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Postmodern Youth Ministry: Exploring Cultural Shift, Creating Holistic Connections, Cultivating Authentic Community

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The rules have changed. Everything you believe is suspect. The world is up for grabs. Welcome to the emerging postmodern culture. A "free zone" of rapid change that places high value on community, authenticity, and even God--but has little interest in modern, Western-tinged Christianity. Postmodern Youth Ministry addresses these enormous philosophical shifts and shows how ...more
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Published April 29th 2001 by Zondervan/Youth Specialties
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Rachel Blom
Dec 07, 2012 Rachel Blom rated it really liked it
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I admit, it’s a bit of an oldie, Postmodern Youth Ministry. It was published in 2001 so I’m behind the curve in reading this one. It doesn’t make the book less interesting though, or less applicable. If anything, author Tony Jones was ahead of the curve, so many of his thoughts and ideas are still fresh and new to youth leaders worldwide. His analysis of modern culture and youth ministry’s response is something many youth leaders could benefit from. The concept of youth ministry as a mission was ...more
Tim Beck
Sep 03, 2015 Tim Beck rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
a bit dated at this point, but interesting to see where we've been and how far we've come (and yet still far to go).
the elements on Confirmation (in a mainline church setting) and The Bible at the end of the book proved to be useful at the stage i am currently in with student ministry.
Drew Downs
May 27, 2011 Drew Downs rated it really liked it
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I read this several years ago now, but usually recommend it as a good primer, not actually for youth ministers, but for those who are looking for a solid intro to postmodernism and how it relates to the church. I highly suggest it as a book about for those having trouble recognizing the generational split between the modern generations and the postmoderns.
Nate Crawford
Jul 21, 2011 Nate Crawford rated it liked it
Nice book that introduces ways of thinking about youth ministry (really, all ministry) in a postmodern situation. Some of his examples are a little odd and non-useful, but generally it gives a good overview and approach.
Jul 26, 2012 Phil rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Though it focuses on youth ministry, it is extremely helpful for the entire church in order that they can understand postmodernism.
Oct 03, 2007 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teachers
amazing ideas... but dumb interior. The words kind of melt down the page annoying! The content is top notch. A MUST for anyone working with kids.
Nov 30, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
The world is changing. Ministry is changing. And, this book gives practical insight into what to do about it.
Oct 14, 2007 Rich rated it really liked it
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great book for all entering into youth ministry
Nov 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
Read while at Crown.
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Yeah, well. Just okay.
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Tony Jones, M.Div., Ph.D., is the author of a dozen books. He blogs at Theoblogy. Tony is the theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch, professor in the practice of theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, has developed an iPhone app (Ordain Thyself), teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary, co-owns an event company, and speaks regularly at conferences around the world. He live ...more
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