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Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church :  Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church - Kenda Creasy Dean

Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church

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Every stage of life brings out certain human characteristics. According to Kenda Creasy Dean, adolescence is characterized by "passion. If the church is to speak meaningfully to youth and in turn reap the many benefits that youth have to offer, then its ministry must be predicated on passion -- the Passion of Christ, the passion of youth, and the passionate faith that is made possible when these two things come together.

"Practicing Passion offers a compelling new vision of effective youth ministry. Its uniqueness lies in its relocating youth ministry in practical theology rather than in educational theory or psychological or social development. While youth ministry has routinely capitalized on the passions of adolescents, little attention has been given to the theological mooring that youth need in order to connect with the church and hold firm against the winds of popular culture.

According to Dean, effective youth ministry begins from the top down. Does the church practice the passion it preaches? Teenagers are quick to point out the oxymoron in passionless Christianity, quick to question faith that fails to register on the Richter scale. Without passion, Christian faith fails, and young people know it -- which may be why most of them are not spending much time in church.

"Practicing Passion advocates a theological awareness for youth. In the first section of the book Dean focuses on the theological resonance between the Passion of Christ and adolescents' experience of passion. She then probes contemporary culture's distortion of three dimensions of pathos -- fidelity, transcendence, and communion -- showing how this distortion has affected contemporary adolescentsstruggling to acquire a coherent identity. Last, Dean suggests a framework for youth ministry that, by drawing on the historic practices of the Christian community, includes a "curriculum of passion."

Based on a solid understanding of Christian theology, adolescence, and modern culture, "Practicing Passion is a must-read for pastors, youth leaders, and those studying for ministry.

"This book is not a typical how-to manual for youth groups . Dean offers a theological prescription not only for youth ministry but also for the whole church." -- The Christian Century Kenda Creasy Dean is the liveliest theologian of youth culture in the United States today. Youth ministers who read this book will see how adolescents are theological, and theologians who read this book will see why theology should be more adolescent. -- Tom Beaudoin -This book is not a typical how-to manual for youth groups.... Dean offers a theological prescription not only for youth ministry but also for the whole church.- -- The Christian Century Kenda Creasy Dean is the liveliest theologian of youth culture in the United States today. Youth ministers who read this book will see how adolescents are theological, and theologians who read this book will see why theology should be more adolescent. -- Tom Beaudoin This book is not a typical how-to manual for youth groups. Dean offers a theological prescription not only for youth ministry but also for the whole church. The Christian Century Kenda Creasy Dean is the liveliest theologian of youth culture in the United States today. Youth ministers who read this book will see how adolescents are theological, and theologians who read this book will see why theology should be more adolescent. Tom Beaudoin" ?This book is not a typical how-to manual for youth groups?. Dean offers a theological prescription not only for youth ministry but also for the whole church.? ? The Christian Century Kenda Creasy Dean is the liveliest theologian of youth culture in the United States today. Youth ministers who read this book will see how adolescents are theological, and theologians who read this book will see why theology should be more adolescent. ? Tom Beaudoin

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prelude: Parable of a Parentp. xi
Introduction: Youth Ministry Is Not Just about Youthp. 1
Shared Passions
Something to Die For: The Subversive Power of Passionp. 29
The World's Greatest Lover: The Unifying Power of Passionp. 54
Dimensions of Passion
Longing for Fidelity: If It Stays, It Must Be Truep. 73
Longing for Transcendence: If It Feels Good, It Must Be Godp. 93
Longing for Communion: If It's Sex, It Must Be Lovep. 116
Practicing Passion
Vessels of Grace: Christian Practices as Scaffolding for Faithp. 145
The Art of "Being There": Exhortation as a Practice of Fidelityp. 176
The Art of Awe: Pilgrimage as a Practice of Transcendencep. 196
The Art of Intimacy: Spiritual Friendship as a Practice of Communionp. 222
Postlude: The Passion of Martyrdom: Why Youth Ministry Needs Theologyp. 246
Indexp. 258
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ISBN: 9780802847126
ISBN-10: 0802847129
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: April 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.41