Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World: A Hopeful Wake-up Call


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“Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World is, above all, a story of honesty and hope. If you’re looking for another program manual of youth ministry how-tos and free advice, keep looking. But if you need a friend in the trenches, whose journey will make you feel a little less alone, then this is your next read.” -Kenda Creasy Dean

“This book is an invitation to reaching teenagers and calling them into an amazing life with Jesus.”  -Tic Long

The world is changing and it’s changing us—in some ways for the better. It requires us to reconsider the ways we think about and interact with the people around us. The good news is that thoughtful, humble, and curious youth workers are making headway in today’s world.

Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World is the collection of humble, story-driven, pragmatic and Jesus-focused reflections of a fellow youth worker forced to reconsider everything he knew about youth ministry: everything except the gospel, that is.

About Brock:

Brock MorganBrock Morgan has been a youth worker for over 22 years and co-authored A Parent’s Guide to Teenage Guys.  Brock is the youth pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT. |  @brockmorgan



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21 reviews for Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World: A Hopeful Wake-up Call

  1. Paul Martin

    For such a weighty topic, it’s an easy read, giving voice to the new paradigm of youth ministry. For those who have been working with teenagers, this will likely come as an affirmation of what they have already experienced. Even so, it fleshes out the idea of a post-Christian culture further than expected. This will be an important book for youth workers, parents and lead pastors who are trying to understand the context of adolescence in the present day church.

  2. Mark Helsel

    This book is right on time! It is a cold glass of water to the face of those who have failed to see the shifts in our culture. It will shake you to wake you, and it will shock you at points. You might disagree with some of Brock’s conclusions and some of his verbiage but if you do you will miss the main messages. Culture has changed, kids have changed and we no longer live in Christendom here in America.

    Brock’s style is very engaging in his evaluation of the shifts that have taken place in culture and some of the possible changes youth ministries need to make in order to keep up if we want to effectively share the Gospel. Brock’s history of doing youth ministry in California, Oregon and New England gives him a unique, comprehensive view of students across a wide spectrum of America. It is from this perspective that he speaks with authority about what is to come, and in many ways is already here in youth culture. Brock’s pastoral heart is also very evident in the moving, humorous and honest stories he tells about students and volunteers.

    This is a book that every serious youth worker should own, and use to train volunteers and speak into the lives of parents of teens. You won’t be disappointed with the book’s insights and it’s candor.

    This is a resource you will keep coming back to.

  3. Timothy H.

    Pastor Brock gives a very accurate picture of the modern-day youth mindset. Brock clearly shows the pluralistic spiritual beliefs and plural personalities any particular kid may find themselves in. The grieving picture painted is a confused and hurting generation of youth in America.

    In the latter two-thirds of the book, Brock gives a slew of practical advice in response to his diagnosis. Whether you agree with the specific methods he presents or not(I am undecided on a few), the example Brock sets in a heart and devotion toward youth is inspiring.

    The extent of my youth ministry is preaching to the high school kids that hang out by the movies. Presenting a lethargic high-schooler with the amazing news about “the Way, the Truth and the Life” and realizing he likes the way he is going, doesn’t believe we can know truth, and doesn’t care to be told how to live his life- can drain you of your zeal so quickly. Brock’s heart displayed in this book is a great remedy for anyone’s discouragement regarding today’s youth.

    I particularly enjoyed the portion describing how a youth worker’s success should be properly measured. The methods for measuring success he describes are biblical and God-glorifying.

    All in all, the book was a perfect and accurate assessment of America’s youth. The response and opinions of a veteran (that doesn’t just talk about ministering to youth, but is well involved and devoted to these kids) is to be highly valued and esteemed.

  4. Nicole

    With profound wisdom and relatable practicality, Brock equips and challenges youth workers with truths about today’s culture and the ways our post-modern world is shaping adolescents today. This book navigates current challenges and provides a guide for captivating youths’ hearts with the amazing love of Jesus Christ in the midst of a rapidly changing world. Whether you are professional youth worker, a parent, or someone who simply wants to understand the hearts and minds of teenagers today, this is a must-read!

