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Youth Chaplain
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[German Version]

The appointment of Karl Neeff as youth pastor in Stuttgart on Nov 1, 1863, marks the beginning of Protestant youth ministry in Germany. His initial assignment was spiritual care of young people in general (Youth/Adolescence), but he soon concentrated on apprentices. In 1867 Neeff opened the first Protestant youth club in Stuttgart. Though clergy had long since engaged in youth work (e.g. Carl August Doering in Elberfeld, Theophil Passavant in Basel, F.L. Mallet in Bremen), Neeff was the first whose position was devoted exclusively to youth…

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Schwab, Ulrich, “Youth Chaplain”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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