Contemplative Youth Ministry is rooted in Mark Yaconelli's experience of co-directing the acclaimed Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project. Through this project, churches and youth ministers have explored contemplative prayer, discernment, spiritual direction, covenant community, spiritual practice and Sabbath-living as a way of resourcing ministries with youth. The results have been transformative, and this engaging book, richly illustrated with personal stories, provides refreshment and new ways of thinking for anyone who has grown weary or disillusioned with the vital tasks of working with and caring for young people.
MARK YACONELLI is the son of Mike Yaconelli, founder of Youth Specialities and, until his untimely death in 2003, one of the most popular ever speakers at Greenbelt. Mark has an MA in Christian Spirituality and a Graduate Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction. He has contributed chapters to Starting Right: Thinking theologically about youth ministry (Zondervan 2001) and Way to Live: Practicing our faith with youth (Upper Room 2002). Interviews and profiles of his work have appeared in the national American media, and there has been increasing interest in his work in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.