  5. designedunique

    This book was an easy read, but not shallow by any means. It covers topics that are sometimes just over-looked or things that we don’t want to acknowledge. I recommend this book to any youth pastor, lead pastor, and volunteers. We need to know where the church has been, is at, and where it’s headed. I especially liked how Brock puts in his own experience all throughout the book. If you are looking for a “quick fix” for your group, this is not your book. Unlike many youth ministry books, this isn’t one to help you build more programs, but one for you to really look deep and examine yourself and the culture we live in and where our role is. I am encouraged but also challenged after reading this book.

  6. Dan Baker

    I’ll be honesst, I’m only through the 2nd chapter, but this is such a relevant book to world of youth ministry. Brock Morgan is the right guy to write this book. He has an honest, humble and challenging perspective on the state youth culture. Thank yo for offering this, I look forward to finishing the book and re-evaluating my ministry with a renewed perspective. I think I’ll buy a copy for my Senior Pasotr, Executive Pastor, and a few others…

  7. Tim

    Insight from a veteran on the front lines. The changing landscape and technological challenges in reaching and connecting with teenagers makes this a critical read. Understanding that we can not change their hearts, but rather create safe spaces that kids trust to allow God to pursue their hearts is a message that needs to be heard and learned and re-learned. The truest measure of success. Good luck. And Thanks, Brock!

  8. betterthanever

    Brock Morgan’s book is an important look at a major shift in our Christian culture. As a veteran youth worker, it has always been in my best interest to consistently educate myself about these shifts in culture. This is by far the most important one I have seen and an excellent read on the topic. The stats and stories ring true as I identify those core changes in my own students.
    The rapid movement across the nation of Post-Christianity is having massive impact on our ministries and churches. Brock has made all of this easy to swallow with touching stories, real life scenarios, and several big laughs. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. I appreciate the user-friendly advice given. I can tell it comes from someone in the trenches with us and I am thankful for the wisdom.

  9. Wes


    This book is on the money. Brock has taken some great risk is writing this book due to the amount of gray area that is covered. But he owns it and provides a voice for what so many of us are thinking when it comes to our ministries. I felt like I was reading my journal and I found myself responding out loud to the book due to how relevant it is to my situation.

    If you are looking for a book that will shake up the status quo of what you have been doing and help you come out of your program stooper, this is the book for you. Brock has written a book that is so connected to the students that we are interacting with today and its time that we realize that we are no longer in the 90’s era of ministry. Bigger and better, build and they will come is no more…and this book is honest about that.

    I found it to be a refreshing read that was practical in not only identifying big ideas, but for helping to form structures for the way forward. I highly recommend this book.

  10. Danny Kwon

    Being a youth ministry “veteran,” you sense the shifts and changing going on in youth ministry. However, it is often hard to get a tangible sense of it, let alone explain it to your volunteers and church leadership. This book offers that and more. It gives a much needed, concrete and tangible explanation of the shifts going on in youth ministry and a way forward that is also tangible and most importantly hopeful. I am going to get this book for everyone of my volunteers and colleagues. It is an important read for newbies and veterans alike.

  11. Lars Rood

    Brock nails it. This is the best book I’ve read in years about youth ministry. I needed to be pushed to think about how the world has changed and how teens have changed and how youth ministry must change. His chapters are easy to read, full of great stories and all incredibly thought provoking. I was particularly struck by the statement “All truth is God’s truth, even if a Buddhist says it. So we dont’ need to cover up the fact that truth exists in other faiths and religions.” Some people might react negatively to that statement but for me it is a helpful way of dialoguing with students about what they believe.

    Brock spends a lot of time with parents. He talks about it in the book. I think that’s a huge takeaway that much of what we are doing in the youthministry world is in fact educating parents and coming alongside them to help.

    Well done. Get this book.

  12. Eric Woods

    I finished this book on an 8-hour drive, alone in the car. And although it was my Kindle reading out loud to me with its robotic, text-to-speech voice, I felt as if Brock himself was in the seat next to me, telling his own story. And that’s what this book is: it’s Brock’s own story. It’s how he came to the realization that youth ministry today had to look different than it did twenty years ago.

    This is, without a doubt the best book on youth ministry I’ve read in over a decade.

