Which five words best describe Where Are All the Young Ones Gone?
Positioning, Purpose, Power, Authority and Clarity
Can you share one highlight from the book?
Chapter 3 of the book provides a methodology for mentoring, equipping, engaging and empowering people, especially young adults in their relationships with God. It is a priceless resource for church leaders.
What is the purpose of this book?
To train leaders in young adult ministry so that we can increase the numbers of young adults and young adult ministers, who are aware of their Holy Spirit-given gifts, talents and abilities, who embrace and operate in these gifts and who become equipped, engaged, empowered followers of Christ.
Are there themes that you find turn up again and again in your work? A common thread?
Yes, spiritual gifting and authority – understanding it, being empowered by it, and being engaged in walking in that power and authority to help folks walk in their own. Everything that I write and do is focused on helping people first recognize and then walk in the fullness of their spiritual gifts and spiritual authority – we need everybody on board to bring God’s Kingdom here.
Which character or part of the book was the most fun to write? Which part was the hardest?
The book is a research-based strategy for youth and young adult ministry, and the most fun part was the research – because I was establishing my own young adult ministry.
The methodology was the most exciting part – memories of how impactful the strategies had been to my own young adult ministry work in Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed.
Can you tell us something that even your most loyal fans may not know about you?
I’m a big FOODIE. I love FOOD!
Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Yes. If you are a young adult minister or want to do young adult ministry, you need this book. It works. I know because I’ve done it and am still doing it on a smaller scale. We need our young people re-engaged with God, with the church; but they want to experience God in ways many folks don’t even know exist. Give them that, and they will help our churches thrive, our workshop grows stronger, and our young people find peace and purpose!