Dr. Arzola Examines Historical and Contemporary Ecclesiology

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday August 10, 2015

Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr., Dean of Arts and Sciences, contributes a chapter in the newly released Baker Academic text, Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views. In his piece, “The Ecclesial View,” Dr. Arzola examines selected issues of ecclesiology, with special focus on the early Church, and suggests historically orthodox practices that may be implemented in a contemporary youth context.

Why did you focus on ecclesiology in a book about youth?

“In my experience, most youth ministry books address the areas of discipleship, worship, evangelism, leadership, and service. These are important topics and much is written about them. I wanted to focus on something different. My invitation to the reader is to examine ecclesiology because I believe if one has a more thoughtful understanding of the history and theology of ecclesiology, this will help one to have a more thoughtful understanding of the contemporary church and its ministry.”

How was your experience in this project?

“Participating in this endeavor was particularly challenging. The initial chapter I submitted was straightforward. However, reading the other viewpoints and responding to their works is always a delicate matter. You want to be honest, critical, yet respectful of your colleagues. When they, in turn, critique my essay, I have to defend my perspective. I found the response essay helped to clarify my initial thoughts. Although I have to admit, it was fun to wrestle a bit with my colleagues.”

Dr. Arzola has published 4 books including Exploring Worship: Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodox Perspectives, Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Context, and Evangelical Christian Education: Mid-Twentieth-Century Foundational Texts.

His current research interest is in poetry, writing his own pieces and specializing in the life, politics, and writings of Pablo Neruda. He received his Ph.D. and B.A. from Fordham University and M.A., from Maryknoll School of Theology

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