The Art of Missional Parabling: Leveraging the Narrative Parables of Jesus as Models of Missional Engagement
This research leverages the narrative parables of Jesus as models of missional engagement among postmodern youth. The study includes a review of precedent literature and extensive field research, involving field-based observations, active interviews, and appreciative groups in the context of an evangelistic organization, YL (Knoxville, Tennessee). Grounded theory is employed for purposes of analysis and reveals a number of critical findings. Narrative parabling represents a heuristic model of imaginative engagement that reflects primal cognitive processes. Narrative parables are an effective means of missional communication among late adolescent, secondary oral, digital natives. The narrative parables of Jesus represent identifiable models by which missional leaders can redemptively engage high-schoolers in postmodern culture. Based on these findings, a replicable training program is developed that promises to build capacity for narrative parabling among missional leaders. Further research exploring the efficacy of the parabolic paradigm where gospel communication in contemporary contexts is concerned is recommended.
Mentor: Alan R. Weaver
Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)
Weaver, Alan R.
Young Life, Parables, Church work with youth, Narrative preaching, Postmodernism, Christianity and culture
Missions and World Christianity