Postmodern Youth Ministry: Exploring Cultural Shift, Creating Holistic Connections, Cultivating Authentic Community


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by Tony Jones. Zondervan Publishing House, 2001.

Much has been written in recent years about the shift from "modernity" to "postmodernity." This shift has brought with it many instances of radical and swift change, as well as many questions. Since teenagers have grown up mostly immersed in a "postmodern" culture, how should congregations and individuals go about ministry to and with them? Tony Jones seeks to answer this question. He views postmodernity as not necessarily a threat to youth and ministry with them, but as a potential source of unique opportunities. He begins with a helpful overview of postmodern ideas, principles, and culture-and follows with discussions of community, evangelism, and discipleship in light of postmodern shifts. He shares his overview of the confirmation process as having value for postmodern youth ministry and explores the interpretation and application of Scripture in a postmodern context. Other authors also offer their insights-and in some cases objections-concerning the ideas he presents .This book can be of help to those working with youth who are seeking to understand contemporary culture and how ministry must adapt in this context. While dealing with many philosophical ideas concerning postmodernism, the book is an accessible classic for postmodern youth ministry.

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