Raising the Bar: Ministry to Youth in the New Millennium

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Kregel Academic, 2002 - Religion - 208 pages
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"We know how to be teenagers. We want [the church] to show us how to be adults." --Kristin, aged 17

Two-thirds of today's teens are interested in having a meaningful relationship with God, yet less than one-third of them are active in a local church. Alvin Reid--an experienced pastor, professor, evangelist, and youth ministry speaker--suggests these statistics are more an indictment of the way the church does youth ministry than of the teens they try to reach.

Today's generation of teens, the Millennial generation, is marked by teamwork, authenticity, and a "can-do" attitude. They are much more than kids finishing childhood--a perspective many in the church have and that drives what often happens in youth group--they are young adults with incredible potential who need to learn how to be Christian adults. This compelling book provides an impassioned plea for the church to set a higher standard; to reinvent the fundamental ways we have ministered to teens and their families. Author is a recognized authority and sought-after speaker on youth ministryViews teens positively, but not naivelyEncourages and shows youth ministers and workers how to have a biblically successful ministryWritten with passion and expert knowledge

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Contents

Foreword
11
TEST TIME DOES YOUTH MINISTRY Pass?
19
Analyzing Youth Culture
37
Why We Can Be Optimistic
49
Biblical Teaching Confronts
57
A Doubleedged Sword
73
REINVENTING YOUTH MINISTRY
85
Meanwhile Back at the Church
171
A Radical Challenge
193
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Page 144 - In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the Temple.
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Page 119 - But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.
Page 183 - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
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