Now more than ever, teens are struggling with stress, anxiety, and fear. Between social media, the 24/7 flood of news from around the world, global pandemics, mental health crises, the pressure of getting good grades or attending a specific college, financial stress at home, and existential threats like climate change, it’s no wonder.
Teenagers today are different from teenagers even 10 or 20 years ago. The issues they are facing are complex and wide-ranging. How can youth workers understand them better? What are the best ways to meet anxious teens where they are and help them feel seen, loved, and known—both by our youth ministries and by the God who cares for them so deeply?
Brock Morgan uses his conversational style and trademark humor to approach this topic from the starting point of his own experiences with anxiety and his decades in youth ministry. In these pages he provides context to help us understand today’s anxiety-ridden reality, and teaches skills and practices we can develop in ourselves and our youth to move forward in a lasting, healthy faith.
Brock Morgan’s lates book, Beautiful Rebellion, cuts past unhelpful stereotypes and shows today’s teens that they are uniquely primed to use their whole selves—faith, skepticism, intellectualism, humor, big questions, and all—to bring about a world-changing movement empowered and driven by God’s love. Brock uses his engaging and often funny voice to tell stories from his job as a youth worker and speaker, sharing vivid and inspiring moments that will invigorate and encourage teens. Written for dreamers longing for a better dream, tender-hearted doubters who haven’t lost their hope, and faith-filled people looking for more than they’re finding in the church, Beautiful Rebellion points toward a better story, and shows readers that they’re the ones who can live it out.
Beautiful Rebellion Curriculum: Inviting Teenagers to Change the World, the companion curriculum by Brock and Kelsey Morgan, is designed to help youth workers and teens dive into topics raised in Brock’s book for students, Beautiful Rebellion: Joining the Movement to Change the World. In each of the four lessons (which can be used consecutively or as stand-alones), an adaptable script for a short topical lesson is paired with a small group guide. Beautiful Rebellion Curriculum will give teens and their leaders the opportunity to ask questions, laugh, pray, and reflect more deeply on the active, world-changing life Jesus invites teenagers into.
If you’ve ever felt like a sure-footed model of youth ministry is difficult to grasp as the spiritual and cultural shifts come in wave after wave, you’re not alone. While some sociologists paint a bleak future for the youth of tomorrow, there are just as many signs that point toward hope and revival. Can you spot them? Are you ready for the next shifts and what they will mean for your church?
From the author of Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World, this fresh take on the future of youth ministry and what it means for us today serves as both a wake-up call and an encouraging word for the path forward.
The new go-to gift for the graduate is not a book of promises or a list of life hacks (not that there’s anything wrong with that). It’s a collection of stories, interviews, and journaling prompts woven together by veteran youth worker Brock Morgan to wake high school seniors up to the world of imagination and wonder—a life of faith lived to the full—that awaits them once the cap and gown have been put away.
God wants to do amazing things in your son's life--and wants you to play an integral role in that adventure. Raising a son to become a God-honoring man is no easy task. It's complex, it's dynamic, and it requires a lifetime of investment. But authors Brock Morgan and Mark Oestreicher know it can be done--confidence that's rooted in their individual journey of faith and in their experience as longtime youth workers.
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys will help you discover insights on shepherding your son, preparing him to take the reins of his life, and helping him confront the extreme struggles every guy faces. This book will enlighten, encourage, and equip you as a parent. as you walk alongside them.