Youth Ministry In The 21St Century (Youth Family And Culture)(Paperback)

    Youth Ministry In The 21St Century (Youth Family And Culture)(Paperback)

    Chap Clark
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    A balanced, irenic approach to a topic with which every church wrestles.

    There are many philosophies and strategies that drive today's youth ministry. To most people, they are variations on 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, one of the leading voices in youth ministry today, brings together a diverse group of leaders to present major views on youth ministry extant.

    Offering a model of critical thinking and respectful dialogue, this volume provides a balanced, irenic approach to a topic with which every church wrestles. It gives you the resources you need to develop your own approach to youth ministry.


    "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. It's a new day in youth ministry, and the insights contained in these pages will lead us all toward more transformative ministry. Together." - Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute

    "The practice of effective, life-changing youth ministry must include thoughtful reflection if we hope to endeavour to shape and embrace ministry strategies and practices that advance, rather than undermine, the gospel. As youth ministry models continue to develop and evolve, we all need to submit our closely held models to that beautiful process of iron rubbing against and sharpening iron. In the end, God will have made us all better for it! That's what happens in this thought-provoking book. This grace-filled, five-way conversation is powerful and challenging. Not only will it force you to evaluate and adjust your own model of ministry, it offers a model for how to generously and humbly 'talk amongst yourselves,' particularly with those with whom you don't agree." - Walt Mueller, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

    "When I read a book by Chap Clark, I know I'm going to read a book that is thoughtful, theologically sound, and pulsing with the heart of a youth worker. And Youth Ministry in the 21st Century, with its iron-sharpening-iron approach, demonstrates Chap at his best, challenging us to think beyond our favourite youth ministry strategies to consider theological roots, ministry implications, and practical outcomes. You'll be pushed and pulled a bit in this book, but I'm confident these stretching exercises will only make your ministry stronger." - Duffy Robbins, professor of youth ministry, Eastern University

    "I love this book. I felt like I was in a room listening in on an incredible dialogue with some of the finest thinkers in the field of youth ministry. All these youth specialists are brilliant and have a deep love for young people. There is something to learn on every page and from every viewpoint." - Jim Burns, president, HomeWord; executive director, HomeWord Center for Youth and Family, Azusa Pacific University

    About the Author

    Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is professor and chair of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is also a coordinator of Fuller Studio. He is on the teaching team at Harbour Christian Center Church in Gig Harbour, Washington, is president of ParenTeen, and works closely with Young Life. Clark has authored or co-authored numerous books, including Hurt 2.0 and Sticky Faith.