This blog is authored by pastors Brian Kirk and Jacob Thorne, and seeks to rethink the most basic assumptions of youth ministry from a mainline/progressive perspective by offering both theory and practical ideas. You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian is an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, certifications in elementary education and gifted education, and a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Prior to being ordained, Brian spent eleven years teaching in public schools, predominantly working with and writing curriculum for upper-elementary and middle school students in a gifted and talented program. He has served in congregational youth ministry and in outdoors ministry with youth for over twenty years. Brian has repeatedly been on the writing team for the New Earth Christian Resources for the Outdoors, published by Christian Board of Publication and the Committee on Outdoor Ministries of the National Council of Churches and has contributed numerous articles to YMtoday. He has also served as a youth ministry columnist for the interfaith website Patheos. Brian currently serves as senior pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Jacob is co-author, with Brian, of the text Missional Youth Ministry: Moving from Gathering Teenagers to Scattering Disciples.