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Product Details

  • Series: Youth Specialties S
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (March 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310213282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310213284
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,136,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Mark Oestreicher is associate pastor of children, students, and young adults at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, California. With 13 years in youth ministry, he has written numerous books, including Wild Truth Bible Lessons and Wild Truth Journal for Junior Highers

From the Back Cover

To Be a Junior High Youth Worker . . .

takes a distinct kind of adult, just as junior highers are a distinct kind of people. Betwixt and between though they may be, early adolescents are as capable of a genuine spiritual understanding and growth as high schoolers.

It’s just that junior highers absorb Bible teaching and demonstrate their spirituality—well, differently. Help! I’m a Junior High Youth Worker! is your primer for understanding young teenagers, then teaching them with a mind-set and with methods that fit them.

First Things First. Three axioms that define your territory as a junior high youth worker.

So Just What Is a Junior Higher, Anyway? The essence of early adolescence: the need for appropriate rules . . . the dilemma of throwing sixth graders and eighth graders together in the same program . . . small is good.

Developmentally Speaking. Changes junior highers enjoy and endure cognitively, emotionally, socially, spiritually . . . their changing relationships with parents . . . individuation and hair under their arms.

Time to Teach! Your required dose of pedagogy: the case for fun learning . . . ten top teaching topics for middle school ministry . . . how simulations, role plays, and storytelling can be your best teaching methods for early adolescents.

Faith Outside the Youth Room. Spiritual discipleship for middle schoolers: they don’t have to be high schoolers to begin forming habits of prayers, service, and outreach.

Help! I’m a Junior High Youth Worker! is help at hand surviving and thriving in ministry to early adolescents.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Stevenson VINE VOICE on February 4, 2006
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Let's face it. Junior High Ministry is not always a picnic. But neither is it a war zone (well,at least not always!). There isn't really a whole bunch of resources out there for Junior High workers, but HELP! I'M A JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH WORKER! by Mark Oestreicher is at least a pretty decent quick help guide to the ministry.

Throughout the book, Mark is mainly giving side-line encouragement to keep going and love the kids, throwing a few helpful ideas in here and there. He approaches topics such as developments physically, socially, and spiritually in junior highers, practical teaching tips, and ways to help spur your students to LIVING their faith, not just showing up on Sundays with a dusty Bible.

I found the teaching tips to be helpful. He offers suggestions on game ideas, ways to keep attention, and a list of helpful curriculums that will NOT bore junior highers. Along the way, Mark throws in stories of his own short-comings as a youth minister and also stories from different individuals involved with youth. There are also a bunch of quotes from actual teens about their views on different aspects of being in junior high. At the end, there is a very comprehensive list of other youth ministry resources from videos to books.

While a VERY quick read (took me in all less than an hour to breeze through), Mark does give some helpful advice and encouragement to get back into the trenches and love the students I work with. Recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "velma76" on October 28, 2000
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This book is a must have for anyone involved with junior high ministry. This book is for everyone from junior high youth pastor to junior high volunteer. It has all the information you need to work with junior high youth.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barth on April 10, 2006
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I have no idea why this book got published. There are just a few words on any page and the advice is shallow and obvious. I bought copies for my youth group volunteers and every single one of them said they didn't get anything out of it. Just use the one from Doug Fields, which is virtually the same thing.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By stephaniebradley on August 20, 2005
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These are one-liners that aren't funny or insightful. People who work with teen-agers shouldn't have to listen to someone else tell them what they already know by common sense.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By dan k on August 22, 2004
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This book is just riding on the coat tails of the one that came before it. It is again a bunch of shallow advice from someone who is trying to make money off of volunteers.
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More About the Author

Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and former president of Youth Specialties. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0 and Middle School Ministry, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant. Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two teenage children, Liesl and Max.
Marko's blog: http://whyismarko.com/
Marko's website: http://theyouthcartel.com/

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