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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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 29th 2001 by Zondervan/Youth Specialties
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Rachel Blom
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-ministry
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
Drew Downs
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
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.
Tim Beck
Sep 03, 2015 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.
Nick Shelton
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was probably one of the most disappointing reads of the year.
I was attracted by the title and the concept. More than anything else, the book is just dated. It was written in 2001 and it shows.
There is certainly good advice, but overall it felt generic and cliche.
Nate Crawford
Jul 19, 2011 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.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Read while at Crown.
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Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
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great book for all entering into youth ministry
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The world is changing. Ministry is changing. And, this book gives practical insight into what to do about it.
Geoffrey Kerns
May 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Yeah, well. Just okay.
Oct 03, 2007 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.
Jul 26, 2012 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.
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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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