New Release: Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views

Cover ArtThere are many philosophies and strategies that drive today’s youth ministry. To most people, they are variations on a single goal: to make faithful disciples of young people. However, digging deeper into various programs, books, and concepts reveals substantive differences among the approaches. In this multiview work,

Chap Clark, one of the leading voices in youth ministry today, brings together a diverse group of leaders to present major views on youth ministry extant. Contributors and approaches include:

    • Fernando Arzola – the Ecclesial Model of Youth Ministry
    • Greg Stier – the Gospel Advancing Ministry Model
    • Ron Hunter – the Family Focused Youth Ministry Model
    • Brian Cosby – the Reformed Youth Ministry Model.
    • Chap Clark – the Adoption Model of Youth Ministry.

Offering a model of critical thinking and respectful dialogue, this volume provides a balanced, irenic approach to a topic with which every church wrestles. It gives readers the resources they need to develop their own approach to youth ministry. Also. the book is supplemented by web-based resources through Baker Academic’s Textbook eSources.


“The insights contained in these pages will lead us all toward more transformative ministry.” – Kara Powell, Fuller Youth Institute

“A model for how to generously and humbly ‘talk amongst yourselves,’ particularly with those with whom you don’t agree.” – Walt Mueller, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

“Chap at his best, challenging us to think beyond our favorite youth ministry strategies to consider theological roots, ministry implications, and practical outcomes.” – Duffy Robbins, Eastern University

“I love this book. I felt like I was in a room listening in on an incredible dialogue with some of the finest thinkers in the field of youth ministry.” – Jim Burns, president, HomeWord

Youth Ministry in the 21st Century triggers deep reflection about models and motives and will facilitate advancement of that very kingdom enterprise, youth ministry.” – Len Kageler, Nyack College

“This book belongs on the required reading lists of all youth ministry programs and deserves to be on the shelf of any youth pastor who wants a deeper understanding of where they are, how they got there, and where they might want to go in the future.” – Allen Pointer, youth pastor and speaker

“A much-needed push beyond the glut of negative statistics about adolescents and their faith into deeper exploration of the theological underpinnings of next-generation ministry and reimagining of effective models of youth ministry.” – Danny Mitchell, Presbyterian Church in America

“Whether you have a high youth ministry IQ or you are in youth ministry 101, this book will challenge your thinking.” – Steve Vandegriff, Liberty University


Chap Clark (PhD, University of Denver) is professor and chair of the youth, family, and culture department at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also directs the Student Leadership Project and is 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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