YOUTH AND CHARISMATIC MOVEMENTS: THE STRUGGLE FOR SPIRITUALITY

Willem Nicol

Abstract


53 first years and 53 senior students who grew up in an urban environment were
questioned concerning their spirituality, and the results statistically processed.
Their interest in charismatic churches is low, but they strongly prefer less
traditional services with some charismatic characteristics as are general Dutch
Reformed Churches in their environment. Their main reason is that they want to feel
at home in worship. They want their church to be centrist in the sense of neither too
traditional nor too charismatic or informal and they want to feel that their church is
free to develop with the times. In their environment the Dutch Reformed Church is
mainly such a church and therefore it seems likely that they will stay in their church.
Concerning their spirituality in general, one thing stood out, namely their strong
need to see that Christians live out their faith in daily life.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/83-0-885

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