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Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry

Paperback|Nov 2007
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Relational youth ministry, also known as incarnational ministry, can feel like a vicious cycle of guilt: "I should be spending time with kids, but I just don't want to." The burden becomes heavy to bear because it is never over;...


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Relational youth ministry, also known as incarnational ministry, can feel like a vicious cycle of guilt: "I should be spending time with kids, but I just don't want to." The burden becomes heavy to bear because it is never over; adolescents always seem to need more relational bonds, and once one group graduates there is a new group of adolescents who need relational contact.

It may be that the reason these relationships have become burdensome is that they have become something youth workers do, rather than something that youth workers enter into.

^^In Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, Andrew Root explores the origins of a dominant ministry model for evangelicals, showing how American culture has influenced our understanding of the incarnation. Drawing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose work with German youth in troubled times shaped his own understanding of how Jesus intersects our relationships, Root recasts relational ministry as an opportunity not to influence the influencers but to stand with and for those in need. True relational youth ministry shaped by the incarnation is a commitment to enter into the suffering of all, to offer all those in high school or junior high the solidarity of the church.

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Andrew Root reviews the history of relational/incarnational youth ministry in American evangelicalism and recasts the practice as one of place-sharing, not so much earning the right to be heard as honoring the human dignity of youth and locating God in their midst.
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In Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, Andrew Root explores the origins of a dominant ministry model for evangelicals, showing how American culture has influenced our understanding of the incarnation. Drawing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose work with German youth in troubled times shaped his own understanding of how Jesus intersects our relationships, Root recasts relational ministry as an opportunity not to influence the influencers but to stand with and for those in need. True relational youth ministry shaped by the incarnation is a commitment to enter into the suffering of all, to offer all those in high school or junior high the solidarity of the church. Market/Audience People engaged in youth ministry People in campus ministry Professors Students Lutheran colleges and seminaries College and seminary accounts Endorsements "Andrew Root combines biblical studies, history, sociology and theology in a well-researched mix that, I hope, will drive our youth ministry thought and practice." DR. WALT MUELLER, president, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, and author of Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture "Andrew Root is poised to lead the field in rethinking youth ministry as a practical theological discipline." KENDA CREASY DEAN, M.Div., Ph.D., parent, pastor and associate professor of youth, church and culture, Princeton Theological Seminary Features and Benefits Concise survey of the history of incarnational youth ministry Careful case studies of practicing youth ministries Solid theological appraisal and recommendations for ministry practices
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Andrew Root

Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. A former Young Life staffworker, he has served in churches and social service agencies as a youth outreach associate and a gang prevention counselor. He is the author of Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategic Influence to a Theology of Incarnation and Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part One
  • 1 The Historical Ascent Of Relational Ministry: The Early Twentieth Century
  • 2 The Historical Ascent Of Relational Ministry: The Late Twentieth Century
  • 3 Our Relational Motivations: A Sociological Examination
  • Part Two
  • 4 Who Is Jesus Christ? The One Who Is Incarnate And Much More
  • 5 Where Is Jesus Christ? Relational Ministry As Participation In God’s Presence
  • 6 What Then Shall We Do? A Ministry Of Place-sharing
  • 7 Person And Culture: How Place-sharing Works
  • 8 Picturing Relational Transformation: Transcendence & Revelation
  • 9 Rules Of Art For Place-sharing In Community
  • Appendix: Bonhoeffer As A Minister To Young People
  • Index

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