"We know how to be teenagers. We want the church] to show us how to be adults." --Kristin, aged 17
Two-thirds of today's teens are interested in having a meaningful relationship with God, yet less than one-third of them are active in a local church. Alvin Reid--an experienced pastor, professor, evangelist, and youth ministry speaker--suggests these statistics are more an indictment of the way the church does youth ministry than of the teens they try to reach.
Today's generation of teens, the Millennial generation, is marked by teamwork, authenticity, and a "can-do" attitude. They are much more than kids finishing childhood--a perspective many in the church have and that drives what often happens in youth group--they are young adults with incredible potential who need to learn how to be Christian adults. This compelling book provides an impassioned plea for the church to set a higher standard; to reinvent the fundamental ways we have ministered to teens and their families. Author is a recognized authority and sought-after speaker on youth ministryViews teens positively, but not naivelyEncourages and shows youth ministers and workers how to have a biblically successful ministryWritten with passion and expert knowledge
Reid gives an impassioned plea for the church to set a higher standards and reinvent the fundamental ways we have ministered to teens and their families. Endorsed by Jay Strack of StudentLeadership.net "This book is for any youth worker who is discontented with the way the church is treating its teens. If churches have a desire to radically change the way their youth groups are run, then reading this book will point them in the right direction. It focuses on creative ways to study Scripture, new ways to do community and church service, and contemporary ways to enjoy fellowship. Teens are ready; it is up to the church to raise the bar."--R.K."Church Libraries" (03/01/2005) Have you ever wondered how a powerful worship experience can complement powerful biblical preaching without overwhelming it? Are you ready to evaluate today's youth ministry? Raising the Bar scrutinizes both the successes and failures of student ministry.--Steven Pullis"Enrichment" (09/01/2006)