Help! I'm a Small Church Youth Worker!: Achieving Big-Time Success in a Non-Mega Ministry

Paperback | July 29, 2002

byRich Grassel

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Practical help for volunteer, part-time, and full-time youth workers in small churches Eighty-five percent of the churches in America are classified as small. This book provides youth workers with processes and ideas that enable them to address their particular needs as part of small churches.

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Practical help for volunteer, part-time, and full-time youth workers in small churches Eighty-five percent of the churches in America are classified as small. This book provides youth workers with processes and ideas that enable them to address their particular needs as part of small churches.

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Practical help for volunteer, part-time, and full-time youth workers in small churches Eighty-five percent of the churches in America are classified as small. This book provides youth workers with processes and ideas that enable them to address their particular needs as part of small churches.

Rich Grassel is Assistant Professor of Student Ministries at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. With experience in student ministries for 16 years, Rich has worked in seven different denominations, in both large and small church contexts. He's written for several magazines, including Youthworker Journal, and is a frequent speaker at...
Format:PaperbackPublished:July 29, 2002Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031023946X

ISBN - 13:9780310239468

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"Who You Callin' Small?" 9The Small ChurchMisperceptions of small churchesAccurate perceptions of small churchesBigger isn't always better!Out of Context,Outta Luck:The Importance of Ministry Context,Ministry Methods,and the Unique Characteristics of the Small Church1. The Dreaded Question 172. Location, Location, Location 19Why are there so many small churches?Why does church location affect my ministry?3. Faith Traditions Do Matter! 27Why must small churches be so loyal to their denominations?Potential theological hazardsWhat spiritual maturity looks like in different theological traditions4. It's a Family Affair (Not a Corporate Entity) 35Why do people like small churches?Why don't many small churches have separate programs for youth?Why don't small churches grow?Why don't small churches try new things?5. Diversity and Divisiveness 43Why is it sometimes so difficult for some small church youth groups toestablish a sense of community?Why should youth workers cater to teenage subcultures?6. Havin' No Money Ain't So Funny 51Why don't small churches spend more money on their youth?Why don't many small church youth programs last long?7. Building Blues and Tech-No!-Phobes 57Two philosophies...Why don't small churches use the latest technology?8. Calling All Volunteers! 65Why do so many small churches have a number of different youth leaders?Why do so many small church youth workers burn out?9. Keep Your Chin Up 71Why aren't I getting the same results as other youth workers?Why am I overwhelmed?Why do I feel inadequate?Which way do I go?Models That 'll Fit to a "T ":Four Approaches to Youth Ministry in the Small Church10. Building the Right Kingdom 79What is a youth ministry model?What models are the right models?How do I choose which ministry model to use in my ministry context?How do I know which youth ministry approach will best help me developmy own model?11. The Inclusive Congregational Approach: An Extended Family 85What does the inclusive congregational approach look like?What should I do if the inclusive congregational approach fits my church?What are some ways I can build the inclusive congregational approachinto my model of youth ministry?What are some ministry areas in which students can participate?12. The Discipleship Approach 91What is discipleship?How do I know if the discipleship approach is right for my church andyouth group?What are some ways I can use a discipleship approach to develop my modelof youth ministry?What leaders will I need for the discipleship approach?13. The Mentoring Approach 99How will I know if I should consider using a mentoring approach?What does a mentoring approach to youth ministry look like?How do I use the mentoring approach to establish my program model?14. Alternative Approaches 107What if my church doesn't fit into the contexts described and theapproaches don't seem right?What do I do if my small church and youth group are growing and wewant to do a lot of outreach?What should I be concerned with if I work in a not-yet-large church?What if I'm in a small inner-city church?What can I do if my church only has a few kids?What if my church doesn't have the resources or number of interested adultsto build any program for the youth?15. How Will You Spell Success? 113How will I know if the youth ministry model I create is successful?What are some ways I can test the effectiveness of my program?Why shouldn't I leave spiritual development to the rest of the church andfocus the youth program on outreach?What should I remember as I begin to develop my own model of youthministry?