New Release: Adoptive Youth Ministry

Cover ArtKids desperately need healthy, committed adults who can help them thrive in their faith and become active participants in the life of the church. This requires the efforts of the whole faith community.

Chap Clark, one of the leading voices in youth ministry today, brings together twenty-four experts from a variety of denominations and traditions to offer a comprehensive introduction to adoptive youth ministry, a theologically driven, academically grounded, and practical youth ministry model. The book shows readers how to integrate emerging generations into the family of faith, helping young adults become active participants in God’s redemptive community.


“Chap is this generation’s youth ministry professor, and his insight is deeply appreciated and respected….I will tell everyone I know in youth ministry to read this book.”—Jim Burns, president, HomeWord

“Chap Clark has done us a great favor by providing insights from a wide range of thoughtful and mature leaders who have given decades to youth ministry.”—Ken Knipp, vice president of training, Young Life

“Those of us in youth ministry and those of us teaching youth ministry will long be grateful for this new paradigm.”—Len Kageler, Nyack College

Adoptive Youth Ministry will change the character and culture of your student ministry.”—Ron Hunter, director and cofounder, D6 Conference

“Chap Clark has brought together today’s brightest youth ministry minds to compile the definitive guide for the theory and practice of reaching teenagers.”—Jim Candy, youth ministry veteran, author, and church planter

“Can hardly be neglected by anyone wanting to be informed about the current state of, and challenges facing, youth ministry.”—Dean Borgman, founder and director, Center for Youth Studies

Adoptive Youth Ministry will stimulate the kinds of discussions that will form and forge the nature of youth ministry for decades to come.”—Greg Stier, founder and CEO, Dare 2 Share

“Clark’s adoption youth ministry paradigm offers a reenvisioned lens through which to see youth ministry—a radically welcoming and inclusive spiritual kinship with teens linked together through a solidarity of love, grace, and mercy.”—Fernando Arzola Jr., Nyack College

“This is not just a book. It’s a youth worker’s toolkit essential for building a deeper and more effective youth ministry.”—Megan Hutchinson, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

“Essential reading for anyone working in Christian education.”—Chris King, president, Dallas Christian School


Chap ClarkChap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is professor and chair of the youth, family, and culture department at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is also a coordinator of Fuller Studio. He is on the teaching team at Harbor Christian Center Church in Gig Harbor, Washington, is president of ParenTeen, and works closely with Young Life. Clark has authored or coauthored numerous books, including Hurt 2.0 and Sticky Faith. Follow him on Twitter: @chapclark

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