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About the Author

Eric Venable grew up in the Silicon Valley and spent most of his life and twenty-two years of ministry in the tech capital. He has a special place in his heart for the early adolescent years and trains parents and youth workers to connect significantly with them. Eric has been a storyteller from a wee age and will tell stories to anyone at anytime. This is to the delight of his two young daughters and an embarrassment at times to his wife of 13 years, Pam. Eric is currently the pastor of students and families at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Venable grew up in the Silicon Valley and spent most of his life and twenty-two years of ministry in the tech capital. He has a special place in his heart for the early adolescent years and trains parents and youth workers to connect significantly with them. Eric has been a storyteller from a wee age and will tell stories to anyone at anytime. This is to the delight of his two young daughters and an embarrassment at times to his wife of 13 years, Pam. Eric is currently the pastor of students and families at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scandalous Sanity VINE VOICE on August 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A Tale of Two Youth Workers is a short novel with a message. A parable, if you will. The message is that bigger and louder probably aren't the best way to help teenagers find a long term relationship with Jesus.

The story centers around Wes, a young youth pastor who has just been hired by a large, successful church to head their large, successful youth ministry. After being at the church for a few months, Wes has encounters with two people that will change the way he does his job. The first is Doug, an influential teenager in his youth group, and the son of a prominent family in the church. The other is Britt, an older youth pastor at a smaller church in town.

When Doug abandons church because of doubts and then defects to Britt's youth group, it sends Wes into crisis mode. He has to know what made Doug choose Britt's youth group over his own. Britt agrees to share his ministry tips with Wes over the course of a few meetings at the local coffee shop.

Britt's secret to reaching questioning and doubting teens? Let them question and doubt. Britt states that part of the reason that youth ministries have no long term success is that so often youth pastors and parents coerce teens into saying all the right answers instead of listening to their concerns and guiding them to Jesus. The solution is to step back and be a guide, and let Jesus do the rest.

This book is a great vehicle to discuss the failures and success of youth ministry. The fact that it is an entertaining story just makes it even better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hill on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great funny, quick read but you will find yourself re-reading it again and again. What a great format for talking about the next frontier in youth ministry. The best part is, you can start applying the principles right away with your kids and leaders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Oestreicher on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
wow! what an excellent little book, written as a fable, about faith development. not only should every youth worker (and parent of a teen) read this book, it really has implications for anyone interested in faith development. a quick read, and very well written.
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By rufferdaddy on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a good book! Do yourself a favor and buy it used becasue it only took 2 hours to read.

I just bought copies for all of my youth leaders.

Highly recommended.
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By Derek W on August 26, 2014
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Recommend this to anyone in student ministry, but especially to those just starting out.
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