Chapman “Chap” Clark

Professor of Youth, Family, and CultureSchool of Theology

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BA, University of California San Diego
MA, MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Denver

Chapman “Chap” Clark is professor and chair of the Youth, Family, and Culture Department in the School of Theology. He also serves as director of the Student Leadership Project and is the School of Theology’s representative on the executive board of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). On faculty since 1997, he created and directs Fuller’s master’s level and Doctor of Ministry programs in Youth, Family, and Culture, and oversees PhD students in practical theology who are studying youth and family ministry, youth culture, and adolescent development.

A well-known practitioner, adolescent and family scholar, and author, Clark has more than 30 years of experience in direct ministry, including 15 years with Young Life, as well as positions with several churches, Denver Seminary, Youth Specialties, and for seven years, as senior editor of Youthworker Journal. He is currently on the teaching team of Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor, Washington, is president of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Services, and continues to work closely with Young Life.

Clark’s extensive publications of books, articles, and videos focus primarily on relationships. Among the books he has authored, coauthored, and edited are Adoptive Youth Ministry (forthcoming), Youth Ministry in the 21st Century (2015), Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers and Hurt 2.0 (2004, a CBA finalist for Book of the Year; 2011), Sticky Faith (2010), Counseling Teenagers (2010), When Kids Hurt: Helping Adults Navigate the Adolescent Maze (2009), Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World (2007), Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs around Them (2007), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World (2006), Teens and Sex: A Leadership Video Curriculum (American Association of Christian Counselors, 2003), From Father to Son (2002), Starting Right: A Practical Theology of Youth Ministry (2001), Daughters and Dads (1998), The Youth Worker’s Handbook to Family Ministry (1997), and Let Me Ask You This . . . Conversations that Draw Couples Closer (1991). He has also edited and contributed to major youth and family ministry textbooks.

Courses Taught

  • EV559 Evangelism in Context: St. Patrick as Model
  • GM586 Lay Leadership and Development Practicum: Congregation-Based Leadership
  • GM587 Lay Leadership and Development Practicum: Community-Based Leadership
  • MD800 Tutorial: International Development
  • YF500 Foundation of Youth Ministry
  • YF501 Introduction to Youth Ministry
  • YF502 Leadership in Youth Ministry
  • YF503 Youth Outreach and Evangelism
  • YF504 Introduction to Family Ministry
  • YF721 Strategic Issues in Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF722 Theology of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF578 Practicum 1: Youth Ministry Programming
  • YF723 Developing the Spirituality of Adolescents
  • YF724 Psychosocial Development of Adolescents
  • YF725 Youth Ministry: Integrated Approach to Total Church Life
  • YF726 Emerging Models of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YF732 The Church as Family: Developing a Holistic Ecclesiology

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Parenting, culture (esp. youth culture, media, etc.), marriage, youth development, youth and family ministry, general church and parachurch ministry, leadership and teamwork, and spiritual formation



  • Next Time I Fall In Love. San Diego: Youth Specialties, 1987.
  • Next Time I Fall In Love Leader’s Guide. San Diego: Youth Specialties, 1988.
  • Great Camps and Retreats. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/YS, 1990.
  • Option Plays. (with Yaconelli, Robbins) Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990.
  • Next Time I Fall In Love Journal. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991.
  • Let Me Ask You This . . .: Conversations That Draw Couples Closer. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991. (co-authored with Dee Clark).
  • The Performance Illusion. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1993.
  • Boys To Men. (with Steve Lee) Chicago: Moody, 1995.
  • Creative Bible Lessons in Romans. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
  • The Youth Worker’s Handbook to Family Ministry. Grand Rapids: YS/Zondervan, 1997.
  • Dads and Daughters Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1998. (Co-authored with Dee Clark).
  • Starting Right: A Practical Theology of Youth Ministry (General Co-Editor with Kenda Dean and Dave Rahn) Three chapters as well as editorial oversight. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Youth Specialties Academic, 2001.
  • Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church. (One of four authors). Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Youth Specialties Academic, 2001.
  • Creative Bible Lessons in Romans: Faith on Fire / Lecciones Bíblicas Creativas para Jóvenes sobre Romanos: ¡Fe al rojo vivo! 2001.
  • Great Camps and Retreats. (in Korean) Grand Rapids: Zondervan/YS, 2001.
  • From Father to Son. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2002.
  • Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers.* Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004 (two peer reviews appear in the Journal of Youth Ministry, vol. 3(2) Spring 2005, pp. 111-113, 113-116).
  • Sufrimiento (Spanish version of Hurt). Casa Creacion, 2005.
  • Deep Ministry in a Shallow World. (with Kara Powell and the Fuller Seminary Center for Youth and Family Ministry). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Disconnected: Raising Teens in a MySpace World. (with Dee Clark). Grand Rapids, Baker, 2007.
  • Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others and Right the Wrongs Around Them (with Kara Powell and the Fuller Seminary Center for Youth and Family Ministry). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.
  • When Kids Hurt: Help For Adults Navigating the Adolescent Maze (with Steve Rabey) Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009. (Maktaba Dar El Kalema, an organization based in Egypt, has officially signed a contract for an Arabic-language edition of When Kids Hurt).
  • Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers (with Tim Clinton, President of American Association of Christian Counselors), Grand Rapids, Baker, 2010.
  • Arabic and two Chinese editions of Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers published in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
  • Hurt 2.0: The Newly Revised Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers. Baker Academic, 2011. (winners of Book of the Year, Relevant and Outreach; bronze winner BOTYA 2011 Winners in Family & Relationships, Adult Nonfiction).
  • Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids (with Kara Powell). Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2011. (Winner of Book of the Year, Relevant).
  • Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: 5 Views. Editor and contributor. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.
  • Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations Into the Family of Faith. Editor and contributor. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, Febrary 2016.
  • The Marks of a Man: A Biblical Call to Think, Engage, Relate and Live. In production. Anticipated publication 2016.
  • Slack Tide: A Devotional for the Somewhat Discouraged. In production. Anticipated publication 2016.

