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Lecture prof. dr. Malan Nel ‘Youth worship in the South African context’


On February 19 from 10.30u to 13.00u prof. dr. Malan Nel, currently extra-ordinary professor in Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, will provide a lecture on youth worship in the South African context. The lecture will be held at the PThU Amsterdam, VU mainbuilding, first floor, E-wing (Werkgroepruimte 5/6). Please register via the registrationform below (required).

The theological reflection of prof. dr. Malan Nel will be in conversation with the PhD research of Ronelle Sonnenberg on youth worship in Dutch protestant contexts, in which she defines three qualities of adolescents’ participation in youth worship: learning faith, recreation and being together. Ronelle Sonnenberg, who will defend her dissertation just a day before, will respond to Nel’s contribution. Next, there is a great possibility for participants to discuss with Nel and Sonnenberg on the central topic. The meeting will be chaired by Jos de Kock.

Prof. Malan Nel is currently extra-ordinary professor in Practical Theology, University of Pretoria. In 2012 he retired as Director of the Centre for Contextual Ministry, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. He specializes in congregational studies, evangelism, youth ministry, and Christian education.

Drs. Ronelle Sonnenberg is coordinator of the Research Centre of Youth, Church and Culture (PThU). She is a minister in Alphen aan den Rijn and this year she completed her dissertation on youth worship in protestant contexts.

Dr. Jos de Kock is is an Assistant Professor in Education & Catechetics (research program Practices) at the PThU and a member of the Research Centre of Youth, Church, and Culture (PThU). He is chief editor of Journal of Youth and Theology and member of the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.