Mark Yaconelli and the Youth Ministry Spirituality Project

Mark Yaconelli and the Youth Ministry Spirituality Project

Contemplative Youth Ministry by Mark YaconelliMark Yaconelli's book, Contemplative Youth Ministry

Taking Kids Down the Contemplative Road Published by Zondervan

See Emerging Sideways Blog

Where Is Mark Yaconelli Taking
Our Christian Kids?

"It's Sunday just after 5 p.m. in the youth room at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo, California. Seven adults are sitting around a "Christ-candle" in the youth room. There's no talking, no laughter. For 10 minutes, the only noise is the sound of their breathing." ... more Ancient Future Youth Ministry by Mark Yaconelli

The Practices of the Youth Ministry Spirituality Project
Also see their link to SDI
(Spiritual Directors International)

What Kinds of Books Does Mark Yaconelli Recommend? (from his previous website)


Taken from
Please Contemplate This
by T.A. McMahon of
The Berean Call


"Mark Yaconelli is co-director of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project (YMSP), an Eli Lilly (makers of Prozac) endowed program which is introducing contemplative spirituality to young people throughout the country. He is also an adjunct professor of youth ministries at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His father is [was] Mike Yaconelli [now deceased], head of Youth Specialties, a major evangelical organization serving "more than 80,000 youth workers worldwide through training seminars, conventions, videos, magazines, and resource products." One Youth Specialties seminar is "Sabbath: A [Contemplative] Spiritual Retreat for Youth Workers," which Mark Yaconelli leads. In an article for the popular, youth-oriented Group magazine, Mark states, "The YMSP approach to youth ministry pushes for a return to God-awareness...[noting] that middle school and senior high kids are hungry to encounter God directly and eager to learn contemplative spiritual practices." In another article subtitled "How Spiritual Exercises Can Change Your Kids," he tells of implementing contemplative methods he first learned at "a weeklong retreat at a nearby [Roman Catholic] convent": Our [YMSP] project churches were introduced to a number of classical exercises from the Christian tradition: Biblical meditation forms like Lectio Divina and Ignatian contemplation; icon prayers and other visualization prayers; chanting; guided imagery; biblical imagination ... centering prayer; and prayers of discernment."


Quotes by Mark Yaconelli

"In the early 1990s my spiritual life and ministry with youth had been deeply transformed through silence, spiritual direction and contemplative prayer." Read the rest of this article by Mark Yaconelli

Mark's Advice To Youth—
1.Choose a sacred word or phrase
2. Consistently use the same word throughout the prayer.
3. Begin silently to repeat your sacred word or phrase

Is This What You Want Your Teen To Practice?
see Altered State of Consciousness

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