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  • Perfect Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: InQuest Ministries, Inc.; 1st edition (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931548692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931548694
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those of us who love teenagers and sense a clear call from God to serve in this critical area of life have heard the horror stories of the ineffectiveness of today s youth ministries. Some of the criticism is justified and some is not. In spite of the many wonderful youth ministries spanning our country/world, most research reveals that at least 50% of active evangelical teenagers leave church between 18-21 and few of those ever return. It is apparent that some adjusting and retooling of today s approaches to youth ministry are in order. reThink has the potential to be the book that challenges those who are called to youth ministry to rethink not just practical youth ministry but the philosophy that drives why and how we do youth ministry. Having served in full time youth ministry for over 30 years and teaching youth ministry courses at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary since Fall of 2004, I have read a multitude of wonderful books on the subject. With all honesty and sincerity, reThink is the most valuable book on youth ministry that I have read up to this point in my career. I have known Steve Wright as a personal friend for many years and have observed him in nearly every aspect of ministry. He writes as he lives. The philosophy and concepts discussed are what he has put into practice in his ministry and not mere ideas that have been tossed about in late night discussions. With every aspect of culture, media, and the educational system pulling at today s youth a critical book is needed for these critical times. reThink is that book. --Dr. Johnny Derouen, Ph.D

About the Author

Steve serves as Pastor of Student Ministries at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Steve has served in student ministry since 1988 and joined the team at Providence in May of 1999. He received a Master of Arts degree in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. Steve is also the current president of the Metro Association of Student Ministers whose members represent some of the largest student ministries in the United States. In 1997 Steve started InQuest Ministries, which supplies Sunday School and Discipleship curriculum to thousands of churches worldwide. Steve and his wife, Tina, were married in 1989. They are blessed with three children - Sara, William and Tyler.

More About the Author

Steve is the author of reThink and ApParent Privilege and is Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries at Providence Baptist Church. Steve has served in student ministry since 1988 and joined the team at Providence in May of 1999. He is currently working on his PhD in Philosophy of Family Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a Master of Arts degree in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. Steve and his wife, Tina, were married in 1989. They are blessed with three children - Sara, William and Tyler.

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Steve- Thanks for writing this book.
John G. Conner
I love the way reThink champions the family and provides a model for the church to partner with parents.
Deborah Burton
I highly recommend this invaluable resource.
John M. Hall

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alex on December 30, 2007
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Over Christmas I was able to finish reading reThink by Steve Wright (with Chris Graves). Wright has served as a student pastor for more than twenty years. In the introduction, Wright explains:

"This book was born out of deciding to rethink student ministry. We started by asking some tough questions, searching the Bible for its framework for ministry, looking at the latest research and being honest about the problems of student ministry."

Though the book is written primarily for other student pastors, I found the book helpful as a young father, a college professor and an involved church member. It probably helps that I've given some thought to the extended adolescence problem and have reflected a bit on the youth ministry issue (thanks in part to books like Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham).

It is beyond dispute that much of student ministry today, over the long haul, bears little fruit. Wright cites numerous sources in painting a bleak picture: 58-84% of children from evangelical families are leaving the church as they enter adulthood (in their college years). The Southern Baptist Convention has seen a 6.5% reduction in baptisms from 1976-1990 to 1991-2005. Over the same period to time, the SBC saw a 35-40% reduction in baptisms among teens aged 12-17. With regard to biblical literacy, the data are equally perplexing: In a study of teenagers of which 70% were active in church youth groups, and 82% identified themselves as Christians, Barna found that 63% believe Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jews and all other people pray to the same god. While 87% believe Jesus was a real person who came to earth and 78% believe He was born of a virgin, 46% believe He committed sins and 51% believe He did not rise from the dead.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norma Weekman on October 19, 2007
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PARENTS: This is a must read for all of us, not just our youth pastors.

I had heard Steve Wright speak about student ministries' partnering with parents before, so I thought that I'd just give his book a glance and stick it on the resource shelf in our study at home. Certainly there wouldn't be anything I hadn't heard. Oh boy!!!

When I sat down to read the book, I got hooked in the first chapter. reThink gives radical clarification of the relationship between student ministries and biblical parenting. It made me ask myself: OK, what are we doing as youth workers vs. what are we doing as parents? Are the sixth graders in our Sunday school class getting more of God's Word from us than the three kids living under our roof? Why? What do we need to do differently at home? How can we be more deliberate about discipling our own children, instead of just relying on those "teachable moments"? Those serendipitous points of connection with our kids are awesome, but the Lord hasn't left us to seize upon rare moments of revelation alone. His plan is undeniably deliberate and faithful. What do we need to do as a family to grow together in the Lord, earnestly and consistently?

Our family is taking a different course as a result of reThink. Lines of communication are opening up. Our kids are talking to us more honestly and freely than ever before. We are able to encourage other parents as we pursue a clearly articulated vision for growing our kids in Christ. We are rolling up our sleeves to get involved in student ministries beyond Sunday morning and the occasional ski trip or bowling party. What a blessing it has been to "reThink" our ministry in our own family as well as in the larger Body of Christ!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Hall on October 15, 2007
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I have read many books about student ministry. Most of the ones out there raise questions but never really delineate exactly the problems youth ministry professionals face. This revolutionary, book by Steve Wright, tackles the heart of the matter: the need for parent led discipleship. In his research, Steve Wright demonstrates that the thing that many student pastors dread, i.e. partnering with parents, is the only thing that will keep students from "Graduating from God". I highly recommend this invaluable resource.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Perina on October 22, 2007
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In this book Steve challanges both youth leaders and parents alike. One of the things I personally appreciate about Steve's book is his humble, honest admission of his own struggles. In reThink Steve Wright challanges us as parents and youth leaders to look past business and get to the heart of the matter which is raising the next generation of godly youth. Thank you Steve for "locking arms" with us and coming alongside and equipping us parents who didn't have godly role models growing up. reThink is biblically-based and puts parents God-given role of discipling their kids in perspective. Thanks Steve for the wake-up call!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Burton on April 2, 2008
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Because of our moving around over the years, our children have been involved in a variety of youth ministries. While most of the time our children have found them fun, my husband and I have questioned where the focus was in some of the groups. It seemed to be more on games, social outings and improving outreach attendance than on sharing the gospel and discipling teens.

At the same time, it's been easy to pick out the children whose parents have emphasized the importance of God and discipleship in His truths at home. Their conduct is often in stark contrast to those whose parents have dropped theirs off, looking for wholesome religious activities and perhaps a babysitting service for their potentially wayward son or daughter.

So when someone recommended I read the book reThink by Steve Wright, I wondered what light this youth pastor could shed on the observations my husband and I had already made. After all, the book is addressed to other youth pastors, encouraging them to reevaluate the model their ministry is based on.
Turns out, reThink is a darn good read for parents of students of all ages. It does a great job of laying a biblical foundation that parents are the ones with the primary responsibility of teaching their children about God, His salvation message, and living the life of a devoted Christ follower. The church, with its youth pastors, student ministries and culturally relevant activities, needs to work toward bringing parents on board by equipping them with how to carry out their God-ordained mission.

The book first sounds the alarm, quoting both secular and Christian-based research showing just how many children are leaving the faith after graduating high school or college. The numbers are scary.
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