Teens and emerging adults don't feel at home in the church because they are not fully included in the church body. How can congregations nurture young adults, welcome them as siblings into God's household, and empower them to become fully embedded contributors within and to their faith community?Integrating the latest research on adolescent faith and young adult ministry for the local church, this book presents a new way of thinking about youth ministry. Chap Clark offers today's youth leaders highly practical principles based on his extensive experience, showing how they can implement a sustainable youth ministry program in their local church. He presents the adoptive youth ministry model as a way to help congregations see youth ministry as a bridge to inclusion, participation, and contribution in the body of Christ. Clark's comprehensive plan for designing and implementing youth ministry shows churches how to intentionally welcome young people and create an environment where they belong.
About the Author
Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver), one of today's leading voices in youth and young adult ministry, is senior pastor at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. He is also president of ParenTeen, works closely with Young Life, and taught for over twenty years at Fuller Theological Seminary. A speaker, trainer, and consultant with more than thirty-five years of ministry experience, Clark is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including the bestsellers Hurt 2.0 and Sticky Faith, and has edited and contributed to Adoptive Youth Ministry and Youth Ministry in the 21st Century. Follow him on Twitter: @chapclark.
Table of Contents
ContentsForeword Steven ArgueWelcome to the Adoptive Church1. Creating an Adoptive Youth MinistryPart 1: The Goal of an Adoptive Church2. Adoptive Youth Ministry: From Me to Us3. Creating Environments Where Faith Families Flourish4. Making Disciples among Siblings: The Adoptive Process of Christian Formation5. The Goal of Ministry in an Adoptive ChurchPart 2: The Structure of Adoptive Youth Ministry6. Implementing Adoptive Youth Ministry7. The Power of Partners8. Building Your Ministry TeamPart 3: The Fundamental Practices of Adoptive Churches9. Nurture and the Ministry of Going10. Beyond Participation: The Power of Empowerment11. Adoptive Youth Ministry and the Challenge of ChangeAppendix: Adoptive Church 101Index