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Trendwatch: Insights That Fuel Authentic Youth Ministry
     

Trendwatch: Insights That Fuel Authentic Youth Ministry

by Rick Lawrence (Editor), Leonard Sweet (Foreword by)
 
: Keep your youth ministry relevant!

Culture is moving at warp-speed. Mountains of information are being dumped on you every day. Much of it is irrelevant and passing-yet some of it offers key insights into the teenagers that you're trying to reach. How can you sort through it all? How can your youth ministry stay relevant and maybe even a step ahead of

Overview

: Keep your youth ministry relevant!

Culture is moving at warp-speed. Mountains of information are being dumped on you every day. Much of it is irrelevant and passing-yet some of it offers key insights into the teenagers that you're trying to reach. How can you sort through it all? How can your youth ministry stay relevant and maybe even a step ahead of the chaos?

Enter Trendwatch. You'll get hundreds of insights on teenagers, their culture, and ministry strategies that will connect with youth. You'll find out what kids really think about themselves, their peers, adults, the church, God-and the list goes on. The more you know about youth and their culture, the more effective and relevant you can be in reaching them.

Compiled from GROUP Magazine, the world's most widely read resource for Christian youth leaders, you'll get the most useable insights on who you minister to every day. Plus, you'll get cutting-edge strategy "links"-plans of action to keep your ministry in tune with cultural trends!


Rick Lawrence has been Editor of GROUP Magazine, the leader in youth ministry, for 12 years. He's authored hundreds of magazine articles and is the author, co-author or editor of 24 books, including The Family-Friendly Church, published by Group Publishing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764421877
Publisher:
Group Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Introduction
I've been researching and writing about teenagers, their culture, and youth ministry strategies for twelve years as editor of GROUP Magazine. In every issue for more than a decade, I've cranked out GROUP's four-page TrendWatch section-tidbits of insight, foundational facts, surprising connections, and a little pulpit-pounding opinion. This book is the result of more than 1,000 hours of my research and writing for this column. From this experience, two things are clear to me.

1. Kids are camped out in the no man's land between the spiritual forces of good and evil. Adolescence is really just another name for the front lines of the spiritual battle we wage here on earth. Two-thirds of all Christians make their commitment to follow Christ prior to age eighteen. That means youth leaders are in the thick of it, day in and day out. It's alternately exhausting and exhilarating-but how many professions have a job description that reads, simply: "Make an eternal difference"?

2. Most of those who are attracted to youth ministry are basically "underdog" people. I mean, they have a Christlike passion for the so-called lost cause. They understand the forces working against the "little ones" Christ so loved, and they can't help but join the "resistance" to fight for them.

If I've just described you, then we're kindred spirits. My prayer is that the trends you read in this book-and the "links" in the margin that will help you turn reflection into action-will offer the weapons you need to fight on kids' behalf. The trend pieces are sampled from the pages of GROUP over the last five years, and the links are simply idea grenades lobbed at you. Catch afew-you never know what kind of ministry explosion they'll set off.

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