FAITH FORMATION IN A SECULAR AGE

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Faith Formation In A Secular Age Volume 1 Ministry In A Secular Age

Author : Andrew Root
ISBN : 9781493410316
Genre : Religion
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The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God? Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action.
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Faith Formation In A Secular Age

Author : Andrew Root
ISBN : 0801098467
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The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God? Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action.
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The Pastor In A Secular Age Ministry In A Secular Age Book 2

Author : Andrew Root
ISBN : 9781493418220
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In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Using examples of pastors throughout history--from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber--Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.
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The Pastor In A Secular Age

Author : Andrew Root
ISBN : 0801098475
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In Faith Formation in a Secular Age, the first book in his Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, Andrew Root offered an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulated how faith can be formed in our secular age. In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how this secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Using examples of pastors throughout history--from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber--Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to our secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people's experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.
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Faith Generation

Author : Nick Shepherd
ISBN : 9780281073894
Genre : Religion
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The recent Church Growth Research (see www.churchgrowthresearch.org.uk) identifies that the successful transmission of faith to children and young people is a key factor in stemming decline and promoting growth. This book explores the cultural and theological reasons as to why this is the case and makes research-based recommendations for the faith formation of children and young people. The central argument is that church communities need to engage in deliberate strategies that help foster ‘intentional Christian Communities’ within which children and young people can form and sustain Christian identity.
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Jesus Loves You And Evolution Is True

Author : Jason Lief
ISBN : 9781506440125
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Science is not a danger to the faith of Christian youth. In fact, Sara Sybesma Tolsma, an award-winning scientist, and Jason Lief, a leading practical theologian, argue that youth ministry needs science to help young people explore their relationship to God and engage their world faithfully. Jesus Loves You and Evolution Is True invites the church and its leaders to open their minds and hearts to what science can tell us about our human lives and our connections to, and role in, our natural world. But it does not stop there: evolutionary science is theological, argues Lief and Tolsma, and so it must have a central place in the day-to-day work of youth ministry. If the church wants to help youth develop robust spiritual lives and prepare them for the challenges that life will bring them, pastors, faith leaders, and youth workers must not only engage science but embrace its lessons for the life and practice of Christian faith today.
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Always On Theology For The Life Of The World

Author : Angela Williams Gorrell
ISBN : 9781493418022
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Many of us are "always on"--scrolling through social media, checking email, or searching the web. New media spaces can be sites and instruments of God's unconditional love, but they can also nurture harmful conditions and become sources of anxiety, jealousy, and despondency. Always On provides useful tools for helping students and congregants understand the world of social media and engage it faithfully, enabling Christian communities to address its use in constructive, pastoral ways. The book includes discussion questions and sample exercises for each chapter.
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The End Of Youth Ministry Theology For The Life Of The World

Author : Andrew Root
ISBN : 9781493420179
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What is youth ministry actually for? And does it have a future? Andrew Root, a leading scholar in youth ministry and practical theology, went on a one-year journey to answer these questions. In this book, Root weaves together an innovative first-person fictional narrative to diagnose the challenges facing the church today and to offer a new vision for youth ministry in the 21st century. Informed by interviews that Root conducted with parents, this book explores how parents' perspectives of what constitutes a good life are affecting youth ministry. In today's culture, youth ministry can't compete with sports, test prep, and the myriad other activities in which young people participate. Through a unique parable-style story, Root offers a new way to think about the purpose of youth ministry: not happiness, but joy. Joy is a sense of experiencing the good. For youth ministry to be about joy, it must move beyond the youth group model and rework the assumptions of how identity and happiness are imagined by parents in American society.
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Practicing Discernment With Youth

Author : David F. White
ISBN : 1532636458
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Throughout history youth have been at the center of their communities' energy and creativity, including their efforts to seek faith and justice. However, today's adolescents have been relegated as passive learners and consumers, lacking full adult power for longer than any age cohort in history. This book traces the modern domestication of adolescence from its ancient roots through several key moments of its descent into passivity. Empowering youth as agents of Christian faith in the world is not only a social need, but is theologically warranted. The church and the broken world need the gifts of youth. This book elaborates four pedagogical movements--listening, understanding, remembering/dreaming, and acting--as key for noticing and nurturing the faith commitments of youth. Too much of contemporary youth ministry represents an attempt to pump energy into our youth--to get them excited about what we have to offer. This approach attends to energies already present in the lived experiences and hidden commitments of youth and connects them to God's mission in the world. --Andrew Root, Luther Seminary and author of Faith Formation in a Secular Age ""In Practicing Discernment with Youth, David White paints a lush vision for youth ministry that takes seriously the wisdom, power, and vocation of young people called into a discipleship of action. More than a decade after the book's original release, youth ministry continues to wander in the desert of domestication, capitulating to approaches smeared with consumerism and spectacle, and White's vision for youth ministry patterned by Christian discernment remains a crucial map for exiting the wilderness."" -- Andrew Zirschky, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Youth Ministry, Memphis Theological Seminary, Academic Director at the Center for Youth Ministry Training, and author of Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation. ""If you read only one book on youth ministry, it should be this book. If you are a practical theologian, here is a thoughtful diagnosis of how our maladaptive culture distorts young lives. If you train youth workers, here is a concise introduction to the church's treasure chest of discernment practices. If you are a youth worker, here is a detailed, practical guide to equipping youth to discern the call of God throughout their lives."" --Skip Masback, Founding Director of the Youth Ministry Initiative, Associate Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and Director of YCFC's Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program. David F. White is the C. Ellis Nelson Professor of Christian Education at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. He is the author of Dreamcare: A Theology of Youth, Spirit, and Vocation (2013) and co-author of Awakening Youth Discipleship: Christian Resistance in a Consumer Culture (2007).
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