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Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry
Penguin Random House (June 2017)
Andrew Root paints a vivid picture of the dog-human connection through history and describes why it’s often the wagging of the pooch at the door that reminds us best that we are worthy of love and created to share love. Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), paleontology, and a wealth of personal stories to trace how humans and dogs have so often helped each other—emotionally and even spiritually—to become more fully ourselves.
The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul
Baker Academic (Aug. 2017)
The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God?Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action.
Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church's Obsession with Youthfulness
Fortress Press (April 2014)
Finding practical theology not always able to present frameworks for understanding concrete and lived experience with divine action, Andrew Root seeks to reset the edifice of practical theology on a new foundation. While not minimizing its commitment to the lived and concrete, Root argues that practical theology has neglected deeper theological underpinnings. Christopraxis seeks to create a practical theology that is properly and fully theological, post-postmodern, post-Aristotelian, and that attends to doctrines such as divine action and justification.
Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross
Baker Academic (2014)
The youth ministry focus of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life is often forgotten or overlooked, even though he did much work with young people and wrote a number of papers, sermons, and addresses about or for the youth of the church. However, youth ministry expert Andrew Root explains that this focus is central to Bonhoeffer's story and thought. Root presents Bonhoeffer as the forefather and model of the growing theological turn in youth ministry. By linking contemporary youth workers with this epic theologian, the author shows the depth of youth ministry work and underscores its importance in the church. He also shows how Bonhoeffer's life and thought impact present-day youth ministry practice.
Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together
Ministry is a theological task done with and for living persons. Students in this course explore a theology of ministry that helps children, youth, and their families interpret God’s action in their actual lives. The course assists students in thinking about ministry from the location of divine action, recognizing how the leader’s own theological conceptions fuel his or her imagination for ministry with children and youth. Students are asked to construct their own “theology” of ministry. Each student is encouraged to focus on his or her own area of specialization (children’s ministry, youth ministry, pastoral care ministry, etc.) but is also moved into examining a theology of ministry that explores the centrality of God’s action in intergenerational dimensions of human communities. Full course
WINTER TERM 2020 OFFERING: PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED.
A theological framework for home and congregation ministry will be developed in this course followed by practical ministry strategies to provide effective ministries across the generations. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of different family forms, the cultural impact on the conception of family/childhood, and move toward intergenerational approaches for ministry.
WINTER TERM 2020 OFFERING: PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED.
From 1927 to 1938 Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s central pastoral ministry was with children and youth. This course examines Bonhoeffer’s biography, looking in-depth at his lectures, sermons, and essays on youth work. Through Bonhoeffer’s writing and history students are given an example of a theological thinker in children’s and youth ministry to emulate. The course particularly explores confirmation using Bonhoeffer’s work in Wedding 1932 and Pomerania 1938 to reexamine our practices today.
SUMMER 2020 - TRAVEL COURSE:
If you are interested in participating, please email Nancy Lee Gauche to register/save your spot as well as registering for CY4566 with Registrar for Summer 2020 Course. $500 Down payment to reserve your spot. Refundable through January 1, 2020. Remaining Balance Due April 1, 2020.
Ministry is a theological task done with and for living persons. Students in this course explore a theology of ministry that helps children, youth, and their families interpret God’s action in their actual lives. The course assists students in thinking about ministry from the location of divine action, recognizing how the leader’s own theological conceptions fuel his or her imagination for ministry with children and youth. Students are asked to construct their own “theology” of ministry. Each student is encouraged to focus on his or her own area of specialization (children’s ministry, youth ministry, pastoral care ministry, etc.) but is also moved into examining a theology of ministry that explores the centrality of God’s action in intergenerational dimensions of human communities.
A course that examines the theological, historical and sociological bases for relational/incarnational youth ministry. The course is designed to look at popular understandings of relational/incarnational ministry, assessing them through a theological understand of relationships. Students will be given the tools to use a relational/incarnational approach to youth ministry engendered from theological and strategic perspectives.
THM level guided reading/independent study in Children Youth & Family Ministry.
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