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Purpose-Driven® Youth Ministry Hardcover – February 3, 1998
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Good: This book is an easy read, and doesn't require theological or professional ministry experience to understand, and yet is thorough. Any person who has basic relational skills and a heart to reach kids will be set to go after reading this book.
Bad: Fields is constantly uses lists and acronyms to teach his points. Examples: the different stages of faith commitment (core, committed, congregation, crowd, and community); spiritual lifestyle H.A.B.I.T.S. (hang time with God, accountability with another believer, Bible memorization, involvement with the church body, tithing commitment, study of the scripture); his method for discovering spiritual gifts called S.H.A.P.E. (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences). A little of this goes a long way, and if you try to take it in too quickly it will fry your brain.
Opinion: This is the best book on youth ministry that I've read. Fields leaves no bases uncovered, from working with parents to handling discipline. I wish I had read this book before my first youth pastorate. It would have saved me many mistakes.
Best Quote: Two come to mind, but they're related to the same thing: "Leadership separates a purpose-driven youth ministry from an event-and-activity-driven youth ministry." The second one is this: "Better to have two high-standard student leaders than fifty students who want to plan activities while they live any lifestyle they please."
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The Book is in perfect condition. I really appreciate the quality of this product.Published 4 months ago by Norris
The book was fantastic and the transaction was too. The book was as described, and shipping was fast.Published 6 months ago by Christopher Dickens
We have a community youth group and this gave us some great ideas. It helped us show students how they are to strive to become stronger in their faith.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Absolutely the best, practical youth ministry book ever written. I give a copy to every youth minister.Published 9 months ago by Mark Price
This kit was supposed to come with a dvd. Each section has a video portion associated with it. Dvd was missing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sonny a gonzalez jr
The book gives some great tips, but it was poorly written. It wasn't coherent or organized. There was a lot of repetition. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anny