The OJKC (Research Centre for Youth, Church and Culture) conducts research into the religious education, religious development and religious communication of children and adolescents. Research is conducted into in different protestant contexts related to the religious environment and the family, such as catechism, events, celebrations, and religious upbringing at home. The interwovenness of these concepts with modern society is an important point of interest.
Our time demands a contemporary contemplation of how children and adolescents come into contact with the Christian faith. How do parents and educationalists bring religious communication into practice? How does the living environment influence religious development? What are the contemporary characteristics of religious upbringing? For parents and educationalists at home, at school or in church, great challenges lie ahead to interest new generations in the Christian faith.
The OJKC is an academic research centre of the PThU (Protestant Theological University). Research may be conducted in cooperation with professional institutes.
The OJKC is active in:
- conducting research into religious upbringing and religious communication of and with children, adolescents, parents and educators.
- Theological reflection on aspects of religious upbringing and religious communication.
For this research, the OJKC closely works together with youth institutions within or in relation to the PKN (Protestant Church Netherlands). The research centre is financed by the Brandenburg fund. It aims at children, teenagers, adolescents and their religious educators within and on the border of the PKN.
People who are professionally interested in and/or studying and researching religious upbringing and religious communication (such as preachers, youth workers and youth organisations, teachers) can come to the OJKC for lectures, courses and advice regarding practical-theological and religious-pedagogical questions about youth, church and culture. For example: Questions about the living environment of adolescents in relation to religious identity, about the pros and cons of certain forms of catechism, about the participation of adolescents in church services or about literature relevant to religious upbringing and religious education.