Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

by Kenda Creasy Dean
     
 

Every stage of life brings out certain human characteristics, and according to Kenda Creasy Dean, adolescence is particularly characterized by passion. If the church is to speak meaningfully to youth and in turn reap the many benefits that young people have to offer, then its ministry must be predicated on passion — the Passion of Christ, the passion of youth,… See more details below

Overview

Every stage of life brings out certain human characteristics, and according to Kenda Creasy Dean, adolescence is particularly characterized by passion. If the church is to speak meaningfully to youth and in turn reap the many benefits that young people have to offer, then its ministry must be predicated on passion — the Passion of Christ, the passion of youth, and the passionate faith that results when these two things come together.

The uniqueness of Practicing Passion lies in its relocating youth ministry in practical theology rather than in educational theory or psychological or social development. While youth ministry has routinely capitalized on the passions of adolescents, little attention has been given to the theological mooring that youth need to connect with the church and hold firm amid the growing demands of popular culture. Focusing on the theological resonance between the Passion of Christ and adolescents' experience of passion, Dean develops a framework for youth ministry that draws on the historic practices of the Christian community as a “curriculum of passion.”

Offering a compelling new model for reaching, discipling, and empowering today's young adults, Practicing Passion is a vital resource for anyone already engaged in or preparing for youth ministry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802847126
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/26/2004
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prelude : parable of a parent
Introduction : youth ministry is not just about youth1
1Something to die for : the subversive power of passion29
2The world's greatest lover : the unifying power of passion54
3Longing for fidelity : if it stays, it must be true73
4Longing for transcendence : if it feels good, it must be God93
5Longing for communion : if it's sex, it must be love116
6Vessels of grace : Christian practices as scaffolding for faith145
7The art of "being there" : exhortation as a practice of fidelity176
8The art of awe : pilgrimage as a practice of transcendence196
9The art of intimacy : spiritual friendship as a practice of communion222
Postlude : the passion of martyrdom : why youth ministry needs theology246
Index258

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