Seven Myths of Youth Ministry: How to Re-Ignite Your Passion
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There are seven myths that have grown up in and around ministry to young people and they are dampening the passion that is needed to excel in youth ministry. Not everyone will have been taken in by every myth, but once these myths have been melted it will give youth leaders an opportunity to reappraise their priorities and rethink the way they quot;doquot; youth ministry. Using a combination of biblical truth, real-life examples, and comments from a variety of youth leaders themselves, Nigel James identifies each of the seven myths, explains why they can be damaging, and establishes the correct thinking on the specific issue raised.
There are seven myths that have grown up in and aroundministry to young people and they are dampening thepassion that is needed to excel in youth ministry. Noteveryone will have been taken in by every myth, butonce these myths have been melted it will give youthleaders an opportunity to reappraise their priorities andrethink the way they "do" youth ministry. Using acombination of biblical truth, real-life examples, andcomments from a variety of youth leaders themselves, Nigel James identifies eachof the seven myths, explains why they can be damaging, and establishes thecorrect thinking on the specific issue raised.
Gary V. Smith (Ph.D., Dropsie College) is Professor of Christian Studies Education at Union University, Tennesee. He has written a number of engaging commentaries including Hosea, Amos and Micah (New International Version Application Commentary), Isaiah 1-39; Isaiah 40-66 (New American Commentary) and Amos and his Oracles (Mentor), and The Prophets As Preachers: An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets. He is also producing the forthcoming volume on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther in the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary.
Nigel James has traveled extensively as the band Third Day's road pastor since 2000. He is the founding director of a youth discipleship ministry called Ignite based in the UK and is on the associate staff of City Temple Elim Pentecostal Church in Cardiff, Wales. Nigel, his wife Gill, and the Ignite organization support Christian work in south India developing a school and funding church buildings.