Given the prevailing challenges that youth and the congregations who love them face on a daily basis, how can congregations help their young people not only survive, but thrive? Centered in Hope Youth Ministry in the Black Church is a celebration of what’s right with youth ministry in the Black Church. Based on a study of 833 congregations across the US, the book features stories from real congregations whose practices and programs have proven effective. The stories serve as models for action and hope, while the authors, all Christian educators and youth leaders, contribute interpretive narrative, cultural commentary, and theological reflection for a compelling combination of inspiration and practical information. Chapter 6, “Tech Connections: Youth Ministry in a High-Tech World” would be of interest to any youth ministry staffer or volunteer. A full page of tech-related resources offers avenues for further exploration. The book is addressed to youth ministry leaders, with guides for group discussion.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming