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The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

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The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians. Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean invite you to envision youth ministries full of practical theologians. Follow them into reflection on your own practice of...


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The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians. Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean invite you to envision youth ministries full of practical theologians. Follow them into reflection on your own practice of theology, and learn how to share that theology through rich conversation and purposeful experience.What haunts your youth group? So often we avoid talking about doubts and fears because we feel inadequately equipped to address them in any meaningful way. The crisis of existence can't be answered with pat Sunday school formulas or a few Bible verses, let alone another relay race.^^The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians, driving them to search for God in the places God didn't appear to be--places of brokenness, suffering and confusion. What if we let these questions drive our search for God too?^^Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean invite you to envision youth ministries full of practical theologians, addressing the deep questions of life with a wonderfully adolescent mix of idealism, cynicism and prophetic intolerance for hypocrisy. Follow them into reflection on your own practice of theology, and learn how to share that theology through rich, compassionate conversation and purposeful experience.Introduction^ ^Part 1: A Theological Starting Point for Youth Ministry^^1 Is Theologically Rigorous Youth Ministry an Oxymoron?^2 The New Rhetoric of Youth Ministry ^3 Youth Ministry as an Integrative Theological Task^4 Proclaiming Salvation: The Ministry of Youth for the 21st Century Church^5 How is Theology Constructed in Ministry with Young people^ ^Part 2: A Theological Orientation for Youth Ministry^^6 Youth Ministry as Discerning Christopraxis: A Hermeneutical Model^7 Holding On to Our Kisses^8 God's Hiddenness, Suffering, and Doubt: Theological Directions for Youth Ministry^9 Ascension Deficit Disorder: Youth Ministry as a Laboratory for Hope^10 Reflection on Divine and Human Action as the Core of Youth Ministry: A Practical Theological Perspective^^Part Three- A Theological Dialogue with the Practice of Youth Ministry^^11 The Eschatological Significance of Summer Camp^12 The Youth Ministry Mission Trip as Global Tourism: Are We OK With This?^13 The Confirmation Teacher/Mentor as Co-Doubter: Doubt as the Curriculum for Confirmation^14 The Outdoor Ministry Trip and the Heidelberg Disputation: What Are We Doing in These Mountains?^15 What the Hell is Sin and How Do I Talk about it with Young People? ^16 Is Jesus Magic? Healing and the Cross in the Context of Youth Ministry

What haunts your youth group? So often we avoid talking about doubts and fears because we feel inadequately equipped to address them in any meaningful way. The crisis of existence can't be answered with pat Sunday school formulas or a few Bible verses, let alone another relay race. The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians, driving them to search for God in the places God didn't appear to be-places of brokenness, suffering and confusion. What if we let these questions drive our search for God too? Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean invite you to envision youth ministries full of practical theologians, addressing the deep questions of life with a wonderfully adolescent mix of idealism, cynicism and prophetic intolerance for hypocrisy. Follow them into reflection on your own practice of theology, and learn how to share that theology through rich, compassionate conversation and purposeful experience.^^The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians, driving them to search for God in the places God didn't appear to be--places of brokenness, suffering and confusion. What if we let these questions drive our search for God too?^^Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean invite you to envision youth ministries full of practical theologians, addressing the deep questions of life with a wonderfully adolescent mix of idealism, cynicism and prophetic intolerance for hypocrisy. Follow them into reflection on your own practice of theology, and learn how to share that theology through rich, compassionate conversation and purposeful experience.Introduction^ ^Part 1: A Theological Starting Point for Youth Ministry^^1 Is Theologically Rigorous Youth Ministry an Oxymoron?^2 The New Rhetoric of Youth Ministry ^3 Youth Ministry as an Integrative Theological Task^4 Proclaiming Salvation: The Ministry of Youth for the 21st Century Church^5 How is Theology Constructed in Ministry with Young people^ ^Part 2: A Theological Orientation for Youth Ministry^^6 Youth Ministry as Discerning Christopraxis: A Hermeneutical Model^7 Holding On to Our Kisses^8 God's Hiddenness, Suffering, and Doubt: Theological Directions for Youth Ministry^9 Ascension Deficit Disorder: Youth Ministry as a Laboratory for Hope^10 Reflection on Divine and Human Action as the Core of Youth Ministry: A Practical Theological Perspective^^Part Three- A Theological Dialogue with the Practice of Youth Ministry^^11 The Eschatological Significance of Summer Camp^12 The Youth Ministry Mission Trip as Global Tourism: Are We OK With This?^13 The Confirmation Teacher/Mentor as Co-Doubter: Doubt as the Curriculum for Confirmation^14 The Outdoor Ministry Trip and the Heidelberg Disputation: What Are We Doing in These Mountains?^15 What the Hell is Sin and How Do I Talk about it with Young People? ^16 Is Jesus Magic? Healing and the Cross in the Context of Youth Ministry
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What haunts your youth group? So often we avoid talking about doubts and fears because we feel inadequately equipped to address them in any meaningful way. The crisis of existence can't be answered with pat Sunday school formulas or a few Bible verses, let alone another relay race. The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians, driving them to search for God in the places God didn't appear to be-places of brokenness, suffering and confusion. What if we let these questions drive our search for God too? Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean invite you to envision youth ministries full of practical theologians, addressing the deep questions of life with a wonderfully adolescent mix of idealism, cynicism and prophetic intolerance for hypocrisy. Follow them into reflection on your own practice of theology, and learn how to share that theology through rich, compassionate conversation and purposeful experience.
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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.

Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean (PhD.,Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of youth, church, and culture and director of the Tennent School of Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also coauthor of The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry and Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church and coeditor of Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry.

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