Dr. Andy Root

Andrew Root

Luther Seminary

Dr. Andrew Root is the Carrie Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology and youth ministry. His most recent books are The Grace of Dogs (Convergent, 2017), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).

Bible Study Studying the Bible with Youth

Practical theologians and youth pastors discuss the best approaches, tools, and frameworks to use when leading adolescents in Bible study, exploring the spiritual needs of young people and the transformative power that good Bible study can have on youth.

Silhouette of a girl sitting in meditation Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the effects that habitual practices have on our lives and discuss the importance of prayer and spiritual practices as habits that orient us towards God. Various spiritual practices are explained, taught, and offered as potential ways to engage adolescents in experiential prayer.

Recruiting, Training and Supervising Youth Workers and Volunteers

Leading theologians and pastors discuss the importance of attracting, training and supervising both youth workers and volunteers to lead thriving youth groups.

Cultivating Worshipful Youth

This course explores the importance of worship for youth. Theologians and pastors explore different facets of worship, why we do these things in worship and how to best implement them in youth worship services.

Tending to the Mental Health of Adolescents

Leading theologians and pastors explore adolescent mental health and the role of youth ministry and the youth minister in supporting youth.

People sitting at a table with note pads Promulgating and Implementing Church Safety Guidelines

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors discuss the importance of maintaining boundaries, creating church safety guidelines, and instituting a system of regular and ongoing training of volunteers and workers.