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  • Series: YS Academic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (February 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310234050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310234050
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #895,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Join the conversation as experts propose, defend, and explore Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church

In a dialog that often gets downright feisty, four youth ministry academicians delineate their distinct philosophical and ecclesiological views regarding how youth ministry relates to the church at large--and leave a taste of what’s profound and what’s not in these four typologies:

Inclusive congregational (Malan Nel). What happens when a church thoroughly integrates its adolescents, making them full partners in every aspect of congregational life?

Preparatory (Wesley Black). Why and how should a church consider its teenagers as disciples-in-training and its youth ministry a school of preparation for future participation in church life?

Missional (Chap Clark). What does a church look like, whose youth ministry does not necessarily nurture "church kids" but is essentially evangelistic? Whose youths and youth workers are considered missionaries?

Strategic (Mark Senter). How feasible is it for a youth ministry to become a new church on its own--the youth pastor becoming the pastor, and the new church planted with the blessing of the mother church?

In Four View of Your Ministry and the Church, solid academic writing and an inviting tone and design create a compelling text for both in-the-field, practicing youth workers and undergraduates and graduate students.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Senter (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) is associate professor of educational ministries at the Deerfield/Chicago campus of Trinity International University.

Wesley Black (PhD) is professor and department chair of youth and student ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Chap Clark, PhD (Univ. of Denver), has more than 25 years of experience in youth and family ministry. He is Associate Provost for Regional Campuses and Special Projects and Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Chap’s extensive books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Among his many books are Hurt and Hurt 2.0; Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (coauthored with his wife, Dee); and Deep Justice in a Broken World. Chap and Dee live in Gig Harbor, Washington.



Malan Nel (DD, University of Pretoria) is professor of youth ministry and Christian education at Vista University in South Africa.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shean Phillips on November 17, 2008
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INTRODUCTION
A little hectic to read at first, Four Views of Youth Ministry is a thorough look at the "Inclusive Congregational", "Preparatory", "Missional" and "Strategic" approaches to reaching and discipling students. With rebuttals from each viewpoint offered at the end of the sections. This work does what others have not attempted in that it has respected men in youth ministry openly critiquing each other's philosophies. If there were an ESPN for academic youth ministry, this would be a prize fight observed by many wondering spectators eager to see which is the last philosophy standing.

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE OF THE TEXT?

It is clear from the amount of attention shown by each of these men that the message of this text is two-fold; first, the current state of youth ministry is failing this present generation in evangelism and discipleship. Second, the current state of ecclesiology is failing youth ministry by not incorporating younger Christians into the work of the body. The goal of the text is to address these concerns in an intellectual dialogue using scriptural principles and cultural relevance.

HOW WAS I CHALLENGED?
There is no question that each of these principles is scripturally based. There is also no doubt that each of these men is spirit-led and has a heart for reaching and equipping students. There was plenty to be challenged with from each of the four philosophies. First, from the "Inclusive congregational" approach, Malan Nel challenges the church to see youth as the church of today gifted for today's service, rather than as a separate body of believers that are disconnected. In an answer to our dilemma about youth ministries not being unified with churches, Nel says "The problem is not our youth ministry, the problem is our church.
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By H.L.C. on January 10, 2014
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This book was a quicker read than I expected. The contents were very thorough. Over all, this book reminded me of Four Views of Family Ministry and the Church.
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This book contains some excellent research on the current state of youth ministry. I would highly recommend it for anyone involved in or interested in youth ministry and youth evangelism.
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Overall, this is a great book looking at several models of youth ministry, and a must read for any current or future youth minister. Be prepared to put your mind into overdrive though, as the book many times gets its powerful message lost in a sea of academic mumbo-jumbo and theological jargon. Definitely a worthy read, however.
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By hanelson310 on January 23, 2011
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This book was great. It gives you several differnt views on how to run a youth ministry. It focuses on four ways as well as how each of them focus on missional or fellowship. This book is very helpful for those looking to going into youth ministry or those already there.
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