Selected Articles

  • Various articles in Couples’ Devotional Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993.
  • Various articles in Becoming Soul Mates. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993.
  • Various articles in True Love Waits Bible. Nashville: Broadman, 1996.
  • “Reconstructing Family Life: Family-Based Youth Ministry” (with Pamela J. Erwin), New Directions in Family Ministry. Loveland, CO: Group, 1998.
  • “When Your Teen Falls in Love,” Living With Teenagers, October, 1997.
  • “The Dating Game: A Parental Primer,” Living With Teenagers, February, 1998.
  • “When Boys Become Men: Initiating Rites of Passage With Our Sons,” Today’s Father, v. 6, n. 2, 1998.
  • “Drawing Your Daughter to God,” Today’s Father, v. 6, n. 4, 1998.
  • “The Pros and Cons of Advanced Education” Roundtable, Youthworker, November/December 1998.
  • Various articles and devotionals, NIV Teen Devotional Bible, Zondervan, 1999.
  • “Love in a Healthy Family,” It Takes a Family to Raise a Youth Ministry, Beacon Hill Press, 1999.
  • “The Needs of the Class of 2004,” Cover interview in The Ivy Jungle Report (A quarterly newsletter for people who minister to collegians) v. 7, Summer 1999.
  • “Family Ministry: What Are the Issues . . . and Is Anybody Really Doing It?” Youth Worker Journal, July/August, 1999.
  • “Junior Highers and the Bible: Why Bother?” in Christianity: the Basics, Kara Eckmann Powell, Gospel Light, 1999.
  • “From Fragmentation to Integration: A Theology For Contemporary Youth Ministry,” American Baptist Journal, Spring, 2000.
  • “An Ecclesiological Perspective of Youth Ministry: Creating a Place for a New Generation,” Christian Education Journal, Fall, 2000.
  • “Youth Ministry in an Age of Delayed Adulthood,” Youthworker, November-December, 2000. (Reprinted in Evangelical Church Alliance newsletter, Winter 2001).
  • “The Relationship Graph” in Sex in Young America and selected ancillaries (Leader’s Editions, Student Editions and Parents’ Edition), Jody Burgin, Cincinnati, OH: Nat’l Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, 2001.
  • “A New Paradigm For Youth Ministry.” Paper delivered to the faculty, School of Education, The Kings College, University of London, January, 2002.
  • “Strategic Assimilation: Rethinking the Goal of Youth Ministry,” Youthworker, July-August, 2002.
  • “Response to ‘How do I work with parents? Becoming family-friendly,” in Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right, Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Youth Specialties Academic, 2002.
  • “Entering Their World: A Plea for a Qualitative Commitment to Understanding the Changing Face of Contemporary Adolescence,” Journal of Youth Ministry, October, 2002.
  • “Adolescent Son and Daughter Sibling Perceptions of their Attachment Relationship with their Father,” in Journal on Family Communication.
  • “A Hierarchy of Theological Responses to Popular and Culture: Knowing when to fight, knowing when to embrace,” in Duffy Robbins, Introduction to Youth Ministry, Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Youth Specialties Academic, 2003.
  • “17 Steps of Physical Intimacy and the Escalation of Desire; Risks to the Heart & Risks to Health; How Far Should We Go & Where Do I Draw the Line?; Enjoying the Early Steps.” In LOVE U2: Getting Smarter About Relationships, Sex, Babies and Marriage, 2003.
  • On My Mind… ‘But does it work?’ Being a Theologian in Youth Ministry.” Barefoot Ministries, online magazine, May, 2003.
  • On My Mind… ‘The Reality of Lengthened adolescence: Ministry in the Land of the Lost Boys (and Girls), Where no one seems to grows up.’” Barefoot Ministries, online magazine, June, 2003.
  • On My Mind… ‘Hey, look at me… I’m The Youth Pastor.’” Barefoot Ministries, online magazine, July, 2003.
  • On My Mind… Reaching Students Where They Are.” Barefoot Ministries, online magazine, September, 2003.
  • “ON THE HOME FRONT” Discipleship Journal, September/October, 2003, p. 84.
  • On My Mind… “Ode to a Hero – Celebrating the Legacy of Mike Yaconelli.” Barefoot Ministries, online magazine, November, 2003.
