Andrew Root joined Luther Seminary in 2005. He is often mentioned as one of the leading scholars in youth ministry and practical theology in the world. His first book Revisiting Relational Ministry (IVP, 2007) presented a new trajectory for youth ministry, offering the field one of the first robust theological projects. Since then, Root has published sixteen books, many of which have been found on lists for book of year. His 2011 book, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry, was awarded Book of Merit by Christianity Today.
Root has also offered important texts on pastoral ministry more generally, asserting that “the theological substance of youth ministry is no different than ministry generally; my concern is to discuss how real people (whether young or old) experience the living presence of God.” His books The Promise of Despair, The Relational Pastor, and Christopraxis have all offered new visions for pastoral practice and practical theology. Root’s unique theological project is see all of theology through the lens of ministry, particularly exploring God’s own act and being as fundamentally ministry.
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