Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry Theory and Praxis in Urban Context

ISBN-10: 0830828028

ISBN-13: 9780830828029

Edition: 2008

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Youth ministries in an urban context are too often left to their own devices. The resources available to them are overwhelmingly conceived, tested and produced exclusively in the suburbs, and bring little to bear on the realities of urban youth culture. As a consequence, youth ministries in large cities have tended to settle onto one of three paths--a traditional paradigm that jealously guards the spiritual formation of its young people, a liberal paradigm that concentrates exclusively on personal growth, and an activist paradigm that galvanizes youth around the social concerns surrounding them. While each of these emphases is important, too often they are pursued to the neglect of the others, and the urban church suffers. Fernando Arzola Jr. proposes a fourth way, a prophetic paradigm that integrates the three and cultivates young people who are spiritually rooted, emotionally mature and responsive to the needs of their community. In this pace-setting book he draws on various disciplines--from biology to sociology, from psychology to theology--to guide urban youth workers into an effective and transformational ministry to youth.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 2/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Prophetic Models and Perspectives
Urban Youth Ministry Archetypes: Beginning the Discussion
Assumptions of a Prophetic Youth Ministry
The Holistic Approach
Leading Youth: A Reflection-Action Praxis
Urban Perspective Shifts: From the Garden of Eden to the City of God
Interdisciplinary Dimensions
Theory, Theology and Praxis
The Psychology of Urban Youth
The Biology of Urban Youth
The Sociology and Anthropology of Urban Youth
Defining Radical: Radical Education as Prophetic Ministry
Urban Youth Workers
The Subway: Urban Youth Workers as Spiritual and Social Prophets
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