Family-Based Youth Ministry

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Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously.

Family-based youth ministry is about adults discipling teens one-on-one and in groups. It is about involving not just the nuclear family but the whole church family--from singles to older adults. More important, it's about incorporating ...

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Overview

Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously.

Family-based youth ministry is about adults discipling teens one-on-one and in groups. It is about involving not just the nuclear family but the whole church family--from singles to older adults. More important, it's about incorporating youth into the life of your church.

So stop worrying about the size of your youth group or your budget. Mark DeVries's refreshing approach to youth ministry will show you how your church can reach today's teens and how you can keep them involved in the life of the church. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor or a church member who cares about teens, you will find in this book an entirely different approach to youth ministry that will build mature Christian believers.

For everyone from youth pastors to discipleship and church growth coordinators, DeVries offers an approach to youth ministry that brings teens into one-to-one relationships with older Christians; involves the whole church family from singles to seniors; frees youth pastors and church leaders from worrying about attendance, budget and competition with other programs; and encourages and guides youth toward mature Christian commitment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830832439
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 710,154
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark DeVries (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects, a consulting team that assists churches in building sustainable youth ministries. He has served since 1986 as associate pastor for youth and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has trained youth workers on five continents and has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries.

DeVries is the author of Family-Based Youth Ministry and coauthor of The Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life, and he has been a contributing writer for Josh McDowell's Youth Ministry Handbook, Starting Right and Reaching a Generation for Christ. In addition, his articles and reviews have been published in a variety of journals and magazines. He and his wife, Susan, have four grown children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Something's Wrong: The Crisis in Traditional Youth Ministry
2. Is Anybody Out There? The Growth of Teenage Isolation
3. The Developmental Disaster: The Impact of Teenage Isolation
4. Sitting on a Gold Mine: The Power of the Nuclear Family
5. The Critical Care Unit: The Peculiar Crisis in Today's Christian Family
6. Stacking the Stands: The Power of the Extended Christian Family
7. It Only Makes Sense: The Vision of Family-Based Youth Ministry
8. Beyond the Cleavers: The Challenge and Opportunity of Ministry to Nontraditional Families
9. Walking the Tightrope: Family-Based Youth Ministry and the Developmenatal Need for Independence
10. A Different Gospel: Youth Culture Comes to Church
11. God Calling: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry
12. Making it Work: Implementing a Family-Based Youth Ministry
Appendix A: A Matter of Perspective
Appendix B: Has the Traditional Family Really Died?
Appendix C: 19 Models for Youth Ministry
Appendix D: 122 Family-Based Youth Ministry Programming Ideas
Appendix E: Bridges: A Family-Based Curriculum
Notes
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