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Youth Ministry books by Anabaptists
Helping Youth Grieve: The Good News of Biblical Lament
by Bob Yoder
Suicide, depression, eating disorders, and other mental health illnesses have dramatically increased among adolescents in recent decades. Our American culture demands high levels of success and propagates a "feel good" attitude that denies pain, loss, and failure. Churches contribute to these distressing realities among youth. Our theology associates "being happy" with "true faithfulness" to God, overemphasizing praise and thanksgiving while neglecting lament, even though lament comprises the largest number of Psalms. There is much good in the lives of today's adolescents, but there is also much grief and woundedness. Helping Youth Grieve exposes the warped view of God modeled and taught to our young people. This book portrays a God who yearns to hear the honest cries of our youth, even when that involves blaming God! Spiritual caregivers will discover good news in biblical lament for its role in pastoral care and faith formation of adolescents.
Youth Ministry at a Crossroads
by Andy Brubacher Kaethler and Bob Yoder
Youth work isn't for the faint-hearted--it's tender and tough, requiring savvy to withstand the assault of erotic, self-centered, consume-at-any-cost allurements facing youth today. What you will find here is wisdom and encouragement from those who have dedicated themselves to Jesus-centered youth faith formation that encompasses biblical and Anabaptist-Mennonite ways of knowing, being, and doing, all while following the One who offers abundant life. The writers explore the context in which such formation happens best--the congregation that worships, serves, witnesses, and fellowships together.
by Wendell Loewen
Inspiration and practical ideas to help youth workers guide youth beyond the consumerism and alienation of today's culture, to God’s culture of community, discipleship, and compassion. Highly recommended!
by Carol Duerksen
How can youth leaders, sponsors, and pastors get a good grasp on how to disciple youth in the 21st Century? This short book offers offers inspiring and creative approaches to youth ministry that take seriously the needs of youth, the life of the congregation, and the changing culture we live in. A quick and interesting read.
A History of Mennonite Youth Ministry 1885-2005
by Bob Yoder
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“The pages of this book present a collage of images that speak of our collective concern about passing on the faith that we treasure. They also tell us stories that inspire us, teach us, and give direction and bearings for the road ahead.”
—Anna Rehan, Mennonite youth minister (1985–2013), Langham, Saskatchewan