This volume explores attempts of the Mennonite Church and its predecessors to nurture the faith of youth, with the intent that the history will serve as a witness for this ongoing task. It begins with an historical survey of Mennonite youth ministry and moves on to eight essays on specific topics.
Bob Yoder, DMin, campus pastor and assistant professor of youth ministry at Goshen (Ind.) College, began this research as part of his doctoral studies. He is a former conference youth minister and congregational pastor and camp worker in United States.
PART 1 – Overview of Mennonite Youth Ministry Efforts
Growing faith in Mennonite youth: 1885–2005, Bob Yoder
PART 2 – Congregational Efforts
A brief history of Mennonite involvement in Christian Endeavor and Youth for Christ, Randy Keeler
A program, an organization, and a movement: MYF 1948–1968, Jonny Gerig Meyer
Bible quizzing as youth ministry, Barb Draper
Called to youth ministry, Susan Allison-Jones
PART 3 – Efforts from Outside the Congregation
Why camping?, Josh Hertzler
Short-term work for long-term change: An early history of SWAP, DOOR and Group Venture, Matt Harms
The Mennonite Young People’s conference movement, 1919-1923, Anna Showalter
Getting Outtatown, Dana Honderich
Joined at the heart: The intergenerational path, Anna Rehan
Let me explain…no wait, too long. Let me sum up, Kent Miller