Pastoral guidance for the spiritual development of the adolescents of Little Falls Christian Centre
Botma, Erasmus Christoffel
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Healthy spiritual development of adolescents is lacking in our society. Research shows that the topic of spiritual development for adolescents has been neglected for some time. It is clear from Scripture that spiritual development needs to take place in the life of a believer and that it is in fact an ongoing process. Even though spirituality has not been classified as something scientific during the modern era, spirituality has made its way back in scientific circles. The scientific disciplines of sociology and psychology have indicated that adolescents have a need for spiritual development and that spiritual issues are important to them. However, adolescents of the twenty-first century also face some unique challenges that have an impact on their spiritual development. Both the quantitative and qualitative methods of research were used and it was clear from both these studies that there were certain areas with regard to spiritual development that needed attention. The results in particular showed that the majority of those adolescents who took part in the research did not spend enough time on spiritual practices and most of them have taken part in some form of risky behaviour. The overall influences from family, friends and youth leaders were positive and in general it seemed that the majority of adolescents who took part in the research had a good relationship with parents and youth leaders. Adolescents need help in their spiritual development and according to Scripture parents and youth/church leaders have the responsibility to assist them. Guidance was given to adolescents and to major role players in their lives to assist them in the process of spiritual development.
- Theology