Item description for Postmodern Youth Ministry: Exploring Cultural Shift, Creating Holistic Connections, Cultivating Authentic Community (Youth Specialties) by Tony Jones...
Overview Welcome to the emerging postmodern culture. A "free zone" of rapid change that places high value on community, authenticity, and even God, but has little interest in modern, Western-tinged Christianity. "Postmodern Youth Ministry" addresses these enormous philosophical shifts and shows how they're affecting teenagers.
Publishers Description The rules have changed. Everything you believe is suspect. The world is up for grabs. Welcome to the emerging postmodern culture. A 'free zone' of rapid change that places high value on community, authenticity, and even God--but has little interest in modern, Western-tinged Christianity. Postmodern Youth Ministry addresses these enormous philosophical shifts and shows how they're affecting teenagers.
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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.49" Width: 8.54" Height: 0.65" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Youth Specialties
ISBN 031023817X ISBN13 9780310238171 UPC 025986238179
Availability 0 units.
More About Tony Jones
Tony Jones is the author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier, and the theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minnesota. He is the author of many books, including The Sacred Way, and is a sought-after speaker in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality. Tony lives in Minnesota.
Reviews - What do customers think about Postmodern Youth Ministry?
Theologically-sound Youth Ministry Aug 29, 2005
I've read this book through twice and have to say its the best introduction to Youth Ministry that I've taken a look at. Tony is theologically grounded within the historic evangelical church, thus what he teaches is theologically sound. He moves beyond simple models and "here's how we do it..." solutions. Rather, Tony encourages his readers to engage their culture in a way that seeks to communicate historic truth to a Postmodern world.
The format of the book lends itself to interesting reading. In addition to his own writing, he's invited his peers to comment on his work and has included it right in the text of the book. This allows for a "discussion" to occur within the book. While most of the comments affirm Jones' writing, some openly disagree. Even when the commentor agrees, often their comment brings out a point more fully or asks a follow-up question that is well worth pondering.
All in all, a highly recommended book for anyone interested in Youth Ministry.
Awesome for those working with the Sub-cultures! Feb 18, 2005
THis book is a God send for those who work with normal you...as well as Goths, Punks, Sk8ers and the rest of the sub-cultures. Very practical guide to post-modern youthers!
Excellent Oct 5, 2002
Tony Jones is an expert in youth ministry, postmodern youth ministry and this book shows why. Tony lectured in my class at seminary and it was the first lecture I heard in my first year that totally made sense. Tony knows the landscape has changed and will change dramatically, as fast as we can figure it out it will change.
So many books are stuck in formulas A + B = Great Youth Minstries, Tony goes beyond formulas and explains the landscape. Tony is a tremendous teacher, and yet very humble with the knowledge he has gained over years of youth ministry experience.
I recommend this book to followers of Christ both young and old, especially those who are trying to figure out what in the world is postmodernism.
One warning, don't come to this book for a guide of how to do youth ministry, Tony won't give it to you. What Tony will give you is the knowledge and the tools to figure out what to do in your area and with your students. This is a solid book.
Telling it like it is Oct 18, 2001
Students crave authenticity even as technology seems to move them further away from each other. Authentic community can be acheived and the church can be the place and force that does this. Tony Jones is the father of postmodern youth ministry and he walks his talk. With all of the things youth workers compete with they do have something to offer this generation and that offering is an answer to a hunger for relevancy in a community that cares.
If you can't hire Tony Jones to be on your staff then at least buy this book and you get the next best thing.
why kids hate church May 26, 2001
Author, Tony Jones lays out in detail why we as youth volunteers have failed in reaching youth. He explains how the rules have changed and how we need to learn to speak another language. Postmodernism is all around us, and our old models of church youth programs are not holding up in this new world. This book has opened my eyes and has inspired me to rethink how I have always approached the youth of my church. I recommend this book for all who care about our youth today.