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Help! I'm a Small Church Youth Worker! Paperback – July 29, 2002

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Practical help for volunteer, part-time, and full-time youth workers in small churches

Eighty-five percent of the churches in America are classified as small. This book provides youth workers with processes and ideas that enable them to address their particular needs as part of small churches.

About the Author

Rich Grassel is Assistant Professor of Student Ministries at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. With experience in student ministries for 16 years, Rich has worked in seven different denominations, in both large and small church contexts. He’s written for several magazines, including Youthworker Journal, and is a frequent speaker at Youth Specialties’ training events. Rich and his wife, Ruth, have two sons and reside in the Beaver Falls area.

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Product Details

  • Series: Youth Specialties
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031023946X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310239468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was really disappointed. The author is obviously qualified, but it is interesting that he has been involved in so many denomonations (7) in his own youth ministry. I sense that he has had bad experiences with small churches and has unresolved issues. There are many jabs at them throughout the first half of the book. The last parts of the book consist of "approaches" that will not work in small churches for reasons given in the first half of the book. One of the three main approaches requires that youth be divided into groups of 6 to 8 with similar interests and of the same sex. Another requires a cast of leaders with very specific roles and qualifications. A much better book is "Youth Ministry in Small Churches" by Rick Chromey. It is a very positive book written with the small church in mind, and with some ideas that are really geared toward a church with only two to a dozen or so high-schoolers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rich Noble on October 15, 2002
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Speaking as a youth ministry veteran of a little more than 12 years, mostly in a small church setting in positions ranging from volunteer to full-time paid, I strongly suggest that youth workers (and pastors) read this excellent introduction to youth ministry in the small congregation. Grassel has a passion for small church ministry (along with many years experience)and has finally given us a book that speaks to that context from within that context. Even those who work within larger settings (which are really a minority in this nation) will learn a lot as they strive to work in partnership with other youth leaders.

This is by no means an exhaustive work, but it provides an excellent framework with a lot of helpful ideas for those of us striving to simply be faithful examples for and teachers of teenagers - people who are not concerned with numbers as much as they are about simply being Jesus to a generation.
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I have been a Youth Minister for 3 years. One of my first churches was very small and I got frustrated and quit. Six months later I read this book, and it was like they were reading our mail. This book isn't a small church "basher" it gives you perspective on how, and why small churches do the things they do. If you are feeling lead to work with youth in a small church, I would highly recommend reading this book before you start. If you are already neck deep in it, the buy it now! It encourages you, and just simply helps you understand small church thinking.
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