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Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

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Every stage of life brings out certain human characteristics, and according to Kenda Creasy Dean, adolescence is particularly characterized by passion. If the church is to speak meaningfully to youth and in turn reap the many benefits that young people have to offer, then its ministry must be predicated on passion — the Passion of Christ, the passion of youth, and the pass ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 26th 2004 by Eerdmans
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Emma
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book is so thought-provoking! In short, it's about how youth ministry -- but which we mean, of course, Christian (or Christian-ish) youth, need the church, and, more importantly, God and Christ. Although I found this challenging, it wasn't scary (in a fundamentalist kind of way), and I found this book particularly approachable because it's written about/for the mainline Protestant church. Overall, Dean challenges the notion that youth think church/youth group is "lame" -- not because she th ...more
Noah Daniels
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book helped to give language to what I felt as an adolescent and offers quality wisdom on how to inspire the passion for and of Christ in today’s youth. The only reason it gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is a bit dated in its understanding of youth culture since it was published over 10 years ago.

Would definitely recommend to all those who are in the field of youth ministry.
Thomas
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reference for a Masters class. Excellent work of theology, with applications for youth ministry.
Rich
Oct 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
K. Dean is such a great voice to youth ministry.
Tim Beck
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this book was intellectual, to say the least.
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Good youth ministry must be built on great theology and this book will help you pour some great footers.
Bob Wollenberg
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Powerful book about the need for passion in faith and life. Not just a book about youth ministry. It's about everything!
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Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference (United Methodist) and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she served as pastor in suburban Washington DC and as a campus minister at the University of Maryland-College P ...more

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