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“The Definitive book on Christian Youth Work.” Ian Fry
The statistics are brutally clear. One thousand teenagers a week are leaving the church. Support among young people is decaying fast. For every church that has a flourishing youth group, there are three more that have none.
Mark Ashton and Phil Moon, both experienced youth leaders, put forward a strategy for youth work which is both radical and biblical:
‘Christian youth work must be different from all other forms of youth work. It must be distinct in its aim, because Christians have a unique view of what it is to be a human being… We want to give Christians a renewed vision for young people, a new confidence in what they can do for them, how they can do it and why they should do it.’
This is an accessible and excellent read that I'd describe as 'essential' for anyone involved with youth work themselves, or in overseeing it, or who may in the future be in either of those positions. It would also be very helpful for parents to consider their role in discipling their children in the faith and how that should relate to their church's youth work. This is surely the 'go-to' book for a Biblical model of youth work!
Top stuff. Biblical, challenging, strips away the unhelpful. Read it.
I’m thrilled to see that this excellent book has been reprinted. During my time as National UK Youth Secretary for the South American Mission Society I constantly recommended “Christian Youth Work” as a key resource for leaders giving, as it does, a solid Biblical grounding for practical Christian youth ministry. Not before time a new generation of leaders can now benefit from Mark and Phil’s collective experience, wisdom and gift in applying the Bible to youth ministry.
Brilliantly balanced in its treatment of the theoretical and the practical, the Bible and the world, the Old Testament and the New, I found this book extremely helpful both in thinking through my approach to working with young people, and also my whole life as a Christian. Particular themes which stood out for me include the emphasis on doing a deep work among the few rather than a superficial work among many, the pre–eminent place of prayer, and the danger of focussing on numbers or results–driven ministry, when character and discipleship are God’s most important concerns. I would strongly recommend this book to youth workers and all other Christians alike.
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