A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry: Teenagers in The Life of The Church (Paperback)
Youth ministry has fallen on hard times. Many churches continue to employ the same methods that have become entrenched over the last few decades, while others are questioning the need for it at all. Michael McGarry explores the foundation of youth ministry in the Old and New Testaments and brings that together with Church history in a compelling way. This contemplative and well-researched book provides a careful critique of youth ministry along with practical guidance for those serving in ministry. The author directs the reader towards a new era of youth ministry where parents and intergenerational ministry play a more significant role. The emphasis of this book is presenting a clear and thorough biblical framework for thinking about youth ministry as the church's expression of partnership with the family for co-evangelizing and co-discipling the next generation. McGarry shares five pillars of gospel-centered youth ministry and reminds readers of the spiritual priority of parents. The author also provides an excellent list of three essential building blocks for youth ministry, and practical advice for creatign a bridge-building youth ministry conneting church and home.