From Jay-Z to Jesus
Format: Paperback
Book Code: Z143
Pages: 128
Size: 5" x 8"
ISBN: U1545
Publisher: JUDSON PRESS
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Table of Contents
Foreword
Introduction

“The church needs young adults and young adults need the church,” the authors assert. From Jay-Z to Jesus is a call to respond to both of those needs—to challenge the African American church to reach out to young adults and to equip congregations with the insights and tools needed to teach the gospel to this generation.

Acknowledging that young adulthood now encompasses ages 18–39, Benjamin Stephens and Ralph Watkins explore the issues and offer the words of young adults themselves as testimony to the spiritual longing and critique of the aging church’s ministry.

Chapters include:

  • Why do We Need a Young Adult Ministry?
  • A Biblical Foundation for Young Adult Ministry
  • The Developmental Phases of Young Adults
  • A Model for Young Adult Ministry
  • The Young Adult Struggle: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  • Preaching and Teaching Young Adults: Crafting a Word to Be Heard
  • The New Deal in the New Church: The Future of the Church Is in Her Young Adults


Each chapter also includes critical questions for reflection.


Editorial Reviews:

“Dr. Watkins and Rev. Stephens offer church leaders insights and guidelines for developing a relevant and inviting ministry that will reintroduce this generation, who already know Jay-Z intimately, to a different and better role model, Jesus Christ.” —from the foreword by Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

"From Jay-Z to Jesus offers a common sense approach with practical applications on how to really engage young adults in ministry for the 21st century black church and beyond.” —Cheryl L. Walker, Director of African American Ministries, General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church

"From Jay-Z to Jesus will help the reader build an effective ministry to young adults that will minister to their needs as well as disciple
them to be leaders in the church and community. Every leader in the church should read this book." —CBA Retailers + Resources, April 2009

"I highly recommend this book for churches, educators and pastors. Seminaries would do well to use it somewhere in Pastoral Theology." —Dr. Frazier N. Odom, Interim Executive Director, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

"The authors offer helpful insights into teaching this generation including personal stories written by young adults themselves. This is a very useful book, particularly for those working in church base contexts." —Campus Ministry Update, April 2009

"In this brief but powerful book, I was both startled and awakened to alternative approaches to ministry among my peers." —Rev. Charlton L. Johnson, Vice President, Connectional Young Adult Ministry, C.M.E. Church

"Well-written and practical, From Jay-Z to Jesus contains sample documents and reflective questions that are easily modified to create authentic communication and ministry opportunities between youth and adults. This book is not a how-to but a here's how...Because hip-hop communicates ina language that has become universal, influencing all cultures and people groups, this book is a necessary tool for all youth workers." —YouthWorker Journal, September/October 2009

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