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Vendor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Publication Date: 2013
For more than 50 years, relational or incarnational ministry has been a major focus in youth ministry. But for too long, those relationships have been used as toolsas a means to an endwhere adults try to influence students to accept, know, trust, believe, or participate in something. While our motives may be good, its possible that by focusing on these goals, were not ministering the whole person. When we choose not to engage in the full life of a student, we run the risk of failing them and our ministry. In this thoughtful and insightful book, Andrew Root challenges us to reconsider our motives and begin to consider simply being with and doing life alongside teenagers with no agenda other than to love them right where they are, by place-sharing. As he shares stories of his (and others) successes and failures in relational youth ministry, youll find practical ideas to help you recreate the role of relationships in your youth ministry. If youre involved in the lives of teenagers, whether as a youth pastor, volunteer youth worker, church leader, or parent, youll want to read this book and work together to discover the value of place-sharing in the lives of teens. Youll see that its time to tear down the old structure of relational youth ministry and start again.
Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minnesota). He is the author of several books, including Relationships Unfiltered and coauthor of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Kenda Creasy Dean. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife, Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs, Kirby and Kimmel. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.
Crystal Rowe5 Stars Out Of 5August 31, 2010Crystal RoweThis is a MUST read for anyone involved in the life of a tween, pre-teen, or teenager. I might go as far as saying it's a MUST read for anyone involved in the life of a church. Andrew Root does a remarkable job of defining the role of the youth worker - both paid and volunteer. Relational youth ministry is all about being present in the lives of kids - it's no different than having a relationship with anyone else. No special knowledge is required, just a willingness to be open to sharing life together.I highly recommend this book to all people involved in congregational life.
Chris5 Stars Out Of 5August 17, 2010ChrisI found this to be a wonderful book, full of theological depth (actually much more so than the average paperback book about youth ministry) and solid reasoning. Andrew Root synthsizes a lot of scriptual concepts in order to produce logic to apply to his arguments. He shows an in-depth understanding of the both needs of teenagers and the culture in which we must operate, like it or not.Overall, and I think the thousands of praising reviews of this book available on the internet would agree with me, Relationships Unfiltered is a must-read for anyone who cares about teenagers and cares about them as people, not just objects for ministry or numbers in their church.
Eric1 Stars Out Of 5July 30, 2010EricThis was by far the worst book I have ever read for primarily three reasons. 1. The support and arguments of the book are based on stories, experiences, movies, and songs instead of the Word of God. Do not expect to be referred to the Scripture in this book, there are no biblical quotations. 2. The author says this model for ministry is based on theology. The author, in a prideful manner, says he thinks theologically, unlike the mere mortals reading the book. But the biggest problem with this book is precisely its theology! On page 41 he talks about the incarnation and says, God entered our foreign world not to convince or save it but to love it even to the point of death. Whereas John 3:17 and John 6:37-39 teach that Jesus came for this very reason, to save us! But it gets even worse. On page 80, the author says that in the Old Testament, God seemed to forgive without the cross. He makes the argument that Jesus death wasnt to satisfy the justice of God but that Jesus was only sharing our suffering. He says that Jesus blood only confirmed that Jesus was dead and says, at least to methe crucifixion is not ultimately about appeasement through spilt blood, but about overcoming finally and fully the reality of death. He says, Therefore, our salvation is not in Jesus blood, but in Jesus overcoming death with life. The author seems to have never read Romans 3:25 or Ephesians 1:7. This author does not understand the gospel or justification in Jesus Christ as taught in the Bible (Romans 3). 3. Lastly, the premise of the book in general is that youth ministry should be about being with kids through all of their ups and downs and not be about trying to save them or change their lives. This view clearly minimizes the churchs role to share the gospel, make disciples, and be witnesses for Jesus Christ.My prayer is that the author comes to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and begins to trust the Scripture as sufficient for ministry.
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