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About the Author

Ginny Olson abides in Minneapolis, MN where she is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church as well as a writer, speaker and consultant. Previously, she was one of two directors of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.  She also served on the youth ministry staffs at Willow Creek Community Church and Grace Church, Edina, Minnesota. She is the author of “Teenage Girls” and co-editor and contributor to “Breaking the Gender Barrier in Youth Ministry.”



Diane Elliot is an experienced writer, editor, teacher of adults and teenagers, and is director of operations at the Northwest Suburban Christian Academy in Wauconda, Illinois.

Mike Work is the Vice President of Operations at Youth Specialties. His previous management  experience includes six years as an executive pastor and five years of business management consulting.  A veteran youth worker who has served more than 25 years in local and parachurch student ministry,  Mike has also served as the executive director of YFC’s DCLA Conferences and the executive producer for the PlanetWisdom Student Conference and the National Youth Workers Convention. He and his family make their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Youth Specialties S
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties; Pap/Cdr edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310235960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310235965
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ron Lomax on November 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have taught this book in a seminary setting. It has some very practical ideas to share with new and experienced youth ministers/youth pastors. There are basically three sections: Tools to Help You Manage Yourself; Tools to Help Your Manage Ministry; and Tools to Help You Stay in Youth Ministry. All three sections have some serious and some humorous ideas on how to manage ministry. There is also a CD with the book which has a great deal of ministry forms (budget, planning, calendar, evaluation, medical release, CV, etc.), which are in a format which allows you to bring them up on your computer and change whatever you want to change to make it fit your situation. Why start a form from scratch when someone has already started it for you? My students really benefitted from this book and had their eyes openned to several situations they hadn't thought about before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Russell on November 26, 2005
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This book is genius!

I have been through youth ministry courses, I have been to youth specialties, I have been in minsitry (13 years) and I have read the books...

You will not find a more comprehensive, nuts & bolts book out there. I frankly don't understand why this book isn't more popular. EVERY young pastor and minister should have this book on their shelf and reference it often.

- organizing

- leading

- meetings

- prep & planning

- calendaring

You will be as prepared and professional as people expect you to be if you will only take the time to study something as practical as this book.

_ryan _russell

pastor

central christian church - mesa, az
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kirk on August 1, 2003
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Though this text is a little pricey, it's worth the investment. It is full of very practical, easy to follow ideas and info on keeping your youth ministry organized (e.g how to find/train/evaluate volunteers, organizing an event, organizing your workspace, finding a youth ministry position, etc). This is not one of those skimpy youth ministry books you can read in an hour--it is text-rich with helpful information, tips, and ideas.I have been doing youth ministry for over 13 years and I have found much useful info within the book and have made good use of the accompanying cd rom that contains all the forms printed in book plus a great program for organizing background info on all of your youth and adult leaders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Salazar on November 23, 2008
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A little outdated but I can't criticize that.

Gives a lot of ideas, breaks things down easily. I'm a very disorganized person, that it is helping me.

Havn't read the whole book yet, though so far I am will pleased. It is not really a how to manual. But like the title of the book says, it's more instruction on how to manage and organize things.

So far it has already changed many things. Plus it will give you ideas for a lot of stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Charles Jolley on February 22, 2008
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This resource is EXHAUSTIVE to say the least. From how to organize your office right down to where you need to put your trashcan. Everything from getting a job to leaving gracefully, planning budgets to insurance liabilities. The CD included must have 100 forms that are necessary to any ministry with students. Don't pass this up. The forms on the cd are completely customizable to your ministry. You need this book! What an incredible tool!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Snyder on January 5, 2008
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THis is a collection of excellent tools to use in youth ministry. When read as a reference upon which to build an organized ministry, it is an incredibly helpful book. I constantly refer to the forms in the back of the book which I then specialize for our youth group.
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I got this book to help boost my image as a competent, planning, scheduling, organizing, detail-oriented, type A personality. Which of course, I'm not because those types of personalities rarely get into youth ministry. But youth ministry does involve endless piles of administrative details that all have to be done precisely and accurately and if they aren't done it bothers the Powers That Be. So I got this book and so far it has been very helpful. A lot of quality thoughts and bullet point lists to help guide us creative types towards more streamlined, organized, and efficient ministries. My only complaint is the software that comes with it could use some help. It has chunky icons and graphics that make you think it is a lot older than it looks and, it's Achilles Heel, it doesn't work for Macs. It does work for Macs if you use Parallels and it does look like it could be a very powerful organizing tool for anyone willing to put in the time on it, so it isn't awful software. I would give the software a B and the book an A.
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By Charleston on September 20, 2013
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As a right-brained, creative, spontaneous (read "sporatic") person, administration was foreign. This book gave me practical advise and broke stuff down using color and creative ideas. It's helped me as a planner who has made leaps and bounds in filing and organization, and it overall positively effected the youth ministry. At the end of the day, parents believe a little more that I know what I'm doing - it can be our secret that I'm making it up as I go (with God's help).
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