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What Can We Do?: Practical Ways Your Youth Ministry Can Have a Global Conscience Paperback – August 27, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310670357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310670353
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Livermore (PhD, Michigan State University) is president and partner of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan, and author of several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence and Serving with Eyes Wide Open. He is a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has consulted with and trained leaders in one hundred countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. www.davidlivermore.com

Terry Linhart (PhD, Purdue University) is Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Bethel College, Indiana where he teaches ministry-related courses. His research and writing has focused on missions, evangelism, multicultural ministry, and leadership development. He is the co-author of Evangelism Remixed: Empowering Students for Courageous and Contagious Faith, and author of Middle School Talksheets: Life of Christ and High School Talksheets: Life of Christ. Terry and his wife, Kelly, have three teenagers, Lauren, Jayson, and Sean.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin R. Hanneken on October 10, 2011
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Dr. David Livermore and Dr. Terry Linhart's latest book, What Can We Do? released last month. This text aims to provide youth ministers with practical ways they can get their teens putting their faith in to action. Fostering a global conscience has come to permeate the ethos of evangelical youth ministry in the past few years. A timely release, What Can We Do?, follows the authors Global Youth Ministry (YS Academic) book, which contains stories of youth workers reaching youth around the world.

In What Can We Do?, the authors advocate for churches to be at the forefront of offering solution-oriented responses to how youth can make a difference today. Packed with case studies, you read real-life scenarios from youth around the world as the authors weave the stories in to their teaching contained in each chapter. See, Learn, and Serve are the 3 sections of this text, as the authors remind us how "twenty years ago, most North American Christians spent very little time talking about subjects such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, immigration, and the need for clean water" (p. 25). As I read this text, glimpses of Livermore's Cultural Intelligence work shine through. Resources and websites show up throughout the text as well.

In an age where it's rare to find a youth group that has not crossed an international border, Livermore & Linhart break down the 7 billion-person population of the world in to a Global Village. Clearly the highlight of this text, the authors provide a snap shot of 100 people representing the world. Of those one hundred: fifty are malnourished, 1 has a college education, and 1 has HIV. The other statistics are tangible, and yet, heart-wrenching - you have to read them for yourself.
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I purchased this book out of a sustained interest in the intersection of religion and public life (professionally, I split my time as the youth minister of an evangelical church on the north side of Chicago and also as the communications assistant for a movement of faith-based climate change activists). I was pleased to see the authors, David Livermore and Terry Linhart, write what I believe to a sorely-needed resource: a practical guide for youth groups aspiring to "change the world" beyond short-term mission trips and polarizing politics.

The meat of the book are 9 chapters on various contemporary issues -- such as poverty, human trafficking, and the environment. Each chapter concludes with a list of practical ways a youth group could faithfully respond. These issue-based chapters are sandwiched by short reflections on global awareness and "glocal" service for Christian teenagers. At 167 pages, the book is purposefully concise; readers interested in delving deeper into a particular subject should take advantage of the "Resources" section at the end of each chapter.

I majored in global studies & conflict transformation for undergrad, so most of the issues discussed in this book I had already studied in-depth. Rather than new knowledge, the value of the book for me was seeing complex issues distilled into their most important points relative to youth ministry (I sometimes forget teenagers don't need every piece of information floating around in my head before they can carry the pain of the world in their hearts).
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