Rev. Brian Kirk is an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His education includes a degree in psychology and child development, certifications in elementary and gifted education, and a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. Prior to being ordained, Brian spent eleven years teaching in public schools and he has over twenty years experience in congregational youth ministries. He has repeatedly served on the writing team for the New Earth Christian Resources for the Outdoors, published by Christian Board of Publication and the National Council of Churches and contributes numerous articles to YMtoday.com. His new book, Missional Youth Ministry: Moving from Gathering Teenagers to Scattering Disciples, will be published by Youth Specialties/Zondervan in April 2011. Brian currently serves an inner-city church in St. Louis, Missouri, teaches as adjunct faculty at Eden Theological Seminary, and co-writes the blog rethinkingyouthministry.com.