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Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church about Joy

Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church about Joy

by Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W Ellis, Justin Forbes and Abigail Visco Rusert

What would youth ministry look like if it were based on a pursuit of authentic Christian joy?Joy is not often a word young people associate with church—but it should be. By reimagining three common practices in youth ministry through the theological lens of joy, veteran youth workers Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley Ellis, Justin Forbes, and Abigail Visco Rus… Read more…

How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education -- If We Let It

How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education -- If We Let It

by Kenda Creasy Dean and Christy Lang Hearlson

Since 1993, forty-nine theological seminaries have created opportunities for high school students to participate in on-campus High School Theology Programs (HSTPs) that invite them to engage in serious biblical and theological study. Many of the young people who take part in these programs go on to become pastoral or lay leaders in their churches. What has m… Read more…

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

by Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean

What haunts your youth group? So often we avoid talking about doubts and fears because we feel inadequately equipped to address them in any meaningful way. The crisis of existence can't be answered with pat Sunday school formulas or a few Bible verses, let alone another relay race. The questions our youth have are often the same ones that perple… Read more…