This book compares and contrasts the goal of faith maturity with the fast-paced nature of the culture, providing youth workers with both understanding and tools to create proactive and relevant ministries that speak to youth today. The book examines the characteristics of faith maturity, the nature of culture, and physical and emotional developmental issues. In addition, chapters give practical help with and specific models for Sunday school, confirmation, fellowship, service and outreach programming, plus teacher recruitment and training, master plans, choosing resources, and ways to reach young adults.
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About the Author
John O. Gooch, a retired United Methodist pastor, has served churches ranging in size from 15 to 1100. He is a freelance writer and a former editor of curriculum resources at the United Methodist Publishing House. He earned a B.A. in history, the M. Div. and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. and has taught classes at St. Louis University, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Paul School of Theology, and Perkins School of Youth Ministry. He wrote Being a Christian in the Wesleyan Tradition, John Wesley for the 21st Century, and Claiming the Name: A Theological and Practical Overview of Confirmation and he is a frequent writer of articles and curriculum resources. He and his wife Beth live in Lee's Summit, Missouri.