Your First Two Years In Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right

Paperback | July 30, 2002

byDoug Fields

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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!”

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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 ...

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Since forever altering the course of the youth ministry world with his best-selling, groundbreaking book, Purpose-Driven(R) 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'...

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 Universi...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:July 30, 2002Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

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acknowledgmentsessay writer profilesbefore you dig in [13]1. where do i start? committing to the essentials [19]"In 1979 I was a rookie youth worker with no idea what I was doing. I took teenagers to R-ratedmovies; I had a Jacuzzi party in the baptismal because a 12-year-old thought it wouldbe fun.Thankfully, a lot has changed..."2. why do i feel this way? dealing with discouragement [41]"Discouragement may be the single most powerful feeling that entices great women andmen to exit prematurely from youth ministry."3. how do i stay spiritually fresh? establishing a heart foundation [63]"Being connected to God on a daily basis is more important than any youth ministry semi-naryou attend or any book you read."4. what's most important to students? being with them [81]"As you begin your youth ministry, please keep in mind that programs only exist to buildand strengthen relationships with God and with one another! Relationships are key to ahealthy ministry!"5. how do i work with parents? becoming family friendly [103]"This is an important chapter conceived through struggle and pain. I'd love to save youfrom some of the hurt I've caused and experienced."6. why all the conflict? dealing with difficult people [127]"During my years of leadership, I've experienced enough tension to fill an entire book. I'veshed tears, caused tears, avoided conflict, started conflict, confronted conflict, confrontedloudly, made enemies, gained supporters. Sometimes I've been right, but often I've beenwrong."7. who's the leader? understanding submission and supervision [149]"When I struggle in my relationships with those in authority over me, it's often because I'mcriticizing others when I should be critical of myself. I need to consider the log in my owneye before I point out the speck in another person's eye. (Have you read that somewhere?)"8. where do i get help? working with a team of leaders [171]"My greatest joy and most difficult task is building a team of other adults who will lovestudents and disciple them.If you find, develop, and empower leaders, you' ll be a valuableasset to your church and set yourself up for success in future youth ministry."9. can students handle responsibility? investing in student leaders [195]"If you allow students to lead, you' ll have the privilege of encouraging, validating, and shap-ingtheir faith."10. are we doing the right thing? evaluating youth ministry programs [213]"You may be thinking, 'Why evaluate? I've barely started my ministry?' The earlier you getin the habit of performing regular check-ups, the healthier your ministry will be. You don'twant to wait for major decay to appear in your ministry before you act."11. how do i make changes? navigating the phases of change [235]"Change has a way of making or breaking youth ministry leaders, especially within theirfirst two years.You have no easy, magic-formula, works-every-time procedure to imple-mentchange, but you can take some definitive actions to minimize conflict."12. what do i do now? defining a realistic job description for your first two years [255]"If you don't know what's expected, you're doomed to fail. Expectations exist, whetherspoken or not, and you need to discover them to be effective and stay healthy."epilogue [277]appendix a - youth ministry staff commitment form [279]appendix b - 10 frequently asked questions [281]