Youth Ministry

Family-Based Youth Ministry: Reaching the Been-There, Done-That Generation by Mark DeVries.


“The revised Family-Based Youth Ministry is must reading for pastors and youth workers. The additional insights build from the shoulders of his groundbreaking reframing of youth ministry done a decade ago. In so doing Mark DeVries integrates more than ten years of experimentation and reflection into a cohesive concept of family-based youth ministry.”
– Mark H. Senter III, Professor of Youth and Educational Ministries, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“When I am asked to recommend one book that every youth worker must read, that’s a no-brainer. I tell them to get Family-Based Youth Ministry. It’s without question the most important youth ministry book of the past ten years.”
– Wayne Rice, cofounder, Youth Specialties, and author, Understanding Your Teenager

“Welcome to the book that put family-based youth ministry on the map. Mark DeVries—as only he can do it—points out that the task of nurturing faith belongs to the family, not the youth group, and the sooner the church becomes an ‘extended’ family for young people, the better chance youth have of becoming mature Christian adults. With the wisdom of a pastor, the insight of a theologian, the sympathy of a parent and the humor of your favorite youth counselor, Family-Based Youth Ministry makes gracious, thoughtful ministry look second-nature. If only we had all read it sooner.”
– Kenda Creasy Dean, Associate Professor of Youth, Church and Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Director, Tennent School of Christian Education

“This is the book we have been waiting for. Mark DeVries brings us a wealth and depth of understanding of the youth culture that few in America can provide. He is taking the necessary step of moving us from ‘traditional youth ministry’ into a different style of youth work that is desperately needed.”
– Jim Burns, president, National Institute of Youth Ministry

Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean


“A lot of youth workers have been a bit depressed since the National Study of Youth and Religion revealed what we’d long suspected about American teen religiosity: it’s pretty darn benign. But in Almost Christian, Kenda Creasy Dean helps us turn the corner from the moralistic, therapeutic deism that afflicts our churches to a hope-filled, consequential faith that has the potential to change the lives of young people and, with a little help from the Holy Spirit, just might transform our world.”
– Tony Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

“Almost Christian hangs an illuminating theological magnifying glass over the startling conclusions of the National Study of Youth and Religion. Peppered with compelling, sometimes unsettling, dialogue from NSYR interviews, the book pulls no punches but, at the same time, inspires hope that the American church can–in fact, must–move beyond the flimsy, vague, self-absorbed spirituality that has unintentionally been woven into the faith fabric of postmodern American Christianity.”
– Mark DeVries, Founder, Youth Ministry Architects, First Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“Kenda Creasy Dean argues passionately that the faith of the average American Christian teen is only a pale, watered-down version of the robust faith it could be. Drawing on extensive research and impressive analysis, Dean offers a smart how-to guide for Christian youth ministers and parents who hope to transform that watered-down faith into something much more.”
– Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses

No Guts No Glory: How to Build A Youth Ministry That Lasts by Alan Stewart, ed.

“No Guts No Glory is a handbook on how to grow the vine in your youth group, not just build a nice trellis. I know of no better book that shows you how to grow young disciples who grow other young disciples.”
– Tony Payne, author of The Trellis and the Vine



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