Giving Up Gimmicks: Reclaiming Youth Ministry from an Entertainment Culture by Brian Cosby and published by P&RBooks.
The lights dim and the smoke rises, the band starts playing and the big screen come on. It's a familiar scene, as youth ministries everywhere use entertaining and trendy approaches to draw in teens. But when the lights go 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? Might it be due to youth groups' desire to elevate experience above truth? Has left our teens summarily unsatisfied?
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, the sacraments, prayer, service, and community. Learn how much teenagers not only need a deeper ministry, but want one too.