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This Way to Youth Ministry

Duffy Robbins

This Way to Youth Ministry

Duffy Robbins

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Practical applications, theological foundations, and valuable information for the student beginning a youth ministry.

- Publisher This Way to Youth Ministry Copyright 2004 by Youth Specialties Youth Specialties Books, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Editorial and art direction by Rick Marschall Editing by Jon Preimesberger Proofreading by Linnea Lagerquist Cover and interior design by electricurrent Design assistance by Sarah Jongsma Indexing by Jon Preimesberger Bibliography by T.J. Foltz Readers: Carol Anderson, David Fraze, Nate Landis, Joseph Modica, Jon Preimesberger, Scott Slawson Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 / DC / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 chapter one DOWN THE GREAT UNKNOWN Saddle up your horses, we've got a trail to blaze, Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace; Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown; This is a life like no other; this is the great adventure -Steven Curtis Chapman, "The Great Adventure" On your way! But be careful-this is hazardous work. You're like lambs in a wolf pack. -Luke 10:3, The Message It had been three wet, miserable days since John Wesley Powell and his team of nine adventurers had crashed through the 14 miles and 35 rapids that make up the section of the Colorado River known as Marble Canyon. Powell and his crew were well into their fourth month of a grueling and dangerous attempt to navigate the entire course of river through the Grand Canyon. It was a journey that began on May 24, 1869, when four boats under Powell's command-the Emma Dean, the Kitty Clyde's Sister, the Maid of the Canon, and the No Name-were launched at Green River Station, Wyoming Territory. The opening quotation above was written on the morning of August 13, 1869, as the expedition team was ready to descend into the roaring water that would lead them into the steepest depths of the Grand Canyon-a journey of amazing adventure, or death, or perhaps both. Perhaps it seems strange that these should be the opening words in the opening chapter of an introduction to a youth ministry text. We do not commonly think of the classroom as a place of adventure: "The Quest for Calculus," "Journeys in Biochemistry," "Expeditions into Spanish Verbs." We are confronted in these opening paragraphs with words that might give pause to any reasonable person: words such as "depths," "dangerous," "death," and, that scariest of all words for college students, "morning." But it is good that we should begin here on the banks of a wild, beautiful, unpredictable river, because this book is about a launch into a grand adventure. Risk, as we have seen, is indispensable to any significant life, nowhere more clearly than in the life of the spirit. Dan Taylor, The Myth of Certainty The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier and we who li

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Practical applications, theological foundations, and valuable information for the student beginning a youth ministry.
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This Way to Youth Ministry Copyright 2004 by Youth Specialties Youth Specialties Books, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Editorial and art direction by Rick Marschall Editing by Jon Preimesberger Proofreading by Linnea Lagerquist Cover and interior design by electricurrent Design assistance by Sarah Jongsma Indexing by Jon Preimesberger Bibliography by T.J. Foltz Readers: Carol Anderson, David Fraze, Nate Landis, Joseph Modica, Jon Preimesberger, Scott Slawson Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 / DC / 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 chapter one DOWN THE GREAT UNKNOWN Saddle up your horses, we've got a trail to blaze, Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace; Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown; This is a life like no other; this is the great adventure -Steven Curtis Chapman, "The Great Adventure" On your way! But be careful-this is hazardous work. You're like lambs in a wolf pack. -Luke 10:3, The Message It had been three wet, miserable days since John Wesley Powell and his team of nine adventurers had crashed through the 14 miles and 35 rapids that make up the section of the Colorado River known as Marble Canyon. Powell and his crew were well into their fourth month of a grueling and dangerous attempt to navigate the entire course of river through the Grand Canyon. It was a journey that began on May 24, 1869, when four boats under Powell's command-the Emma Dean, the Kitty Clyde's Sister, the Maid of the Canon, and the No Name-were launched at Green River Station, Wyoming Territory. The opening quotation above was written on the morning of August 13, 1869, as the expedition team was ready to descend into the roaring water that would lead them into the steepest depths of the Grand Canyon-a journey of amazing adventure, or death, or perhaps both. Perhaps it seems strange that these should be the opening words in the opening chapter of an introduction to a youth ministry text. We do not commonly think of the classroom as a place of adventure: "The Quest for Calculus," "Journeys in Biochemistry," "Expeditions into Spanish Verbs." We are confronted in these opening paragraphs with words that might give pause to any reasonable person: words such as "depths," "dangerous," "death," and, that scariest of all words for college students, "morning." But it is good that we should begin here on the banks of a wild, beautiful, unpredictable river, because this book is about a launch into a grand adventure. Risk, as we have seen, is indispensable to any significant life, nowhere more clearly than in the life of the spirit. Dan Taylor, The Myth of Certainty The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier and we who li
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Meet the Author

Duffy Robbins

Duffy Robbins is Professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. A thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry, he's the bestselling author and coauthor of Enjoy the Silence, Speaking to Teenagers, Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts and many more. Duffy speaks around the world to teenagers and people who care about teenagers.

Table Of Contents

  • Table Of Contents
  • Unit One: Introduction
  • 1. Down The Great Unknown 4
  • 2. A Journey Marked By 'blazes' 16
  • 3. The Call Of The Wild 42
  • 4. Through Many Dangers, Toils, And Snares 96
  • Unit Two: Understanding The Terrain
  • 5. Changing Places: Adventures In The 'land Of There But Not There' 162
  • 6. Converging Currents: Exploring Adolescent Development 182
  • 7. Exploring The Inner Passages Of Adolescence: Moral Choices And Emerging Identity 210
  • 8. Reading The Water: Thinking About Culture 246
  • 9. Reading The Water: Scouting The River 286
  • 10. Introducing The Church: Holy Ground Or Unholy Grind? 338
  • Unit Three: Charting A Course For The Journey
  • 11. Adolescent Spirituality: The Odyssey Of Growing Faith 382
  • 12. Youth Ministry Orienteering: Developing A Philosophy Of Youth Ministry 422
  • 13. A Biblical Philosophy Of Ministry: A Journey With Compass And Compassion 470
  • 14. The Corps Of Discovery: Working With A Team 518
  • 15. Conclusion: The Beginning Of The End Or The End Of The Beginning? 558
  • Bibliography 562
  • Index 571

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chapter one DOWN THE GREAT UNKNOWN Saddle up your horses, we've got a trail to blaze, Through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace; Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown; This is a life like no other; this is the great adventure ---Steven Curtis Chapman, 'The Great Adventure' On your way! But be careful---this is hazardous work. You're like lambs in a wolf pack. ---Luke 10:3, The Message It had been three wet, miserable days since John Wesley Powell and his team of nine adventurers had crashed through the 14 miles and 35 rapids that make up the section of the Colorado River known as Marble Canyon. Powell and his crew were well into their fourth month of a grueling and dangerous attempt to navigate the entire course of river through the Grand Canyon. It was a journey that began on May 24, 1869, when four boats under Powell's command--the Emma Dean, the Kitty Clyde's Sister, the Maid of the Canon, and the No Name---were launched at Green River Station, Wyoming Territory. The opening quotation above was written on the morning of August 13, 1869, as the expedition team was ready to descend into the roaring water that would lead them into the steepest depths of the Grand Canyon---a journey of amazing adventure, or death, or perhaps both. Perhaps it seems strange that these should be the opening words in the opening chapter of an introduction to a youth ministry text. We do not commonly think of the classroom as a place of adventure: 'The Quest for Calculus,' 'Journeys in Biochemistry,' 'Expeditions into Spanish Verbs.' We are confronted in these opening paragraphs with words that might give pause to any reasonable person: words such as 'depths,' 'dangerous,' 'death,' and, that scariest of all words for college students, 'morning.' But it is good that we should begin here on the banks of a wild, beautiful, unpredictable river, because this book is about a launch into a grand adventure. Risk, as we have seen, is indispensable to any significant life, nowhere more clearly than in the life of the spirit. Dan Taylor, The Myth of Certainty The spiritual life cannot be made suburban. It is always frontier and we who live it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed. ---Howard Macey, quoted in Wild at Heart There are some very cautious, prudent, and entirely unadventurous 20-somethings who will never do anything wrong because they never do anything. Being an 'old maid' in the following old poem is not a factor of gender; it is a factor of mindset: Here lie the bones of Nancy Jones. For her life held no terrors. She lived an old maid, She died an old maid, No hits, no runs, no errors. ---Anonymous Every great story involves a quest. In J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins ran from the door at a quarter til eleven without even so much as a pocket handkerchief and launched on an adventure that would change his life forever. Alice stepped through the looking glass into Wonderland; Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter stumbled through the wardrobe into Narnia.Abraham left 'his country, his people, and his father's household' to follow the most outlandish sort of promise from a God he had only just met, and he never came back. Jacob and his sons went to Egypt for some groceries and four hundred years later the nation of Israel pulled up stakes and headed for home. Peter, Andrew, James, and John all turned on a dime one day to follow the Master, their fishing nets heaped in a wet pile.The Sacred Romance involves for every soul a journey of heroic proportions. And while it may require for some a change of geography, for every soul it means a journey of the heart. ---John Eldredge and Brent Curtis,The Sacred Romance (Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 1997), 143. A Great Adventure The language of the journey ---the quest, the adventure ---has long been the language of the Christian life. At the very heart of the Bible, in the Book of Psalms, we find no fewer than 15 chapters of what might be described as 'pilgrim songs' or 'hiking songs,' Psalms often referred to as Songs of Ascent.3 In reading through these 15 gritty and earthy psalms, Psalm 120 to Psalm 134, we come to understand why Eugene Peterson characterizes the Christian life as 'a long obedience in the same direction.'4 Life is marked 'not so much by monuments as by footprints.' It is a journey marked not by arrival, but by survival. The Christian life is about a quest, about pressing forward (Phil. 3:12--16, Col. 2:5, Heb. 12:1--3). It is about milestones, not tombstones. William Faulkner aptly sums up the idea this way: 'A monument only says, 'At least I got this far,' while a footprint says, 'This is where I was when I moved again.' So much of the drama of Scripture centers around journey, whether the study begins with that amazing call in Genesis, 'The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you'' (Gen. 12:1), or that dramatic night, terrible and wonderful, when God led his people out of Egypt on a journey we call the Exodus. It is interesting to note...

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  • Catalogue Code 210757
  • Product Code 0310248698
  • EAN 9780310248699
  • UPC 025986248697
  • Pages 608
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Youth Leaders
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Sep 2004
  • Sales Rank #22371
  • Dimensions 242 x 200 x 41 mm
  • Weight 1.360kg

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