- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books; 1 edition (November 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830833617
- ISBN-13: 978-0830833610
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 108 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It 1st Edition
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"If you want to read a book that will challenge you to develop the gifts God has entrusted to you, whether you will be personally involved in ministry or not, you will find practical advice in it to help you and your church build a strong, sustainable youth ministry." (Russ Laughlin, Ministry, July 2009)
"DeVries offers a treasure of practical wisdom on the cultural and institutional prerequisites for youth ministry. This book should be required reading for any search committee that thinks it can solve all youth ministry problems with the next great hire. DeVries reveals how hard work, curiosity and hope make it possible to learn from inevitable failures." (Fred Edie, Christian Century, May 3, 2011)
If you want to read a book that will challenge you to develop the gifts God has entrusted to you, whether you will be personally involved in youth ministry or not, you will find practical advice in it to help you and your church build a strong, sustainable youth ministry. (Russ Laughlin, Ministry, July 2009)
Until senior pastors and elders take the wisdom and experience unleashed in this book seriously, they will continue to roll the dice in hope of landing on a sustainable youth ministry. (Mark Cannister, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2010)
Every now and then a resource comes along that reshapes how we think about youth ministry. Mark's is exactly that kind of book. More than just a bunch of ideas that work; it's a combination of philosophy and ideology that will shape the future of your ministry. There's something for everyone in this fantastic read. (The Journal of Student Ministries, Winter 2009)
"Readers will find much practical information in this book." (Rae McCartney, Congregations, Summer 2009)
"Not just for youth workers. An essential read for senior pastors, elders, deacons and search committees. Unless church leaders take seriously the wisdom and experience unleashed in this book they will continue to roll the dice in hope of landing on a sustainable youth ministry--this time around." (Mark Cannister, YouthWorker Journal, May/June 2009)
"Sustainable Youth Ministry may be the closest thing to a gold mine for the encouragement that your youth leader needs. This is one resource that you should not go without, for you and your youth pastor." (Worship Leader, May 2009)
"In Sustainable Youth Ministry, Mark DeVries presents a systems approach to youth ministry. Too many churches focus on short-term numbers, which pushes them toward superstar youth pastors and amped-up programs. Sustainable youth ministry focuses on a leadership team that builds relationships among youth and between youth and the entire congregation. Before hiring a new youth minister, the pastor and board members should read this book." (George P. Wood, AGThinkTank (agthinktank.com), March 2009)
"Mark DeVries's Sustainable Youth Ministry may well be one of the most important books written on youth ministry in years. As the founder of Youth Ministry Architects, a coaching service for church leaders and youth ministers, DeVries has been allowed to develop and test the ideas he sets forth for the reader. 'Building Right' (Chapter 5) and 'Searching Right' (Chapter 7) are worth the price of the book alone." (C. E. Moore, The Christian Manifesto (thechristianmanifesto.wordpress.com), December 31, 2009)
"This is the youth ministry book we've all been waiting for. With wit and wisdom, Mark DeVries draws from a deep well of experience as both a youth pastor and youth ministry consultant to teach us how to build the 'dance floor' that will not only keep our youth ministries alive but help them to flourish. This is a hopeful, optimistic book that should be read by anyone who cares about youth ministry in the local church."
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Legacy Youth Director
New Dawn Church, Miami, FL
Are you not able to maintain a strong ministry to the younger generation and you want the specific steps to make this happen?
Are the adults in your congregation looking for a quick fix to how to make youth ministry work?
If you answered yes to the above questions then this is not the book for you.
If you are wondering how to build a thriving ministry to young people that will take time and failures to build and are ready to go into the trenches and work on youth ministry, then <em>Sustainable Youth Ministry</em> Is the book for you.
Mark lays out a wonderful plan for shaping all ministry. Helping the youth worker and pastors understand that we are only interims, that someone will follow us, and the things we do to pave the way for those that follow us. Mark gives us an understanding of ministry that is well thought out and organized that would fit many different aspects of ministry.
Beware thought, this is not a book that lays out the steps and tells you the 1 2 3 process of making your ministry work. Mark lays out steps to follow, but they are high level processes that if put in place will he secure a foundation upon which a successful ministry can be built. There is no cookie cutter to making it work but if you can follow the process and work within the responsibility it brings, the out come could be marvelous.
Mark has laid out an ideal understanding of what a youth ministry, or in my opinion any ministry, team should look and function like. These steps could help all ministries and congregation set a clear foundation for ministry for many years.
I highly recommend this book to all leaders in the church, from youth workers, to pastors, to volunteers in ministry. If we can all communicate and work together the foundation will be that much stronger and ministry will work that much easier.
I have been in ministry at the same church for 12 years - started straight out of university. And this book rocked my world. I highly recommend it for anyone, but especially for those veterans for whom the honeymoon has worn off and who are looking to streamline every facet of their ministry for effectiveness for families over the long haul.
Warning: DeVries will likely challenge your approach to student ministry. You might disagree at first with his principles, but I doubt you will disagree in the long term.