Youth Ministry from the Outside In Paperback

How Relationships and Stories Shape Identity

by Brandon K. McKoy, Chap Clark, Kenneth J. Gergen;

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Youth Ministry from the Outside In

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We tend to organize our youth ministry from the inside out. We give gathered groups of individual youth tools and teaching to form their souls around a Christian identity. So far, so good. But what if our identity is not merely or even primarily rooted and established somewhere inside ourselves? What if our identity is shaped and cultivated in the relationships we inhabit-each with their own distinctives and demands-and in the overlapping stories we find ourselves in?

Prefabricated approaches to ministry that focus on the interior makeup of our youth may make for good youth group members, but these limited approaches don't reach beyond the youth room into other corners of their lives. Rather than centering them on the faith, our inside-out approach may be pushing their faith to the margins of their life.

Brandon McKoy mines the insights of social construction theory to help us locate Christ not in our hearts but in our midst. We learn to embrace him as our own and our students as whole people engaging in a life's worth of encounters. Approaching youth ministry from the outside in, we discover our students in a whole new light-and with them, the fullness of our faith.

Youth Ministry from the Outside In by Brandon K. McKoy, Chap Clark, Kenneth J. Gergen was published by IVP (USA) in October 2013 and is our 49564th best seller. The ISBN for Youth Ministry from the Outside In is 9780830841066.

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Foreword by Chap Clark


PART 1 | Beyond Self and Individual Identity
1. The Way We See It: Social Constructionism and Practical Theology
2. The Inadequacies of Individualism
3. Relational Beings
4. The Reality and Not so Reality of Life Stories

PART 2 | Coordinating a Life Story: Relational Narrative Development
1. Life Story
2. Childhood Foundational Elements for Adolescence
3. Relational Narrative Development in Early Adolescence
4. Relational Narrative Development in Midadolescence

PART 3 | God's Story
1. Reading the Bible
2. Movements in Youth Ministry Practices
3. Life Story in Christ
4. Relational Responsibility


Afterword by Kenneth J. Gergen


"My brain is swimming with questions and ideas, conviction and possibility after reading Youth Ministry from the Outside In. McKoy turns our ministry inside out, actually--moving our focus from isolated individuals assembled together, toward an ecosystem of living and breathing people-in-relationship. Read this book carefully--it may take more than one pass--and watch how it worms its way into your thinking and practice."

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Details for Youth Ministry from the Outside In

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (USA) (October 2013)
Number of Pages267
Thickness23 mm
Height226 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4238656
Page last updated 17th May 2018
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