OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, ed. by Kenda Creasy Dean

Those of us who are connected with adolescents on Facebook know exactly what OMG means to them. As Kenda Creasy Dean mentions in the introduction to OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, her objective in giving this book that name was not to profane the name of God, but rather to redeem that phrase for those … Continue reading OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook, ed. by Kenda Creasy Dean

Reinventing Youth Ministry (Again), by Wayne Rice

Every youth worker, senior pastor, youth pastor, or family pastor with an interest in where youth ministry has been over the last half-century and where youth ministry is headed, should read this book. Written by Wayne Rice, Reinventing Youth Ministry (Again): From Bells and Whistles to Flesh and Blood, is Rice's memoir of his almost … Continue reading Reinventing Youth Ministry (Again), by Wayne Rice

Sustainable Youth Ministry, by Mark Devries

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What You Can Do About It is the in-the-weeds, how-to resource on youth ministry architecture that many youth pastors, youth workers and church youth committees have been hoping would be written for some time.  And clearly the most qualified youth ministry veteran to pen a … Continue reading Sustainable Youth Ministry, by Mark Devries

Relationships Unfiltered, by Andrew Root

Author Andrew Root describes Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers, and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships as a "condensed, concentrated" version of his first book Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation.  "It's sweeter and more palatable - not in the sense of being better, but in … Continue reading Relationships Unfiltered, by Andrew Root

Youth Ministry Essentials: 6 Steps to Helping Hurting Students

You probably didn’t get into youth ministry to help teens deal with abuse, addiction, parental divorce, abandonment, premarital sex, cutting, suicidal thoughts, anger issues, and other painful life situations. But it doesn’t take long to learn that crises come with the territory. As you build deep relationships with the students and families in your church … Continue reading Youth Ministry Essentials: 6 Steps to Helping Hurting Students

Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, by Andrew Root

When I started in youth ministry, the primary approach to youth ministry in the local church was an approach borrowed from the successful parachurch ministry Young Life.  Young Life founder Jim Rayburn drew upon the incarnational ministry of Christ as the biblical/theological foundation of what became "relational youth ministry."  I am a product of it. … Continue reading Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, by Andrew Root

Unlocking the Potential of Volunteers

Adult volunteers are the backbone of any healthy student ministry.  In my work with both church and parachurch student ministries, I have found that there are three keys to unlocking the potential of the volunteers in your ministry.  Volunteers need to see that their role is manageable, one that they feel competent to perform, and … Continue reading Unlocking the Potential of Volunteers

How Dads Can Love Their Daughters

As the dad of a little girl, I really enjoyed this excerpt from Pastor Mark Driscoll about being the father of a daughter.  Men, the way we parent our children, particularly the way that we steward that title of "father", is a sacred responsibility.  I hope that these thoughts challenge and encourage you to love … Continue reading How Dads Can Love Their Daughters

Simple Student Ministry, by Eric Geiger and Jeff Borton

I read a lot of books on student ministry, having served students in various capacities for over two decades.  A lot of them are full of programming ideas for attractional student ministry models.  Simple Student Ministry: A Clear Process for Strategic Youth Discipleship is for the rest of us.  Based on the "clarity - movement … Continue reading Simple Student Ministry, by Eric Geiger and Jeff Borton

No Greater Joy (Part Three)

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4) In previous posts, I've discussed the importance of modeling and teaching in the faith development of young people. As essential as these components are, they are severely lacking unless we as adults can provide hands-on, age-appropriate, … Continue reading No Greater Joy (Part Three)