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The goal of this study is to explore how programming at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene either contributes to or prevents adolescents from having an opportunity to develop a vocational identity. Vocational identity is defined in terms of gaining the intuitive knowledge that a specific individual needs in determining a personal call. In the process of identity discovery, each individual realizes that he or she is uniquely created, is redeemed, and has a call placed on his or her life. It is the assumption that, if the church can adjust its practice, nurturing adolescents within a specific kind of setting, then there is opportunity for this to happen. The thesis of this essay works within the context of a one-hundred-year-old local church in Central Oklahoma.

By examining this context, its formulation, its values, and its history, this study seeks to formulate good praxis for this local church. At the same time, this study considers variables that contribute to the issues and the challenges that the church faces as it tries to care for, nurture, and provide ministry to individuals within this age group. Knowing the cultural and psychosocial challenges is a tremendous help to the church. As a result, an analysis is done on the cultural/environmental issues, psychosocial issues pertinent to this task, and a theological definition of the word, vocation, is given.

Within the context of this essay, the method of ministry will be run through the Pentagon of Theological Analysis and Discernment in order to determine if the youth ministry program is effectively assisting teenagers to help discover a vocational identity. By running the method through the template, suggestions are made as to the most effective ways in which programming can be adjusted in order for this to take place.

Content Reader: Chap Clark, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Clark, Chap

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Bethany First Church of the Nazarene (Bethany, Okla.); Church work with teenagers; Spiritual formation; Teenagers; Vocation


Missions and World Christianity


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