Omg A Youth Ministry Handbook

ISBN-10: 1426700083

ISBN-13: 9781426700088

Edition: 2010

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"Most contemporary young people operate far enough from Moses’ moral compass that it never occurs to them that “OMG” (“oh my God,” in teenspeak) has anything to do with the Ten Commandments, much less that it breaks one of them.  After all, the phrase is a nearly ubiquitous adolescent throw-away line...Yet Christians should hear the phrase “oh my God” differently.  Youth ministers, parents, teachers—anyone who has ever loved an adolescent—know that “OMG” can be a prayer, a plea, a petition, a note of praise, or an unbidden entreaty that escapes our lips as we seek Christ for the young people we love." from the book Using six lens the authors detail current practices and tease out underlying questions as youth ministry becomes more self-consciously aligned with practical theology. Contributors include:  Kenda Creasy Dean, Mike Carotta, Roland Martinson, Rodger Nishioka, Don Richter, Dayle Gillespie Rounds, and Amy Scott Vaughn.
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List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 163
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Kenda Creasy Dean (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) teaches at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she is assistant professor of youth, church, and culture, and director of the School of Christian Education.

Oh My God: An Introduction
Haunting Questions
You Are Not Alone
Telling the Truth: We Do This for Joy
The Trouble with Research
Does Youth Ministry Matter?
Do Our Practices of Youth Ministry Reflect Christ?
Do Our Practices of Youth Ministry Shape Christians?
How Long Can We Keep This Up?
Can We Do Better?
Further Reading on Themes in This Chapter
Daunting Challenges
Spying on Canaan
The Challenges of a Changing Lifestage
Expanding Adolescence?
Ending of Adolescence?
The Challenges of a Changing Context
A New Sense of Place: The Challenge of Getting Grounded
A New Sense of Time: The Challenge of Changing Tempo
A New Sense of Stuff: The Challenge of Living Generously
A New Sense of Self: The Challenge of Branding
A New Sense of Story: The Challenge of Telling the Truth
Challenges Ahead: Serving Christ in a Post-Christendom Church
Learning to Be Church (Again)
Further Reading on Themes in This Chapter
Enduring Themes
Some Things Last: Christ's Call to Discipleship
Thumb-lines in Youth Ministry
Belonging: Including Young People in the Community of Faith
Accompaniment: Joining Young People on the Journey of Faith
Participating in Means of Grace: Strengthening Young People for the Life of Faith
The Sign Potential of Community
The Sign Potential of Imagination
The Sign Potential of Adolescence
“Being in Time”
Further Reading on Themes in This Chapter
Promising Possibilities
The Madness of Ministry with Young People
The Theological “Turn” in Youth Ministry
Dick and Jane Go to Church: The Hunger for a Worthy Adventure
The Missional Church: Following Jesus into the World
Vocation and Mission
Through the Roof and through the Window
Redefining Community: From Connections to Communion
New Ways to Belong
Communion, Not Connections
Sacred Practices: Aiming for Embodied Faith
Practicing the Presence of God
A Curriculum of Sacred Practices
The Importance of Parents
Beyond Training Events: New Possibilities for Forming Leaders
Incarnational Leadership Formation Is Communal
Incarnational Leadership Formation Is Repeated and Ongoing
Incarnational Leadership Formation Is Situated
Incarnational Leadership Formation Is Spirit-led
Streams in the Wasteland
Further Reading on Themes in This Chapter
Emerging Competencies
Setting the Believers an Example (or Not)
Leading with Integrity: Still Learning
Searching the Scriptures: Expecting Transformation in Bible Study
Inviting Wholeness: Identity and Integrity in Teaching
Stilling the Soul: The Practice of Presence
Soul Doctors: Nurturing Hope amidst Suffering
Spectators No More: Creating Church versus Consuming It
Choosing Life: Discerning Vocation with Young People
Benedict of Nursia, Youth Guy
Further Reading on Themes in This Chapter
A Maturing Discipline
Youth Ministry Comes of Age (Maybe)
Field or Discipline?
Specialists or Generalists?
The Risks of Intellectual Maturity
Pastoral Imagination: Job #1 for Preparing Youth Ministers
Practical Theology: The Parent Discipline of Youth Ministry
Discipling a Discipline
Report Card for an Emerging Discipline
A Common Mission: Theological Education and Reform
A Common Language: A Conundrum
A Cadre of Professionals: A Significant Presence
Academic Programs: Proliferating
Academic Research: A Hopeful Sign
Distinctive Pedagogies: Still Evolving
Growing Pains in a Growing Field
Further Reading on Themes in This Chapter
The Study of Exemplary Congregations in Youth Ministry: Assets for Developing Spiritually Mature Youth
The Study of Exemplary Congregations in Youth Ministry: Characteristics of Spiritually Mature Youth
Index of Authors Cited
Index of Selected Topics
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