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The Perfect Program and Other Fairy Tales: Confessions of a Well-Intentioned Youth Worker (TH1NK) [Paperback]

By David Chow (Author)
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Item description for The Perfect Program and Other Fairy Tales: Confessions of a Well-Intentioned Youth Worker (TH1NK) by David Chow...

Seasoned youth pastor David Chow has some engaging anecdotes and tested advice to remind youth pastors that God influences their work even when it's not perfect.

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David Chow has words of exhortation for fellow youth pastors and volunteers: It's not how you do ministry, it's what you are. His true confessions of a youth pastor will validate your own ministry growing pains while at the same time encouraging you to keep pressing on toward the goal: forging new disciples for Christ.

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
Series  TH1NK  
ISBN  1576838226  
ISBN13  9781576838228  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Chow is a veteran youth worker with fifteen years of experience "in the trenches." He is the author of No More Lone Rangers and a frequent speaker on leadership and youth ministry issues. He is the founder of Leading Together (, an organization that coaches leaders and equips churches. He has a master's in organizational leadership from Biola University and lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.

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David verbalizes what many of us experience in ministry  Dec 19, 2005
What I loved about this book was Dave's honest and transparent reflection about what he's experienced through his journey as youth leader. His career reminds me that, in ministry, bigger doesn't mean better and that both rookie and veteran leaders struggle to express their calling to love teenagers.

Dave's book is refreshing because, instead of trying to convince us that he's got the "silver bullet" for youth ministry success, he invites us into his world and asks us to walk with him. It's honest. It's real.

This book will be great for those in a mentor/mentee relationship seeking a resource to help them springboard into great weekly discussions.
We could learn a lot from this guy...  Nov 30, 2005
Anyone could benefit from Chow's book, but I especially recommend it to new youth workers, discouraged youth workers, and task-oriented leaders (you know who you are). He writes upfront that this isn't a "how to" or an "answer" book. But his insights are invaluable for those who have had a hard time in youth work or who have an "ideal" of what youth ministry is supposed to look like all the time.

Chow lets us in on his character flaws and ministry mistakes and tells us two important things: 1) how we can learn from his tough experiences, and 2) how God worked through and in spite of those mistakes. A rare book from someone willing to show their "uglies", without blame shifting or claiming victim status, for the benefit of others.

The other key element I appreciated about this book is that it proves that effectiveness in youth ministry isn't based on personality or uber-right-brained-ness. He shares - quite vulnerably - regrets from being task-oriented over people-oriented, but proves that a humble, broken person is far more valuable in Kingdom work than a personality drenched perfectionist.

My only two pauses: I would've liked to read more of Chow's successes in this book and more elaboration on his take on that topic from the pit - numbers.
Honest and encouraging  Nov 24, 2005
David Chow, having served as a youth pastor in both small churches and megachurches, shares honest lessons from his failures and mess-ups; and then gives insightful glimpses into what true success in ministry involves. If you're thinking about serving in youth ministry, check this book out. It'll help you stay on track amid the potholes of reality. A quick-read that's worth the time.
Behind the Scenes   Nov 23, 2005
FINALLY!!!....a book that doesn't "sugar coat" the real world of youth ministry!!! David Chow digs deeply to reveal God's grace through the scars and struggles of a well intentioned youth worker with ridiculous expectations. This book gives permission for youth workers to enjoy the journey of serving God and experience His grace through failing forward! Any veteran in youth ministry will give witness to the realities of the pain, struggles and victories Chow addresses in this book.

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