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Alberto is an energetic, people-pleasing eighth grader. He seems to have it all—from the junior high varsity team to his family's beautiful new home to leadership in his youth group. But he feels pressured by team members who mock his Christianity and rejected by his dad whose work requires more and more travel. His young spiritual life is in a precarious place.Last year, as a high school sophomore, Jonathan began spending time with some recreational drug users. He was confident in his ability to hang out with these guys without getting involved with drugs. But he crossed the line. Jonathan is broken and cannot find his way back to the comfort of his previous trust in Jesus.Rachel is estranged from her parents. In her freshman year at college, she is sharing an apartment with her boyfriend. She is torn between her emotional dependence on his attention and the fear that he will once again hurt her in a drunken rage. She has tried church but deemed it to be unsafe for a person like herself.
This generation is the first to travel a truly postmodern pilgrimage where religious pluralism and faddish spiritual experiences are in vogue while Christianity is considered out of style. You want to reach them. But how?
Richard Dunn suggests that the key is to set the pace in their lives—physically, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Pacing takes time. It requires listening to youth and digging beneath the surface. But it pays off, because pacing allows you to enter the world of an adolescent and communicate caring.
In this book, Dunn shows you how to set the pace with sensitivity to the unique spiritual issues that occur during each stage of adolescent development: junior high, senior high and college.
Foreword by Doug Fields
AcknowledgmentsSection 1: A Vision for Twenty-First Century Ministry
1. The Walk of Life
2. Postmodern Pilgrims in Progress
3. A Theology for Pacing, Then LeadingSection 2: Sacred Practices of Loving Well
4. How to Listen Before You Lead
5. How to Speak the Truth in Love
6. How to Confront & Resolve Conflict
7. How to Nurture the Adolescent Moral Self
8. How to Create Space for Postmodern Spiritual Journeys Section 3: Exploring the Terrain of Adolescent Journeys
9. Early Adolescence: "We're Not in Kansas Anymore"
10. Middle Adolescence: Whose Am I?
11. Late Adolescence: The Final FrontierSection 4: Spiritual Care for Spiritual Caregivers
12. Self-Care for Wick Burners