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Student Ministry by the Book

Biblical Foundations for Student Ministry (Hobbs College Library)

Dr. R. Scott Pace, Ed Newton, Dr. Heath A. Thomas, Ph.D. (Editor)


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The field of youth ministry is often driven by fads and trends as leaders attempt to reach students by chasing the ever-changing tides of teenage culture. This short-sighted, though often sincere, approach not only produces superficial and misguided disciples, it leaves youth leaders and parents drained and disappointed by the lack of authentic spiritual transformation despite their heartfelt and painstaking efforts. 
Student Ministry by the Book addresses these and other common missteps by providing a concise, yet thorough, Biblical philosophy and practical guide for youth ministry. By establishing a spiritual perspective of a student’s identity and exploring the Scriptural precedent for student ministry, the authors refute the culture’s view of teenagers that often sabotages the church’s approach to discipling them.
In addition, this book provides youth leaders and parents with an accessible resource full of useful insights to reach the families of teens, build relationships with students, integrate them within the church, and recruit workers as effective partners in ministry. It also offers helpful direction in leading youth in the process of spiritual formation and grounding them in the foundational truths of the faith. Student pastors, youth leaders, and parents of teens will all benefit from this thoroughly biblical and practical approach designed as a handbook for starting, strengthening, and sustaining a youth ministry in the local church.

Praise For Student Ministry by the Book: Biblical Foundations for Student Ministry (Hobbs College Library)

Student Ministry by the Book is one of the most powerful, compelling, and needed books written for those who care deeply about students and student ministry. Ed Newton and Scott Pace have created a triple threat resource that is rich in theology, highly personal in its practicality, and conversational in its tone. Furthermore, this is a book that is just as beneficial to a parent as it is to a youth pastor. I can’t wait to give copies to the student ministry team at our church!”
 —Brent Crowe, vice president, Student Leadership University
“One of the things I have always loved about Ed and Scott is that they preach and teach by the Book. Now they have collaborated to give us a new fantastic resource in Student Ministry by the Book. You and your ministry will be encouraged and equipped with this much needed biblical philosophy and practical guide for youth ministry.”
—J. Roger Davis, president, YM360
“In Student Ministry by the Book, Scott Pace and Ed Newton have given clear, concise, and biblical guidelines for understanding students and building the foundations for excellent youth ministry. I know these men well, and this book is an authentic reflection of their heart for students and student leaders. If you are a youth pastor who is just “trying to figure it out,” you need this book. If you want to be more than an activities director and begin to build student disciples, this is the place to start.”
—Andy Harrison, student ministries specialist and Falls Creek program director, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
“The students in your ministry will touch a day we will never see. Therefore, impacting this generation with the gospel should be the heartbeat of anyone who serves in student ministry. What you hold in your hands is an excellent tool based on biblical principles to help you make that impact! Ed and Scott’s wisdom and experience in pointing students to Jesus will educate your mind, encourage your heart, as well as strengthen your mission. This book is written with passion and practicality. Read it, re-read it, and apply it! You and your ministry will be blessed because of it!”
—Zac Hufty, minister of campus development, Houston’s First Baptist Church, Houston, TX
“I am thrilled that Student Ministry by the Book has been included in the Hobbs College Library. It is a needed resource from authors Ed Newton and Scott Pace who know student ministry from both an academic and practical perspective. I believe Student Ministry by the Book will be an influence on student pastors and student ministries in churches for years to come. Beyond that, I hope the heart of this book—that generations of teenagers would come to know the Lord and learn how to walk with him through his Word—is passed on to each person who reads it.”
—Ben Trueblood, director of student ministry, LifeWay Christian Resources    

B&H Academic, 9781462791293, 160pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2019

About the Author

R. Scott Pace is associate professor of preaching and pastoral ministry and associate director for the Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Hughes Chair and professor of Christian Ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University from 2009-2018.

Ed Newton is the lead pastor of Community Bible Church, in San Antonio, TX.