    And, while this is not a how-to manual for ministry in this new world, you simply can’t read this book without stopping to rethink your own approach to the students you love and serve. In fact, I think that’s his goal. He says, “The world needs great youth workers who will teach students how to think, not spoon-feed them what to think.” And so he models it for us in the pages of this book, not so much telling us what to do in response, but inviting us to rethink it together.

    One warning: if you’re still like the guy Brock heard on the radio who said, “When I was a youth pastor in the `80s, we just taught the Bible and that was enough,” this book may offend you. And that just might be a good thing.

  13. Julien

    I try and only keep quality in my music and books on my phone/digital files.

    Bob Goff’s Love Does and Brock Morgan’s Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World are at the top of this list.

    Whether you’re a youth worker, parent, student, or on looker, this book can resinate with you. It’s real, yet refreshing. Playful and honest.

  14. rufferdaddy

    One of the Better YM book I have read and I have read more than a few. Listen this book is about 95% gold with about 5% of, I think the author is smoking something. This would be the perfect book for you to sit down with your volunteers and discuss. Don’t be left behind, join a new conversation because the world is changing. Also don’t be a ding dong and buy the kindle version and here is why. If you buy this book, you will like it and you will want others to read it and guess what? If you don’t buy a physical copy you can’t let someone else read it unless you let them borrow your kindle. This book is worth sharing, I just bought 4 more. So in conclusion. Buy this book and don’t be a ding dong.

  15. Amazon Customer

    A couple weeks ago I was handed Brock’s book Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World. I’ve read plenty of youth ministry books over the years, many of them practical, offering tips and tricks on being a better youth pastor. This book is a bit different in that it was an encouraging look at youth ministry in our current culture. Brock writes personal stories that I could relate to and reminded me that it’s not about the next big thing but about pursing the heart of God. I came away from his book with a profound sense of encouragement that is hard to find.

  16. @pclwas

    Good practical assessment of youth ministry, but it would like to know more of how he is sharing the gospel with students.

  17. Clint Schnekloth

    Brock Morgan portrays himself as a conservative evangelical, and that is his tradition. You hear it in the directions his conversations with young people go. You see it in some of his confessional commitments.

    I am not a conservative evangelical. I’m a Lutheran on the progressive side of the Protestant spectrum. Yet I loved this book. I love it because Brock is wide open to conservation with and learning from all over, and it shows. Two favorite chapters in this book include “The Way Forward: A Response to a Post-Christian World,” where Brock lists all the things conservatives typically dislikes about what they caricature as “liberal”–tolerance, spirituality, relativism, intellectualism, mystery–but then leans into them and shows how a conservative Christian can live them out in youth ministry. Great stories here.

    I also the story in the next chapter on how he developed ministries in and with the schools, a missional rather than attractional model. His regular presence at a school opened space for the principal to invite him to teach courses on social justice in conjunction with the history department.

    The book also simply opens a window into the daily ministry of a youth worker. You may not agree with every decision or perspective, but Brock is willing to simply open himself up and lay on the line what he does, how he thinks, when he fails, and more. It’s really eye-opening.

    The last two chapters are a wonderful melange of story-telling, practical advice for moving forward in youth ministry in a post-Christian world, and encouragement to spiritual practices that help the reader rest into the grace of Jesus.

    Brock and I may have different theological perspectives, but we both love Jesus and young people a lot. Which is what this book ends up being about more than anything else. Highly recommended.

  18. Kurt Brandemihl

    A fresh book that offers less practical and more philosophical thoughts on youth ministry in 2014. Its the kindof book that you dont read once and set on the shelf, but you return to over and over to process the thoughts given in it.

  19. Neil W. Stich

    This book not only opened my eyes to better engage our culture but it also helped me to see my faults and where I can change to affect youth for the gospel

  20. Amazon Customer

    Should be used not simply in youth ministry, but ministry in general. A well thought out reflection on ministry in a changing world.

  21. Pastor Woogy (@pastor_woogy) (verified owner)

    Great read, great challenge. This book calls all who work with students to understand that times have changed, and the world the students are living in is different than it was when we were teens. So much good insight in this book.

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