Youth Work, Informal Education, and Spirituality

Part of the International Handbooks of Religion and Education book series (IHRE, volume 3)


Informal educators work in a range of youth and community work settings and seek to facilitate experiential learning through developing conversations, opportunities, environments, activities, and programs, where significant experiences may occur. For young people’s holistic wellbeing to be developed, it is vital that the spiritual dimension is taken into account. A range of ways of promoting the wellbeing of young people through informal educational activities that enhance spiritual development are explored.


Young People Community Work Family Service Informal Education Youth Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry, St John’s Chilwell LaneBramcoteUK

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