“A Faith of Their Own” Sociologists Melinda Denton and Lisa Pearce

Sociologist of Youth Ministry - Lisa Pearce

Sociologist of Youth Ministry - Melinda Denton



Our own Amy Valdez Barker had the opportunity to sit down with sociologists of youth ministry, Lisa Pearce and Melinda Denton, to discuss their recent youth ministry findings.  You might recognize Denton and Pearce’s names from the books “Soul Searching”,”Souls in Transition”, and now “A Faith of Their Own.”

During the interview, Pearce and Denton share their journeys into becoming sociologists of youth ministry in particular.  They discuss the latest trends in youth theology.

What are your thoughts?  Where does “moral therapeutic deism” fit into the theology of your own youth group?







Amy Valdez Barker is a long time youth minister from the North Georgia Conference. She is currently a PhD student at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary working with the Vital Congregations Project.

About Erin Sloan Jackson

Rev. Erin Sloan Jackson is a lifelong United Methodist, happily married to Dennis, and mom to four incredible kids. Erin is passionate about pastoral self-care, creating art, and coaching youth ministers. She is a certified youth minister, serves in young adult ministry, and will be commissioned as a Deacon this June.

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