedings of the Human Genome Meeting 2011 – 4th Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference (14th – 17th March 2011).


Conference Presentation

  • Paper: Church in Cyberspace: Thinking in a postmodern style to meet the need of the postmodern man. In conference proceedings of the Church and Missions in a Multi-religious Third Millennium Conference (January 8-10th 2010). Organized by the Centre for Multi-religious Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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