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Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A personal and practical guide to starting right Paperback – July 30, 2002
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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.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Not everybody will like me?
Kids won't remember all of my message points?
The elder board might not think turning the baptismal into a hot tub is a good idea!? OH MAN!
Maybe you're like me (a new youth leader) and you have a crazy list of "must read" books and you have no idea where to start. I know the feeling folks (I'm there right now). But one book that everyone agreed that I start with was this book.
I was stepping into a ministry where the demographic difference (education, church background, age) was so different I had no idea where to start.
Do I host a huge event? Tell stories? Go through 1 Chronicles!? AHHH!
Doug Fields put together a very helpful,practical and honest book. The entire book is put together in a readable way.With writings from both Doug Fields and other ministers from around the country who are in the battlefield right now. The contributing writers do more than validate, but they relate the topics to their real world experience. Finally a book with more than just concepts and theories!
First you'll probably read it straight through, but afterwards it will turn into a quick reference book. If anything just to re-affirm how you're going to handle a difficult situation.
As a single new minister, I felt absolutely clueless about parents. What do they really want from me? A couseler? A listener? A babysitter?
Doug very clearly lays out what parents need from you and how you can pour your life into their's without telling them how to raise your kids. I loved it when he talked about parents being experts on their children, so don't treat them like an idiot when you don't agree with how they want to raise their own children.Read more ›
Stylistically/technically speaking, the book has some typos that really surprised me. I love English so things like that are glaring to me and frankly shocked me in a final publication of a book. His writing style is lighthearted, which is nice, although his jokes become predictably placed; still nice, but not as effective.
Overall I believe this is a great resource for guidance through ministry life.
Reading this book really is like sitting down with a mentor who knows the doubts and fears you possess- and those you have not yet embraced- and prepares you for reality, for better or worse. My suggestion: read it before you enter a YM position, and read it again six months into your position, and again 12 months into the position. The wisdom will be new every time you read it as you gain more experience, and you will value the reminder in times of confusion and concern, that Christ is with you always.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm very impressed at how thoroughly this book covers youth ministry and how a Youth Director can really shape, structure, and lead their ministry in a smart and effective way,... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent for any youth pastor starting off in ministry. I re-read when I started at a new church and it has been so beneficial once again!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Either volunteers or paid staff will find the information practical and helpful. Would be a great book for a leadership team to read and discuss together. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donley
I've done youth ministry as a volunteer for 2 years and vocationally for 10. I have all of my new staff member read this and I try to re-read it every couple of years. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jakob Brown
The book is very useful, insightful and convicting. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because in the formatting to kindle, I presume, it caused some chaos in the text. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bob Vermillion
This is a must read and for me an annual read! See things each time I read it! Will be well worth your time!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A phenomenal book for whatever year you are in in your youth ministry. Doug transparently and thoughtfully shares all the pieces both in. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alex Michel
Doug Fields has a great take on what a new youth minister/leader can expect in their beginning years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by dsmith