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Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A personal and practical guide to starting right Paperback – July 30, 2002
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Doug Fields has been a leader in youth ministry for over 30 years. In addition to being a youth pastor at two churches for 11 and 20 years, Doug is the founder of Simply Youth Ministry, the co-founder of Downloadyouthministry.com, the author of more than 50 books, and is currently working with Youth Specialties & Azusa Pacific University (HomeWord’s Center for Youth/Family). More information about Doug is available at www.dougfields.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
Not everybody will like me?
Kids won't remember all of my message points?
The elder board might not think turning the baptismal into a hot tub is a good idea!? OH MAN!
Maybe you're like me (a new youth leader) and you have a crazy list of "must read" books and you have no idea where to start. I know the feeling folks (I'm there right now). But one book that everyone agreed that I start with was this book.
I was stepping into a ministry where the demographic difference (education, church background, age) was so different I had no idea where to start.
Do I host a huge event? Tell stories? Go through 1 Chronicles!? AHHH!
Doug Fields put together a very helpful,practical and honest book. The entire book is put together in a readable way.With writings from both Doug Fields and other ministers from around the country who are in the battlefield right now. The contributing writers do more than validate, but they relate the topics to their real world experience. Finally a book with more than just concepts and theories!
First you'll probably read it straight through, but afterwards it will turn into a quick reference book. If anything just to re-affirm how you're going to handle a difficult situation.
As a single new minister, I felt absolutely clueless about parents. What do they really want from me? A couseler? A listener? A babysitter?
Doug very clearly lays out what parents need from you and how you can pour your life into their's without telling them how to raise your kids. I loved it when he talked about parents being experts on their children, so don't treat them like an idiot when you don't agree with how they want to raise their own children.Read more ›
Stylistically/technically speaking, the book has some typos that really surprised me. I love English so things like that are glaring to me and frankly shocked me in a final publication of a book. His writing style is lighthearted, which is nice, although his jokes become predictably placed; still nice, but not as effective.
Overall I believe this is a great resource for guidance through ministry life.
Reading this book really is like sitting down with a mentor who knows the doubts and fears you possess- and those you have not yet embraced- and prepares you for reality, for better or worse. My suggestion: read it before you enter a YM position, and read it again six months into your position, and again 12 months into the position. The wisdom will be new every time you read it as you gain more experience, and you will value the reminder in times of confusion and concern, that Christ is with you always.
First, content-wise, this was a great book. From start to finish. Fields does a good job of putting youth ministry back into the category of Christian ministry. While he deals very specifically with the facets of youth ministry, his broader-picture perspective is much needed.
But if you get the Kindle version, be warned:
- this was probably scanned and never kindle-edited. There are a lot of missing spaces between comma and word. And occasionally there are entire words missing.
- there are no page numbers. Not a big deal, but when I read a Kindle, I like it to feel like a book.
- no X-Ray. I don't use this feature, but if you do (fyi).
It's still readable on Kindle, but if I knew this, I'd have gone with the paperback.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books for youth pastors. It's my go-to book when I am discouraged and needs to be refreshed.Published 17 days ago by Daniel Lee
I was hired part time by my church 8 months ago to be the student minister. I had been a volunteer for a few years in a ministry that had no official youth pastor. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jeremy E. Smith
I will refer back to this book over and over throughout the years. I may get a hard copy, however. The kindle edition was difficult to follow. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Reed
It's a great book, but having lead a cell group 5 years prior to joining the youth ministry, I kind of learned the hard way all the great points. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Carrasco
I was given this as a gift several years ago. I might have been a little prideful at the time and was offended by the title (I had already been in the ministry for several years). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joshua Williams
I really enjoyed reading this book! I'm in my third year of full-time youth ministry and this book hit the heart of why we do what we do, in an extremely practical way! Read morePublished 2 months ago by joshl
Encouraging and Informative from Doug Fields. I want to read more! I will be sure to re-read this book often.Published 2 months ago by Tillerman
The one book I keep going back to over and over after 7 years in youth ministry. I was given it first in highschool as a youth leader, and now use it to give to my youths' parents... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Useful book to reflect your doing in youth ministry. Easy reading but still challenging in practice. Also good for group studies.Published 4 months ago