Sustainable Youth Ministry

Author: Mark DeVries
ISBN: 9781458723994
Release Date: 2010-11-29
Genre: Church work with youth

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.

Family Based Youth Ministry

Author: Mark DeVries
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830868056
Release Date: 2010-09-20
Genre: Religion

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.

Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts Revised and Updated

Author: Duffy Robbins
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 9780310296577
Release Date: 2010-08-24
Genre: Religion

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.

Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors

Author: Mark Riddle
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 9780310577096
Release Date: 2009-08-30
Genre: Religion

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.

Global Youth Ministry

Author: Terry D. Linhart
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 9780310410553
Release Date: 2011-04-19
Genre: Religion

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.

Relationships Unfiltered

Author: Andrew Root
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
ISBN: 9780310515340
Release Date: 2013-03-05
Genre: Religion

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.

Saying Is Believing

Author: Amanda Hontz Drury
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830840656
Release Date: 2015-04-06
Genre: Psychology

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.

Building Your Volunteer Team

Author: Mark DeVries
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830897636
Release Date: 2015-01-03
Genre: Religion

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 You have so little to risk and everything to gain. It's time to put together that team you've been longing for!

Letters to a Youth Worker

Author: Mark DeVries
ISBN: 1937734056
Release Date: 2012-11-15
Genre: Church work with youth

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

Jesus Centered Youth Ministry Guide for Volunteers

Author: Rick Lawrence
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781470722074
Release Date: 2014-12-08
Genre: Religion

If you’re a volunteer in youth ministry, you’ve likely wondered: “How did I get here?” No matter how you’d normally answer, one thing’s for sure: You’re “here” because Jesus nudged or maybe even dragged you here. That’s because Jesus loves you and loves teenagers, and he wants them to get what you have to give. But how do you maximize your time with them? And how can you make an impact that draws students into a closer orbit around Jesus? When you’re captured by the “real” Jesus, not the “knockoff” Jesus we often hear about in our culture, then your pursuit of him influences your kids’ pursuit of him. And when you’re all-in with the real Jesus, you have lasting impact in your interactions with students. This guide for volunteers is a condensed version of Rick Lawrence’s wildly successful book Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. It delivers a laser-sharp focus on why we need a renewed focus on Jesus in youth ministry, and gives you practical, sustainable ways to put JCYM ideas into practice. You’ll encounter page after page of field-tested ideas for crafting and nurturing a Jesus-magnetic ministry environment. Help satisfy your teenagers’ hunger for Jesus by helping to shift the orbit of your ministry.

The Indispensable Youth Pastor

Author: Mark DeVries
Publisher: Group Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 0764466100
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Religion

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.

Youth Leader Training on the Go

Author: Mark DeVries
Publisher: Simply Youth Ministry
ISBN: 147072331X
Release Date: 2015-01-05
Genre: Religion

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.

Scientific Data for Decision Making Toward Sustainable Development Senegal River Basin Case Study

Author: Senegal National Committee for CODATA
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309087094
Release Date: 2003-01-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Scientific databases relating to the environment, natural resources, and public health on the African continent are, for various reasons, difficult to create and manage effectively. Yet the creation of these and other types of databases--and their subsequent use to produce new information and knowledge for decision-makers--is essential to advancing scientific and technical progress in that region and to its sustainable development. The U.S. National Committee for CODATA collaborated with the Senegalese National CODATA Committee to convene a "Workshop on Scientific Data for Decision-Making Toward Sustainable Development: Senegal River Basin Case Study," which was held on 11-15 March 2002, in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop examined multidisciplinary data sources and data handling in the West Africa region, using the Senegal River Basin as a case study, to determine how these data are or can be better used in decision making related to sustainable development.

Before You Hire a Youth Pastor

Author: Mark DeVries
Publisher: Group Publishing (Company)
ISBN: 0764470248
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Church youth workers

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