To most people, today’s youth ministry has a single goal: to make faithful disciples of young people. However, digging deeper into various programs, books, and concepts reveals substantive differences among the approaches. In this multiview work, Chap Clark brings together a diverse group of leaders to present five major views on youth ministry. Each contributor expresses his view of what the foundation of youth ministry should be for the modern church, and responds to the other contributors’ views. The result is a multifaceted work that will provide youth leaders with a wider perspective of youth ministry.
For more resources on youth ministry, check out the Youth Ministry and Leadership Collection (20 vols.).
“The goal of youth ministry as adoption is for every child, every adolescent, and every young adult to be so embraced by the community of faith that they know they always have a home, a people, and a place where they can discover who they are and how they are able to contribute. In short, youth ministry is adopting young people into the family of God.” (Page 85)
“Give the gospel relentlessly in youth group meetings.” (Page 10)
“It takes the entire faith community, and the global church, to commit to the long-term embrace of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and everyone else who calls Christ Lord to provide the emotional and relational environment God has for all of us.” (Pages 84–85)
“We have exchanged mission for meetings. We have separated evangelism and discipleship. We have turned outreach into a program instead of a lifestyle.” (Page 4)
“Teenagers have more information about God than they have experience of him. Get them in places where they have to rely on God.’” (Page 8)
Teenagers need thoughtful, theologically grounded youth leaders more than ever. Youth Ministry in the 21st Century asks the right questions and helps leaders devise innovative responses.
—Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute
As a former youth pastor and Youth For Christ director turned educator, I welcome the critical thinking, assessment, consensus, collaboration, varying perspectives, and even the disagreement found in this book. And while I embrace discussions of theory, this project helpfully transforms theories into the building blocks of ministry practices, skill sets, and practical theology.
—Steve Vandegriff, professor of Christian leadership and church ministries, Liberty University
Youth Ministry in the 21st Century triggers deep reflection about models and motives and will facilitate advancement of that very kingdom enterprise, youth ministry.
—Len Kageler, professor of youth and family studies, Nyack College
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