Sustainable Youth Ministry

Author: Mark DeVries
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ISBN: 1458723992
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You're looking for a youth pastor. Again. What goes wrong? Why do youth ministries crumble? And what is the cost to students, parents, volunteers and church staff? Is a sustainable youth ministry possible, even after a youth pastor leaves? Youth ministry expert Mark DeVries knows the answer is yes, because he helps build sustainable youth ministries through his coaching service called Youth Ministry Architects. So take heart; No matter what state the youth ministry at your church is in-in need of a leader and volunteers, full of battles and stress, large or small in number-it can be built to survive and to last for the long haul. Based on his own experience and on his many conversations and interviews with churches in crisis, DeVries pinpoints problems that cause division and burnout and dispels strongly held myths. He then provides the practical tools and structures pastors and church leaders need to lay a strong foundation for your ministry so that it isn't built on a person or the latest, greatest student ministry trend. His accessible guidance helps senior pastors and search committees create a realistic job description for a youth pastor provides tips for making wise hiring decisions equips youth pastors to build a strong volunteer team offers creative solutions to help youth pastors set and keep boundaries gives a road map for navigating church politics and more Building a sustainable youth ministry is not easy, and it's not quick. But with commitment to the process, hard work and DeVries's guidance, you can put together a healthy youth ministry-one that fits your church and lasts for the long haul. Youth ministry can last. Here's how.

Building Your Volunteer Team

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830897631
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Do you find yourself again and again wondering what it would take to get some new volunteers onboard for your ministry? And yet does it seem that you are never able to focus your energy on recruitment? Maybe you find yourself saying things like: "It s just easier for me to do it myself." At one level, of course, this is true. Almost always, it is easier to "do it ourselves." We avoid the hassle of having to coordinate and communicate. We avoid having to follow up with people who drop the ball. Youth leaders Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman have heard dozens of reasons why leaders choose not to build a solid volunteer team. But faithful ministry is not a do-it-yourself project. It s more than just recruiting—it involves changing the culture of your ministry so that volunteers want to become involved.That's why they have developed this 30-day change approach. In these pages you will find the step-by-step support you need to actually make one of the most important changes you want to see in your ministry. DeVries and Stratman are so commited to the ideas that they offer the following guarantee: If you work this 30-day process for one to two hours a day, six days a week, for 30 days, and it does not create significant change in your ministry, Ministry Architects will gladly refund the cost of this book and offer a credit of $20 toward any downloadable resource in their online store at ministryarchitects.com. You have so little to risk and everything to gain. It's time to put together that team you've been longing for!

Sustainable Children S Ministry

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830888470
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Are you a children's ministry leader on the edge of burnout? Sustainable Children’s Ministry shows you how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself. This practical resource will help you build a ministry foundation that will still be standing long after you are gone.

The Indispensable Youth Pastor

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: Group Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780764466106
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Youth Ministry, most rewarding and exhausting profession. Can you handle the pressure? Whether trying to land your first youth ministry role, wishing for more love for the job you hold, or seeking strategies to lock in the job- tools to help you succeed.

Sustainable Young Adult Ministry

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830865551
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Young adult ministry can scare us, but what if it's not as enigmatic as we've been led to believe? Full of practical advice from their own experience (and a wealth of additional resources), this book from Scott Pontier and Mark DeVries explores six common mistakes churches make in their efforts to reach young adults, offering six paradoxes that return us to a simpler, more biblical ministry model.

Family Based Youth Ministry

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830868054
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Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously. Family-based youth ministry is about adults discipling teens one-on-one and in groups. It is about involving not just the nuclear family but the whole church family--from singles to older adults. More important, it's about incorporating youth into the life of your church. So stop worrying about the size of your youth group or your budget. Mark DeVries's refreshing approach to youth ministry will show you how your church can reach today's teens and how you can keep them involved in the life of the church. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor or a church member who cares about teens, you will find in this book an entirely different approach to youth ministry that will build mature Christian believers.

