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Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture (Cosby)

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The lights dim...the smoke rises...the band starts playing. It's a familiar scene, as youth ministries everywhere use entertaining and trendy approaches to draw in teens. But when the lights come on and the fog clears, what do we find?

Far too many teenagers raised in Christian homes drift away from the church after high school. Why is this true? Could it be because youth groups, in seeking to elevate experience over truth, have left teens dissatisfied and hungry for that truth?

Brian Cosby demonstrates a ministry approach that nurtures teens and brings them back for more—one solidly grounded in Christ and patterned after the means of grace: the Word, sacraments, prayer, service, and community. Learn how much teenagers not only need a deeper ministry, but want one too.


Table of Contents:

  1. Why Entertainment Hasn't Worked
  2. What Is a 'Means-of-Grace' Ministry?
  3. Ministry of the Word
  4. Empowered through Prayer
  5. Nourished in the Sacraments
  6. Satisfied by Service
  7. Transformed Through Community
  8. Building and Leading a Youth Ministry Team



Brian H. Cosby is pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church (PCA) on Signal Mountain, Tennessee and adjunct professor of church history at Metro Atlanta Seminary. He is the author of several books and regularly contributes to various journals and magazines.



"If you want true success in your ministry, here is the thought-through operational blueprint." - R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

"Many youth ministry books are outdated almost as soon as they are published...This book is different, grounding a vision of gospel-focused youth ministry in the permanent things of apostolic Christianity." - Russell D. Moore, Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary