Steven C. Argue

Assistant Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture School of Theology

Contact Information
626-584-5524
Education
BBA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MDiv, Trinity International University
PhD, Michigan State University

Biographical Information

Steven Argue joined the Fuller Theological Seminary faculty in June 2015 in a hybrid role as assistant professor of youth, family, and culture and as applied research strategist with the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). A thought leader and researcher with decades of on-the-ground ministry experience, he came from Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served since 2009 as pastor and theologian-in-residence. Prior to that he was executive director of the Contextual Learning Center (CLC) at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, where he designed the seminary’s residency program that provided experience and assessment for seminary students. He has worked and led parachurch organizations that focused on youth ministry strategies and leadership development. Also, he was associate pastor of high school ministries at Elmbrook Church. Prior to his ministry experience, he worked for Hewitt Associates, a firm that provides human capital and management consulting services.

Dr. Argue worked with FYI for five years before joining its staff: as a Sticky Faith coach and speaker, a contributor on projects such as the Churches Engaging Youth People Project (CEYP), and as an Advisory Council Member. He also taught as an adjunct at Fuller Seminary, as well as at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University, Bethel College (Indiana), Biblical Theological Seminary, Northern Seminary, and Jos Evangelical Theological School (Nigeria). His speaking engagements include Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC) since 2008, and his publications range from numerous blogs and articles on the Fuller Youth Institute website, in Group magazine, Inside Track magazine, and Youth Worker Journal to coauthoring a five-volume set of training materials for youth workers. Argue was also a chapter contributor to Adopted, edited by Chap Clark.

Argue’s doctoral research focused on how undergraduate students who attend public universities perceive and work through spiritual struggle. He hopes this work can contribute to better understanding emerging adults—one of the most misunderstood groups of people in our churches today—and provide more meaningful ways for faith communities to support emerging adults in one of the most important periods in their lives.

His professional affiliations include the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Association of Youth Ministry Educators, International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry, National Network of Youth Ministries, and the Association of Theological Field Educators. Argue was ordained in 1994 by Elmbrook Church, Brookfield, Wisconsin, as an Ordained Minister of the Gospel.

Classes Taught

  • YF502 Leading Change Through Youth Ministry Contexts

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Emerging adult formation and advocacy, youth ministry, young adult ministry, adolescents, teaching and learning, leadership development, adolescent culture, family ministry, faith formation, spiritual development, spiritual struggle, parenting, qualitative research, Sticky Faith, undergraduates

Currently studying: youth ministry, practices, and innovation; emerging adults and congregations

Publications

Dissertation

  • Argue, S. (2015). Supporting Undergraduate Spirituality: College-related Factors Evangelical Christian Students Perceive as Affecting their Working through Spiritual Struggle while Attending a Public University [cf. http://gradworks.umi.com/36/81/3681792.html].

Chapters

  • Argue, S., Rethinking Church Strategies and Structures in Clark, C. ed. Adoptive Youth Ministry. Baker Academic, 2016.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore. (2006). 5 of 8 chapters in Youth Ministry in the 21st Century. Loveland, CO: Group.
  • Argue, S. (2005). “Connecting Parents in a World of Outsourcing,” in Plugging in Parents. Loveland, CO: Group, 131-33.

Training Materials

  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2008). Call 4. Grand Rapids: Intersect.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). Express 3: Express. Grand Rapids: Intersect.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). Follow 2: Form. Grand Rapids: Intersect.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). Emerge 1: Training for Students. Grand Rapids: Intersect.