Inside The Mind Of Youth Pastors

Author: Mark Riddle
Editor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 0310577098
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The teens in your church are impacting their world today and they’ll be the leaders of tomorrow. As a leader in your church, you understand the importance of an effective youth ministry. But it’s not as easy as simply putting a person in charge of the youth ministry in your church. Some of the most important steps in building a sustainable youth ministry happen even before you begin looking for a youth pastor. And once you have a person in place, there are several key things you can do to help develop a healthy student ministry that includes encouraging your youth pastor, engaging teens, and involving parents. In this practical book for church leaders, you’ll: • Set goals for your student ministry that inform your search for a youth pastor. • Facilitate communication with your entire church ministry staff by using the included discussion guide. • Discover how to implement a ministry that supports families and their involvement in the youth ministry. Whether you already have a youth pastor or are just beginning your search, this book will help you set up your student ministry and youth pastor for health and longevity. Make sure you understand what’s going on inside the mind of your youth pastor—whether he or she is a veteran, a volunteer, or an inexperienced new pastor—so that together, you can create a life-changing student ministry that reaches teens and draws them to Jesus.

Youth Leader Training On The Go

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: Simply Youth Ministry
ISBN: 9781470723316
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Today's youth ministry volunteers are clamoring for training, yet many of them won't show up for tons of meetings. So how can youth workers equip their teams? Youth Leader Training on the Go is an easy, proven way to train leaders and multiply your ministry's effectiveness. This resource from Mark DeVries, Jeff Dunn-Rankin, and the Ministry Architects team will guide youth workers through a dynamic yearlong strategy that enhances their compelling "can't miss" training meetings. Each of the 52 learn-from-home lessons includes thought-provoking questions, an encouraging message for leaders, a story about someone living out a specific leadership truth, a relevant Scripture, questions for the volunteer to ponder, and an action idea. Each lesson is a double-sided handout--one book covers everything, so no participant books are required. And we've also included a CD-ROM with all the tools and files. Youth Leader Training on the Go will help your volunteers to: * Connect with Jesus and help teenagers center their lives on him * Understand youth culture for effective conversation and interaction * Discover practical, helpful ideas for ministering to teenagers * Work with parents to help students grow in faith * Find balance between ministry and personal life Effective ministry training isn't a one-time event. It's an ongoing investment in leaders who deeply care about teenagers, their families, and their church. Help your teenagers grow deeper in their faith by investing in your volunteers.

Before You Hire A Youth Pastor

Author: Mark DeVries
Editor: Group Publishing (Company)
ISBN: 9780764470240
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Avoid a "normal" search that produces predictable, normal results. Use this book as a guide for conducting an "abnormal" search that leads you to the right person for your congregation

Youth Ministry

Author: Malan Nel
Editor: AOSIS
ISBN: 1928396542
File Size: 46,99 MB
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This book aims at contributing to the scientific and academic discourse as regards to the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of youth ministry. Too often, youth ministry has been approached from a mainly practical point of view, almost asking how we keep young people off the streets. Its methodology has often not included the theological and theoretical presuppositions that lie behind this ministry. Previous scientific reflection has been determined by a one-dimensional and almost exclusive point of view. In comparison with existing literature, this book does not focus so much on the ‘how’ of youth ministry. It innovates a different approach. The book challenges the existing exclusive approach and develops an inclusive, congregational and missional understanding of and approach to youth ministry. From a particular perspective on the understanding the main objectives of Practical Theology, the author endorses the so-called movement of ‘what is supposed to be going on’. He adds the outcome of an empirical round table discussion with some 16 leaders in this field on the descriptive and interpretive movements within the subject field: what is going on and why is it going on? The book will form the standard for any new research with regard to youth ministry. The book’s contribution lies on the level of sound theological reasoning and argumentation (supported by many scholars) for an inclusive congregational understanding of ministry as an integral part of every congregation being missional in being and doing. Youth, children, adolescents and emerging adults, are just as integral a part of every congregation within which they live and serve.

