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Youth Ministry Across The Continents: Eleven Youth Pastors From Ten Countries On The Key Building Blocks For Effective Youth Work Leadership In The Local Church Paperback – June 13, 2016
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About the Author
As well as working in the public sector, Fraser has served on three church staff teams in three countries, overseeing the youth ministry in each. He has also spent many years successfully recruiting, developing and encouraging younger leaders. His books are designed to motivate, support and educate those who are in their first half of life and leadership.Fraser is married with two grown up children and lives in Scotland. He holds a B.A. (Hons) Public Administration and a Master's Degree in Divinity from Denver Theological Seminary, Colorado, U.S.A.
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These days we hear all too often about teenagers getting involved with the wrong crowd of friends, drugs and the like. So, it’s refreshing to read about young people who’d rather get involved with more of the things which can nurture themselves, their family and others; like the religious component of a wholesome family life.
While having young people being involved in their church, regularly going to services, etc. is wonderful; it’s even more spiritually uplifting when they decide to share their beliefs by ministering to others.
However, when one ministers to their own flock in their own country they’re limited to their effectiveness since these days countries are no longer homogeneous the way they were in the past; these days they’ve been infused with individuals from other countries with a diverse set of cultural values.
The basic impact in reading this collection of articles written by successful, experience young pastors from around the world is the wealth of knowledge [denominational, theological, and cultural] being shared, and thereby improving the way other pastors handle the basic issues facing their churches on a day-to-day basis. This book is not only for the leaders of our churches, or those who are highly supportive of them; this book is for anyone who is committed to their church and desires it to better serve the entire congregation. Readers of this book can reflect on the differences and have a better understanding of their church and its goals when others have been brought into the light of their knowledge. [For it is better to light one candle, than to “curse” the darkness.]
For having brought together 12 youth pastors from 11 countries to share their wisdom regarding the core issues faced by their congregations, I’m giving this book and all those making it possible the 5 STARS it so richly deserves. AMEN.
I've been working as a youth pastor for about a decade, and I constantly love to glean ideas, insights, wisdom, values, and more from those who have been doing it longer, or have different points of view. This book is packed with experiences, stories, and lessons learned by those who have been serving in the teen ministry trenches all across the world. It changes ones perspective when you are allowed glimpses into the lives of youth ministries from different countries and continents. Some of their wins and struggles may be the same, some of them different, but altogether it shows the work of 1 body of Christ.
I would recommend this book for those wanting to grow. I know that sounds vague but there are so many lessons that these workers pour out over these pages, from dealing with teens, parents, to your own family and soul. Nothing can compare to reading fellow workers and leaning on their experiences to help lift you up and propel you deeper in your ministry.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book, in return for an honest review.
The authors also each made a short video self-introduction which can be seen on youtube. (My kindle edition had hyperlinks in the book so I could see them with one tap.)
There were many nuggets of wisdom to be gleaned from their different perspectives, but one thing that struck me was how much overlap there was. On one hand, that made certain things feel a little repetitive, but on the other hand it made it clear the things that are really important, whatever your cultural background.
Most of the authors work with teenagers, but even though I work with university students, I found there were still valuable lessons to be learnt for my own ministry situation.
There is a new edition in the pipeline with new authors from different countries, including Japan!
(I feel I ought to say that the editor gave me a copy of the old edition as a gift and asked me to review it, although he didn't tell me what to say!)