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Make Believe: 5 Things Great Student Pastors Choose to Believe Paperback – April 18, 2014
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Some days youth ministry leaves you asking, "What is the point, exactly"? Some days you might feel like an event planner, game creator, camp fundraiser, announcement giver, safety inspector, liability detective, official notary, financial manager, media developer, or first-responder. But there is so much more to be discovered and offered in youth ministry than the functional hats we wear. Ben and Kevin know this firsthand. They know there are days when the gritty and sometimes overwhelming reality of our roles beg us to re-imagine them, our relationships, and the "why" behind the "what" we do week after week. This is the type of conversation that every youth ministry leader should be having with someone. And this book is a great place to start.
Brooklyn Lindsey, author, speaker, and youth pastor at Highland Park Church in Lakeland, Florida --OrangeBooks.com
I have witnessed the imagination and genius leadership of Ben Crawshaw and Kevin Ragsdale firsthand. The powerfully simple and practical principles that shape Make Believe are not just philosophical fluff. They are real, timeless, and proven. Ben and Kevin are humble, honest, unassuming leaders. Make Believe sends a timely and important reminder that, as youth leaders, "Tomorrow will look a whole lot like today unless you learn to lead with some imagination." I needed this book. I love this book. You will too.
Stuart Hall, Orange leader, communicator, co-author of The Seven Checkpoints and Max Q --OrangeBooks.com
About the Author
Ben Crawshaw leads the student initiative (XP3 and High School Camp) at The reThink Group (also known as Orange). At 19, Ben began traveling and speaking to students. He graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and then took a job as an assistant pastor at age 22. After that, Ben became the creative director of high school ministry at North Point Community Church, in Alpharetta, Georgia, where he produced programs, media, and events for over 2,000 students. He currently writes, speaks, hosts, and creates camps for students all over the United States (and a couple of other countries, too). He and his wife, Holly, have two daughters and an unruly cat named Cupcake. Learn more about Ben at BenCrawshaw.org.
Kevin Ragsdale serves on the leadership team for North Point Ministries and is the multi-campus director of North Point Community Church and its other Atlanta-area campuses. Kevin was one of the first family ministry employees at North Point and developed their student ministry philosophy, which includes the small group model. He also created Student Impact, a program that provides an opportunity for students to serve every week in the church. In addition to leading a staff that is responsible of over 2,000 high school students every week, Kevin designs environments, oversees curriculum, roots for the Oklahoma Sooners, and plays hyper-competitive pickup basketball. Kevin and his wife, Gina, live near Atlanta, Georgia, with their three children.