New Leadership Resource for Creative and Relevant Youth Ministry

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New Leadership Resource for Creative and Relevant Youth Ministry

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/1/13)—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

Based upon a national study of youth ministry and youth leaders, this book is the bridge between youth leaders’ desire for holistic and relevant ministry and the hope-centered leadership necessary to make it happen. In Youth Ministry in the Black Church: Centered in Hope, Wimberly, Barnes and Johnson recognize the challenges of youth ministry and offer effective strategies in three key areas:

  • Ministry leadership
  • Ministry programs
  • Congregational support

Youth Ministry in the Black Church uses scripture, case illustrations, anecdotes, best practices, and reflection points to offer practical guidance that is beneficial for leaders, pastors and parents.

About the Authors: 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. 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.

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.

Format:  Trade Paper             Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″          Pub Date: June 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8170-1736-1      Price: $16.99              Distribution: Spring Arbor/Ingram Book Co.
Cat: Christian Ministry/       Pages: 240                  Anchor Distributors, STL Distribution, Baker & Taylor

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About Judson Press:
Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities, and cultures.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.