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Models for Youth Ministry: Learning from the Life of Christ


SPCK 2013

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In Models for Youth Ministry, long-time youth minister Steve Griffiths uses the life and ministry of Christ to provide new models for youth ministry. Griffiths argues that thinking about youth ministry has become fossilized because youth workers rely too heavily on the notion of “incarnational,” or relational ministry, leading people to believe they must spend huge amounts of time with young people in order to earn the right to share the gospel. But, as Griffiths points out, this approach is impractical and does not mirror how Jesus himself operated. Griffith proposes a different approach, based on the model of Christ. He provides a text that is rich with theological insight and practical wisdom, laying a new foundation for biblical, fruitful, and relevant youth ministry. Models for Youth Ministry is an accessible guide to rethinking youth ministry for experienced youth workers and newcomers alike. Each chapter also includes study questions, great for group study or personal reflection.

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Key Features

  • Offers fresh insights into youth ministry
  • Examines the life and ministry of Christ
  • Includes study questions for group study or personal reflection


  • Developing a Christology for Ministry
  • An Incarnational Ministry
  • A Crucified Ministry
  • A Resurrection Ministry
  • An Ascended Ministry
  • An Eschatological Ministry
  • Jesus: Kingdom and Discipleship

Praise for the Print Edition

A controversial, important, and much-needed book. . . . No one working with young people can afford to ignore it.

—Pete Ward, professor of theology and ministry, King’s College, London

In proposing a kairos-based Christological-ministry, Steve Griffiths offers a theologically rooted approach to work with young people which offers greater depth and insight than the more narrowly focused incarnational models. Grounded in both theology and practice, this book is essential reading for those wanting to be more Christlike in their ministry.

Sally Nash, director, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry

I am grateful to Steve for writing this provocative, scholarly, and practically informed contribution to the field of youth ministry. Steve reclaims the essence of ministering among young people through a considered exploration of the life of Christ, unravelling the misconceptions that can lead to an incomplete presentation of the gospel message. He challenges us to go beyond the limitations of relational youth ministry and to embrace ‘kairos moments’ that flow from the youth minister’s spiritual discipline. This should be essential reading for all youth ministry students and it provides a timely wake-up call to the seasoned youth minister.

—Paul Fenton, principal, Oasis College of Higher Education, London

This book takes theological thinking on youth ministry forward in leaps and bounds. It offers a clear challenge that a Christlike ministry starts with us becoming Christlike. This book will stretch your thinking on youth ministry and inspire your practice.

—Nick Shepherd, CEO, Centre for Youth Ministry

Product Details

  • Title: Models for Youth Ministry: Learning from the Life of Christ
  • Author: Steve Griffiths
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 144

About the Author

Steve Griffiths is rector of the Linton Team Ministry, Cambridge. He has specialized in youth ministry throughout his ministerial career and was director of the Centre for Youth Ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, from 2005 to 2009. He writes a regular column, “Saints and Martyrs,” for Youthwork magazine. He was chair of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry from 2001 to 2009 and was a founding editor of the International Journal of Youth and Theology. He has provided extensive training for youth workers in the UK, USA, Scandinavia, Europe, and South Africa, and is a regular speaker at conferences. He is also the author of God in the Valley: A Journey through Grief, Redeem the Time, and a number of academic and popular articles on youth ministry.

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