Adoptive Church Youth Family And Culture

Author: Chap Clark
Editor: Baker Academic
ISBN: 149341562X
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Teens and emerging adults don't feel at home in the church because they are not fully included in the church body. How can congregations nurture young adults, welcome them as siblings into God's household, and empower them to become fully embedded contributors within and to their faith community? Integrating the latest research on adolescent faith and young adult ministry for the local church, this book presents a new way of thinking about youth ministry. Chap Clark offers today's youth leaders highly practical principles based on his extensive experience, showing how they can implement a sustainable youth ministry program in their local church. He presents the adoptive youth ministry model as a way to help congregations see youth ministry as a bridge to inclusion, participation, and contribution in the body of Christ. Clark's comprehensive plan for designing and implementing youth ministry shows churches how to intentionally welcome young people and create an environment where they belong.

Foundations For Youth Ministry

Author: Dean Borgman
Editor: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1441241507
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Dean Borgman, a nationally known youth ministry expert, offers a new edition of his influential classic. Reaching a broadly ecumenical audience, this book challenges readers to think about the theological nature of youth ministry. Questions for discussion and reflection are included. This thoroughly updated edition was previously published as When Kumbaya Is Not Enough. Praise for the first edition "Writing with the lens of a theologian, the heart of a pastor, and welcome doctrinal breadth, Borgman has provided a 'field book' of pastoral theologies that takes seriously the social systems shaping the lives of adolescents. This book is a significant step toward the long-awaited conversation about theology and youth ministry in postmodern culture."--Kenda Creasy Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary; author of Almost Christian "In this excellent work Borgman brings theological integrity, depth, and years of wisdom like nothing else I have seen in our field."--Jim Burns, author of Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers

Youth Ministry Nuts And Bolts Revised And Updated

Author: Duffy Robbins
Editor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 0310296579
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Youth ministry veteran and bestselling author, Duffy Robbins, offers an updated and revised edition of his book about the important, behind-the-scenes mechaincs of youth ministry. The tasks of budgeting, decision-making, time management, team ministry, staff relationships, conflict resolution, working with parents, and a range of other issues, are the things that keep a ministry together and functioning well. Nobody gets into youth ministry because they want to think about these things; but a lot of people get out of youth ministry because they didn’t think about them. All youth workers—whether paid or volunteer, full-time or part-time—will find Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts to be a thoughtful, fun, practical guide to youth ministry administration.

Global Youth Ministry

Author: Terry D. Linhart
Editor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 031041055X
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As the world's youth population continues to grow and interact globally in an instant through blogging, texting, and social networking, youth ministry is adapting in equal fashion. Authors Terry Linhart and David Livermore offer advice that's substantiated by more than twenty prominent worldwide youth leaders: be prepared. Global Youth Ministry is the first textbook to recognize the phenomenon of global youth ministry and to coordinate leading youth ministry voices in a discussion of the theological, theoretical, sociocultural, and historical issues that shape ministries around the world. Traditionally, students of international youth ministries have had to wade through a range of sources, perspectives, and agendas. This versatile text distills all that, and focuses on real-world experiences, challenges, and issues that are part of international ministries. This book is essential reading for undergraduate and graduate-level students and youth ministry leaders who have a heart for missions, social awareness and spiritual empathy, and a desire to serve young people around the world.

Youth Ministry 2027

Author: Brock Morgan
Editor:
ISBN: 9781942145356
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If you¿ve ever felt like a sure-footed model of youth ministry is difficult to grasp as the spiritual and cultural shifts come in wave after wave, you¿re not alone. While some sociologists paint a bleak future for the youth of tomorrow, there are just as many signs that point toward hope and revival. Can you spot them? Are you ready for the next shifts and what they will mean for your church?From the author of Youth Ministry in a Post-Christian World, this fresh take on the future of youth ministry and what it means for us today serves as both a wake-up call and an encouraging word for the path forward.

