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“Forget the growth hormones! Stephen Ingram calls everyone who cares for young people to get our hands dirty in the organic soil of student ministry. Drawing on years of experience in ministry and consulting, Stephen will help you asses the particularities of your ministry context and determine what to plant and what to prune in order to promote long-term growth and sustainability. This book is required reading for anyone seeking fresh visions for youth ministry.” —Dave Csinos, Author, Speaker, and founding President of Faith Forward
“The keen mind of Stephen Ingram permeates this book. Organic Student Ministry is chock-full of smart, savvy youth ministry wisdom. You won’t find quick, shot-in-the-arm fixes for programming. Instead, you should read each chapter like it’s a treasure chest: with a yellow highlighter ready to put each gem into pragmatic practice.” —Stephanie Caro, Author, Speaker, Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects
“Youth ministry will only be effective in our post-Christendom culture if it is contextual. Cookie cutter ministry models no longer work—if they ever did. Rooted in years of experience as a youth worker and consultant, Stephen Ingram has assembled a collection of best practices and attitude adjustments that will nurture relational and adaptive youth ministry in whatever context you serve. If you want to cultivate a dynamic and holistic ministry with young people and adults, this book is for you.” —John W. Vest, visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Cofounder of the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference
“Finally a student ministry book written by an honest youth minister! Stephen not only captures the beautiful and hectic mess of adolescence, but lets the minister off the performance and production hook and invites them to get down and into the students’ lives. Organic Student Ministry is the book I wish I read 15 years ago … but at least I can share it now.”- Tripp Fuller, Cofounder of Homebrewed Christianity podcast
“After reading an early draft, I knew Stephen was onto something profound. I could see immediately the authentic ring of ideas proven in the crucible of actually doing ministry week in and week out with young people. Though Stephen has already contributed quite a number of books to the youth ministry conversation, Organic Student Ministry introduces clearly and provocatively Stephen’s innovative, signature vision for ministry. I am thrilled that, at last, Stephen’s timely and distinct approach will be added to the vocabulary of those seeking to do faithful work with a new generation.” —Mark DeVries, Founder of Ministry Architects and Author of Sustainable Youth Ministry