Roland D. Martinson
Professor Emeritus of Children Youth and Family Ministry

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Hein-Fry Lecture
Series Spring 2001

"Spiritual but not Religious: Reaching 'Lost' Generations"

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Faith Factors Research
A ten-year longitudinal study of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 year olds in which life, faith and faith community affiliation are reviewed.  The most often cited positive influences of faith development are cited.  "Best practices" ministries with youth and young are described.
Men's Studies
I have prepared a bibliography on this subject.


"Sexual Orientation: The History and Significance of an Idea," WORD & WORLD, 1994.
"Gearing up for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century," Group, Inc., 1992.
"Ordained Ministry," in Called & Ordained, eds., Marc Kolden and Todd Nichol, Augsburg, 1990.
"Couch or Confessional," WORD & WORLD, 1989.
"Androgyny and Beyond," WORD & WORLD, 1985.
"The Role of the Family in the Faith and Value Formation of Children," WORD & WORLD, 1997.
Effective Youth Ministry: A Congregational Approach, Augsburg, 1988.
Bringing Up Your Child, Augsburg, 1986.
Ministries with Families, Augsburg, 1986.
"The Nature of Parenting," in The Family Handbook, Westminster, 1998.
The Child in our Hands, Augsburg Fortress, 2000.
"Families," Graded Press Video Series, 1986
"Developing Congregational Youth Ministry," Video Tape. 1985.
"A Faith-Formed Life," Video Tape, Augsburg, 1984.


S.T.D.San Francisco Theological Seminary
San Francisco, CA
B.D.Luther Theological Seminary
St. Paul, MN
B.A.Concordia College
Moorhead, MN


Roland Martinson came to Luther Seminary as assistant professor in 1977 and was named professor of pastoral theology and ministry, pastoral care, in 1982. He chaired the committee which created the new curriculum introduced at Luther Seminary in 1993. In May, 2000, Martinson was installed as Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Children, Youth and Family Ministry.

Ordained in 1968, he was pastor of Salem



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