Item description for Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation by Andrew Root...
Overview Root reviews the history of relational/incarnational youth ministry in American evangelicalism and recasts the practice as one of "place-sharing," not so much "earning the right to be heard" as honoring the human dignity of youth and locating God in their midst. (Ministry & Pastoral Resources)
Publishers Description Relational youth ministry, also known as incarnational ministry, can feel like a vicious cycle of guilt: "I should be spending time with kids, but I just don't want to." The burden becomes heavy to bear because it is never over; adolescents always seem to need more relational bonds, and once one group graduates there is a new group of adolescents who need relational contact. It may be that the reason these relationships have become burdensome is that they have become something youth workers do, rather than something that youth workers enter into. InRevisiting Relational Youth Ministry, Andrew Root explores the origins of a dominant ministry model for evangelicals, showing how American culture has influenced our understanding of the incarnation. Drawing from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose work with German youth in troubled times shaped his own understanding of how Jesus intersects our relationships, Root recasts relational ministry as an opportunity not to influence the influencers but to stand with and for those in need. True relational youth ministry shaped by the incarnation is a commitment to enter into the suffering of all, to offer all those in high school or junior high the solidarity of the church.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 4.92" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2007
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830834885 ISBN13 9780830834884
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More About Andrew Root
Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of numerous youth ministry books, including The Children of Divorce, and coauthored (with Kenda Creasy Dean) The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.
Reviews - What do customers think about Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation?
Seeing Relationships as More Than a Means to an End Oct 12, 2009
The author challenges us to see the relationships we build with youth in our ministry as more than a tool to lead them to Christ. He calls us to live out our theology, to see where Christ is present, which is in the center of our relationships with the youth.
While the book is broken into two parts it can really be broken into three. In the first section the author examines a history of how we got to the present culture where often the relationships built with youth are little more than tools to get them to buy into Christ, our ministry, and program. The second part examines three important theological questions we must answer: Who is Jesus? Where is Jesus Christ? What then shall we do? Then the author examines how this theology impacts our practical day-to-day relationships (place-sharing)with youth, parents, and other adults.
While the book is scholarly in nature, it is well written, making it accessible to a wider audience. The author uses multiple anecdotes to help the reader grasp the concepts described in the book. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's theology does play a major role in his book, but he is upfront with it. And rather than just continually spout off his theology the author takes his theology and, in a sense, translates it into a friendly format for youth ministry.
This book is for anyone who desires to live out theology instead of just talking about it; building deeper, more authentic relationships with youth.
Quality reading Jun 27, 2009
In an age of awful books, this book is worth the read. I would especially recommend it to all of us who have inherited an oversimplified, linear, formulaic, and often manipulative approach to evangelistic youth ministry.
His introduction gives the rest of the book credibility.
insightful Jun 1, 2009
This book opened my eyes to how pastors try to influence young people for their own benefit instead of accepting who they are and allowing God to direct all who are involved. It challenged me to be better in any ministry situation.
Amazing and THOUGHT provoking PLUS challenging Jan 14, 2009
This book does a great job of not only talking practically about youth ministry but also talking about the theological premise of incarnational ministry, which is a term thrown around a lot. VERY good in terms of talking through the WHY's of ministry and the SO WHAT factor that so many books lack today. This book did a wonderful job of clarifying its position and also challenged me to re-think approach, training/teaching, and recruiting and releasing people into ministry to impact students.
if you liked "hurt" Sep 3, 2008
If you liked Chap Clark's "Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers" or are just looking to get away from a ministry where you feel like you are trying to "sell" teens Jesus, this is an amazing book. Root gives a great history of the development of adolescence and how youth ministry has grown during that time, then takes a look at the faults of "relational ministry" before focusing in on the theology and practicals of incarnational ministry with adolescents. Although this is not a quick read (it will give you plenty to chew on) EVERYONE in ministry should read this. I would put it in my top three of youth ministry books, and I've read a lot!