Articles

  • Argue, S. (2016). “Beyond the Conference: 4 Questions to Transform Your Ministry Training Approach,” Fuller Youth Institute; https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/blog/ministry-training-approach
  • Argue, S. (2016). “Where Do Twentysomethings Fit In Our World Today,” Fuller Magazine, Issue 7.
  • Argue, S. (2014). “It’s Time to Define the Relationship with Our Emerging Adults,” Youth Specialties; http://youthspecialties.com/blog/its-time-to-define-the-relationship-with-our-emerging-adults
  • Argue, S. (2014). Sticky Faith for Parents (by Kara Powell). Reader and Sidebar Contributor: “Three Big Questions to Help Your Child Transition to the Job Force.”
  • Givens, T., and Argue, S. (2014). “Reimagining the Gospel in Relationship,” Fuller Youth Institute; http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/part-2-the-gospel-in-relationship
  • Argue, S. (2013). “Stirring It Up: Eschatological Hope in the Lunchroom,” Youth Worker Journal, print and online; http://www.youthworker.com/youth-ministry-resources-ideas/youth-culture- news/11694656/
  • Argue, S. (2013). “Getting Parents on Board (Hint: They Already Are): Reimagining the Parent,” Youth Worker Relationship as a Way Forward. Fuller Youth Institute; http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/getting-parents-on-board-hint-they-already-are
  • Argue, S. (2013). “Processes, Pitfalls, and Aha’s of Implementing Sticky Faith.” Fuller Youth Institute; http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/steve-argue-webcast-interview
  • Argue, S. (2013). “Soul Care Sweat” (Reprinted). Fuller Youth Institute; http://stickyfaith.org/articles/soul-care-sweat
  • Argue, S. (2013). “Time and Place: Essential Elements for Faith Sticking,” Fuller Youth Institute; http://stickyfaith.org/articles/time-and-place
  • Argue, S. (2012). “From Faith to Faithing: Could Faith Be a Verb?” Fuller Youth Institute; http://stickyfaith.org/articles/from-faith-to-faithing
  • Argue, S., and J. Bishop (2012). “Spiritual Growth through Self-authorship,” Fuller Youth Institute; http://stickyfaith.org/articles/spiritual-growth-through-self-authorship
  • Argue, S. (2012) “Evangelism in the Dark: A Response,” Immerse Journal.
  • Argue, S. (2011) “Soul-care Sweat,” Immerse Journal.
  • Argue, S. (2010). “Youth Ministry’s Theological Horizons: Seeking and Risking a Better View,” Immerse Journal.
  • Argue, S. (2010). “The Beauty of Limitations,” Group 36 (6).
  • Argue, S. (2010). “Gospel = Good News?” Group 36 (5).
  • Argue, S. (2010). “Un/Orthodox,” Group 36 (4).
  • Argue, S. (2010). “Moving beyond the ‘Don’ts’ of Sex,” Group 36 (3).
  • Argue, S. (2010). “Between the Lines,” Group 36 (2).
  • Argue, S. (2010). “Reframe the Job Description,” Group 36 (1).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2009). “Holidaze.” Group 35 (6).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2009). “September 2010,” Group 35 (5).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2009). “Mirrors,” 35 Group (4).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore. “From Mission Trips to Missional Living,” Group 35 (3).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2009). “Face the Race.” Group 35 (2).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2009). “Youth Ministry’s Image Problem.” Group 35 (1).
  • Argue, S. (2009). “Volun-tiers.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2009). “Give Them a Break.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2009). “Fund Hazing.” Youth Worker Journal 25 (5).
  • Argue, S. (2009). “The Parent-Volunteer Relationship.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Incarnation Reflections.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Theological Volunteerism.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. 2008). “Curriculum.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2008). “Reframe the Job Description.” Group 34 (5).
  • Argue, S. (1008). “Deep.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Infidelity.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2008). “God Talk,” Group 34 (4).
  • Argue, S. (2008) “Where Am I?” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Enter.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2008). “Exit,” Group 34 (3).
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Exhaustion.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2008) “Missional Being,” Group 34 (2).
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Called. Wanted. Appointed. Sent.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Changing Change.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2008) “Speaking Out,” Group 34 (1).
  • Argue, S. (2008). “Reflections.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). “Converting Conformity,” Group 33 (6).
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Enter.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Dear Volunteer,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). “What’s So Amazing about Youth Group?” Group 33 (5).
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Junk Hours.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Superhuman?” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). “There’s No ‘u’ in Missions,” Group 33 (4).
  • Argue, S. (2007). “College-Age Volunteers.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Going beyond Superhuman.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). “Moving beyond Image toward Imagination,” Group 33 (3).
