The youth ministry focus of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life is often forgotten or overlooked, even though he did much work with young people and wrote a number of papers, sermons, and addresses about or for the youth of the church. However, youth ministry expert Andrew Root explains that this focus is central to Bonhoeffer’s story and thought. Root presents Bonhoeffer as the forefather and model of the growing theological turn in youth ministry. By linking contemporary youth workers with this epic theologian, the author shows the depth of youth ministry work and underscores its importance in the church. He also shows how Bonhoeffer’s life and thought impact present-day youth ministry practice.
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Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker reads like the labor of love that it is, introducing Bonhoeffer as a fellow pastor who shares your passion for young people’s journey of faith and your conviction that Christ’s church should receive youth without using them. Andrew Root is at his best here, warmly introducing us to an old friend who we didn’t know knew us so well.
—Kenda Creasy Dean, Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary; author, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church
I read everything Andy Root writes, and I hope you do the same. Andy sheds new light on one of my theological heroes, illuminating Bonhoeffer’s timeless power to shape your understanding of both ministry and our faith itself.
—Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute, faculty member, Fuller Theological Seminary
I have quite literally never read a youth ministry book anything like this: full of history, story, theological articulation, and implication. Absolutely fascinating.
—Mark Oestreicher, partner, The Youth Cartel