Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry (häftad)
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Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry

A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right

Häftad,  Engelska, 2002-08-01
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Since forever altering the course of the youth ministry world with his best-selling, groundbreaking book, Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry, Doug Fields mindbut especially his hearthas been focused on the many unique needs of new youth workers. Doug translated his passion, insight, and vision for his beloved rookies into what youre now reading, Your Fist Two Years in Youth Ministryhands-down the most comprehensive companion to not only surviving, but also thriving, during the most crucial phase of youth ministry. Employing his renowned wisdom and humoras if you and Doug were chatting over a long, relaxing mealthe author disarmingly relates stories and principles from his own successes and failures over 20-plus years in youth ministry. In the end, he offers treasure troves of practical advice, all in the hope that new youth workers can travel a smoother path and achieve real longevity in a church culture that all too often chews them and spits them out. Doug covers all-important issues such as: Dealing with discouragement Establishing a solid spiritual foundation Building effective relationships with students Resolving conflict Ministering to parents and families Trailblazing change Working with volunteers Defining a realistic job description And many others! In addition, a chorus of insightful sidebar voices joins your conversation with Doug, among them ministry veterans Jim Burns, Steve Gerali, Mike Yaconelli, Helen Musick, Chap Clark, Marv Penner, Rick Warren, Jana L. Sundene, Bo Boshers, Duffy Robbins, Tony Campolo, and Richard Ross, all whove composed extensive, topical essays for each of the dozen chapters. Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry is a must-have tool for new youth workers, volunteers, seminary professors and students, senior pastors, elders, church boardseven veteran youth workers whove been ministering in unstructured environments and are now asking, What did I miss? What can I still learn? The first two years of youth ministry are never easy. But never fear. Doug fervently assures us: Hang on. Hopes coming!
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Doug Fields has been a leader in youth ministry for over 30 years. In addition to being a youth pastor at two churches for 11 and 20 years, Doug is the founder of Simply Youth Ministry, the co-founder of, the author of more than 50 books, and is currently working with Youth Specialties & Azusa Pacific University (HomeWords Center for Youth/Family). More information about Doug is available at


acknowledgments essay writer profiles before you dig in [13] 1. where do i start? committing to the essentials [19] In 1979 I was a rookie youth worker with no idea what I was doing. I took teenagers to R-rated movies; I had a Jacuzzi party in the baptismal because a 12-year-old thought it would be funThankfully, a lot has changed... 2. why do i feel this way? dealing with discouragement [41] Discouragement may be the single most powerful feeling that entices great women and men to exit prematurely from youth ministry. 3. how do i stay spiritually fresh? establishing a heart foundation [63] Being connected to God on a daily basis is more important than any youth ministry semi-nar you attend or any book you read. 4. whats most important to students? being with them [81] As you begin your youth ministry, please keep in mind that programs only exist to build and strengthen relationships with God and with one another! Relationships are key to a healthy ministry! 5. how do i work with parents? becoming family friendly [103] This is an important chapter conceived through struggle and pain. Id love to save you from some of the hurt Ive caused and experienced. 6. why all the conflict? dealing with difficult people [127] During my years of leadership, Ive experienced enough tension to fill an entire book. Ive shed tears, caused tears, avoided conflict, started conflict, confronted conflict, confronted loudly, made enemies, gained supporters. Sometimes Ive been right, but often Ive been wrong. 7. whos the leader? understanding submission and supervision [149] When I struggle in my relationships with those in authority over me, its often because Im criticizing others when I should be critical of myself. I need to consider the log in my own eye before I point out the speck in another persons eye. (Have you read that somewhere?) 8. where do i get help? working with a team of leaders [171] My greatest joy and most difficult task is building a team of other adults who will love students and disciple themIf you find, develop, and empower leaders, you ll be a valuable asset to your church and set yourself up for success in future youth ministry. 9. can students handle responsibility? investing in student leaders [195] If you allow students to lead, you ll have the privilege of encouraging, validating, and shap-ing their faith. 10. are we doing the right thing? evaluating youth ministry programs [213] You may be thinking, Why evaluate? Ive barely started my ministry? The earlier you get in the habit of performing regular check-ups, the healthier your ministry will be. You dont want to wait for major decay to appear in your ministry before you act. 11. how do i make changes? navigating the phases of change [235] Change has a way of making or breaking youth ministry leaders, especially within their first two yearsYou have no easy, magic-formula, works-every-time procedure to imple-ment change, but you can take some definitive actions to minimize conflict. 12. what do i do now? defining a realistic job description for your first two years [255] If you dont know whats expected, youre doomed to fail. Expectations exist, whether spoken or not, and you need to discover them to be effective and stay healthy. epilogue [277] appendix a - youth ministry staff commitment form [279] appendix b - 10 frequently asked questions [281]