Global Youth Ministry : Reaching Adolescents Around the World

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/29/2011
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub

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As the world's youth population continues to grow and interact globally, youth ministry is developing in equal fashion. Local fellowship and growth is mingled with international blogging, texting, and electronic socializing. Global youth ministry presents enormous opportunities, but it also requires careful leadership education and preparation. Seeking to write a definitive yet succinct textbook on the challenges and requirements of international ministry, authors Terry Linhart and Dave Livermore invited twenty-three prominent youth ministry leaders from around the world to contribute chapters. The overarching purpose was to focus on essential topics, and to inform readers on the various theological, theoretical, sociocultural, and historical issues that shape international youth ministry. Global Youth Ministry uses diverse voices from mainline, evangelical, and Catholic ministries to bridge international and denominational divisions and ensure there's no agenda from a particular theological or political niche. The result is a useful and versatile text that both challenges and educates ministry students with a heart for missions and a spiritual empathy for youth around the world.

Author Biography

Terry Linhart (PhD, Purdue University) is Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Bethel College, Indiana, where he teaches ministry-related courses. His research and writing have focused on missions, evangelism, multicultural ministry, and leadership development. He is the coauthor of Evangelism Remixed: Empowering Students for Courageous and Contagious Faith, and author of Middle School Talksheets: Life of Christ, and High School Talksheets: Life of Christ. Terry and his wife, Kelly, have three teenagers, Lauren, Jayson, and Sean. David Livermore (PhD, Michigan State University) is president and partner of the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan, and author of several books, including Leading with Cultural Intelligence, Serving with Eyes Wide Open, and What Can I Do? He is a visiting research fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and has consulted with and trained leaders in one hundred countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australia. www.davidlivermore.com

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 15
Acknowledgmentsp. 21
Introductionp. 23
The Youth of the Worldp. 27
Youth Ministry Changes More Than You Knowp. 43
A World of Irish Youth Ministryp. 57
From Apartheid to Saamheid: Creating a Culturally Diverse Youth Ministryp. 71
Sidebar: Spiritual Obedience as the Mark of Maturation in East Africap. 83
African Realities for Youth Ministryp. 87
Message for a Mess-Age: Ministry to Youth in West Africap. 95
The New Latin America: From Renewal to Revolutionp. 105
Case Study: Andres: From ˘Street Urchin÷ to Street Evangelist in Brazilp. 115
Sidebar: Latin American Youth Ministryp. 119
Case Study: Leme: The Church at the Bottom of the Hillp. 123
We Live in a Period Where Young People Actively Seek Spiritual Truth-Yeah, Right …p. 127
Spotlight: Norway: A Church of Many Members but with Empty Pewsp. 145
Confessions from a Transitional Country-One Croatian Youth Ministry's Work in Progressp. 149
Ministry to the Deaf: Youth Ministry in Australia in the New Millenniump. 161
Sidebar: Australia-School Chaplaincy: Taking Youth Ministry Outside the Churchp. 175
The Temporarily Parentless Generation: OFW Kids in the Philippinesp. 183
What Does Youth Ministry Look Like in Asia?p. 199
Spotlight: Japanese Youth Are the Churchp. 207
Sidebar: Korean Youth Ministryp. 211
Back to the Future: Looking Ahead and Beyondp. 217
Christian Identity in a Global Age: Snapshots from North American Youth Ministryp. 229
Youth, Culture, and Theology in Plural: Presenting the Work of the IASYMp. 247
Getting Involved in Cross-Cultural Youth Ministryp. 253
Endnotesp. 261
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