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The Godbearing Life

The Godbearing Life

The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry  

by Kenda Creasy Dean, Ron Foster
Clergy & Laity Youth

In The Godbearing Life, the authors offer a lively spiritual primer and practical guide for those who pastor young people. Dean and Foster rechart a course for youth ministry through the classical spiritual disciplines of the church. The book identifies families, congregations, and mentor relationships as the "holy ground" where young people are most likely to say "Yes!" to God.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-0858-3
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 09/01/2005
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 9.0000 x 6.0000

Kenda Creasy Dean, an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, is the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching in practical theology, education, and formation (specifically youth and young adult ministry, the church as social innovator, and theories of teaching), Kenda works closely with Princeton's Institute for Youth Ministry and the Farminary. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church.

Ron Foster is lead pastor of Severna Park United Methodist Church, Severna Park, Maryland, and is an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is passionate about finding creative ways to make faith real and engaging for people of all ages. Ron enjoys hanging out with youth, talking with children, teaching adults, and engaging in hands-on mission alongside others.


If you are looking for a youth ministry book that is theologically sound, biblically grounded, time tested, and written by some of the most engaging missionaries in the field, *The Godbearing Life** is for you! Dean and Foster will challenge you to put relationships before programs, to help youth develop an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ that is lasting, and to create sacred space in your ministry to guide adolescents toward rich discoveries about faith ~ that it is not a topic to master but a life to be lived.
An enjoyable, essential, carefully crafted read that will rekindle your passion for the God who calls us to love adolescents unconditionally, to serve them selflessly, and to tend to their souls with generous grace. The church needs Godbearers, and this important book will help you discover how to be one.
--Rev. Wain Wesberry, D.Min., Pastor, Head of Staff, First Presbyterian Church, Clinton, South Carolina

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