Learn Before You Leap: 101 Case Studies for Youth Pastors by Kevin TurnerLearn Before You Leap: 101 Case Studies for Youth Pastors by Kevin Turner

Learn Before You Leap: 101 Case Studies for Youth Pastors

byKevin Turner

Paperback | October 13, 2012

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Designed to introduce and promote the use of case studies and strategic intentional interviews into the growing and developing of present and future youth workers, Learn Before You Leap provides an argument for the use of "problem centered learning" strategies that are common practices in the areas of the social sciences, leadership and business but not yet publicly developed or resourced in the growing field of youth ministry education.


Learn Before You Leap also:

  • Helps new youth workers process situations they'll encounter through role play.
  • Enables veteran youth workers to keep sharp and mentor younger youth workers and volunteers.
  • Uses Problem Based Learning to help promote critical thinking and problem solving in the youth ministry context.
  • Discusses the value and strategies for using interviews as a ministry development tool.


Includes ten case studies each addressing issues common to youth ministry organized by topical focus and a fully developed interview worksheet on the given topic-appropriate to a formal class room setting, an online threaded discussion, an informal youth ministry network lunch, a one-on-one internship discussion over coffee, or an individual reading.

Kevin Turner is the Associate Professor of Youth Ministry and Theology at Colorado Christian University. He and his wife, Elizabeth, and their two kids live in Lakewood, CO.
Title:Learn Before You Leap: 101 Case Studies for Youth PastorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.41 inPublished:October 13, 2012Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310890292

ISBN - 13:9780310890294


Table of Contents

Introduction: The value of talking for learning The value of Problem Based Learning (Case Studies) The value of interviews The Do's and Don'ts of Using Case Studies and Interviews The Case Studies/Interview Questions 1. Case Studies 1-10: Ministry 1-5 Calling 6-10 Marriage/Family Ministry Interview Sheet2. Case Studies 11-20: Music 11-15 YM programming uses 16-20 Student/Staff usage Music Interview Sheet3. Case Studies 21-30: Media 21-25 YM programming uses 26-30 Student/Staff usage Media Interview Sheet4. Case Studies 31-40: Counseling 31-35 Acute Crisis Intervention 36-40 Ongoing Contemporary Youth Problems Counseling Interview Sheet5. Case Studies 41-50: Biblical Interpretation 41-45 Old Testament Issues 46-50 New Testament Issues Interpreting the Bible Interview Sheet6. Case Studies 51-60: Teaching/YM Curriculum Development 51-55 What To Teach 56-60 How To Teach Teaching Interview Sheet7. Case Studies 61-70: Evangelism 61-65 Evangelism Strategies 66-70 Evangelism Content Evangelism Interview Sheet8. Case Studies 71-80: Spiritual Formation 71-75 Sacraments 76-80 Prayer Spiritual Formation Interview Sheet9. Case Studies 81-90: Games/Recreation 81-85 The role of recreation in YM 86-90 Game issues Games/Recreation Interview Sheet10. Case Studies 91-100: Theological Issues 91-95 "Life/Death" Issues 96-100 Spiritual Gifts Theological Issues Interview SheetsConclusion: How To Develop Your Own Case Studies