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The following research paper is the result of a core literature review of more than 70 books, articles, blogs and websites in the area of youth and children’s ministry, primarily sourced from Australia, England and North America. Statistical data documented in the paper was drawn from a number of sources both secular and Christian, including NCLS, ABS, McCrindle Research, the Barna Group and the United Nations Statistics Division. The findings of the paper were also confirmed and complemented by an extensive field study questionnaire conducted with 22 Youth and Children’s Ministers across all metropolitan regions here in Sydney, as well as conducting a number of personal interviews with three senior experts and trainers in the
field. For consistency of analysis and approach, the field questionnaire was specifically designed to correlate with the research framework used in the literature review.

This paper is by no means designed to be an exhaustive analysis of the subject under question but has been deliberately kept concise for the purposes of the project.

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