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Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Urban Context [Paperback]

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Pages   186
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2008
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830828028  
EAN  9780830828029  

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Fernando Arzola addresses the gap in the literature of youth ministry resources conceived and realized in an urban setting. He brings together three dominant paradigms--traditional, liberal and activist--to create an approach that is informed by Scripture and the contemporary realities of adolescent development in an urban setting.

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Youth ministries in an urban context are too often left to their own devices. The resources available to them are overwhelmingly conceived, tested and produced exclusively in the suburbs, and bring little to bear on the realities of urban youth culture. As a consequence, youth ministries in large cities have tended to settle onto one of three paths--a traditional paradigm that jealously guards the spiritual formation of its young people, a liberal paradigm that concentrates exclusively on personal growth, and an activist paradigm that galvanizes youth around the social concerns surrounding them. While each of these emphases is important, too often they are pursued to the neglect of the others, and the urban church suffers. Fernando Arzola Jr. proposes a fourth way, a prophetic paradigm that integrates the three and cultivates young people who are spiritually rooted, emotionally mature and responsive to the needs of their community. In this pace-setting book he draws on various disciplines--from biology to sociology, from psychology to theology--to guide urban youth workers into an effective and transformational ministry to youth.

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Not Ground Breaking  Dec 30, 2008
I'm a youth pastor working in Paramount, CA. That is the city next to Compton. I work with both church kids and community kids. I was excited for a book on Urban Youth Ministry theory and praxis. My excitement was a bit disappointed.

Arzola claims that most youth groups have an unhealthy bent toward one of the following paradigms: spiritual formation (traditional), personal growth (liberal), or social justice (activist). He contends that a healthy, "prophetic" youth ministry, contains a balance of all three. I agree; however, this just seems obvious - especially in an urban context where the need for spiritual formation, personal growth, and social justice are constantly shoving themselves in your face.

I was also bummed by the overuse of extended quotes (nearly one on every page in some chapters) and redundant charts and graphs.

All that to say, I imagine Arzola is very talented at working with and creating environments where urban students are blessed and flourish. I imagine he could come to Paramount and create a ministry that is at least twice as effective as I will ever be a part of. And that is just the problem. Youth Ministry, especially in an urban context, is very particular and specific. It is a very difficult task to say anything ground breaking to a wide audience of Urban Youth Workers. I applaud Arzola's attempt. I would have done a much worse job, so I won't.

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