New Release: Teenagers Matter, by Mark Cannister

Cover ArtWhen teenagers are valued, they bring life to nearly every sector of society, including the church. Although student ministry has come a long way in the last century, few churches have made it a high priority.

Veteran practitioner Mark Cannister brings together the latest ideas and research on adolescence to champion student ministry as integral to the life of the church. He explores how connecting teenagers into the church’s larger intergenerational community enriches the entire congregation, casting a prophetic vision for what the church can become when it truly values its young people.


“Mark Cannister has given his career to cultivating space for love and commitment between budding youth workers and youth ministry, between academic discourse and the field of youth ministry, and between the young people themselves and the church. This book is the manifestation of those many years of deepening skill and passion. On every page you’ll see a wise teacher, devoted parent, and ferocious advocate for the young.” – Andrew Root, Luther Seminary

“I’m always on the lookout for books that combine biblical faithfulness and theological reflection with in-the-trenches relevance, and Teenagers Matter is just such a book. It’s thorough, thoughtful, challenging, and practical.” – Duffy Robbins, Eastern University

“Reading this book was a profound and unexpected pleasure. Mark Cannister effortlessly connects the dots on behalf of comprehensive youth ministry. At last, here is a book that articulates why and how God’s people can step up into a faithfulness that will make a difference for every kid in our communities.” – Dave Rahn, Youth for Christ/USA; Huntington University

“Mark Cannister is a fresh voice, reminding the church of the reasons for and the ways to do authentic youth ministry. I love his tone: both helpful and hopeful. This is a must-read book for pastors, church leaders, parents, and youth workers.” – Len Kageler, Nyack College

Teenagers Matter is a benchmark book for the field of youth ministry, a book that will be widely read and referenced for years. Mark Cannister champions youth ministry’s value and mission in a book that will make readers feel like they’re getting the ‘inside word’ on what’s happening in youth ministry from one of the leading thinkers in the field. And they are.” – Terry Linhart, Bethel College


Mark Cannister (EdD, University of Pittsburgh) is professor of Christian ministries and chair of the Division of the Humanities at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He has served as chair of the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME) and is currently executive administrator for the AYME. He has also served as president of the North American Professors of Christian Education and senior editor of the Journal of Youth Ministry

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