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Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth [Hardcover]

By Doug Fields (Author)
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If you long to reach kids and see their lives changed by God, this comprehensive guide shows you how. Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry will do for youth ministry what Rick Warren's Gold Medallion award-winning, The Purpose-Driven Church is doing for pastoral ministry. It's an indispensable guide to creating and maintaining youth ministry for the long run. It will help you create a solid spiritual team that builds the foundations of the Christian faith into the hearts and lives of young people. Forged around the fundamental purposes of evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship, Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry uses the experiences of Saddleback Church to illustrate what a healthy Youth ministry can be. Nine transferable principles help you - Connect with the power of God for passionate, committed leadership - Define the purpose of your ministry and communicate it effectively - Identify your potential audience - Create programs that reach your audience and fulfill God's purposes - Implement processes that move students to maturity - Enhance your ministry with clearly defined values - Team up with parents to involve the whole family - Find volunteers and develop them into participating leaders - Persevere through tough times and thrive in an ever-changing environment. Balancing both theory and practice, Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry can be applied to any church setting, regardless of size, denomination, facilities, resources, and existing leadership. Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry will help you develop a ministry that equips students rather than a ministry that coordinates events. Doug Fields says, "My goal for this book is to coach you through a plan to build a healthy youth ministry that isn't dependent on one great youth leader and won't be destroyed when the youth worker leaves the church. It's not a book on how to grow your youth ministry with six easy steps; it's about identifying, establishing, and building health into your church's youth ministry.

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If you long to reach kids and see their lives changed by God, this comprehensive guide shows you how. Purpose-Driven® Youth Ministry will do for youth ministry what Rick Warren's Gold Medallion award-winning, The Purpose-Driven® Church is doing for pastoral ministry. It's an indispensable guide to creating and maintaining youth ministry for the long run. It will help you create a solid spiritual team that builds the foundations of the Christian faith into the hearts and lives of young people. Forged around the fundamental purposes of evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship, Purpose-Driven® Youth Ministry uses the experiences of Saddleback Church to illustrate what a healthy Youth ministry can be. Nine transferable principles help you - Connect with the power of God for passionate, committed leadership - Define the purpose of your ministry and communicate it effectively - Identify your potential audience - Create programs that reach your audience and fulfill God's purposes - Implement processes that move students to maturity - Enhance your ministry with clearly defined values - Team up with parents to involve the whole family - Find volunteers and develop them into participating leaders - Persevere through tough times and thrive in an ever-changing environment. Balancing both theory and practice, Purpose-Driven® Youth Ministry can be applied to any church setting, regardless of size, denomination, facilities, resources, and existing leadership. Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry will help you develop a ministry that equips students rather than a ministry that coordinates events. Doug Fields says, 'My goal for this book is to coach you through a plan to build a healthy youth ministry that isn't dependent on one great youth leader and won't be destroyed when the youth worker leaves the church. It's not a book on how to grow your youth ministry with six easy steps; it's about identifying, establishing, and building health into your church's youth ministry.

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Studio: Zondervan/Youth Specialties
Pages   395
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.64" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.28"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 3, 1998
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310212537  
ISBN13  9780310212539  
UPC  025986212537  


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More About Doug Fields


Doug Fields Doug Fieldsis a teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. A youth pastor for over twenty-five years, Doug has served in his current capacity since 1992. He has authored or coauthored more than fifty books, including the highly acclaimed, award-winning "Purpose Driven Youth Ministry "and his latest book, "Refuel: An Uncomplicated Guide to Connecting with God." He and his wife, Cathy, have three children and live in Southern California."

Doug Fields currently resides in Trabuco Canyon, in the state of California. Doug Fields was born in 1962.

Doug Fields has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 10 Minute Moments
  2. Biblioteca de Ideas de Especialidades Juveniles
  3. Creative Bible Lessons
  4. Especialidades Juveniles
  5. Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition Experiencing Ch
  6. Help! (Focus on the Family)
  7. Life Together (Zondervan Student Guides)
  8. Quick Questions
  9. Simply for Students
  10. Uncommon High School Bible Study
  11. Videos That Teach Videos That Teach
  12. Youth Specialties (Paperback)
  13. Youth Specialties S


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Simply The Best  Feb 26, 2007
Doug Fields' "Purpose Driven Youth Ministry" is simply the best handbook ever written on youth ministry. You may not agree with everything that Fields' says, but it's hard to argue with the fact that this system works. Even after 15 years of full-time youth ministry, I find myself going back to this book over and over again. It's a "must have" for youth pastors, volunteer staff, and your student leadership team.
 
A Caution  Oct 31, 2006
I thank God for Doug Shields. He seems to be a good man with a big heart for God. However, I would like to honestly and meekly give some positive criticism to his book.

It seems that Doug has put an inflexible blueprint on youth ministry, a cookie cutter so to speak. He's showed us a plan which works for him, even supporting his claims with scripture. But do we really want to reproduce a church after the letter, or after the Spirit?

Doug writes from the perspective of one-man guidance with a leadership team, and teaches us to scrutinise and organise. However, so much human interference can certainly leave no room for the Lord to build His church. Its unfortunate that we, as Christ's body, have come so far from doing ministry the way He would want it. It may be a good idea that we hit our faces and ask that God reveal to us His purposes, for His purposes will certainly bring heavenly results.

Not all the content in the book is bad, however. For a period of time we implemented many of his suggestions in our youth ministry here in Switzerland. Another plus is that it is easy reading. My objection is simply this: we cannot replace following God's Spirit in the ministry with a manual, irrespective of how successful the writer is. (This might take a long time for all of us to learn.)

Please don't take this as an indication not to buy this book. Make up your own mind. I only say: proceed with caution!
 
Very Helpful  May 8, 2006
When I got into youth ministry, I was introduced to this book and it help lay a great foundation of strong biblical teaching and practical relevant leading.

Doug Fields does a great job of allowing new youth ministry to get their feet wet through his book.

This book is highly recommended for those just starting in youth ministry

Also recommended: "I'm Bored with Christianity" by Derrick Engoy
 
Better than expected  Jan 19, 2006
I was required to read this for a class and did not anticipate it at all. I thought it would simply be filled with a planned out to-do-list on how to make a successful youth ministry. After reading Rick Warrens (the head pastor of Field's church) book, "The Purpose Driven Life," I thought I would find the same structure. I must say that I was rather surprised and pleased to find the opening chapter to focus on the true purpose of youth ministry. That is: it isn't a compitition for success. Nevertheless it was still proceeded by explanations of successful youth ministry strategies. Of course, the intentions of reading the book probably is to learn them. I was much more willing to listen after reading the first chapter. There are helpful strategies mentioned in the book but it is not the best youth min. book I have read. The biggest fault is that Fields use his church for examples of all ministry. I find a problem in this because not all ministry is alike.
 
A Must Read  Aug 17, 2005
This is a must read book for anyone working in youth ministry. If you are a youth pastor and haven't read this but, you MUST pick it up. It should also be required reading for anyone in you leadership.
 

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