What is the Theological Turn in Youth Ministry?

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry is the newest book from youth ministry people Andy Root & Kenda Creasy Dean. It’s a combination of different essays written by each of them dealing with a hope for a more robustly theological take on youth ministry. Most of the chapters are articles that have been previously-published, but updated for the book. It’s all fantastic stuff and really worth the time reading, not just for youth ministry, but for all ministry. I think we need a more theological look at the way in which we, as a church and the people who work in it, interact with people in our ministry.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be going through some great discussion points of the book and posting responses and thoughts on the ideas presented there. I’m not going to do a lot of summarizing of the chapters, because it’s kind of a waste of both my time and yours. Read the book. It’s very worthwhile. I think each chapter has different enough ideas where it would be worth it to engage in the conversation in an attempt to develop a more robustly theological (youth) ministry.

Cheers,
Eric

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