One of Rooted’s five pillars of lasting, effective, gospel-centered youth ministry is the intergenerational integration of teenagers within the larger body of the church. Up next on our bookshelf is Chap Clark’s upcoming book, Adoptive Church (out October 16th and available for pre-order now), which addresses the why and the how of intergenerational ministry. Chap Clark’s previous books include Sticky Faith and When Kids Hurt.
Check out the publisher’s description:
“Teens and emerging adults don’t feel at home in the church because they are not fully included in the church body. How can congregations nurture young adults, welcome them as siblings into God’s household, and empower them to become fully embedded contributors within and to their faith community?
Integrating the latest research on adolescent faith and young adult ministry for the local church, this book presents a new way of thinking about youth ministry. Chap Clark offers today’s youth leaders highly practical principles based on his extensive experience, showing how they can implement a sustainable youth ministry program in their local church. He presents the adoptive youth ministry model as a way to help congregations see youth ministry as a bridge to inclusion, participation, and contribution in the body of Christ. Clark’s comprehensive plan for designing and implementing youth ministry shows churches how to intentionally welcome young people and create an environment where they belong.”