When God Shows Up (): A History of Protestant Youth Ministry in America

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For more than two centuries, youth ministries have either strengthened teenagers after a special encounter with God or tried to retain them until such a moment when God shows up. Here veteran youth ministry expert Mark Senter provides the first substantial history of the phenomenon of American Protestant youth ministry. More than a history, this book highlights the evolution of adolescence and adolescent spirituality, outlines three distinct cycles in the history of youth ministry, describes the major shapers of youth ministry over the last century, and helps readers understand trends and changes in youth ministry and their connections to broader church life.
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Mark H. Senter III (PhD, Loyola University) is professor of educational ministries at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is chair of the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators and served as a youth pastor for eleven years. Senter has written and spoken widely on Christian education topics, with a specialty in youth ministry, and is the author or coauthor of eight books, including The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry.
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Baker Books
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Published on
Mar 1, 2010
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781441207685
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Church / History
Religion / Christian Ministry / Youth
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Praise for the first edition

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"A daring yet hopeful glance into the underworld of teen promiscuity, self-mutilation, and suicide. . . . A groundbreaking resource for parents, youth ministers, and counselors."--ForeWord

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"Clark has been stepping inside the world of teenagers for many years. This book is a unique invitation for us to join him in their world. When we finish this journey, we will care more about kids and understand who they are and the challenges they face."--Denny Rydberg, Young Life

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