Selected Readings from Youth Ministry Institute Guest Lecturers

Selected readings and resources written by regular Youth Ministry Institute guest speakers

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Dr. Chap Clark – October 2, 2013Chap Clark

Vice Provost for Regional Campuses and Strategic Projects and Professor of Youth, Family and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary
Author of:

Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs Around Them

Deep Ministry in a Shallow World: Not-So-Secret Findings About Youth Ministry

Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World

Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture)

New Directions for Youth Ministry

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

Dr. Andrew Root – December 4, 2013

Associate Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth Ministry and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
Author of:

Relationships Unfiltered

Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry

Taking Theology to Youth Ministry

Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry

The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

Dr. David White – January 8, 2014

david_white_HRC. Elis and Nancy Gribble Nelson Associate Professor of Christian Education, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  
Author of:

Dreamcare: A Theology of Youth Spirit and Vocation

Awakening Youth Discipleship: Christian Resistance in a Consumer Culture

Practicing Discernment with Youth: A Transformative Youth Ministry Approach (Youth Ministry Alternatives)

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry ”Focusing Youth Ministry Through Critical Consciousness”

Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens ”Choices”

Dr. Evelyn Parker – February 5, 2014

Evelyn Parker
Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
Author of:

Trouble Don’t Last Always: Emancipatory Hope Among African American Adolescents

“Hungry for Honor: Children in Violent Youth Gangs” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 55

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry: ”Theological Framework for Youth Ministry: Hope”

The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls: Hard Stories of Race, Class, and Gender

Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens ”Justice”

In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church

Dr. Rodger Nishioka –  December 4, 2012

Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education, Columbia Theological Seminary
Author of the upcoming: @ Church? Ministry with Young Adults

Insights from the Underside: An Intergenerational Conversation of Ministers

OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook

Rooted in Love: 52 Meditations and Stories for Youth Ministry Leaders (Roots of Youth Ministry Series)

Sowing the Seeds (Roots of Youth Ministry Series)

The roots of who we are (Roots of youth ministry series)

Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens ”Forgiveness”

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry ”Theological Framework for Youth Ministry: Grace”

Mark DeVries – April 2, 2014

Mark DeVries
Founder of Youth Ministry Architects and the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Author of:

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

Family-Based Youth Ministry

The Indispensable Youth Pastor: Land Love and Lock in Your Youth Ministry Dream Job

Before You Hire a Youth Pastor: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Fit

Sheperd’s Notes: Augustine’s Confessions (Shepherd’s Notes Christian Classics)

Bridges: 15 Sessions to Connect Teenagers and Adults on Drugs and Alcohol Decision-Making Communication Character Independence Sexuality: Faith Based Youth

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry ”Focusing Youth Ministry Through the Family”

Yolanda Smith – May 7, 2014

Yolanda Smith
Research Scholar and Lecturer in Christian Education, Yale Divinity School.
Author of:

Reclaiming the Spirituals: New Possibilities for African American Christian Education

Resources for Sacred Teaching

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