Kenda Creasy Dean et. al: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church About Joy

Delighted (Wm. B. Eerdmans)

Delighted: What Teenagers Are Teaching the Church About Joy
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2020)

WHO: Youth experts Kenda Creasy Dean, Wesley W. Ellis, Justin Forbes and Abigail Visco Rusert

THEY SAY: “What does it mean to do youth ministry, not in order to achieve or create joy, but because of joy?”

THE BIG IDEA: Grounding youth in joy models a way forward for the church.

THE PROGRESSION:
The authors tackle three dimensions of passion, acute during adolescence, that seem basic to joy: the adolescent need for fidelity, transcendence and intimacy. Also examined are three practices that allow God to make room in young people’s hearts: friendship, celebration and confession.

“Practices do exist that help young people allow God to peel off their dragon scales—but they are not necessarily the practices that make youth leaders most comfortable.”

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