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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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Since forever altering the course of the youth ministry world with his best-selling, groundbreaking book, Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry, Doug Fields' mind---but especially his heart---has been focused on the many unique needs of new youth workers. Doug translated his passion, insight, and vision for his beloved 'rookies' into what you're now reading, Your Fist Two Years in Youth Ministry---hands-down the most comprehensive companion to not only surviving, but also thriving, during the most crucial phase of youth ministry. Employing his renowned wisdom and humor---as if you and Doug were chatting over a long, relaxing meal---the author disarmingly relates stories and principles from his own successes and failures over 20-plus years in youth ministry. In the end, he offers treasure troves of practical advice, all in the hope that new youth workers can travel a smoother path and achieve real longevity in a church culture that all too often chews them and spits them out. Doug covers all-important issues such as: - Dealing with discouragement - Establishing a solid spiritual foundation - Building effective relationships with students - Resolving conflict - Ministering to parents and families - Trailblazing change - Working with volunteers - Defining a realistic job description - And many others! In addition, a chorus of insightful sidebar voices joins your conversation with Doug, among them ministry veterans Jim Burns, Steve Gerali, Mike Yaconelli, Helen Musick, Chap Clark, Marv Penner, Rick Warren, Jana L. Sundene, Bo Boshers, Duffy Robbins, Tony Campolo, and Richard Ross, all who've composed extensive, topical essays for each of the dozen chapters. Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry is a must-have tool for new youth workers, volunteers, seminary professors and students, senior pastors, elders, church boards---even veteran youth workers who've been ministering in unstructured environments and are now asking, 'What did I miss? What can I still learn?' The first two years of youth ministry are never easy. But never fear. Doug fervently assures us: 'Hang on. Hope's coming!'
About the Author
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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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.
This isn't for just youth pastors, or people who are interested in ministry. It is extremely helpful even for people who just want volunteer once a week. Great book! Very practical and applicable!
It may not be very deep theologically, the jokes may be a little silly, and the grammar may be occasionally poor, but those are just minor complaints in comparison to an overall very enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to any person planning on becoming a youthworker and definitely to any youth pastor who feels a bit discouraged or burned out.
The purpose of the book is not to give you a step by step guideline as to how to run a youth ministry (that is found in Doug's other well-known book "The Purpose Driven Youth Ministry"), but instead its focus is on the spiritual health of the youthworker. The demands of serving in youth ministry are many and Doug does a tremendous job at giving practical advice to help any youth worker thrive.
I am teaching a "Youth Ministry" class at CCBC this semester and I plan on using this book as our required textbook.