Christian Endeavour was arguably the largest and most influential worldwide youth movement. Founded in the USA by Francis E Clarke in 1881, the first Australian Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavour was formed in Geelong in 1883.
This lecture examines the origins, strategy, and influence of Christian Endeavour in Australia, and considers the lessons to be learned from this history. How might Clarke’s approach of mutual accountability, high commitment, and every member service still be helpful as we consider our ministry practices and values today?
Dr Ruth Lukabyo
Ruth Lukabyo is a senior lecturer and Dean of women at Youthworks College in Sydney. She has a special interest in the history of youth and children’s ministry in Australia, studying the religious experiences of young people and the models of ministry that have been used in the past. In this research, she intends to write history that will be relevant for those who do ministry for and with young people and to better equip them to creatively consider new methods of ministry for the twenty-first century.
The Peter Corney Lecture is part of the Australia-New Zealand regional conference of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry being held at Ridley College from 2-4 August.
For details see https://iasym.org/AUS2023