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Teaching the Next Generations

A Comprehensive Guide for Teaching Christian Formation

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Effective teaching is important not only to the Christian faith but to the success and impact of Christian ministry. This book champions the role of teaching as a necessary skill for ministers and future ministers to develop, equipping them to work effectively for the spiritual growth of young people.

Terry Linhart has more than twenty-five years of experience training youth workers. In Teaching the Next Generations, he brings together expert Christian educators representing a broad array of evangelical institutions and traditions to show how teaching connects to discipleship and the church in current contexts. Designed for the classroom, the book covers a wide range of topics and includes helpful illustrative diagrams, tables, line drawings, and charts.


"Too often I see ministry leaders who could use a crash course in improving their communication chops. This book is that course! Terry Linhart has brought together the best teachers to help us understand how teaching and learning intersect with ministry to young people. This book is loaded with biblical concepts and practical examples. When you're done digesting all that's here, you'll have new confidence and a skill set that will make you a more effective teacher. And it will give you confidence. Whether you're studying this in a college classroom or you're a veteran youth worker looking to improve, I'm happy to recommend this book to you."

Doug Fields, veteran youth worker, author, and cofounder of Download Youth Ministry

"For decades Christian education has been a staple of ministry. The idea that to grow we must be taught is not new, but as culture has changed the role and methods of teaching have changed. In response to these changes, Terry Linhart has brought together some of the finest thinkers in Christian education to equip Christian teachers to faithfully and effectively fulfill their calling. Teaching the Next Generations will be a valuable resource for teachers for years to come."

Chap Clark, author of Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith; professor and chair of youth, family and culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Terry is a good friend and youth ministry thought leader. I welcome his input in my life in any way, shape, or form. The input in this book contains helpful guidance on effective communication. I need all the help I can get, and I bet it will benefit you too."

Josh Griffin, cofounder of Download Youth Ministry

The Author

  1. Terry Linhart

    Terry Linhart

    Terry Linhart (PhD, Purdue University) is director of the youth ministry and adolescent studies program, professor of youth ministry, and chair of the department of religion and philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He previously served in...

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"The text accomplishes the goal of introduction to a broad range of concepts that relate to Christian teaching. . . . The book serves as a good reference as to the key topics to consider when developing a Christian teaching approach and key researchers and publications on each topic. The summative and conversational approach to the writing with an interspersing of practical impact makes the text appropriate for a variety of audiences, including lay volunteers, ministry leaders, and vocational minsters. In addition, the overview of such a wide variety of teaching concepts and ideas makes the text a viable option as an introductory academic text in Christian higher education."

Colleen Derr,

Christian Education Journal