Family-Based Youth Ministry (2004)
Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously.Family-based youth ministry is about...
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Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously.Family-based youth ministry is about adults discipling teens one-on-one and in groups. It is about involving not just the nuclear family but the whole church family--from singles to older adults. More important, it's about incorporating youth into the life of your church.So stop worrying about the size of your youth group or your budget. Mark DeVries's refreshing approach to youth ministry will show you how your church can reach today's teens and how you can keep them involved in the life of the church. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor or a church member who cares about teens, you will find in this book an entirely different approach to youth ministry that will build mature Christian believers.
Mark DeVries (M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects, a consulting team that assists churches in building sustainable youth ministries (www.ymarchitects.com). DeVries has served since 1986 as associate pastor for youth and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has trained youth workers on five continents and has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries.
DeVries is the author of Family-Based Youth Ministry,True Love Waits, Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It and co-author of The Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life, and he has been a contributing writer for Josh McDowell's Youth Ministry Handbook, Starting Right and Reaching a Generation for Christ. In addition, his articles and reviews have been published in a variety of journals and magazines. He and his wife, Susan, have four grown children.
- 1. Something's Wrong: The Crisis In Traditional Youth Ministry
- 2. Is Anybody Out There? The Growth Of Teenage Isolation
- 3. The Developmental Disaster: The Impact Of Teenage Isolation
- 4. Sitting On A Gold Mine: The Power Of The Nuclear Family
- 5. The Critical Care Unit: The Peculiar Crisis In Today's Christian Family
- 6. Stacking The Stands: The Power Of The Extended Christian Family
- 7. It Only Makes Sense: The Vision Of Family-based Youth Ministry
- 8. Beyond The Cleavers: The Challenge And Opportunity Of Ministry To Nontraditional Families
- 9. Walking The Tightrope: Family-based Youth Ministry And The Developmenatal Need For Independence
- 10. A Different Gospel: Youth Culture Comes To Church
- 11. God Calling: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry
- 12. Making It Work: Implementing A Family-based Youth Ministry
- Appendix A: A Matter Of Perspective
- Appendix B: Has The Traditional Family Really Died?
- Appendix C: 19 Models For Youth Ministry
- Appendix D: 122 Family-based Youth Ministry Programming Ideas
- Appendix E: Bridges: A Family-based Curriculum