Episode 57 – “Deep Youth Ministry” – Guests: Cameron Cole, Mike McGarry, and Kevin Yi

Research and experience point way too often to the fact that our youth ministries and churches are failing at equipping kids to leave our youth groups with a deep, significant, and lasting faith. Too many kids graduate from high school and into the next phase of life seemingly pushing the pause or stop button on their Christian faith. Consequently, they aren’t ready to faithfully navigate the difficulties they are bound to face in life. How can we begin to take kids deeper into the Gospel? What are the steps we can take to promote spiritual maturity in our students? What are some of the key pillars of effective deep youth ministry? One youth worker has devoted his life to these matters after experiencing his own difficult adolescence, and the sudden death of his own three-year-old son. We’ll hear his story, discover how the truths of the Gospel carried him through the darkness of that time, and look to learn more about doing deep youth ministry, on this episode of youth culture matters.

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Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:

Rooted Ministry
Rooted Conference
Rooted Ministry – Board of Advisors
Cathedral Church of the Advent – Youth Ministry
Emmanuel Baptist Church
Roots Ministry – Youth Ministry at Church Everyday
National Study of Youth & Religion
Sticky Faith
The Gospel Coalition
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Ministry to Emerging Generations Doctor of Ministry Track
CPYU Parent Page
Just Add Parents

Books Mentioned or Recommended:
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Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy by Cameron Cole
Face Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World
 by Kristen Hatton
From Here to Maturity: Overcoming the Juvenilization of American Christianity
 by Thomas E. Bergler
The New City Catechism
Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way
 by J.I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett
Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide
 edited by Cameron Cole and Jon Nielson
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart
On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, 1518
 by Gerhard O. Forde
Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews and Christian Truth
 by Walt Mueller
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
 by Dallas Willard
Adoptive Youth Ministry
 edited by Chap Clark
The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together by Jared C. Wilson
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit
 by James K. A. Smith
Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith

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