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Youth ministry is an essential part of most evangelical churches. And yet, there is a surprising lack of resources written specifically for youth workers focused on viewing all aspects of youth ministry through a gospel-focused lens. Featuring contributions from a host of experienced youth workers from a wide variety of churches, this how-to manual offers guidance related to every facet of youth ministry, from planning short-term mission trips to working with parents. Theologically rooted yet eminently practical, this handbook will equip youth leaders to effectively shepherd the young people under their care - training them to live faithfully in their homes, churches, and schools.

Darren DePaul, Jason Draper, Elizabeth Edrington, Elisabeth Elliott, Drew Haltom, Mark Howard, Michael McGarry, Eric McKiddie, Thomas Olson, David Plant, Philip Walkley, Dave Wright

©2016 Jon Nieslon (P)2020 One Audiobooks

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A Youth Ministry Must-Read!

This book does a marvelous job of imparting timeless wisdom about youth ministry rather than following the fads that come and go. it is balanced, deep, and practical all at once. Every youth pastor or leader would benefit from reading or listening to it at least once, but it's worth keeping around in print for reference and in audio for convenience. The narrators humanize parts of the text that might go by too quickly in print to sink in properly, though one or two chapters felt a tad mechanical. The content was more than enough to make up for it, though. The biggest thing I appreciated was that each chapter grounded practice in Scripture, thoughtfully taking the time to give the divine commands behind core youth ministry practices. Very helpful! One small irritation: not all pastors are men, and I hope that subsequent editions use more gender inclusive language when speaking of pastors, especially since this seems to be aimed at a broad cross section of Christianity, rather than a particular denomination.