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Presence-Centered Youth Ministry: Guiding Students Into Spiritual Formation
by Mike King
How many programs does it take to change a youth group? That question has bothered youth workers for decades, and the cracks in its logic are beginning to show. In place of the contrived, artificial mechanisms employed so widely in modern youth outreach and discipleship, Mike King proposes a ministry centered in the presence of God. Young people encounter Christ not in the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 28th 2006 by InterVarsity Press
(first published September 8th 2006)
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Living life with a long view. It takes hundreds of years to build a Cathedral, yet men dedicated themselves to work that they would never truly reap the benefit of. The long view mindset is one that we as a people need to adopt in our vision and work ethic. Put our hands to the plow and think long term; beyond even our own lifetime. What ground can we till today that might take a century of watering before it is ready for harvest? Lets do away with instant gratification and be a people of patien ...more
This is a great book. A minister I know gave me this book. My question was why? I am not a youth minister and my Church has very few youth. So, this book while ostensibly about youth ministry, but it is more about how you approach life. It has a chapter on how to pray, on how to organize what is important. This man has great insight. If you are wandering in your faith, pick up this book!
One of the fallacies of the Church growth movement and Western Evangelical-dom as a whole revolves around a theology of getting people into Heaven (out of Hell) and how that has trumped everything else about the Gospel. This has lead Western Evangelicals to ignore issues, like racism and poverty, because they would probably rock the boat and impede greater numbers of people from being “saved.” Many like King have argued for a focus on getting Heaven into people (Dallas Willard) rather than just ...more
King calls us back to the importance of simply being in the presence of God. As a youth worker, I have an unhealthy tendency to focus on the consumption of information. My context is one that often lands in this same ditch. One of the only ways we know how to exercise our faith is through Bible study and didactic teaching and learning. King has reminded me of the importance of simply being with God. Although this book is certain to raise a few flags at times, this is a fantastic corrective to ou ...more