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Youth Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry


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A youth pastor―whether paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, right out of college or right out of retirement―has a big job to do. Actually, anyone who accepts God’s call to help young people grow as disciples of Christ has several big jobs to do. The youth minister must be a teacher who can communicate the essentials of the faith; a friend who can listen to and be present with young people; a prophet who challenges teens to live lives of justice and righteousness; and an administrator who can manage the day-to-day logistics of youth ministry.

Youth Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry provides a biblical and theological grounding for the many jobs a youth minister does, explains what each of these jobs entails, and helps youth pastors identify where their gifts lie and where they still need to grow. Whether you are a first-time youth minister or a seasoned youth ministry veteran, Youth Pastor gives you valuable tools for evaluating your ministry and vocation. It also serves as an excellent text for undergraduate courses in youth ministry.
Table of Contents:

Chapter 1 Becoming All Things in Ministry
Chapter 2 Discipling Teacher
Chapter 3 Evangelistic Missionary
Chapter 4 Pastoral Shepherd
Chapter 5 Organized Administrator
Chapter 6 Bold Prophet
Chapter 7 Compassionate Priest
Chapter 8 Spiritual Friend
Chapter 9 Equipping Recruiter
Chapter 10 Visionary Leader
Chapter 11 Faithful Teammate
Chapter 12 Discover Your Ministry Style
Epilogue: Character and Competence in Ministry
Appendix: Youth Ministry Role Inventory


2009 Paperback






Houston Heflin


Abingdon Press


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