Youth Ministry at a Crossroads

Tending to the Faith Formation of Mennonite Youth

Andy Brubacher Kaethler and Bob Yoder, editors

Youth work isn’t for the faint-hearted—it’s tender and tough, requiring savvy to withstand the assault of erotic, self-centered, consume-at-any-cost allurements facing youth today. What you will find here is wisdom and encouragement from those who have dedicated themselves to Jesus-centered youth faith formation that encompasses biblical and Anabaptist-Mennonite ways of knowing, being, and doing, all while following the One who offers abundant life. The writers explore the context in which such formation happens best—the congregation that worships, serves, witnesses, and fellowships together.

Youth Ministry at a Crossroads is an excellent and timely resource, one that will become indispensable for youth leaders, pastors, and parents—anyone wanting to understand holistic faith formation in youth in twenty-first-century culture. It draws on deep wells of Anabaptist-Mennonite understandings of Jesus, the Bible, and faithful Christian living, in the context of the community of faith.”—Dave Bergen, Executive Secretary for Christian Formation, Mennonite Church Canada

“Bob Yoder and Andy Brubacher Kaethler have established themselves as youth ministry experts in the Mennonite church in the US and Canada. The research gathered in this book is a priceless tool for Mennonites—and for any denomination that values its youth.”— Rachel Swartzendruber Miller , Director of Convention Planning, Mennonite Church USA

“These writings offer collective wisdom that brings a practical and theological approach to a youth ministry of  doing, knowing, and being,   setting up youth leaders to walk with young people on a radical faith journey— a holy calling. What a gift for shaping an Anabaptist youth ministry vision for the future! “—Marlene Frankenfield, Franconia Mennonite Conference Youth Minister; Christopher Dock Campus Pastor

Youth Ministry at a Crossroads

2011. 166 pages.
ISBN: 9780836195637
Price: $15.99 USD

This book is copublished with Herald Press and is available for purchase on the Herald Press website.

Listen to a podcast of an interview with the editors, Bob Yoder and Andy Brubacher Kaethler