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Product Details

  • Series: Help! (Focus on the Family)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (January 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310575516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310575511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Whether you're an old hand at youth work or you've just signed on, Help! I'm a Volunteer Youth Worker! gives you the basics for successfully reaching teenagers. These fifty, bite-sized suggestions are easy to remember and put into practice. They include tips on: - How to build relationships with students - How to recruit and train other volunteers - How to get along with the pastor and youth director - How to model Christian love to your students -- If you're a professional youth worker looking for new ways to encourage and empower your volunteer youth workers, just hand them a copy of Help! I'm a Volunteer Youth Worker! And don't forget to consult this book yourself -- because you're guaranteed to find great ideas for youth work that maybe even you hadn't thought of.

About the Author

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 Downloadyouthministry.com, the author of more than 50 books, and is currently working with Youth Specialties & Azusa Pacific University (HomeWord’s Center for Youth/Family). More information about Doug is available at www.dougfields.com.


More About the Author

Doug Fields has been a speaker and leader for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Vanguard University, and has received his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served at South Coast Community Church (now Mariners Church), in Newport Beach, CA for 11 years before he moved to be the youth and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA), where he was on staff for 19 years.

Since 2011 Doug has been the executive director at HomeWord's Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to his youth work, he also writes and speaks on Marriage, Family & Parenting.

He the author and co-author of more than 60 books including: Speaking to Teenagers, Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry, Refuel, 7 Ways To Be Her Hero, and the award winning Purpose Driven Youth Ministry which is in 20+ different languages and used as a textbook all over the world.

Doug would say his greatest accomplishment is marrying "way out of his league" to Cathy, his wife of 29 years, and having three children; Torie, Cody and Cassie. For more information about Doug Fields, visit www.dougfields.com and/or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Fields.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Great book with easy, practical advice for your volunteers. Helps give them a sense of ownership and empowers them to choose something they are comfortable with and run with it.
We gave it to all of our volunteers last year for Christmas and I received many positive responses about it. It was great to see them put the stuff into practice. We also used it during our monthly volunteer staff meetings to spark ideas and discussion. Invest in your volunteers and get them this book...it'll pay off a hundred fold.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David J. Huber VINE VOICE on November 2, 2001
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Perfect book to hand out to your youth ministry volunteers, and to go over and discuss. It's a small book, with one bit advice per page. It's not long on words - this thing is not a book about youth ministry, or how to do youth ministry. It's a short, quickie book of reminders to adults of how to interact and be in relationship with young people. So don't get this if you are looking for a how-to book, but definitely get it for something to give to the team, and also for yourself to look over from time to time and be reminded of some relational things you might have forgotten about, etc.
It's also usable in pretty much every church - whether conservative or liberal, evaneglical, charismatic, or mainline, since it isn't about teaching doctrine, but about how to be with young poeple (and not go insane, and not drive them insane).
I am quite impressed with it, and certainly think that all youth ministers and youth ministry volunteers should have a copy. Very helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Lewis on August 8, 2001
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What an amazing book! I read this book on my lunch break at work. If you are just getting started in youth ministry, this is a good introduction. It is a brief overview of what youth ministry involves. Mr. Fields also provides good insight for the most experienced youth workers. All too often, youth workers are over worked and under appreciated. This book reminds you of why you do what you do in youth ministry.
While I highly recommend this book, I will add that it is not filled with in depth information. It is just an overview, a spark to re-ignite the flame in youth workers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Stevenson VINE VOICE on February 18, 2006
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HELP! I'M A VOLUNTEER YOUTH WORKER! by Doug Fields is the book that started the complete HELP! line of youth worker books put out by Youth Specialties. The book serves as a great "jumper cable" to your ministry work. Fields goes through fifty different little ways to help you in ministry to jr. high and high school students. There are a few personal stories littered throughout, helping to drive home the points. Quite a handful of graphics are included - filling up a LOT of space in this 96-page book. The graphics look incredibly cheesy, and probably should have been replaced by more text. A lot of the material here is repeated in quite a few other books on high school ministry, but this is a great resource to have on the shelf - or to take along in the car to a retreat.
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Doug provides 52 great ideas for serving as a volunteer youth worker. The ideas range from the obvious to the amazingly practical (probably depending on how long you've already worked with teens!). It helps that this book can be read in one night (really!) and can be applied in small church contexts of almost any sort.
The weakness of this book is that it doesn't have much to over beyond the ideas themselves. There are no case studies to illustrate the suggestions made, leaving the reader to figure it out on their own. In the end, Doug passes on a great starter resource worthy of reading, but should not be compared with his more recent and more helpful books.
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