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Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together

ISBN: 9781441221322
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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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  • Examines Bonhoeffer’s life in light of his role as a youth worker
  • Offers youth pastors ways to integrate Bonhoeffer’s thought into their ministries
  • Reinterprets Bonhoeffer’s key theological works through the lens of his work with youth
  • Youth Ministry and Bonhoeffer: Finding a Forefather
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Youth Worker
  • The Origins of the Youth Worker
  • The Fracture of the Idyllic: The Death of Walter and the Adolescence of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • From a Youth to Doing Youth Ministry: The Theological in Sanctorum Communio
  • Tears for Mr. Wolf: Barcelona and After
  • The Child as Eschatological: Back to Berlin and On to New York
  • Back to Berlin—Again
  • They Killed Their Last Teacher! The Wedding Confirmation Class
  • The Younger Generation and the Führer: Into the Political
  • “Eight Theses on Youth Work”: In London Exile
  • Finkenwalde: From Youth Ministry into Intentional Community
  • Back to Youth Ministry
  • Toward a Destiny: From Youth Pastor to Spy
  • Youth Ministry and Discipleship
  • The Youth Worker and Life Together
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

  • Title: Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together
  • Author(s): Andrew Root
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Resource Type: Monographs

Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has written extensively about youth ministry. He is the author of numerous books, including Faith Formation in a Secular Age, The Pastor in a Secular Age, Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, The Children of Divorce, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, and Relationships Unfiltered, and the coauthor (with Kenda Creasy Dean) of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.


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