Teenagers matter! When they are valued, they bring life to nearly every sector of society, including the church. Although student ministry has come a long way in the last century, few churches have made it a high priority. Veteran...
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Teenagers matter! When they are valued, they bring life to nearly every sector of society, including the church. Although student ministry has come a long way in the last century, few churches have made it a high priority.
Veteran practitioner Mark Cannister brings together the latest ideas and research on adolescence to champion student ministry as integral to the life of the church. He shows how connecting teenagers into the church's larger intergenerational community enriches the entire congregation, casting a prophetic vision for what the church can become when it truly values its young people.
This comprehensive yet accessible addition to the award-winning Youth, Family, and Culture series has been field tested and written in close consultation with youth pastors. It outlines the resources necessary for a vital student ministry and includes sidebars and discussion questions.
Mark Cannister (EdD, University of Pittsburgh) is professor of Christian ministries and chair of the Division of the Humanities at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He has served as chair of the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME) and is currently executive administrator for the AYME. He has also served as president of the North American Professors of Christian Education and senior editor of the "Journal of Youth Ministry". Mark and his family are members of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he has served as an elder, adult education teacher, and stA
- <b>contents<br></b>introduction<br>1. When Teenagers Matter, Student Ministry Thrives<br>2. When Teenagers Matter, Transformation Happens<br>3. When Teenagers Matter, Student Ministry Is Well Resourced<br>4. When Teenagers Matter, They Become Part Of The Church<br>5. When Teenagers Matter, Programming Is Simple<br>6. When Teenagers Matter, Parents Matter<br>7. When Teenagers Matter, The Next Generation Is Unleashed