Author(s): Doug Fields
The sequel to "Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry", this book addresses twelve valuable steps that will help readers take the first steps as they begin their ministry. An invaluable resource for anyone in youth ministry and ideal for first-timers, veterans, or college students in youth ministry.
Runner-up for Christian Book Award 2003.
Doug Fields a respected youth ministry leader for over two decades, has authored or coauthored more than 30 books, including Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry and Help! I'm a Student Leader. With an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, Doug is the youth pastor at Saddleback Church, president of SimplyYouthMinistry.com, and a frequent presenter at Youth Specialties events. Doug Fields tiene casi 20 anos de experiencia en el ministerio con jovenes y es escritor y co-escritor de varios libros incluyendo "La Lecciones Biblicas Creativas en la Vida de Cristo, Videos que ensenan, Melodramas Espontaneos, Ministerio de Jovenes con Proposito." Doug, es pastor de jovenes en la comunidad cristiana de Saddleback en el Sur de California y con frecuencia sirve de maestro en los entrenamientos de Especialidades Juveniles.
acknowledgments essay writer profiles before you dig in  1. where do i start? committing to the essentials  "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 fun...Thankfully, a lot has changed..." 2. why do i feel this way? dealing with discouragement  "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  "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. what's most important to students? being with them  "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  "This is an important chapter conceived through struggle and pain. I'd love to save you from some of the hurt I've caused and experienced." 6. why all the conflict? dealing with difficult people  "During my years of leadership, I've experienced enough tension to fill an entire book. I've shed tears, caused tears, avoided conflict, started conflict, confronted conflict, confronted loudly, made enemies, gained supporters. Sometimes I've been right, but often I've been wrong." 7. who's the leader? understanding submission and supervision  "When I struggle in my relationships with those in authority over me, it's often because I'm 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 person's eye. (Have you read that somewhere?)" 8. where do i get help? working with a team of leaders  "My greatest joy and most difficult task is building a team of other adults who will love students and disciple them...If 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  "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  "You may be thinking, 'Why evaluate? I've barely started my ministry?' The earlier you get in the habit of performing regular check-ups, the healthier your ministry will be. You don't 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  "Change has a way of making or breaking youth ministry leaders, especially within their first two years...You 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  "If you don't know what's expected, you're doomed to fail. Expectations exist, whether spoken or not, and you need to discover them to be effective and stay healthy." epilogue  appendix a - youth ministry staff commitment form  appendix b - 10 frequently asked questions