The God-Hungry Imagination:The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry

The God-Hungry Imagination:The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry

by Sarah Arthur

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The God-Hungry Imagination:The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry by Sarah Arthur

Allow imagination and story to take center stage in your youth ministry!

The Bible is full of stories. From the “In the beginning…” narrative to Jesus' parables, stories embody biblical and theological content in ways that sink into the imagination, take root and grow.

Ministry pundits refer to our culture today as having “lost its story.” Through neglect or rejection, generation next seems unplugged from the church's core beliefs. For the most part, young people simply do not feel part of the ongoing, communal story. Paradoxically, this has occurred when youth have fully embraced social networks that connect the world in self-obsessed “I” narratives.

This world is starving for a story bigger than what you find on MySpace and YouTube.

“…Young people are bombarded on all sides by voices claiming to have something they need,” Arthur writes. “Sophisticated consumers, they're naturally resistant to anything that appears to be manipulating them into certain behaviors or beliefs — Christianity included. Somehow, we must 'steal past watchful dragons' in articulating the gospel. That's the task I explore in this book.”

She shows how youth ministry can be planned as a transforming series of story moments instead of programming and worship as storytelling instead of a familiar form that's lost its ability to enchant. Furthermore, Arthur suggests that faith is an ongoing story arc in which the postmodern church is another chapter.

Ministry that interconnects the heart, mind, soul, spirit and story will invite youth (anyone, really) into a larger story — the Story — and into God's waiting arms. Through Arthur's guidance, offering “a splash of theological artistry” as one reviewer writes, your church can reclaim the imagination's role in spiritual formation and reclaim the church as the living story.

What kind of story is your church telling?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015580334
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 445 KB

About the Author

Sarah Arthur is the author of numerous youth resources, including "The God Hungry Imagination: The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry" (Upper Room Books) as well as the bestselling "Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings" (Tyndale). Before launching her freelance career, she served for seven years as the full-time youth director of Petoskey United Methodist Church in northern Michigan. Arthur is a national speaker about issues related to story and spiritual formation, as well as a volunteer youth leader. She frequently writes youth resources for the United Methodist Publishing House. Her articles have appeared in Relevant, Good News and devo'Zine. A recent graduate of Duke Divinity School, Arthur now lives in southern Michigan, where her husband Tom serves as pastor of Sycamore Creek Church. Check out her website:

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