“Theological reflection keeps the practice of youth ministry focused on God instead of on staff or programming.” This key assertion from a seasoned youth worker and teacher provides the basis for a journey of discovery that is both inspirational and highly practical. As a pioneering text on youth ministry from a practical theology perspective, Starting Right provides youth ministry workers with an action-reflection framework that is guided by the congregation’s vision. Contributions are drawn from contemporary practitioners as well as wisdom from across the ages. While this book is meant for use in training youth ministers, it is readily accessible to non-academics. More importantly, one need not be a youth ministry novice to benefit from its offerings. Congregational leadership teams might use it as a guide for grounding youth ministry within the larger vision and mission of the congregation.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming