The End of Youth Ministry?

Why Parents Don’t Really Care about Youth Groups and What Youth Workers Should Do about It

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
Andrew Root
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , March
     2020.
     240 pages.
     $22.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781540961396.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Shaun Joynt forthcoming.

Description

What is youth ministry actually for? And does it have a future? Andrew Root, a leading scholar in youth ministry and practical theology, went on a one-year journey to answer these questions. In this book, Root weaves together an innovative first-person fictional narrative to diagnose the challenges facing the church today and to offer a new vision for youth ministry in the 21st century.Informed by interviews that Root conducted with parents, this book explores how parents' perspectives of what constitutes a good life are affecting youth ministry. In today's culture, youth ministry can't compete with sports, test prep, and the myriad other activities in which young people participate. Through a unique parable-style story, Root offers a new way to think about the purpose of youth ministry: not happiness, but joy. Joy is a sense of experiencing the good. For youth ministry to be about joy, it must move beyond the youth group model and rework the assumptions of how identity and happiness are imagined by parents in American society.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has written extensively about youth ministry.

Comments

Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.