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Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation Paperback – December 15, 2015
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"Buckle up for a breathtaking read: Beyond the Screen lays down the gauntlet in the first sentence, and doesn't let up until our conventional wisdom about tech, teenagers and faith has been turned inside out. Andrew Zirschky is the master of the memorable tidbit, with an uncanny knack for noticing interdisciplinary connections that the rest of us mere mortals miss. The result is a refreshingly intelligent treatise that artfully frames research in stories only a youth pastor can tell. What you hold in your hands is a manifesto, a call to worship--and far and away one of the best youth ministry books of the last twenty years."
-- KENDA CREASY DEAN, Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary and author, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church.
"If you've grown weary of simplistic demonizing of social media's impact on youth, if you're tired of widely accepted misinformation about the digital world of teenagers in our churches, if you're ready to move beyond the glitter of the slickest new youth ministry technology, Beyond the Screen charts a sane, faithful way forward. From his unmasking of the 'moth myth' on the very first page to his compelling call to koinonia on the last, Andrew Zirschky has clearly established himself as the digital cartographer for the church's ministry to the next generation. #ReadThisBook"
-- MARK DEVRIES, author of Sustainable Youth Ministry, founder of Ministry Architects, and co-founder of Ministry Incubators.
"Andrew Zirschky has done us all a great favor is his book Beyond the Screen. No parent, youth worker, or pastor can ignore the impact of our digital landscape, and Zirschky paints just the picture that can help you think theologically about its terrain of promise and peril. This is a book I'll reference and read over and again for both its theory construction and its practical help. This is a must read!"
-- ANDREW ROOT, Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary and author of Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.
About the Author
Andrew Zirschky (Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry at Memphis Theological Seminary and serves as academic director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training in Brentwood, Tennessee. He has 20 years of youth ministry experience at churches in Idaho, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tennessee.
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I highly recommend this to anyone who is working with children, teens, young adults, parents of kids, parents of teens...ok EVERYONE! Everyone should read this book.
In BEYOND THE SCREEN we finally receive a balanced treatment of the challenge with a solid response. How often have we heard when attending a meeting, “If you are going to come with a problem then come with some solutions.” Andrew Zirschky has come with the problem and the solution. This solution is one of eternal value and offers the reader a pro-active and pre-emptive strategy.
This quote, toward the end of the book, summarizes the thrust of the book, “Discussions of social media with youth shouldn’t begin with the media, but instead with an exploration of what it means to be the koinonia of Christ and how that forms our relationships in all domains, whether those relationships are played out online or offline.” (p. 148)
What Zirschky proposes was as important for the first church as it is for today. These principles still hold true whether one was experiencing oppression from the Romans or is spending too much time “liking” comments on Facebook.
Add this book to your priority reading list and “be communion!”