Youth Pastor

The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry

By Houston Heflin Published
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Provides youth workers with a biblical perspective of the roles they fill

A youth pastor—whether paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, right out of college or right out of retirement—has a big job to do. Actually, anyone who accepts God's call to help young people grow as disciples of Christ has several big jobs to do. The youth minister must be a teacher who can communicate the essentials of the faith; a friend who can listen to and be present with young people; a prophet who challenges teens to live lives of justice and righteousness; and an administrator who can manage the day-to-day logistics of youth ministry.

Youth Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry provides a biblical and theological grounding for the many jobs a youth minister does, explains what each of these jobs entails, and helps youth pastors identify where their gifts lie and where they still need to grow. Whether you are a first-time youth minister or a seasoned youth ministry veteran, Youth Pastor gives you valuable tools for evaluating your ministry and vocation. It also serves as an excellent text for undergraduate courses in youth ministry.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Becoming All Things in Ministry
  • Chapter 2 Discipling Teacher
  • Chapter 3 Evangelistic Missionary
  • Chapter 4 Pastoral Shepherd
  • Chapter 5 Organized Administrator
  • Chapter 6 Bold Prophet
  • Chapter 7 Compassionate Priest
  • Chapter 8 Spiritual Friend
  • Chapter 9 Equipping Recruiter
  • Chapter 10 Visionary Leader
  • Chapter 11 Faithful Teammate
  • Chapter 12 Discover Your Ministry Style
  • Epilogue: Character and Competence in Ministry
  • Appendix: Youth Ministry Role Inventory

About the Author

Houston Heflin

Houston Heflin, Ed.D is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE) and the Association of Youth Ministry Educators (AYME). He is on faculty at Abilene Christian University, where he teaches courses on ministry, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences and workshops.