Consuming Youth: Leading Teens Through Consumer Culture

  • YS Price: $14.00

  • Retail Price: $16.99 (You Save 18%)

In stock

For purchases of 25 or more copies, please click here for bulk ordering.

Today’s relentless, consumer culture–dominated by popular media’s emphasis on bigger, better, and more, and catering to teenagers’ every want and desire–is leaving our youth adrift in a sea of conflicting messages. Messages that youth workers and faith communities need to decode and redirect from consumption as the primary purpose of youth.

Consuming Youth explores the shifts needed to move  from the fragmented, isolated and consumer driven story for youth and towards a more compelling story of meaning, purpose and a life lived differently than the one served up by consumer culture.

If you’re involved in the lives of teenagers, whether as a youth pastor, youth worker, volunteer, church leader, parent, or students of youth ministry, you’ll want to read this book to discover how a culturally invented and socially accepted version of adolescence sustained by consumer culture has shaped youth work and through the suggestions offered work together to discover ways in which you can re-imagine youth ministry and what it means to be a teenager.

  • Subject: CHURCH and MINISTRY/MINISTRY RESOURCES/YOUTH MINISTRY, CHRISTIAN LIVING/SPIRITUAL GROWTH/GENERAL
  • Form Description: Softcover
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2011

You May Also Like...

Related Blog Posts

Featured

April 7, 2017

By: Todd Jones

Using YOUR Gifts To Reach Students

The beauty of humanity and the beauty of God is that He made us all different. None of us are the same and while some of us may share similar gifts you would be very, very hard-pressed to find two youth pastors who are both good at all of the same things. For instance, I…

Read More
Culture

March 7, 2017

By: Leta Williams

Bless Your Heart, I’m Walkin’ Here!: When You Dont Match the People Around You (Part 1)

 “As I hacked off the brushes strewn around me, I peered through to the opening to find a strange people, jumping around, wearing bizarre garments, and chanting anomalies. I emerged from the security of the jungle, wary of their initial reaction…” There are two ways you might read this account. One reading might imagine an…

Read More
Culture

February 21, 2017

By: Chris Schaffner

The Culture of a Student

The age of one-size-fits-all youth ministry is over. It has to be. We live in a dynamic time filled with beautiful diversity. This is an exciting time to be in ministry to youth. Our world is smaller than ever before. Cultures are not only clashing but blending to create new expressions of culture. In this…

Read More
Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

December 16, 2016

By: Matthew Overton

Entrepreneurial Youth Ministry: Making Grace Salty and Powerful Again

One of the things that has always been difficult for me being a minister is figuring out when to be nice, understanding, and gracious and when to be direct. I think because the church is an institution that often represents people’s highest ideals, their expectations of the institutions and the ministers that serve there are much…

Read More
Culture

December 12, 2016

By: Tim Price

7 Ways to Build An Ongoing Volunteer Recruitment Culture in Your Church

As ministry leaders, we must make it clear that we have room for more people to serve in ministry. The overarching reason to be connected to the church is to serve in it.  Too often, we save recruitment of our teams for a weekend or an event. That doesn’t seem to work as well as…

Read More
Culture

December 12, 2016

By: Paul Turner

Same Book Different Pages: Dealing With Culture and Leadership

Youth Pastors don’t mean to offend the people in our churches, but we do. The reason: when we were born. Yes, it’s our fault because of when we were born, what music was popular at the time, who the heroes were of our era, what new technologies were invented, and what kind of clothes were…

Read More
Culture

September 2, 2016

By: Chris Wilterdink

When to Engage in Youth Culture and How to Do It

I was hired into my first full-time youth ministry position at the end of June, primed to start in August with the next school year. My interview process was rigorous. It involved an initial interview with a few youth and adult volunteers, selected from the leadership group of the youth ministry. Then a meeting with…

Read More
Featured

August 24, 2016

By: Dawrell Rich

3 Tips About Dating for the Single Pastor

Dating can be difficult. Unfortunately, it can be even more challenging when you’re in vocational ministry. As professional clergy, navigating the space between public and private isn’t always easy. Often times, parishioners feel they have a right to access you at any time. Unlike typical eight hour jobs, our professional lives can span from administrative…

Read More
Featured

August 22, 2016

By: Efrem Smith

Urban Church Planting and the Empowerment of the Poor

This post is provided through a partnership with S.O.U.L. MAG, a FREE urban ministry and lifestyle magazine created to serve youth workers and the Church.  As we consider the issues and challenges facing urban communities across the United States of America, there is a case to be made for urban church planting. There is a…

Read More
Featured

August 22, 2016

By: Dave Blanchard

Quit Spinning Plates. Start Making Disciples.

I’m intrigued by a statement I read earlier today. While building his case for more intentional use of practical theology in student ministry, this particular author claims that being a youth minister is “fairly easy.” Excuse me? Apparently this comment came from some fantasy land I am yet to encounter. I was about to put…

Read More
Big Ideas About Youth Ministry

August 22, 2016

By: Nick Mance

What Students Need, Not What They Want

In the old 90s song “What A Girl Wants,” we hear Christina Aguilera sing, “What a girl wants / What a girl needs / Whatever makes me happy sets you free.” Have you ever noticed how we cave to popular culture in our youth programming? How we have to match the up-and-coming trends? Just take…

Read More
Featured

August 18, 2016

By: Brian Eno

The Throne of Grace

Growing up my childhood was very dysfunctional. I didn’t know just how dysfunctional until I became an adult. As a teenager I found myself completely lost, heading in a destructive direction. This is why I love that the Biblical word for lost doesn’t mean dammed or doomed, rather it means misplaced; not in the place…

Read More