Heather Quiroz

First-Century Youth Ministry: Exploring Our Jewish Roots to Reclaim Discipleship

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We all want thriving youth ministries, vibrant communities of teenagers and adult leaders who are all growing as disciples of Jesus. Too often, though, it feels like things just aren’t…quite…working. While there are lots of potential solutions to the “problems” of youth ministry, Heather Quiroz suggests looking back—way back—for answers: at first-century Jewish faith, life, and culture. 

With vulnerability and humor, Quiroz combines stories from her years as an in-the-trenches youth worker with extensive study to help readers understand how building upon the wisdom and practices of the past can help shape our ministries today. Peppered throughout are simple, practical tips on everything from starting an intergenerational mentorship ministry to helping teenagers meaningfully engage with Scripture to encouraging teens and families to build restful Sabbath rhythms into their lives.

Written for youth workers, parents, pastors, and anyone who cares about guiding young people as they grow into disciples of Jesus Christ, First-Century Youth Ministry will encourage and challenge readers, making it clear how nourishing the roots of our faith will bring our youth ministries to life.

About Heather Quiroz

Heather loves Jesus, youth ministry, laughing at silly things, and eating at Indian lunch buffets. She’s the wife of Rodrigo and is a gifted teacher and speaker with over fifteen years of youth ministry experience. She and her husband recently welcomed a baby girl to their family. Heather is learning to speak Spanish (hola) and is the student ministries pastor at Shelbyville Community Church in Shelbyville, IN. She also works as a staff consultant with Ministry Architects and holds a master’s degree in youth ministry leadership from Huntington University.

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Weight .55 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × .6 × 5.5 in

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3 reviews for First-Century Youth Ministry: Exploring Our Jewish Roots to Reclaim Discipleship

  1. Andrea (verified owner)

    This is a great resource for youth and children’s workers and even families. The authors insights into Jewish life and discipleship and it’s implications for ministry today are well-researched and tested through her own experience. Great read and so important as we desire to reach the next generation for Jesus!

  2. Dave Rahn

    Heather Quiroz separates herself as a youth ministry thought-leader by integrating biblical truth with day-to-day practice. She fetches rich insights from Jesus’ actual life and ministry patterns – rooted in his Jewish identity – and translates them to the ministry challenges faced by all who work in the smartphone world of today’s teens. Helpfulness rooted in faithfulness…well done!

  3. Martin Saunders

    I love a book that brings something new into the youth ministry conversation – and Heather’s book does that! By exploring the importance of Jesus’ Jewish heritage and culture, she manages to give words to something that a lot of us have been wondering about: could the greatest youth ministry innovation of the future be found by looking at the past? A really good, easy read with plenty of big ideas – highly recommended.

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