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Church-Based Youth Work—Chilling Out, Belonging, And Learning

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This chapter "visits" three youth clubs of local congregations belonging to the Protestant Church in the Netherlands on the basis of notes of participant observations and open interviews with participants, youth workers, and volunteers. As youth work within the Protestant Church in the Netherlands does not have a long tradition concerning professional youth workers, the chapter, focuses on four questions. (1) What kind of role do these professional church (youth) workers play in these three church youth clubs? (2) Do they engage the adolescents in decision-making? (3) In how far do these youth workers contribute to the internal and external motivation of youth to go to these clubs? (4) Are there any parallels worth mentioning between the Dutch clubs and the open youth work of the Reformed Church and the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland?.

Keywords: Netherlands; Protestant Church; youth clubs



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