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Before You Hire a Youth Pastor: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Fit Paperback – February 22, 2011

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Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects (www.ymarchitects.com), a consulting team specializing in working with youth ministries in transition.  Mark is the author of Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry, and, since 1986, he has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Jeff Dunn-Rankin is Vice President of Consulting for Youth Ministry Architects. Since the late '90s, he has also been the Director of Youth at Christ United Methodist Church in Venice, Florida. Other writing projects include his GROUP Magazine column and co-writing The Indispensable Youth Pastor with Mark DeVries.
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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Simply Youth Ministry (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764470248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764470240
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're looking for a youth worker, Before You Hire a Youth Pastor: A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding the Right Fit (2011) is a must-have. Using their experience with Youth Ministry Architects, DeVries and Dunn-Rankin have laid out a collection of easy-to-read chapters that provide clear steps for a team to find a sustainable fit for their church. Though the financials are shared with the candidate a little late in the process, the book brings a big-picture approach to the table that tends to be a weakness of many search teams.

The authors ask excellent questions to help a search team better evaluate who they are as a church before finding the best fit for their teens. As self-evaluation takes time, Before You Hire a Youth Pastor challenges search teams to slow down and not settle. The book also provides a number of appendices including sample interviews, letters and evaluation tools the team can use. With a resource such as this, churches could put an end to the revolving door of their youth ministry.

(Youthworker Journal, January/February 2012)
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My church was overwhelmed with the prospect of beginning the hiring process. This book broke the process down into easy to handle steps. It has given us the hope of building a ministry not just hiring a pastor.
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