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Inspiring hope in and on behalf of our youth!
Faith and failure, triumph and travail, hope and hard questions—this is the complex mix facing youth ministry leaders in the black church today.
[A] lot of kids out there...have a sense of being overwhelmed by circumstances and situations that they have no control over.... So, we have to do something to help transform that reality. They can.t do it by themselves. I see a lot of hope in our youth. And, I have a lot of hope for them.... We've got a huge opportunity. We need to take it! —Brent, a youth leader
Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope is the bridge between youth leaders' desire for holistic and relevant ministry and the hope-centered leadership necessary to make it happen. Wimberly, Barnes, and Johnson recognize the challenges of youth ministry and offer effective strategies in three key areas:
• Ministry leadership• Ministry programs• Congregational support
Using Scripture, case illustrations, anecdotes, best practices, and reflection points, this resource is practical and beneficial for leaders, pastors, and parents. Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope is sure to renew the vision and promise of youth ministry in churches.
Karma D. Johnson, MDiv, MACE, serves as Children and Youth Pastor at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. She has more than a decade of experience working with children, family, and youth programming, in the church and in other organizations.
Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, MMus, MTS, PhD, is Executive Director of the Youth Hope-Builders Academy, a program for high school youth funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and housed at Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia, where Dr. Wimberly is also Professor Emerita of Christian Education at ITC. She has published numerous books and articles, including Keep It Real: Working with Today's Black Youth (editor, 2005).
Sandra L. Barnes, MS, PhD, is Professor of Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. As a sociologist, Dr. Barnes has a particular focus on race, class, and gender dynamics, and a passion for faith as a change agent in the life of the poor.
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