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Doug translated his passion, insight, and vision for his beloved "rookies" into what youre now reading, Your Fist Two Years in Youth Ministryhands-down the most comprehensive companion to not only surviving, but also thriving, during the most crucial phase of youth ministry.
Employing his renowned wisdom and humoras if you and Doug were chatting over a long, relaxing mealthe author disarmingly relates stories and principles from his own successes and failures over 20-plus years in youth ministry. In the end, he offers treasure troves of practical advice, all in the hope that new youth workers can travel a smoother path and achieve real longevity in a church culture that all too often chews them and spits them out.
Doug covers all-important issues such as: · Dealing with discouragement · Establishing a solid spiritual foundation · Building effective relationships with students · Resolving conflict · Ministering to parents and families · Trailblazing change · Working with volunteers · Defining a realistic job description · And many others!
In addition, a chorus of insightful sidebar voices joins your conversation with Doug, among them ministry veterans Jim Burns, Steve Gerali, Mike Yaconelli, Helen Musick, Chap Clark, Marv Penner, Rick Warren, Jana L. Sundene, Bo Boshers, Duffy Robbins, Tony Campolo, and Richard Ross, all whove composed extensive, topical essays for each of the dozen chapters.
Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry is a must-have tool for new youth workers, volunteers, seminary professors and students, senior pastors, elders, church boardseven veteran youth workers whove been ministering in unstructured environments and are now asking, "What did I miss? What can I still learn?"
The first two years of youth ministry are never easy. But never fear. Doug fervently assures us: "Hang on. Hopes coming!"
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.
I have been in youth ministry for about a year now and see myself heading for rough waters. After reading this book though I believe I really can get through what I'm going through... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a must have book for anyone in Youth Ministry! I am going through this with my volunteer team and we are all loving it! Great insight from Ministry leaders.Published 1 month ago by Keely
This book is a great resource for those in youth ministry, whether you are paid staff or volunteers. Doug gives a realistic insight on ministry and equips you confidence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michelle Wallace
This book is a must read for individuals who are just starting or new to youth ministry. Excellent and great bookPublished 5 months ago by martin perdue
This book of Doug Fields helped me to see the most important things in Youth Ministry. It underlines the great need for private life and family life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best book I've ever read! If you are a youth pastor, leader, or worker this book is for you! Read morePublished 5 months ago by empeethree
Amazing. Doug conceptualizes what youth pastor and workers are thinking. Gives some great tips on HOW to! How to work with Parents, transition, building a team. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Brownell
This is the best book i have ever found about the beginning of a Youth ministry. Practical, with common sense, it was a guide on this path i took 8 years ago. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pablo Sebastian Crudo
I have been a full-time youth and young adult pastor for over four years now and I found much of what Doug had to say to be very accurate and insightful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brian Richards