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Worship with Teenagers: Adolescent Spirituality and Congregational Practice

Worship with Teenagers: Adolescent Spirituality and Congregational Practice

by Eric L. Mathis, Kenda Dean

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This book addresses the vital role of public Christian worship in adolescent spiritual formation and shows how important youth ministry and worship ministry are to each other.

Despite numerous research projects, books, articles, and resources that have been published about teenagers and about worship in recent years, the relationship between the two has been addressed only peripherally if not altogether overlooked. Drawing on his extensive experience in worship ministry and youth ministry, Eric Mathis offers insights into the worship practices of teenagers, corrects common misperceptions about worship, and critically examines four prominent worship models in current practice.

Mathis invites youth pastors, worship leaders, ministerial students, and congregations to elevate the voices of young people in the worshiping community and enhance worship for all ages. The book includes a foreword by Kenda Creasy Dean.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493429370
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Eric L. Mathis (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of faith formation, worship arts, and young adults at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC. He previously served as associate dean, associate professor, and founding executive director of the Center for Worship and the Arts at Samford University.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Kenda Creasy Dean
Part 1: Cultural Perspectives
1. Almost Christian: What the Faith of America's Teenagers Is Telling Us about Our Worship
2. Lessons from the Past: What Our Worship Practices Have Told Our

3. Worship with Teenagers: Beginning with the End in Mind
Part 2: Liturgical Perspectives
4. Linking God's Story with Teenagers' Stories: The Role of Christian Worship
5. From Intergenerational to Adoptive Worship: Embracing Teenagers in the Church of All Ages
6. Worship and Culture: From the Sanctuary to the Soup Kitchen, from
the Mission Field to Summer Camp, and Back Home Again

Part 3: Pastoral Perspectives
7. Teenagers, Emotions, and Worship: Wisdom from Philosophy,
Sociology, and Anthropology

8. Congregational Worship with Teenagers: A Guide for Change
9. Youth Group Worship with Teenagers: Guide for Formation
Appendix 1: A Letter to Teenage Worship Leaders
Appendix 2: Worship Planning Toolbox: A Template for Planning
Worship with Teenagers


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