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  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Judson Pr (April 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817015450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817015459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ralph Watkins, MA, DMin, PhD, is the assistant dean of African-American Church Studies and associate professor of Society, Religion and Africana Studies in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. His work is focused on building bridges between urban youth, young adults and the church while mentoring future leaders for the African-American church. He is author of the books I Ain't Afraid to Speak my Mind (Unity Council 2003) and The Gospel Remix: Reaching the Hip Hop Generation (Judson Press 2007).

Benjamin Stephens III, MDiv, is pastor to collegiate & young adults at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Charles E. Blake. Elder Stephens also serves the International Youth Department of the Church of God in Christ as the president of Young Men.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Billie M. Cook on March 10, 2009
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For those of us involved in the creation of ministries in our traditionally black Baptist churches, dealing with the needs of the young have most often proved difficult; from finding volunteers to thinking of something to "do with them". The short term goal has been to keep them busy, occupied and "in here" (the church) rather than "out there" (the streets). Relief and congratulations for youth workers have come in the form of full choir stands, youth lining the walls as they perform usher duties, and ordering more costumes for the numbers joining the praise dance troupe, rap group or mime team. Too often, the logic has been, after high school, we're done!

The authors, Ralph C. Watkins and Benjamin Stephens, III, in their new book, "From Jay-Z to Jesus; Reaching and Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church" show us that just when we take a breath convinced that goals have been met (getting youth into and out of high school), the real work has only just begun. A word of caution: you'll have to sit down while reading this book and have a high-lighter handy -- neon colored! This text is sobering and does much to answer the question, "Where are the 30 year old's?"

Clearly and carefully, Watkins and Stephens make a strong argument for not treating Young Adults (ages 19-39) as if they are overgrown, over-developed youth that can be easily pacified with more choirs and usher boards. Their needs are far different, broader and even more challenging. Chapters 3 ("Growing Up To Be Free: The Developmental Phases of Young Adults") through Chapter 5 ("The Young Adult Struggle: Between a Rock and a Hard Place") are particularly enlightening and worth the purchase of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 16, 2009
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Written by West Angeles Church of God in Christ pastor Benjamin Stephens III, MDIV, and assistant dean of African-American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary Ralph C. Watkins, From Jay-Z to Jesus: Reaching & Teaching Young Adults in the Black Church is an invaluable reference, guide, and resource to church leaders with regard to reaching out to young people ages 18 to 39. From a discussion of the developmental phases of young adults, to successful models for young adult ministry, how to preach effectively to young adults, and why the future of the church itself lies in the hearts of young people, From Jay-Z to Jesus is broad-ranging in scope with a firm focus on matters both practical and spiritual. "Questions to Consider" follow up each chapter. A "must-have" for church leaders - though written especially for leaders of predominantly African-American churches, From Jay-Z to Jesus is packed with practical advice useful to Christian leaders everywhere. "Real success as a Christian leader is developing a movement that can be sustained after God has called you to other levels of service. One of the most difficult tasks for a leader is prioritizing the time to develop a person or group of people who will replace you. In the midst of developing relationships, being creative, negotiating faith, and maintaining zeal, attention is easily removed from the necessity to prepare for the future. The easiest decision for a Christian leader is to avoid the complication of developing other leaders by managing all the responsibility on your own. By doing this, however, you set up your ministry for abrupt and devastating failure."
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By CH on January 12, 2014
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Great information if your interested in learning how you can minister and engage the young adults in your church. Provides things to consider when you begin your young adult ministry.
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Excellent - delivered just when I needed it - content was great for teaching - highly recommend for youth teachers - great condition
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