Andrew Root and the Future of Youth Ministry

Andrew Root and the Future of Youth Ministry January 6, 2010

Kenda Dean and Andrew Root

Andy Root and I have been friends for many years now, and we both have strong opinions about the direction that youth ministry needs to go.  We talked about it recently on his Blogtalk Radio Show (audio embedded below).  The nexus of our conversation was chapter three of his most recent book, Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships, a book that I highly recommend.

And if you like that book, or our conversation, or are just generally involved in youth ministry, you should definitely have FirstThird on your radar.  That’s an event taking place March 1-3 at Luther Seminary that will put Kenda Dean and Andy in conversation, with Doug Pagitt and me acting as the moderators.  In fact, the next 20 people to register will receive a free copy of Andy’s book, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation.

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  • thinking of the paul discussion, it would be nice if we could assume that people were invested in the lives of the community and you can just work with them on how to live as christian community..

    will that social ill of not knowing our neighbors, and subsequently, having a hard time claiming we love them be our time periods history?..

    already have the book, would love to come for the event, but apparently we’re in a huge and painful financial crisis. gavin won’t be traveling anytime soon on official church biz

  • John Vest

    I’m on the fence about coming to this, mostly because of family responsibilities. What’s your best pitch?

  • Alan K

    A couple of years ago you blogged about the firing of Young Life staff in Durham, NC over issues of theology. The area director at the time was Jeff McSwain. He has written about these matters in the latest issue of “The Other Journal” from Mars Hill Grad School. Below is a link to it, as well as a link to the new ministry that the fired staffers began, called “Reality Ministries.” Thought that these would be interesting to look at before First Third. (Would have emailed them but I cannot find a mailbox for you.)

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