Take it from Bonhoeffer — there is no ‘Christian youth’

Take it from Bonhoeffer — there is no ‘Christian youth’

For a while, I thought it was like the Loch Ness monster or Sasquatch. People said it existed, but I’d never seen it, and nobody was able to tell me how I could. But finally, I found it, and it was as amazing as I’d imagined.   read the rest

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Youth Ministry Now Lecture, Dec 2013

Youth Ministry Now Lecture, Dec 2013

This my lecture from Yale Divinity School’s Youth Ministry: Now series on the children of divorce.

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Youth Ministry as Magical Technology

Youth Ministry as Magical Technology

The room was packed with excited youth workers numbering in the thousands. The lights dimmed and the spotlight moved to the left side of the stage to flood a man in his late thirties in jeans and button-down shirt. On the multiple screens behind him, in a cool font, his name was displayed, and below

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The Relational Pastor and Inception

The Relational Pastor and Inception

Relational Ministry, the Pastor, and Inception by Andrew Root I have the hardest time turning the channel when it is on; I always watch even just a few minutes before reminding myself that I’ve seen it dozens of times. I can’t help it—I just find the Christopher Nolan movie Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio captivating. I’m sure

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FamilyScholars Conversations Podcast

FamilyScholars Conversations Podcast

Amy Ziettlow interviews me about many things, including divorce and young people, theology and youth ministry, and more. Listen here   

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Tourists or Missionaries?

Tourists or Missionaries?

This is an excerpt published in YouthWorker Journal from Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry Nadia and three other youth workers were surrounded by a hundred young people in bright orange T-shirts that read “Operation Change: Being Jesus’ Hands in Making the World Right.” The shirts had been provided by the organization that had contracted

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Stop Calling Them Students

Stop Calling Them Students

The renowned sociologist begged us to stop throwing “student” in front of ministries. He explained that the dropout rate is high, and such a nomenclature eliminates many from finding a place in the church. But almost everyone read his remarks either with the shrugged shoulders of, I don’t get it or the rolling eyes of,

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What’s Next?

What’s Next?
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Formative Experiences & a Call to Youth Ministry

Formative Experiences & a Call to Youth Ministry
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One Simple Thing

One Simple Thing
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