Book Reviews

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

    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 ...

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Want to Understand the Teenage Brain?

Gracing the cover of this month’s National Geographic magazine is “The New Science of the Teenage Brain,” a headline the result of years of research on teenage brain development.  It attempts to answer the age-old question about teenage risky behavior, “What on Earth was he doing?” As a person who works with and loves teenagers, what do you need to know ...

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YouthWorker Movement Building a Youth Disciple Online Opportunity

  Charles Harrison meets with Bishop and Julia Wilke, authors of Disciple, as design efforts are underway to build a totally online Disciple group experience for youth. The scheduled roll-out of Youth Disciple Online has facilitator training open beginning February 1, 2012, and youth groups starting up when ready after August 1, 2012. Moving Youth Disciple to an online format is a real ReThink Church moment ...

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Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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When He had hair He was Working on This!!

I’ve known Hank Hilliard since 1995 when I was doing short term missions work and he brought his youth group to our camp. Back then we were both much younger and we both had a full head of hair. Well, I still do have a full head of hair, can’t say the same for Hank. But since then Hank has ...

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Kenda Creasy Dean | State of Youth Ministry interview part 2

We were blessed with a moment to sit down with Kenda Creasy Dean, who is one of the foremost researchers, authors and challengers of how our youth ministry is and needs to be. You can get more involved with Kenda’s work through the ministry of the Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Kenda Creasy Dean | State of Youth Ministry interview part 1

We were blessed with a moment to sit down with Kenda Creasy Dean, who is one of the foremost researchers, authors and challengers of how our youth ministry is and needs to be. You can get more involved with Kenda’s work through the ministry of the Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Getting Naked with Brian McLaren

Kevin Alton sits down with Brian McLaren to talk up his new book “Naked Spirituality,” Perkins School of Youth Ministry & more. Video 1 of 2!

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