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Terry Linhart speaks, writes, consults and teaches on a variety of subjects related to youth ministry, leadership, global youth, research, and teaching/learning. Terry teaches at Bethel College in Indiana where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. (Purdue University) in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on multicultural and cross-cultural curriculum studies. His writing and research have focused on youth ministry, cross-cultural dynamics, leadership effectiveness, globalization, global youth, and effective communication and ministry in multicultural contexts.
Prior to coming to Bethel, Terry served as a youth pastor in a local church and spent eight years as a Campus Life director for Youth for Christ, where he led youth ministry in rural and urban contexts and served as a national trainer for Youth For Christ USA. Terry has authored six books and he serves on the board of directors for various non-profit organizations.
He and his wife, Kelly, live 27 minutes from the South Bend airport. When they aren’t traveling they like to garden, write, drink coffee, work out, and attend the various activities of their three teenagers – Lauren, Jayson, and Sean. Terry and Kelly continue to volunteer in variety of ministry capacities in their local community and with global organizations.
BOOKS by TERRY LINHART:
No matter where you are, your youth group can have a lasting, worldwide influence. What Can We Do? offers practical suggestions on how your ministry can respond to issues like poverty, immigration, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and many more. You’ll help students impact the world around them, as they understand how their faith intersects with these global issues.
Description: Too often these days, youth hear about global issues such as poverty, human trafficking, and HIV/AIDS, but they don’t get practical suggestions on how they can make a positive impact on these problems. The reality is, today’s students will be leading the way in the workforce, ministries, and education in a few short years. If they begin to understand their connection to the global community today, just imagine the way they could contribute to improving these issues in future years.
What Can We Do? offers youth workers an overview of pressing global issues, along with realistic, practical ways their youth ministries can respond. By helping teens understand how their faith intersects with the struggles around the world, these youth groups can have a lasting, worldwide influence. Buy it here.
GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY: REACHING ADOLESCENTS AROUND THE WORLD
International youth ministry is challenging, diverse, and in desperate need of well-informed, globally-sensitive leaders. In the first textbook of its kind, Global Youth Ministry brings together some of the foremost voices in international youth leadership to focus on the theological, theoretical, sociocultural, and historical issues that shape ministry to youth in contexts around the world.
Description:As the world’s youth population continues to grow and interact globally, youth ministry is developing in equal fashion. Local fellowship and growth is mingled with international blogging, texting, and electronic socializing. Global youth ministry presents enormous opportunities, but it also requires careful leadership education and preparation.
Seeking to write a definitive yet succinct textbook on the challenges and requirements of international ministry, authors Terry Linhart and Dave Livermore invited twenty-three prominent youth ministry leaders from around the world to contribute chapters. The overarching purpose was to focus on essential topics, and to inform readers on the various theological, theoretical, sociocultural, and historical issues that shape international youth ministry. Global Youth Ministry uses diverse voices from mainline, evangelical, and Catholic ministries to bridge international and denominational divisions and ensure there’s no agenda from a particular theological or political niche.
The result is a useful and versatile text that both challenges and educates ministry students with a heart for missions and a spiritual empathy for youth around the world.
Here are some reviews of the book: From the Foursquare Church website.
Evangelism Remixed: Empowering Students for Courageous and Contagious Faith – co-authored with Dave Rahn – 2009 – Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Based on national research by youth ministry veterans and educators Dave Rahn and Terry Linhart, Evangelism Remixed reminds you of the importance of helping students develop their faith to the point where they naturally influence others for Christ in their everyday lives. This practical book offers principles that will enable you to evaluate your ministry’s evangelism effectiveness and provides step-by-step tools to help you put the concepts into real-life practice. Buy it here.
Your high school students probably think they know a lot about Jesus. But do they know how the stories of Jesus’ life relate to their own? If you want to get them thinking and talking about Jesus—who he really was, and what that means for them today—you have everything you need right here. High School TalkSheets: Life of Christ gives you easy-to-use discussion starters and the tools to lead students into meaningful dialogue about Jesus. The one-page, reproducible handouts offer provocative questions in a compelling design that cover everything from the prediction of his birth to his ascension. Students will delve into each aspect of Jesus’ life while looking at it through the lens of their own world and applying it to their own lives. TalkSheets makes the Bible relevant and engaging for students, while offering helpful hints and optional activities to help your youth ministry team effectively facilitate great conversations—without a lot of prep work. You can buy it here.
Middle School Talksheets: Life of Christ – 2009 – Zondervan/Youth Specialties
It’s not hard to get middle schoolers to talk…unless you’re talking about something other than the latest band, movie, or the opposite sex! If you want to get them thinking and talking about Jesus—beyond the flannel graph, Sunday school Jesus—you have everything you need right here. Middle School TalkSheets: Life of Christ gives you easy-to-use discussion starters and the tools to lead students into meaningful dialogue about Jesus. Buy it from Amazon.
Contagious Faith: Empowering Student Leadership in Youth Evangelism – 2000 – co-authored with Dave Rahn. GROUP Publishing.
This book originated out of my master’s thesis where Dave served as my advisor. As the research findings started to pour in, it became clear that we were on to some significant factors that would give dramatic shape to youth evangelism. This is the book that started it all and effectively showed biblical truths in action and their effect. Dare 2 Share, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cadre Ministries (download Ch. 3 here), and hundreds of church ministries have taken steps from CF to help their ministries improve their outreach effectiveness. Though out of print, you can still pick up some copies via Amazon.
All pictures by Peter Ringenberg.