The author reasserts the global and eternal significance of youth ministry-so that our visions can be expanded to call on God for the wisdom we will need to address the Gospel to the youth of his diverse and awesome world.
What can be presented as a legitimate, appropriate portrait of the qualified youth minister? What competencies should churches be looking for when examining a candidate a candidate for youth ministry?
A clear grasp of theology must not only precede a youth work methodology, it must be allowed to shape it, asserts the author. Sound youth work methods flow from sound youth work theology.
The purpose of this essay is threefold. First he reexamines the nature of "call" from biblical theology and church history. Then the author provides a synopsis of original research he was able to conduct at the 1994 National Youthworkers' Conventions in Chicago and San Diego on this issue. Finally, the author concludes with some thoughts on the idea of call maintenance.
The author presents a definition of youth ministry, develops the characteristics of a successful youth ministry, and concludes with the goal of youth ministry.
The author explores five of the most common barriers for women in youth ministry. Then she suggests ways they can be overcome by women God has called into youth ministry.
In this article the author makes a case for an educational blueprint which, when followed with some flexibility, ought to guide those who are in the youth ministry training/teaching field.
A survey of approximately 50 colleges, seminaries, and parachurch organizations revealed what books were being used for training in youth ministry. The author presents the rankings and personal suggestions.
This final article in a three-part series examines the advice given by both current and former staff members to those who would like to pursue educational ministry in the church, and for the colleges and seminaries that prepare them.