  • “Even Better,” Men of Integrity, Tuesday, November 11, 2003.
  • “Beyond the Mechanics: The Power of the Right Question,” Youthworker, July-August, 2004 (co-authored with Kara Powell).
  • “An Historical Oxymoron: Formal Education in Youth Ministry,” Youthworker, September-October, 2004.
  • “In Spite of How They Act: Teenagers Don’t Want to be Left Alone,” Decision, September, 2004.
  • “The Needs of Youth Ministry at the Turn of the Century: Hearing the Voice of the People,” (co-authored with Pamela Ebstyne King and Kara Powell), Journal of Youth Ministry, October, 2004.
  • Forward, Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers, Jonathan McKee, Grand Rapids: Zondervan/YS, 2004.
  • “An Inside Look at the American Teenager,” Marriage and Family, vol. 6, Is. 3, 2005.
  • “Maintaining Your Ministry Heading,” in Amy Jacober (ed.), The Youth Minister’s Sourcebook, 2005. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005.
  • “Sacred Space on the Campus,” Barefoot Ministries, Sacred Space, Kansas City, KS: Beacon, 2006.
  • Foreword, Dr. Wayne French, Remember When: Building Memories for Teens, Sydney, Australia: Signs, 2005.
  • “Youth,” in Global Dictionary of Theology, William Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, eds., Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.
  • “The New Morality: Sex and the Postmodern Teenager” 2006, Issue 3 edition of Christian Counseling Connection (American Assoc of Christian Counselors).
  • “Sex and Today’s Adolescent: Is it all that different than it’s ever been?Youthwork, UK, August, 2006 edition.
  • “The Stem Cell Debate: It is Time to Come Together,” April/May, 2007, Sojourners.
  • “Running on Empty: Binge Drinking, Substance Abuse, and Adolescent Longings,” Summer, 2007, Issue 3 edition of Christian Counseling Connection (American Association of Christian Counselors).
  • “Culture of Abandonment: Understanding the Teens of Today’s Tough World,” InSite, November/December 2007, CCCA. Pp. 12-14.
  • “Mobilizing Youth for Deep Justice,” (with Kara Powell) Theology, News & Notes, Fuller Theological Seminary, Fall, 2007, pp. 9-12.
  • “Culture of Abandonment: Why Today’s Teens Are Hurting,” An interview with Chap Clark, Ph.D. In Site, Christian Camp and Conference Association, November/December 2007, 12-14.
  • “Bringing God’s People Together,” The Heart of Youth Ministry, Group, Loveland, CO, 2008.
  • “The Five Steps of Getting Un-Lost,” Review of I Once Was Lost, Christianity Today, June 2008, 55.
  • “Youth Ministry as Practical Theology,” Journal of Youth Ministry Educators, Fall 2008.
  • Foreword, The Long Haul, Jeff Baxter, Grand Rapids: Youth Specialties/Zondervan, 2008.
  • “What Your Teen Isn’t Telling You,” Living with Teenagers, July 2009, 6-7.
  • “Systemic Abandonment,” YLO, v. 79, Spring 2010, 6-7.
  • “Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World,” (with Dee Clark) EWomen Magazine, Vol. 4 Iss. 1, Spring, 2011.
  • “Connecting and Serving Today’s Adolescent,” Christian Counseling Today, Vol. 19, No. 2, 36-39.
  • “Discipleship in Youth Ministry: From Bondage to Freedom, and What It Means for Youth Ministry,” Youthworker Journal, November/December, 2011.
  • “So You Think You Know Your Kids? Five Realities Every Kid Wants You to Know (Without Asking),” Youthworker Journal, September/October, 2012.
  • Remember When We Used to Talk? Social Media and the New Family Dynamic,” Christian Counseling Today, vol 19 (3), May, 2013.
  • “The New Normal of Isolation in Adolescence: Response to O’Keefe,” The Journal of Youth Ministry: The academic journal of youth ministry educators 13, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 86-88.

Video and DVDs

  • Next Time I Fall in Love Video Curriculum. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
  • Teens and Sex. A leadership video curriculum for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), 2003 (DVD).
  • The Changing Adolescent. A leadership video curriculum for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), 2005 (DVD).
  • Parenting A New Generation, Atlanta, GA: reThink, 2011 (DVD).

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