Jen Bradbury

Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transition

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Three years into Kendall’s job as the youth pastor of Grace church, many things are going really well: Kids are connecting and growing. She’s built a solid team of adult leaders. She and her husband love their home, city, and friends. But when Kendall is blindsided by her unsupportive senior pastor, who once again takes the side of a wealthy parent over Kendall’s, it’s the impetus she needs to start reconsidering her future. Is it time for Kendall to move on? And if she does look for a role at a new church, how can she be sure it will be a better fit than this one?

With this fiction debut, veteran youth worker Jen Bradbury’s novel explores the process of living into your calling, listening to the voice of God, and continually asking the question, What does the right fit look like, and how do you know when you’ve found it?

Meet the Author

Jen Bradbury serves as the minister of youth and family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus and The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), and Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group, where she has led many national studies. She and her husband, Doug, and their daughters, Hope and Kendall, love playing games and exploring new places.

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1 review for Called: A Novel About Youth Ministry Transition

  1. Jon Swanson (verified owner)

    In “Called”, Jen Bradbury has combined her own experience in ministry, her countless conversations with students, parents, colleagues, and ministry counterparts, and a rich understanding of biblical conversations on calling.

    Instead of writing a book that gives all the “right” answers, it’s written as a novel to explore discernment as it unfolds. As a result, we can listen in as a person who is frustrated in a church job talks with herself, her family, her mentor, and people in various churches. This process approach is how job discernment actually works. The questions asked are ones I’ve heard. The conversations ring true. Rather than ending the book with a formula, I end it having a framework for reflection.

    As a person near the end of several ministry careers, (higher education, pastoral staff, chaplaincy, consulting) this book helped me better understand some of my own experiences. As I mentor others, this will be a tool I point to often.

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