Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society
We are not alone . . .In simpler, more homogenous times, youth ministry was a relatively straightforward activity. The church's youth gathered (occasionally inviting their unchurched friends from school), played together, sang together and listened together to a message from...
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We are not alone . . .In simpler, more homogenous times, youth ministry was a relatively straightforward activity. The church's youth gathered (occasionally inviting their unchurched friends from school), played together, sang together and listened together to a message from a bright, engaging youth minister, selecting from a relatively defined set of topics: "What does it mean to follow Jesus when it comes to _______?"Now Christian youth must make sense of their faith, with its exclusive claims, in light of their close friends who are Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, atheist, "other" or even "none." And increasingly other religions are taking their cues for rooting and establishing their youth from Christian ministry practices, so that our kids are being invited to outreach events sponsored by other faiths. Veteran youth minister and researcher Len Kageler digs into the data surrounding this exciting multifaith era and offers surprising confidence that our kids can be guided into mature Christian faith while simultaneously learning to love their neighbors of other religions.
Len Kageler, Ph.D, is professor of youth ministry of Nyack College, in Nyack, New York. He began teaching in 1993, after 20 years as a full-time youth pastor. He stays active in youth ministry as a volunteer in junior high ministry, leads seminars for youth workers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and is also the executive administrator for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. Len is the author of several other books, and coauthor of This Way to Youth Ministry Companion Guide.
- :foreword By Chap Clark
- 1 The Rise Of Youth Ministry In Other Religions
- A Good Thing For Christian Youth Work?
- 2 The Scope And Nature Of Muslim Youth Work
- Have They All Read Purpose-driven Youth Ministry?
- 3 The Rise Of Syncretists And Nones
- Understanding Those Whose Faith Is To Have None At All
- 4 Christians In Occupied Territory
- The Church Has Been There, Done That
- 5 Theology In Praxis: Latent Or Articulated Views Of Multifaith
- Youth Ministry On Purpose
- 6 Multifaith Perspectives: A Reason To Care
- Youth Religiosity, Flourishing And The Public Good
- 7 Youth Ministry Among Nones And Functional Syncretists
- Mission Possible 1
- 8 Christian Engagement With Other Religions In Youth Work
- Mission Possible 2
- 9 A Multifaith Pastoral Theology
- Presence And Power In The Youth Work
- Appendix 1: Resources Used By Evangelical Free Church Youth Pastors
- Appendix 2: Protestant Denominations Reviewed By The National Study Of Youth And Religion