Relationships Unfiltered

Author: Andrew Root
Editor: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 0310515343
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For more than 50 years, relational or incarnational ministry has been a major focus in youth ministry. But for too long, those relationships have been used as tools—as a means to an end—where adults try to influence students to accept, know, trust, believe, or participate in something. While our motives may be good, it’s possible that by focusing on these goals, we’re not ministering the whole person. When we choose not to engage in the full life of a student, we run the risk of failing them and our ministry. In this thoughtful and insightful book, Andrew Root challenges us to reconsider our motives and begin to consider simply being with and doing life alongside teenagers with no agenda other than to love them right where they are, by place-sharing. As he shares stories of his (and others’) successes and failures in relational youth ministry, you’ll find practical ideas to help you recreate the role of relationships in your youth ministry. If you’re involved in the lives of teenagers, whether as a youth pastor, volunteer youth worker, church leader, or parent, you’ll want to read this book and work together to discover the value of place-sharing in the lives of teens. You’ll see that it’s time to tear down the old structure of relational youth ministry and start again.

Mentorship And Marketplace

Author: Matt Overton
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ISBN: 9781942145455
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"As time went on, I increasingly found myself longing for a new youth ministry experiment, one that was truly different. I felt a growing sense that if I wasn't willing to risk failure by piloting something new for the sake of Christ, then I needed to hang it up," writes veteran youth worker Matt Overton. Part memoir, part ministry how-to, and part call to innovative action, Ministry and Marketplace chronicles Matt's journey into youth ministry as social enterprise. That first foray into a new way of doing things-via a landscaping company that employs teenagers-has since evolved into The Columbia Future Forge, a nonprofit that includes a full-scale mentoring program. The Forge does something youth ministries, though well-intentioned, often don't: meet the practical, day-to-day needs of teens, just as much as their spiritual ones. The bonus is that the social enterprise model is financially sustainable, in a time when church-sourced youth ministry funds are drying up.Not all youth workers will be ready to dive into social enterprise, but all readers can learn from the lessons Matt imparts through stories of his own experiments, successes, and bumps along the way, and will find encouragement to explore new possibilities-all in the faith that following God's call will transform the lives of the teens in their communities.

Saying Is Believing

Author: Amanda Hontz Drury
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830840656
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What if our view of testimony is all wrong? Integrating sociological analysis and theological reflection, Amanda Drury presents testimony as not merely something that describes what happened in the past, but as an essential practice for Christian spiritual formation, especially for adolescents in the process of developing their identity.

Letters To A Youth Worker

Author: Mark DeVries
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ISBN: 9781937734053
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Letters to a Youth Worker allows you to have some of the best youth ministers in the country ride shotgun on your journey. This collection includes letters from Walt Mueller, Kara Powell, Andy Root, and many others who provide wisdom and insight into effective youth ministry. Contributors based their letters on one or more of the 44 assets identified in the Exemplary Youth Ministry Study. Youth Ministry Wisdom for YOU "You need to be clear on the purpose of youth ministry; you need to be able to finish this sentence: Youth ministry is for ..." - Andy Root What we want you to know is that Jesus has been there for us, every step of the way. You need to know that, but even more than that, you need to practice that, and a lot of us don't." - Duffy Robbins "I am having an affair. My mistress was my youth ministry." - Jim Burns "Wouldn't it be great to find the youth ministry 'silver bullet'?" - Kara Powell "Your talent and personality will only connect with so many in your group. The sooner we realize this limitation, the sooner we'll get passionate about finding a diverse group of leaders who can share in the ministry." - Mark Matlock "Exemplary youth ministry is not about what you do. It's about who you are." - Walt Muller

Adoptive Church

Author: Chap Clark
Editor: Baker Academic
ISBN: 9780801098925
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Teens and emerging adults don't feel at home in the church because they are not fully included in the church body. How can congregations nurture young adults, welcome them as siblings into God's household, and empower them to become fully embedded contributors within and to their faith community? Integrating the latest research on adolescent faith and young adult ministry for the local church, this book presents a new way of thinking about youth ministry. Chap Clark offers today's youth leaders highly practical principles based on his extensive experience, showing how they can implement a sustainable youth ministry program in their local church. He presents the adoptive youth ministry model as a way to help congregations see youth ministry as a bridge to inclusion, participation, and contribution in the body of Christ. Clark's comprehensive plan for designing and implementing youth ministry shows churches how to intentionally welcome young people and create an environment where they belong.