Youth Ministry as Mission
A Conversation About Theology and Culture
Discover how ministering to youth is like being a cross-cultural missionary
The parallels between ministry within youth culture and global missions have long been touted by youth ministry experts, yet few resources exist to help youth pastors and youth workers benefit practically from the insights of missiologists. In Youth Ministry as Mission, Brian Hull and Patrick Mays fill this gap with an introduction to missiology, missions practice, and missionary witness tailored especially to a youth ministry context.
Youth ministers will discover missiological language that describes realities they face regularly and activities of cross-cultural missionaries that translate well into developing leaders within youth ministries. Hull and Mays address issues such as these:
- Understanding the relationship of the incarnation to ministering in youth culture
- Avoiding ethical relativism while understanding historical and methodological changes in missions
- Translating stories and practicing storytelling as preparation for witnessing
- Teaching for witness in a multireligious context
Youth Ministry as Mission will be a valuable guide for college and seminary students but will also be a breath of fresh air to those already working as youth directors and youth ministers.
Brian Hull (PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Youth Ministry at Asbury University and director of Asbury’s Youth Becoming Leaders Program. Among other books and journal articles, Hull is coauthor of Reachable Reconciliation with Fred Oduyoye (Youth Specialties/Zondervan).
Patrick Mays (PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian Ministry and campus pastor at LeTourneau University. After co-launching the Passage Institute for Youth and Theology, a one-year discipleship program for high school students, he now serves as its campus director. Additionally, Mays has served in numerous pastoral roles, as a short-term missionary, and for seven years as a guest Bible scholar at a Bible translation ministry in Nigeria.