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Youth In Family Ministry: A Handbook

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Research shows that a lot of our young people walk away from their faith after high school, and what’s worse, research also indicates that many of the things that we have traditionally done in youth ministry are actually weakening the ties that young people have to the church rather than strengthening them.

In Youth In Family Ministry, I take an in-depth look at the current crisis in youth ministry, examine in detail what Scripture says about passing faith on to the next generation, and also suggest practical ways that this can be done. Youth In Family Ministry is a short read, is thoroughly researched and footnoted, and is filled with important information.

I believe this is an important project, because I deeply believe in the importance of helping our young people to develop a faith that will stick with them throughout their lives. It is my hope that it be read widely so these ideas can spread and more and more churches can practice youth ministry in what I believe is a more biblically-grounded and, ultimately, better way.

What People Are Saying

“Dockery shows that while statistics differ in specifics, study after study shows that a startling number of young Christians leave their faith after graduating high school. He proposes that age segregation in the church is a major culprit of this exodus. Students leave their faith behind once they enter adulthood because they were never deeply integrated with the adults at church to begin with.

He proposes that the biblical responsibility for the spiritual formation of the younger generation lies with both the physical family and the faith family, working together to incorporate them into the life of the church.

Dockery gets very specific exactly when I want him to. He gives practical ideas for engaging kids in the life of the church, itemizes the reasons they leave the church, and so on. Youth ministry is so important and so far outside my area of expertise that I came in hoping for nuts and bolts, and that’s what I got.”

—Parker Bullard

Minister, Poncha Springs (CO) Church of Christ

“Dockery has done an excellent job putting together relevant research on why teens walk away from their faith and how this can be addressed through better youth in family ministry. He discusses to the challenges of post-high school life for many teens and points to the need to age integration in our churches, among other things, as a way to encourage Christian teens to stay connected to a church and to their faith. Dockery has given us in ministry a great resource filled with research on adolescent behavior and development, scriptural study, and practical insight from his years as a youth minister.”

—Kevin Burr

Minister, Nicholasville (KY) Church of Christ

“Youth in Family Ministry: A Handbook is an essential resource for anyone in youth ministry. Luke Dockery has taken more than a decade of experience and his academic training and condensed it into a short, accessible book that lays the case for Youth in Family Ministry as a ministry philosophy, while offering practical advice as to how that looks in practice.”

—Jared Pack

Deacon, Farmington (AR) Church of Christ

New eBook: Youth In Family Ministry: A Handbook

I am excited to announce the completion of a project that I have worked on for the last couple of years. Youth In Family Ministry: A Handbook is the culmination of years of research and personal experience, and sets forth a model of youth ministry that, I believe, is both biblical and effective.

Research shows that a lot of our young people walk away from their faith after high school, and what’s worse, research also indicates that a lot of the things that we have traditionally done in youth ministry are actually weakening the ties that young people have to the church rather than strengthening them.

In Youth In Family Ministry: A HandbookI take an in-depth look at the current crisis in youth ministry, examine in detail what Scripture says about passing faith on to the next generation, and also suggest practical ways that this can be done. The book is about 100 pages long, and is thoroughly researched and footnoted, and is filled with important information.

This ebook releases in two weeks, on Wednesday, November 15, but you can pre-order your copy here.

I believe this is an important project, because I deeply believe in the importance of helping our young people to develop a faith that will stick with them throughout their lives. I would love for it to be read widely so these ideas can spread and more and more churches can practice youth ministry in what I believe is a more biblically-grounded and, ultimately, better way.

There are two big ways you can help:

(1) Buy the book. 🙂

(2) Spread the word. Share this post, and tell others you know who you think might be interested. I think it is an important resource for youth ministers, church leaders, youth group volunteers, parents, and more.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support!

Harding Lectures Audio Files

Last month, I had the honor of taking part in the Harding Lectureship. Several people who were unable to attend the Lectureship have asked me if there is a way to hear my presentations, and there is! You can click on the links below to listen to the lectures:

You can listen to a variety of other presentations from this year’s lectureship by going here.

Harding University Bible Lectureship

This Sunday begins the Harding University Bible Lectureship, and I am honored to have the opportunity to take part.

On Monday, I will be presenting three lectures on youth ministry at 9AM, 10AM, and 3PM:

  • Youth In Family Ministry, Part 1: The Current Crisis in Youth Ministry
  • Youth In Family Ministry, Part 2: The Physical Family, the Faith Family, and the Spiritual Formation of Young People
  • Youth In Family Ministry, Part 3: Crafting a Family-Based Youth Ministry in the Congregation

On Tuesday, I will have the opportunity to speak in both student chapels.

If you’re at the lectureship, I would love to catch up or to see you in class!

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