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Forgetting Students.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2007). “I Can’t Listen When I’m Talking,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). “’Guide’: The New Leader,” Group 33 (3).
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Check-ups Prevent Check-outs.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Unplug to Reconnect.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2007). “Can I Have a Do-over?” Group 33 (2).
  • Argue, S. 2007). “Knowing Nothing Is Everything,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2007). “Leading by Invitation.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Saddened over Youth Ministry’s Battle Cry.” Journal of Student Ministries 1 (4).
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Tell Me a Story.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). “The Great Invitation.” Group 32 (7).
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Suffering from Parentnoia?” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). “God of the Past, Future, and Ever-Present,” Group 32 (6).
  • Argue, S. (2006). “You Don’t Believe in Volunteers,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Called and Sent Volunteers,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Volunteers Are Good for Nothing,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). “Beverly Hills, That’s Where I Want to Be,” Group 32 (5).
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Retreating from Summer into Fall,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Short-Term Mission, Long-Term Vision,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). “Summertime Blues,” Group 32 (4).
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Good Grief—Graduation,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). “The Longest, Deepest Time of Year for Youth Ministry,” Group 32 (3).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2006). “New Year’s Resolution: Be Amazingly Average,” Group 32 (2).
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Are We There Yet?” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Love in the Plural,” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2006). “Happy Deep Year.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2005). “The Minority Majority: Women in Youth Ministry.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2005). “What Do You Give a Volunteer Who Gives Everything?” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2005). “Volunteers with Faces.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2005). “The He(art) of the Message.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S. (2005). “Volunteerism: It’s Actually about Me.” Inside Track.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2005). “Youth Ministry by the Num83r5.” Group 32 (1).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2005). “Don’t Go Solo in Your Self-improvement.” Group 31 (6).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2005). “An Appeal for In-Your-Face Evangelism.” Group 31 (5).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2005). “Focus through the Family.” Group 31, (4).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2005). “Taking Storytime to the Mat.” Group 31 (3).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2005). “Taking Youth out of Youth Ministry.” Group 31 (2).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “Encounter. Connecting Ourselves with the Person, Life and Ministry of Christ.” Elburn, IL: Sonlife.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “No Shirt, No Service?” Group 31 (1).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “Ecclesia, Semper Reformanda.” Group 30 (6).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “Modification, Formation, Reformation.” Group 30 (5).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “Following Leaders.” Group 30 (4).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “The Follower’s Prayer.” Group 30 (3).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2004). “Reclaiming the ‘Fellowship’ Hall.” Group 30 (2).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “24-7 Link.” Streamwood, IL: AWANA.
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “New and Improved?” Group 30, (1).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “We the People.” Group 29 (6).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “Ready to Go Bible Studies: Peter.” Group 29 (6).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “Hey Youth Group! This Is My Body.” Group 29 (5).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “MTV, PS2, Thai, German, Jesus.” Group 29 (4).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “What If?” Group 29 (3).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2003). “The Heart of the Matter.” Group 29 (2).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore (2002). “Jesus, Is, Therefore I Think.” Group 29 (1).
  • Argue, S., and D. Livermore. (2002). “Jesus Call to Follow, Not Copy.” Group 28 (6).

Presentations

  • (October 5, 2016) Yale Divinity School, Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Series: “Joy on Purpose” w/ Dr. Pamela King.
  • (October 29, 2016) Association of Youth Ministry Educators [AYME], “Undergraduate Spiritual Struggle: Perceptions of Spirituality and the Quest to Remain Faithful”.

Additional Information

Ran in the 2016 LA Marathon and has also qualified for the Boston Marathon.

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