Engage your students in the Christian life in the manner of the Acts church. Using the book of Acts, Craig Steiner leads you through young people's engagement, first, with God, through adoration, with each other through Christian community, with trust, through God's Word, and finally, with God's world, through acts of service.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 272 Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches) ISBN: 0310282500 ISBN-13: 9780310282501 Availability: In Stock
How many times have you poured your heart and soul into something for your youth ministry---only to have it fall flat, leaving not much more than a fond memory in the minds of students, let alone amazing life-change in their hearts? You're not alone. Far too often, we build plans and programs and then stop to ask God to bless them. We all want a transformational student ministry, but we need to remember that God has to be the one doing the transformations in the lives of our students. Based on the principles found in the book of Acts, Moving Forward by Looking Back will help you look back at how God transformed lives through the early church, and look forward at how those principles can be applied to your youth ministry today. As you reflect on the book of Acts, you'll explore how your youth ministry can implement the principles of: * Adoration---engaging students with God * Community---engaging students with God's people * Truth---engaging students with God's Word * Service---engaging students with God's world With practical ideas that are easy to apply in any ministry context, whether you're a rookie or a veteran, a professional or a volunteer youth worker, this book is an invaluable resource for any youth ministry that wants to see its students transformed by God.
Craig Steiner is a fifteen-year veteran of youth ministry, including overseeing the junior high, high school, and college ministries at Harvest Bible Chapel, a multi-campus church in suburban Chicago. He is currently a family pastor at Harvest and is a frequent speaker at camps and student ministry training events. He is madly in love with Camille, and their three young children, Jonathan, Micah, and Hannah.
'Moving Forward faithfully and effectively challenges us to be certain that students are engaged with God, His people, His Word and His world -- an excellent companion for our journey in student ministry.' -- Youth Worker Journal August, 2009
'A thorough and practical tour guide for staying connected to 1st-century practices of the early church but remaining relevant and effective in today's youth culture.... Overall it's a solid resource.' -- Group Magazine