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Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry (YS Academic) [Hardcover]

Kenda Creasy Dean , Chapman Clark , Dave Rahn
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1 Mar 2001 0310234069 978-0310234067
This is among the very few academic textbooks on youth ministry that blends solid research with real-life experience. It is an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in youth ministry or for youth workers who want to ground their ministry in solid theology.


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310234069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310234067
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 18.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry is the first academic textbook that introduces youth ministry students (whether undergraduate or graduate level) to a marriage of solid research, real life, and accessible design. Whereas most college-level texts may reflect a thorough (though impenetrable) mastery of the field, they tend to expect readers to plow through unnecessarily thick prose and bland design because "it’s good for them." Youth Specialties doesn’t agree. In this debut title to a continuing academic book line, college and seminary students will be introduced to real-life research, real-life youth ministry dilemmas, and real-life solutions.

Contributing writers represent a spectrum of Christian Education thought and practice, as well as widespread recognition in their field…transdenominational, yet the perfect background to ministry in any denomination or ministry organization

This text includes thorough indexes, design, and graphics that compel readers from page to page (now that’s a first for a college text!); organization that permits professors to use any part of the text, in any order, rather than plod through the entire book from beginning to end; a perfect primary text that gives students a rich, academic, and readable (though not "popular") grasp of every aspect of youth ministry a typical Intro course touches, while also serving as an ideal secondary text.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Right 5 July 2010
Format:Hardcover
An excellent book of introduction. I must admit that the size of it scared me to begin with. However, I got 'into it' right from the start. The spirtual aspects are very well made, and not dreamt up as some authors tend to. They are practical and inspirational. A must for anyone entering/involved in church-based youth work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry 10 Mar 2003
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Format:Hardcover
Great text on youth ministry. Steers you away from programming to the essence of what ministry to youth is all about - God! I've used portions with a class in youth ministry in an international context with good reviews. It's great to finally see textbooks written about youth ministry that challenge the student to study and think more about why they are involved in ministry to youth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handbook 9 Jun 2013
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For all setting out into youth Ministry then this should be on your book shelf, best used as a reference book to supplement other reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian Youth Worker Should Have It 26 May 2011
By Doug Milne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent from beginning to end. It brings an entirely new, and refreshing, academic view to youth ministry. It is worth the price and worth having on your shelf.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Jan 2014
By Heethurrr - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent text on youth ministry, gives you a ton of insight and helpful theories and information to consider when constructing a youth ministry format. Insightful to anyone interested in ministry! Used as a text for a course.
4.0 out of 5 stars You must read 5 July 2013
By Ana Lucia Bedicks - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a must for everyone trying to work in Youth Ministry on theological bases. There is a lot of varied information so you need time to read and reflect on it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Right...mmmm. 12 Feb 2012
By Dheumann628 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is excellent. I thought it was going to be outdated because it's 11 years old. But I was proven wrong. The shipping speed was spectacular! Got to me quicker than expected.
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