Youth Education in the Church


Edited by Roy B. Zuck & Warren S. Benson

© 1978 Moody Press: Chicago, Illinois

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1. Christian education of adolescents — Addresses, essays, lectures. 2. Christian education of young people — Addresses, essays, lectures.
BV1475.9I7 ~~ 268'.433 ~~ LCCN 7718503 ~~ OCLC: 3516621 ~~ 478p.

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Table of Contents

From the Jacket of the Book

Preface . . . . . . . . . . 7

1. Adolescents in an Age of Acceleration and CrisisWarren S. Benson . . . . . . . . . . 9

2. The Biblical Basis of Youth WorkKenneth O. Gangel . . . . . . . . . . 27

3. Objectives and Standards for Youth WorkWilliam M. Pinson, Jr. and Edwin J. Potts . . . . . . . . . . 44

4. A Historical Survey of Youth WorkDonald E. Pugh and Milford S. Sholund . . . . . . . . . . 58

5. Research on Adolescent ReligiosityJ. Roland Fleck . . . . . . . . . . 69

6. Adolescents in Socio-Psychological PerspectiveDonald M. Joy . . . . . . . . . . 91

7. Cognitive Development of AdolescentsLawrence O. Richards . . . . . . . . . . 107

8. Early AdolescenceEdward D. Seely . . . . . . . . . . 116

9. Middle AdolescenceRex E. Johnson . . . . . . . . . . 128

10. Later AdolescenceDonald Williams . . . . . . . . . . 143

11. Adult Leaders of YouthWilliam T. Goetz . . . . . . . . . . 163

12. Organizing for YouthDonald S. Aultman . . . . . . . . . . 176

13. Evangelism of YouthRuss Cadle . . . . . . . . . . 187

14. Discipling of YouthWarren S. Benson . . . . . . . . . . 198

15. Guiding Youth in Bible StudyArdith Hooten and Emily Nicholson . . . . . . . . . . 221

16. Youth in Personal Bible StudyDavid H. Roper . . . . . . . . . . 234

17. Youth in WorshipJulie A. Gorman . . . . . . . . . . 247

18. Youth and MusicE. Dee Freeborn . . . . . . . . . . 257

19. Youth ProgramsMark Senter III . . . . . . . . . . 267

20. Weekday ClubsVirginia Patterson . . . . . . . . . . 285

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21. Recreational ActivitiesEdward L. Hayes . . . . . . . . . . 308

22. Missionary Education of YouthBill Bynum . . . . . . . . . . 324

23. Youth Serving the ChurchRobert A. Crandall . . . . . . . . . . 334

24. Denominational and Interchurch Activities David A. Hockenberry . . . . . . . . . . 349

25. Reaching Youth in CollegeDavid M. Howard and Paul E. Little . . . . . . . . . . 359

26. Parachurch Youth Movements and OrganizationsVic Glavach and Milford S. Sholund . . . . . . . . . . 372

27. CampingWilliam D. Gwinn and Lloyd O. Cory . . . . . . . . . . 386

28. Creative Methods Marlene D. LeFever . . . . . . . . . . 406

29. Materials for Working with YouthWerner C. Graendorf . . . . . . . . . . 422

30. Counseling AdolescentsGary R. Collins . . . . . . . . . . 435

31. Preparing Youth for MarriageH. Norman Wright . . . . . . . . . . 444

32. Vocational Counseling Kenneth O. Gangel . . . . . . . . . . 456

33. Working with Parents of YouthJay Kesler . . . . . . . . . . 468

From the Jacket of the Book

   The potential of Christian youth is unlimited. This incredible potential calls for a deeper understanding of their needs and problems, and a biblical, Christ-centered, and Spirit-empowered ministry to them.

   With this in mind, the editors have drawn upon the expertise of knowledgeable and successful youth leaders from all over the country to present basic plans, programs, and ideas to aid in ministry to youth. The objective of this book is to enable one to build a biblical philosophy of youth work. It stresses that the major thrust of youth ministry should not be on problem solving but on helping youth to become aware of the possibilities found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

   Many areas of outreach to young people are discussed including Sunday school, weekday clubs, camping, and recreational activities. Advice is offered concerning ways to choose sponsors and leaders.

   Here is a unique and comprehensive resource tool dealing with all aspects of youth ministry — an important book for youth pastors and those involved in youth work.

Preface

AMERICAN SOCIETY is intensely competitive. From the main bunny in the nursery school play, to the retired person's place in the cafeteria line, competition is inescapable. It is a cultural value undergirded by position, power, and honor. These values have determined the middle school, high school, and college's educational form: a series of interlocking pyramids which allow only a select few to reach apex. The grade pyramid, the athletic pyramid, the social pyramid — these and many others overlap and interlock in subtle ways. Some are encouraged by age, parental values, internal reference points, and peer pressure; but all of them shape the reality of youth's milieu. But is worth really determined by this kind of success?

   Such questions must be faced by youth workers, pastors, and teachers as well as by youth themselves. It is crucial to know and understand our culture in order to minister authentically and creatively to youth. Desiring to work with the Holy Spirit forces us to create an interface between our biblical philosophy of ministry and the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, and sociology. A high view and thorough knowledge of Scripture enables one to build a well-integrated philosophy of ministry which can then approximate its greatest potential through the tandem thrusts of evangelism and edification.

   Youth Education in the Church is an attempt to meet these needs. It is designed as a biblically oriented compendium of pertinent information for ministers of youth, pastors, college and seminary students, Sunday school teachers, and other youth leaders. The writers were chosen because of their direct involvement and experience with youth, in addition to their possession of a solid theoretical base. Though some of the authors are presently in academic teaching posts, almost without exception each has been an effective minister with youth in local church or parachurch ministries. Therefore the ring of reality reverberates throughout the volume. The book is a complete revision and a substantial expansion of Youth in the Church, which was co-edited by Roy G. Irving and Roy B. Zuck. The world of youth has changed dramatically since that volume was published in 1968.

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   While every effort was made to reduce omissions and overlapping to a minimum, a few are inevitable in such a work.

   This is an unusual day for the acceleration of evangelical ministries. Such growth should humble us and cause us to be grateful. May this volume assist you in strategizing for maximum ministry with young people.

WARREN S. BENSON, Ph.D.    

ROY B. ZUCK, Th.D.              

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