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Steven Argue

Associate Professor of Youth, Family, and Culture

BBA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MDiv, Trinity International University
PhD, Michigan State University

Courses Taught

YF502: Leading Change through Youth Ministry Contexts

YF522: Emerging Adult Spirituality and Ministry

IS500: Practices of Vocational Formation

Leader of DMin in Youth, Family, and Culture cohort

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

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


Current Research

Youth ministry, practices, and innovation; emerging adults and congregations

“I feel a deep commitment to giving voice to and hearing the stories of adolescents and emerging adults. I want their stories to be heard and told to promote understanding across relational and generational lines. If their voices are heard, they can be prophetic voices to the church.”


Dr. Argue reflects on the importance of engaging young people by first listening to them. Watch more.


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 and also served as associate pastor of high school ministries at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Prior to his ministry experience, he worked for Hewitt Associates, a firm that provides human capital and management consulting services.

Dr. Argue is the coauthor of 18 Plus: Parenting Your Emerging Adult (Orange, 2018), Growing With: Every Parent’s Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future (Baker Books, 2019), and Sticky Faith Innovation: How Your Compassion, Creativity, and Courage Can Support Teenagers’ Lasting Faith (Fuller Youth Institute, 2021). He has contributed chapters to Adoptive Youth Ministry: Integrating Emerging Generations into the Family of Faith (Baker Academic, 2016), Joy: A Guide for Youth Ministry (Yale University and Wesley’s Foundery Books, 2020), and the forthcoming Handbook of Contemporary Christianity in the United States: Historical, Cultural, Theological, and Ethical Explorations (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2022).

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 Young 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’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.

Argue played a key role in organizing and hosting the 2017 Payton Lectures: Young People and the Church.Through the Fuller Youth Institute, he is the colead investigator on a Lilly Endowment-funded project for Young Adults and Congregations. He also leads Fuller’s DMin in Youth, Family, and Culture cohort.

He is a dedicated runner, completing 17 marathons, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston.

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