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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (January 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310255139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310255130
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Mike Yaconelli composes his thoughts and passions regarding the nine core realities of youth ministry: veracity (youth ministry must expose students to the life-giving truth of Jesus Christ), authenticity (authentic youth workers will draw young people to Jesus Christ), audacity (youth ministry must push students, parents, and the church outside their comfort zones), sanctuary (youth ministry must provide a safe place for students), diversity (youth ministry must challenge young people to embrace diversity), humility (youth ministry should be clothed in humility), intimacy (our relationship with Jesus is our youth ministry), mystery (youth ministry must foster mystery, rediscover astonishment, and leave room for unanswered questions), and creativity (youth ministry must free students and youth workers to discover and express their God-given creativity). As an added resource, each member of the CORE™ seminar team, including authors and speakers such as Laurie Polich, Efrem Smith, Marv Penner, Duffy Robbins, contributes sidebars throughout the book responding to Mike’s thoughts.

About the Author

Mike Yaconelli is the author of bestselling books Dangerous Wonder and Messy Spirituality. He was the senior editor for the Wittenburg Door (1971-1996), a satirical religious magazine noted for its irreverent humor, in-depth interviews, and commitment to reforming the evangelical church. He was the cofounder of Youth Specialties, an international organization devoted to equipping youth workers through training and resources. Mike was a prophetic voice in the church-at-large and was a devoted husband and father until his death in 2003.


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Michael Yaconelli has been in the ministry for forty-two years, both as a pastor and a minister to students. He is the lay pastor of Grace Community Church, owner and cofounder of Youth Specialties, former editor of "The Door", and the author of Dangerous Wonder. He lives in Yreka, California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenna Sobol on December 24, 2013
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I purchased the book because I was involved with a process concerning pre and teens. I am very pleased with the language used developing each segment. History is not something youth be come with. History is set forth as a challenge to all ages, the importance is that the youth can drift into a relationship , thus helping them grow in their faith according to their age levels and/or understanding of their faith from the experiences they have had, or from being taught by a facilitator or group learning process. This book is great at teaching the teacher how to share past and present experiences with the youth in a way they begin to take ownership of their own faith journey.
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