Read and discussed it with my intern. Great overview of the real issues facing youth ministry. Gives tips and real situations on how to deal with conflict, parents, pastors, and unexpected situation that WILL arise in any congregational youth ministry. I have been in full time youth ministry and can still benefit from well written veterans youth ministry veterans like Len! Would recommend to any congregational youth worker!
I just received my book in the mail today and on my 30 minute lunch break I have read the first few pages and it has me thinking and opening my eyes to the condition of people within the Youth & Children's Ministry that I serve in. I am excited to read the rest of the book and watch the Youth & Children's Ministry transform from the vision and thoughts of people to the vision and mind of God!!
I have been a full time youth minister for almost fourteen years and I still find this book to be extremely helpful. I got the original edition of this book over 10 years ago, and wore it out. I was real excited to see that Kageler had updated it. I have taken almost all of my ministry interns through this book, and they have all gained much from it. We have all appreciated the authentic, down to earth, transparent writing style that Kageler employs. His insight and applications are all very easy to understand and appreciate.
The only downside to this book is that some have felt that Kageler presents a very "administrative" heavy style of youth ministry and not so much a spiritual one. However, Kageler very effectively shows that the hard reality of youth ministry is that a mastery of organization on some level is a necessary evil if one is to avoid getting fired or burned out. Definitely an outstanding book and a must read for all youth ministers.
I am a youth pastor and an adjunct instructor teaching youth ministry at a Christian university. My students love this book and I find that it really opens their eyes to the challenges they will face in youth ministry.