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Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We've Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go Hardcover – November 25, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties; 1ST edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310668662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310668664
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Mark Oestreicher's Youth Ministry 3.0 embodies the conversation model of ministry books. His book is revolutionary not only in content, but also in style….Marko's book is of the first printed books in the youth ministry field to widely embrace social media as a means of resourcing. Social media addicts everywhere are rejoicing.” (thESource)

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 leads The Youth Cartel, providing a variety of resources, coaching and consultation to youth workers, churches and ministries. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two teenage children, Liesl and Max.  www.whyismarko.com.


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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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Overall: - I would give this book a MUST READ status.
Christopher Cummings
Not everyone will be called to make a jump to 3.0 right away but you do need to read this so you know about the groundswell that is coming.
C. Szulwach
I recently finished Mark Oestreicher's new book, `Youth Ministry 3.0.'
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian L. on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just got done reading, "Youth Ministry 3.0: A Manifesto of Where We've Been, Where We Are & Where We Need to Go" by Mark Oestreicher. The first thing I noticed was that the writing is in a huge font and there is a lot of filler on the sides from various people involved in youth ministry so the book can be read in like 2 hours, easy. Just an observation. Also it is refreshing to read a book that you already by and large agree with (which I do for the most part).

The main premise of his book is this: "The reality [of the effectiveness of youth ministry] that's playing out is somewhat different than what we imagined, hoped, or expected." (pg. 24). He is basically stating in his book: youth ministry as we know it or have known it is generally not "working". Agreed. Even as a rookie I can see this and have seen this since I've been involved in youth ministry for the past 6 years.

The Breakdown:

For starters, Oestreicher cites the all too often over cited and known facts about adolescence and adolescent development, etc. that have already been beat to death by Chap Clark, et al. But it is still good to hear as a refresher. Moving on to frame his premise, Oestreicher gives a breakdown of the history of youth ministry:

YM 1.0: Proclamation Driven:
This is basically evangelism. Kids need to hear and receive the gospel message. This is what drove youth ministry from the early 1900's until about the 1970's. It was/is about identity. Basically adolescents are trying to figure out who they are; their identity. And he cites "evangelism" and "correction" as key marks of YM 1.0. Think Billy Graham, think preaching, think the message going out to kids, This is YM 1.0.

YM 2.0: Program Driven:
This is a reaction to YM 1.0.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Billy Shears on February 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's not a long read, but it will get you thinking about where youth ministry is going (and needs to go) in the years ahead. In fact, if you are assessing your youth ministry (something all churches should do and redo every so often) then this one is a must for your whole committee as you take a look at what teenagers need, how they respond to culture and society (and the church), and how God is calling us to meet those needs.

In the book, Mark Oestreicher writes about the processes that youth ministry has gone through in general over the decades (youth ministry 1.0 and youth ministry 2.0 - though this isn't a simple "history of youth ministry" book). When Mark gets to youth ministry 3.0 he explains that we youth workers need to be less focused (in fact, not focused at all, almost) on programs (small groups and discipleship) and not even on "forcing" or "manipulating" relationships but, rather, on being "with" our kids (present) - each in his or her own world experience. This presence is more in a sense of communion - not so much as the sacrament (though how he describes it is very sacramental) but more so as community around God and with creation. He moves from this into a missional focus, which I really connected with and think youth can, too. The missional focus is a somewhat "praxis" or "practical" outlook on YM 3.0. In fact, if a sequel to this book were to be written, that's the direction I'd see it going as youth and adults who work with youth would allow God to take them together into mission.

If you're looking for a "how to" at the back of the book, you won't find it. How could you? That would be programming. But with YM3.0 Marko introduces us to a topic we all should be in conversation over - how to reach and "be with" youth today who have a hard time trusting and "being with" us.

My review doesn't do the book justice, and I encourage you to go online and check out a few reviews (many are on Marko's blog site: ysmarko.com)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian F. Eastman on June 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The religious community is a significant source of character formation for young people. Because volunteers often oversee youth groups, I am always looking out for good resources to help them use their time wisely and effectively with teens. Youth Ministry 3.0 by Mark Oestreicher is one such book. Marko (as the author is better known) has an extensive background working with youth ministry internationally and is qualified to assess its current condition.

Adolescence is the period between the dependence of childhood and the independence of adulthood. Psychologists tell us that adolescents are trying to accomplish three tasks during this time: form their identity, develop autonomy (independence), and experience affinity (belonging). In Marko's estimation, Youth Ministry 1.0 (1940s - 1960s) emphasized identity formation through preaching and Youth Ministry 2.0 (1970s - 1990s) emphasized independence through programs. He sees belonging (where and to whom do I belong) as the critical thrust of working with young people today.

This emphasis of Youth Ministry 3.0 is about localization, spending time together, and mission. Localization simply means that a youth group should express its own characteristics based on its community and young people. It does not have to model itself on big successful programs around the country (or even down the street). Spending time together is not just about providing a program each week, but giving meaning and connection to youth's lives throughout the week. Mission gives the group something to rally around and gives direction to everyone. (It is interesting that this approach emphasizes belonging but provides much aid to young people in accomplishing the other two tasks of adolescence as well.)

Youth Ministry 3.0 is intriguing reading that raises a lot of possibilities. I think it is especially suited to group discussion with youth leaders, volunteers, and even students in leadership.
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