Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We've Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go
Over the past several decades there have been three significant shifts in youth culture; each new shift brought with it different values and priorities in the lives of teens. Youth ministries adapted and responded to the first two shifts, but we're missing the boat on the third. The result? Youth ministry isn't addressing the realities and needs of today's youth culture. After nearly three decades in youth ministry, Mark Oestreicher has lived through a lot of those shifts himself. In recent years, he's found himself wondering what needs to change, especially since so much of what we're doing in youth ministry today is not working. In Youth Ministry 3.0, youth workers will explore, along with Marko and the voices of other youth workers, why we need change in youth ministry, from a ministry moving away from a dependence on programs, to one that is focused on communion and mission. They'll get a quick history of youth ministry over the last fifty years. And they'll help dream about what changes need to take place in order to create the next phase of youth ministry --- the future that needs to be created for effective ministry to students.
By Brian L. - July 8, 2009
I just got done reading, "Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We've Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go" by Mark Oestreicher. The first thing I noticed was that the writing is in a huge font and there is a lot of filler on the sides from various people involved in youth ministry so the book can be read in like 2 hours, easy. Just an observation. Also it is refreshing to read a book that you already by and large agree with (which I do for the most part).
The main premise of his book is this: "The reality [of the effectiveness of youth ministry] that's playing out is somewhat different than what we imagined, hoped, or expected." (pg. 24). He is basically stating in his book: youth ministry as we know it or have known it is generally not "working". Agreed. Even as a rookie I can see this and have seen this since I've been involved in youth ministry for the past 6 years.
For starters, Oestreicher cites the all too often over cited... read more
Read Youth Ministry 3.0
By Sam Halverson - February 26, 2009
It's not a long read, but it will get you thinking about where youth ministry is going (and needs to go) in the years ahead. In fact, if you are assessing your youth ministry (something all churches should do and redo every so often) then this one is a must for your whole committee as you take a look at what teenagers need, how they respond to culture and society (and the church), and how God is calling us to meet those needs.
In the book, Mark Oestreicher writes about the processes that youth ministry has gone through in general over the decades (youth ministry 1.0 and youth ministry 2.0 - though this isn't a simple "history of youth ministry" book). When Mark gets to youth ministry 3.0 he explains that we youth workers need to be less focused (in fact, not focused at all, almost) on programs (small groups and discipleship) and not even on "forcing" or "manipulating" relationships but, rather, on being "with" our kids (present) - each in his or her own world experience... read more
Raises the right kind of questions
By Ian F. Eastman - June 28, 2009
The religious community is a significant source of character formation for young people. Because volunteers often oversee youth groups, I am always looking out for good resources to help them use their time wisely and effectively with teens. Youth Ministry 3.0 by Mark Oestreicher is one such book. Marko (as the author is better known) has an extensive background working with youth ministry internationally and is qualified to assess its current condition.
Adolescence is the period between the dependence of childhood and the independence of adulthood. Psychologists tell us that adolescents are trying to accomplish three tasks during this time: form their identity, develop autonomy (independence), and experience affinity (belonging). In Marko's estimation, Youth Ministry 1.0 (1940s - 1960s) emphasized identity formation through preaching and Youth Ministry 2.0 (1970s - 1990s) emphasized independence through programs. He sees belonging (where and to whom do I belong) as the... read more
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