“Long overdue, Paul Kelly asks a question that simultaneously embarrasses and heartens old-timers like me: Is there a theological framework about adolescence revealed in Scripture that ought to give shape to the way we practice youth ministry?”
-Dave Rahn, from the foreword
Youth live in the in-between: They’re no longer children but not exactly adults, growing through a God-designed season of life that is tumultuous, exciting, and essential. How can we best love, encourage, and challenge the young people in our lives, helping them live into their gifts and grow toward spiritual maturity? And where should we look for these answers?
“The church has a need for a deeper understanding of the purpose of the teenage years. And our understanding of this time of life should be informed by our faith,” writes author and youth ministry professor Paul G. Kelly in this book of theology. “The Bible should guide our understanding of culture, not the other way around.”
In these pages, Kelly combines careful research and practical takeaways, bringing readers along for a sweeping study of youth in the Old and New Testaments that results in a better understanding of the nature of youth. This book shows that young people today are much as they’ve always been: full of immense gifts, inherent weaknesses, and staggering potential. The stories of people like Mary, Joseph, Rebekah, and Rehoboam offer a collective wisdom, creating a picture of youth that applies just as much today as it did centuries ago.
Paul G. Kelly is Professor of Educational Leadership and Chair of the Educational Leadership department at Gateway Seminary. He has invested in the lives of teenagers as a volunteer, part-time, and full-time youth pastor, and has served as a designer, editor, and publisher of Bible study and discipleship resources for youth leaders in the local church. He is committed to helping young people pursue a life of passionate commitment to Christ.