Sustainable Youth Ministry Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do about It

ISBN-10: 0830833617
ISBN-13: 9780830833610
Edition: 2008
Authors: Mark DeVries
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 225
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

One of the big problems in youth ministry is the constant turnover of youth ministers. Mark DeVries addresses the problem with a systematic answer: churches need to take corporate responsibility for establishing a vision and structure for effective ministry, rather than leaving it all up to the youth minister.

Mark DeVries (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the founder of Ministry Architects, a consulting team that assists churches in building sustainable youth ministries. He has served since 1986 as associate pastor for youth and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has trained youth workers on five continents and has taught courses or been a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and seminaries. DeVries is the author of Family-Based Youth Ministry and coauthor of The Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life, and he has been a contributing writer for Josh McDowell's Youth Ministry Handbook, Starting Right and Reaching a Generation for Christ. In addition, his articles and reviews have been published in a variety of journals and magazines. He and his wife, Susan, have four grown children.

Introduction: A Roll of the Dice: Exposing Today's Most Popular Youth Ministry Model
Cracking the Code: The Anatomy of Stuckness in Youth Ministry
The Easy Button: The Crisis of Chronic Underinvestment
Hoping, Wishing and Praying: Beyond the Frantic Search for the Youth Ministry Superstar
The Dance Floor: A Systems Approach to Youth Ministry
Building Right: The Structures of Sustainability
Changing Culture: The Work of the Environmental Architect
Searching Right: A Primer for Youth Ministry Search Teams
Aligning the Heart: The Emotionally Healthy Youth Worker
Monkeys, Frogs and Balconies: Secrets of Third-Pig Youth Workers
Architecting the Constellation: From Camp Counselor to Sustainable Leader
The Magnet Effect: Making Friendship Contagious
Dancing with Alligators: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Church Politics
Rabbit Trails and Brick Walls: When All the Brilliant Plans Don't Work
Epilogue: Seizing the Unfair Advantage
Discussion Questions
Sustainable Youth Ministry Builder's List
The Compliance Checklist
Acknowledgments
Notes

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