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KurtJohnston

Kurt Johnston has been a youth pastor since 1988 and currently leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted voices in youth ministry, Kurt loves to encourage other youth workers and has written and created over 50 books and resources with that goal in mind. In his free time, Kurt enjoys surfing and riding dirt bikes in the desert with his wife and two children.

Faith abandonment. Students drifting away from church. We’ve looked at some of the causes and possible cures. Today, I’d like to share a few resources that have been influential in helping youth workers as they navigate this vital issue.

Sticky Faith.  Kara Powell and the crew at The Fuller Youth Institute have slowly become the leading voice concerning faith abandonment among teenagers. Steeped in research, Sticky Faith includes books, curriculum, a blog and even a cohort you can participate join if you’d like.

The 9 Best Practices of Youth Ministry.  I teamed up with my friend, Tim Levert, to turn an exhaustive study by Luther Seminary into a practical book for youth workers. In it, we explore the 9 things youth ministries across the nation are doing to produce graduates who stay involved in faith and church.

A Tale of Two Youth Workers: A Youth Ministry Fable. I’m convinced this little book by Eric Venable was ahead of its time, and were it released today would be a youth ministry best-seller! You can read it in one sitting, and you won’t regret it!

Other books worth reading:

Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean

Soul Searching by Christian Smith

Youth Ministry 3.0 by Mark Oestreicher

Youth Ministry: What’s Gone Wrong and How To Get It Right by David Olshine

You won’t agree with everything these authors and experts have to say, or the solutions they pose, but all of the above resources can give you valuable input. And, like I said at the beginning of this little series, faith abandonment is nothing new and will never be completely eliminated…It has always been, and will continue to be, human nature to wander; to drift.

It’s an elephant sized problem. But you eat an elephant one bite at a time!

Who wants a spoon?

Kurt / @kurtjohnston

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