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How many programs does it take to change a youth group?
That question has bothered youth workers for decades, and the cracks in its logic are beginning to show. In place of the contrived, artificial mechanisms employed so widely in modern youth outreach and discipleship, Mike King proposes a ministry centered in the presence of God.
Young people encounter Christ not in the flash and pop of arena ministry, but in the sacred shadow of his presence. They learn what it is to love and follow Christ by observing others loving and following Christ—letting Christ shape their worldviews, their habits, their virtues. Presence-Centered Youth Ministry gives shape to such ministry through the classic disciplines and potent symbols and practices that have sustained the church over the centuries.
The sound and fury that has characterized youth ministry for so long has left too many youth workers tired and too many young people disillusioned. Come explore the deeper terrain; your students are sure to follow.
1. Three Decades of Youth Ministry
2. Dysfunctional Evangelical Youth Ministry
3. A Convergence of Fronts
4. A New Kind of Youth Worker
5. Youth Worker as Spiritual Guide
6. Trusting the Holy Spirit with Your Ministry
7. Connecting Youth to the Story of God
8. Prayer Practices for Presence-Centered Youth Ministry
9. Using Scripture in Presence-Centered Youth Ministry
10. A Rule of Life
11. The Art of the Long View
Conclusion: Where Are You Staying?