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Engaging a New Generation

A Vision for Reaching Catholic Teens

Author(s): Frank Mercadante

ISBN13: 9781592767229

ISBN10: 1592767222

Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor

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  • Engaging a New Generation critically examines our commonly held assumptions as well as our often-used models and methodologies initially developed to reach late Baby Boomer and Generation X teens. It then introduces you to the core characteristics of the Millennial Generation teens and the pastoral implications, where the operational and ministerial borders are expanding far beyond traditional youth ministry.
  • Frank Mercadante

    Frank Mercadante is the Executive Director of Cultivation Ministries, where he has trained thousands of youth ministers in over 85 dioceses internationally. He has consulted with several hundred parishes nationwide on growing disciple-making youth ministries.

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    This text fills a great need.

     - Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson


    If you want to help young people develop a vibrant, life-transforming faith, read this book!

     - John Roberto, LifelongFaith Associates


    Engaging a New Generation is as much about vibrant parish faith as it is about our young people.

     - Bishop Timothy Doherty, Lafayette, Indiana


    A modern manifesto for reaching young people today.

     - Jim Beckman, Director of Youth Evangelization and Leadership, Augustine Institute


    Frank Mercadante's passion for the young Church and his commitment to a comprehensive approach to pastoral ministry is evident on every page.

     - Bob McCarty, D.Min., Executive Director, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry


    This book comes from deep inside the field of youth ministry. It is theological, sociological, practical, pastoral, and scriptural.

     - Dr. Mike Carotta, author, national consultant


    This book is the most significant resource I have read, not only for youth ministry but for parish ministry, in the last ten years.

     -Peter Denio, Standards for Excellence Coordinator, The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management


    Frank Mercadante is in it to win it for today's teens.

    - Randy Raus, Life Teen President/CEO


    Masterfully and succinctly outlines some of the big shifts that have taken place within culture and the Church.

     - Mike Patin, International Catholic Speaker and Faith Horticulturist


    Whoever wants the next generation of Catholic youth the most will get them. Let Frank Mercadante show you how!

     - Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Rediscover Catholicism and founder of


    We as a Church often hope to reach today's young people with yesterday's approach - and then wonder why they don't respond. This book is a must read.

     - Bob Rice, Speaker, Author, Musician, and Professor of Catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville


    Clearly identifies these cultural shifts and shares important current research on youth and families.

     - Jeffrey Kaster, Ed.D, Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville


Engaging a New Generation