This is a very short book (126 pages) which gives a brief overview of youth ministry touching on what Mark Oestreicher believes have been the three major shifts in youth ministry over the last 50 years.

After his historical observations and research Mark Oestreicher comes to the conclusion that to reach the current generation of young people we need to focus on community and mission. As these are the two major things that today’s young people are seeking. They want deeper connections than social media can supply and they want a mission that is bigger than themselves.

Oestreicher is easy to read and includes many, many quotes in sidebars to further illustrate and add to his point of view. He is even prepared to include opinions that he does not necessarily agreed with.

Although the book is short, Oestreicher manages to cover his topic well and gives much food for thought.