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The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry [Paperback]

By Kenda Creasy Dean (Author), Ron Foster (Joint Author) & Kasey Dean (Author)
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Specifically designed to nurture the spiritual life of the youth leader, The Godbearing Life is a lively, practical guide for those who pastor young people. Dean and Foster rechart a course for youth ministry through the classical spiritual disciplines of the church. The book identifies families, congregations, and mentor relationships as the "holy ground" where young people are most likely to encounter God. Questions and exercises for personal reflections, educational use, and spiritual growth make this a valuable resource that can revitalize those in a "burnout" profession.

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Specifically designed to nurture the spiritual life of the youth leader, The Godbearing Life is a lively spiritual primer and practical guide for those who pastor young people.

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Specifically designed to nurture the spiritual life of the youth leader, The Godbearing Life is a lively, practical guide for those who pastor young people. Dean and Foster rechart a course for youth ministry through the classical spiritual disciplines of the church. The book identifies families, congregations, and mentor relationships as the "holy ground" where young people are most likely to encounter God. Questions and exercises for personal reflections, educational use, and spiritual growth make this a valuable resource that can revitalize those in a "burnout" profession.

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The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean, Ron Foster & Kasey Dean has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 05/03/2011 page 45


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Studio: Upper Room
Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1998
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0835808580  
ISBN13  9780835808583  


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Kenda Creasy Dean is Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, at Princeton Theological Seminary. She worked on the National Study of Youth and Religion and is the author of several books, including The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending in Youth Ministry and Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church.


Kenda Creasy Dean was born in 1959.

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Great groundwork for youth ministry  Aug 29, 2005
This book reminds those in youth ministry why we are here: to be "God-bearers" to the youth whose lives we are entrusted with. This book is not about methods, how to grow a youth groups, or how to impress the rest of your church. This book is about realizing that at the core, youth ministry exists in order that we can form authentic relationships with young people. This book is a great read for a new youth pastor in order to make sure you have the correct focus in ministry. It would also make an exceptionally good read for the youth pastor who doesn't feel "successful" in youth ministry. Reading this book will encourage you and strip you away from the pragmatic standards of success and remind you that youth ministry only needs to have one authentic relationship with a young person in order for it to be successful.

I didn't give this book five stars because of the way in which it deals with Mary and some of the extra-biblical assumptions it makes. I found this part to be molded to fit the authors' desired point. Neverthless, this was a fairly minor drawback for me and I believe that every youth minister needs to read this book.
 
Excellent Read for Youth Ministers!  Jul 15, 2003
This book, more than any other I have read to date, describes the changes that must take place as youth ministry enters the 21st century. The authors focus upon the necessity of having spiritual, youth relationships rather than just social, youth recreation. The crying need today is for churches to minister as only they can do to the emptiness young people face in their lives. Rather than competing with secular programming, Christian youth ministries are called to offer something entirely different from the secular world.

The authors describe in detail various measures to be taken that will energize youth in their Christian faith. This title is far from a book of programming ideas, but rather a very readable volume of philosophy and theology on youth ministry. I recommend it highly to all youth pastors, and other Christian professionals who will interact with teenagers on a regular basis.

 
A must read for all ministers  Jul 5, 2003
While the focus is on youth ministry, the ideas and principles in this book should be read by anybody who is a minister within the church. The "radical" idea of the book is that the church should be focused on changing the heart of people and society in order for all people to reach and strive for a relationship with God.
If you are looking for another gimmick in order to make a youth ministry program grow, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a book in how to minister to youth, thier families and the people who work with them, then this needs to be on your shelf.
 
You've gotta read this book  Oct 23, 2001
If you are interested in ministering to others, this book is a great place to start laying or to strengthen your foundation. Although the authors wrote with youth ministry in mind, anyone can apply the principles. The book is easy to read and hard to put down. The ideas and concepts the authors share are easy to put into practice. Godbearing does not give a formula for a ministry rather the book challenges the reader to think and reflect. The ideas will impact the youth and/or your ministry because you are the one that affects them. Of all the books I have read Godbearing has been one of the most challenging and impacting to me and how I minister. This also makes a great study book for a youth staff, a class, or a few people; read a chapter and then discuss it. There is too much information in Godbearing to take it all in with just one reading. I highly recommend this book.
 
Better than Purpose Driven!  Aug 6, 2001
This book tells you what Youth Ministry is all about...YOUTH! We are called to be Pastors to Youth not Recreation Directors. I encourage all who are in Youth Ministry or desire to work with youth to read this book. It gives great advise as to what and how we should work with Youth. Godbearing life will bring a NEW LIFE to your ministry and your walk with Christ!
 

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