The world of teenagers is always changing . . . and it's critical for youth pastors to keep up! Exploring the nature, theology, ecology, and ethnography of youth culture, Erwin equips leaders with tools to help them think critically about their mission and develop an effective strategy for reaching young people for Christ
"Youth culture is changing so fast, I cant keep up with it anymore. I used to know all the songs, but now
Life for todays teen is nothing like it was when I was in high schooland Im only 20. Young people live in a totally different world from the one I know. These statements came from college students preparing for careers in youth ministryyoung people only a couple years beyond high school themselves. The reality is, youth culture and teenagers continue to change, but you can stay connected and relevant by understanding culture and its power to influence and shape teens. In Critical Approach to Youth Culture, youll engage in a multiple-discipline approach to understanding culture by looking at the: Nature of culture: what is it, how is it expressed? Theology of culture: modern and post-modern theologies of culture Ecology of culture: adolescent development in a cultural context Ethnography of culture: gaining perspective and insight, and gathering data In this practical and concise book, youll develop your own cohesive plan for evaluating cultural influences, preparing you for strategic ministry to teenagers that effectively addresses the youth cultural context."
Pamela Erwin is professor of youth ministry and practical theology at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She has over 25 of experience in the field of youth ministry as educator, author, and practitioner. Pamela's passion is to encourage youth ministry studnts to critically reflect on the influences taht shape today's adolescents and to help them think creatively about the practices of youth ministry.
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