Contemplative Youth Ministry   -     By: Mark Yaconelli
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Zondervan/Youth Specialties / 2005 / Hardcover

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Escalating work hours, blurred boundaries, endless programming . . . bored and unfocused teens. Sound familiar? Yaconelli offers an "attitude overhaul" for youth workers and a fresh organic approach to ministry based on timeless spiritual disciplines. Discover the benefits of meaningful silence, covenant communities, and other "contemplative activities" that help students recognize Jesus' presence in their everyday lives. 192 pages, hardcover from Youth Specialties.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 (inches)
ISBN: 0310267773
ISBN-13: 9780310267775
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“Contemplative Youth Ministry is refreshing rain for dry youth workers and barren youth ministries. More than the same old youth ministry tips and tricks, it gives principles and practices to soak in God’s grace, love, and power. I wish I had read it 15 years ago.” - Kara Powell, Ph.D., executive director, Center for Youth Ministry and Family Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary “Mark invites readers to be encountered by the presence of Jesus who is always near. This book is transparent about the challenges that churches and families face as they desire to be effective in youth ministry. The book is filled with the honest stories of different kinds of youth ministries representing the breadth of Christianity in the United States. I heartily endorse Contemplative Youth Ministry as a rich encounter with the souls of youth and adults whose lives have been transformed by our very present God.” - Bill Kees, director of youth ministries, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) “Mark Yaconelli not only reminds us of some of the long-forgotten pathways of faith, he shares with us how it actually looks when men and women who love God practice it with young people. I especially appreciate Mark’s optimism in his perspective of today’s kids, for his insights are grounded in God’s view of them.” - Chap Clark, Ph.D., associate professor of youth, family, and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary “Mark Yaconelli was experimenting with contemplative youth ministry practices before contemplative youth ministry practices became cool. This book has about it the unique air of authenticity. He shares with us in these pages his own journey as a youth worker who actually believes that God’s still small voice speaks louder than the roaring windstorm of our busy youth ministry calendars. It’s a book about creating for our students places of silence and opening up spaces for God to speak.” - Duffy Robbins, professor of youth ministry, Eastern University; author of Enjoy the Silence and This Way to Youth Ministry “Mark Yaconelli has emerged as one of youth ministry’s most provocative ‘voices in the wilderness,’ calling us back to our theological taproots: The contemplative practices that bind our lives to the life of Christ. If Mark’s research has taught us anything, it’s that these practices do not cause youth ministry to take fl ight into a spiritual never-never land; rather they anchor young people—and their churches—in the fertile soil of Christian tradition, in the nitty-gritty of daily life, and in the explosive transformation that awaits us when we wait upon God.” - Kenda Creasy Dean, parent, pastor, and professor of youth, Princeton Theological Seminary; author of Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

Author Bio

Mark Yaconelli is the co-founder and co-director of Triptykos School of Compassion. The author of Downtime, Contemplative Youth Ministry, and Growing Souls, Mark lives in Oregon with his wife and three children.

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  1. Caleb Hummel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 16, 2007
    Caleb Hummel
    Contemplative Youth Ministry is one of the best books on ministry I have ever read. The integration of stories from pastors, students and leaders who are living out the principles of this book gives your reading a therapeutic aspect. If you are looking for 10 steps to grow your youth group, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a fresh way to evaluate and refocus your ministry and life, this is a must read.
  2. Kevin Rainey
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 6, 2007
    Kevin Rainey
    Seriously, one, if not, the best book on student ministry. It is a great reminder of what we are really here for. Very refreshing and informative. I am having all of our small group leaders and every other leader read it. Pretty Awesome and practical. A definite MUST READ!
  3. tim hower
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 4, 2007
    tim hower
    I've read a lot of youth ministry books. This is my favorite. There is a lot of great information and practical information in this book. In this fast paced day and age its hard to know how to slow down with your youth and have a real relationship with Jesus.
  4. Craig
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 27, 2006
    Craig
    Contemplative Youth Ministry challenges and inspires! If you are looking for a book which will warm your heart, make you think, and leave you hungry for God...this is the book for you. Mark Yaconellis message is clear: Slow down and tune into God...allow Him to direct your path as you seek to minister to the youth in your community. Drawing from powerful stories, Mark shows the benefits of connecting and staying connected to God. Contemplative Youth Ministry has a message for all Christians with applications into all areas of ministry.
  5. Kirk Wulf
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 2, 2006
    Kirk Wulf
    This is the best book on youth ministry in a long time. Full of passion and heart that gets beyond the program'em into the kingdom youth ministry formats developed in the 1980s. It's no wonder that the book has received so many great reviews from veterans like Kenda Creasy Dean, Duffy Robbins, Doug Fields, Tony Jones, Chap Clark and just about everyone else in youth ministry. The review by Gary Gilley is completely out of line. Folks should know that Mr. Gilley doesn't count Catholics, Pentacostals or any Christian who believes they can enounter or experience God as Christian. CBD needs to get a better reviewer.--Kirk Wulf
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