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Story, Signs, and Sacred Rhythms: A Narrative Approach to Youth Ministry Hardcover – August 14, 2010
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From the Back Cover
"With a desire to engage teens with God's story, Chris Folmsbee presents a new model for youth ministry that brings imagination, storytelling, and theology together to create a transformational experience for youth groups. By helping youth workers discover or more fully understand God's plan for restoration in our world, Chris will equip them to realign their youth ministry efforts with God's mission to restore the world. Story, Signs, and Sacred Rhythms helps youth pastors implement a narrative approach to youth ministry. By seeing and understanding God's story as the context for understanding his mission, youth pastors will be equipped to help teens understand our cooperation with that mission, and the context for our theology, identity, calling, way of life, behaviors, and expressions. As they explore the greater story of God, youth workers learn to develop story-formed teenagers who are engaged in the narrative and mission of God."
About the Author
Chris Folmsbee has served as a youth pastor for nearly 15 years, and now serves as a volunteer youth worker in his local church. He currently leads Barefoot Ministries, a youth ministry training and publishing company located in Kansas City, and is on staff with Youthfront. Chris is the author of several books including his most recent, Story, Signs, and Sacred Rhythms: A Narrative Approach to Youth Ministry. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with his wife, Gina, and their three children, Megan, Drew, and Luke.
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As a youth ministry practitioner for more than 20 years I have read many of the titles that have been touted as the "next big thing" - and far too many "over-promised" and "under delivered." In my mind Chris, promises a lot (he spells out the objectives of what he desires to share with the reader, right from the get go) - but he delivers much more. In Story, Signs and Sacred Rhythms you will find a model for approaching youth in the church that still allows for local contextualization and imagination. At the same time - this is a model situated in helping engage students in God's story with all it's implications and opportunity for integration into living story-filled lives that join God in restoring the world to it's intended wholeness.
Don't overlook this title, this is one of those books that will accompany you as you pursue your youth ministry vocation. Great for those fresh to the field, but definitely deep enough to stir many questions and discussions for the veteran in youth ministry.
Story, Signs and Sacred Rhythms, is a "must-read."