Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture

Cosby, Brian H.

Are we entertaining our youth groups right out of the church? Short, impactful and persuasive, this guide to ministry insists that we lead and nurture teenagers by teaching biblical doctrine rich in the means of grace. Through sound theology and engaging explanation of trends in youth culture, Cosby offers practical advice for building a youth ministry built on a culture of grace.

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The lights dim ... the smoke rises ... the band starts playing. It’s a familiar scene, as youth ministers everywhere use entertaining and trendy approaches to draw in teens. But when the lights come on and the fog clears, what do we find?

Far too many teenagers raised in Christian homes drift away from the church after high school. Why is this true? Could it be because youth groups, in seeking to elevate experience over truth, have left teens dissatisfied and hungry for that truth?

Brian Cosby demonstrates a ministry approach that nurtures teens and brings them back for more—one solidly grounded in Christ and patterned after the means of grace: the Word, sacraments, prayer, service, and community. Learn how much teenagers not only need a deeper ministry, but want one too.

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