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Creating a vibrant youth ministry

The context and strategies for communicating the faith have changed dramatically through the centuries. Since the early 20th century, churches have engaged young adults as youth ministers. Being young adults, they often have little training for the work they are asked to do, but their age makes them particularly able to identify and communicate with youth. Correspondent John M. Mulder interviewed Dietrich Kirk, co-founder and exutive director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, about the purposes of the center, its role in the life of the Church and how it equips youth ministers through its unique masters degree program, offered in affiliation with Princeton Seminary and Vanderbilt Divinity School. Kirk also discusses issues faced by youth ministers and how they can best engage young people and help them develop a vibrant faith life. "Deech Kirk on Training Youth Ministers," is archived on the website of Resources for American Christianity, a site devoted to helping Christian leaders and participants, religion scholars and the interested public better understand the impact, trends and trajectories of Christianity in American society.

As Executive Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Deech Kirk offers a unique perspective on the theological

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