Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    "Missional Youth Ministry" Free Book Giveaway


    To celebrate the publication of our new text Missional Youth Ministry: Moving from Gathering Teenagers to Scattering Disciples we are running a contest this week to give away three free copies of the book as a thank you to our readers who helped make this project possible.

    This text, written from a mainline/progressive/emergent perspective, argues for a holistic approach to youth ministry, challenging adult leaders and volunteers to help teens create ministries focused not on numbers, entertainment or programs but on the mission of the Church.

    How Do I Enter?  There are three ways to enter the contest:

    Comment on this post by answering this question: In your view, what is the mission of your youth ministy?

    Subscribe to our blog by using the "Follow By Email" box at the top right of the homepage.

    Tweet a message about this contest which includes the hashtag #missionalyouthministry.

    Each way earns you one chance in our random drawing for a free book. Contest deadline is Sunday, June 19.

    Want to see what the book is all about before you enter?  You can read sample chapters here and here or click on the "Browse Inside" icon at the bottom of this post.


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    23 comments:

    David Machon said...

    Empowerment, discipleship, social justice, fun and worship to name a few of the concepts I work with in ministring to youth.

    Ryan Smith said...

    this is exciting. Would love to win the book. Always looking for ways to get our students to "BE" the church.

    fatpastor said...

    The mission of youth ministry is the same as any other ministry - to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    All ministry is about translation - the translation of the gospel to people with a wide range of other languages. This translation takes place in a lot of ways, but the primary way we translate the gospel is through authentic, loving relationships, and by modeling the gospel by doing the things that Jesus did. That means we heal the sick, feed the hungry, welcome all, break down barriers that society puts up.

    Carrie said...

    The goal of our youth ministry is to help kids deepen their understanding of God's love and ways they can experience, grow, and share that love.

    Joel Mayward said...

    My mission is probably best summed up by 1 Thessalonians 2:8

    "Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."

    Share the Gospel, share life, love students.

    Looking forward to checking out your book (whether I get a free one or not)!

    Josh said...

    Well, I'll be using all three methods of entry. I like this blog, and would love to win this book!

    Lori said...

    I like to use a form of group spiritual direction as a way for teens to recognize that they do have body, mind and SOUL! And they rock!!

    evella said...

    .. to BRING THEM IN from the world and introduce them to Christ. BUILD THEM UP with love to be Christ-like, TRAIN THEM FOR their God given gifts, and SEND THEM OUT to share the gospel and lift up the name of the Lord.

    YouthMin Kim said...

    Youth Ministry is about sharing the story of our Christian faith such that youth can understand it, embrace it, love it and share it.

    It is also about modeling what it is like to BE Christian, putting God first among life's priorities.

    It is also about loving these kids as they are, where they are at a time when they question whether they are loved at all by anyone.

    I'm very excited to read a book written from the perspective of a mainline progressive. Thanks!

    revmarmi said...

    to develop relationships between youth and caring mature Christian adults so that the love of Jesus Christ and of the Body of Christ on earth will become the most important thing in their lives and to give opportunities to youth to use their gifts in the work of the Church NOW.

    prov3130grl said...

    to be honest, I am not sure what the goal of our youth ministry is. My husband and I just started helping to lead this year, and right now we don't have much of a say in what is done. We're just trying to trust that God can use us in this place we feel He has called us to be. Of course, all the leaders want to see kids grow in their relationships with Him, but right now there just seems to be a lot of confusion.
    Personally, my goal is to show them that they can have a real relationship with God. I want the goal of the youth group to be to seek Him and to desire Him above all else. To know that satisfaction can only be found in Him - not of the world. And, I want them to know that they can help and be involved in their communities. That what they are doing here and now does matter.

    Ingrid said...

    This question has highlighted, to me, the need to find a better way to state our mission so that it reflects the larger mission of the UMC, which is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Currently, our stated mission is: to be an inviting and accepting community for the youth and their friends that surrounds youth with unconditional love; that nurtures genuine relationships; focuses youth in the inspirations and traditions of the Christian faith; energizes and equips youth to extend the love of Christ to the world.

    Laura said...

    Youth ministry is about teaching and encouraging teenagers to love God and love others with everything we have and to find their purpose within their community.

    BeHereNow said...

    Our mission for youth ministry is to serve, disciple and send the youth of Ambridge to serve, disciple and send others.

    samwise said...

    love God and love others

    Trazy Lyn said...

    Our mission is to be hyped about our Savior, and create disciples who know what it means to love, serve and praise our awesome God.

    Benjer said...

    To see students and their families transformed by the saving love of Jesus...same mission as our church.

    Looking forward to the book!

    Christina said...

    Our Youth Mission statement is...
    We praise Christ as he dwells in our hearts through faith. We care for all of God's children as we reflect God's light to the world as ambassadors of Christ. We help others to grow in faith by preparing people to follow God and obey his commands.
    I love the ideas presented in the book, I can't wait to dive in. Important stuff in there.

    livefish said...

    Our mission is to provide opportunities for young people to taste and see that the Lord is good by serving those who are suffering so that Christ might be revealed among us.

    calliebdean said...

    I think the mission of youth ministry, as was mentioned above, is the same as the church's mission: to love God, love people, and make disciples of Jesus Christ. However, I think we have the additional responsibility of meeting the unique needs of adolescents and their families, and empowering teens to live out the gospel for themselves!

    My mission as a youth minister? To connect with teens right where they are, show them that God loves them just as they are, and walk with them into the next step of their spiritual journey, wherever that may lead.

    Brian Kirk said...

    I'm really impressed by all the great thinking here regarding the mission of youth ministry. If there are readers who have yet to think intentionally about the mission of their own ministry, all of you have certainly provided a treasure trove of inspiration.

    Jason said...

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Such a great blog with youth ministry ideas that are outside of the box. Thanks so much for your ministry.

    Kev said...

    I Am desperately looking for guidance as to what defines our Youth Ministry. I am searching for something that will first ground and then lend support as we grow in the identity that expresses how God wants us to serve these young people. Im hoping that this book can help us define that vision and mission, thanks guys.