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Overview This guide to the concept of Purpose-Driven( youth ministry addresses issues about where to start, dealing with discouragement, establishing heart essentials, becoming family friendly, being with students, and working as a team.
Publishers Description 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 '
Awards and Recognitions Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right by Doug Fields has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2003 Finalist - Christian Ministry category
Citations And Professional Reviews Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right by Doug Fields has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
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More About 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.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Your First Two Years In Youth Ministry?
Excelente Libro!!! Mar 12, 2007
Hace unas semanas mi esposo y yo fuimos instalados como pastores de jovenes y desde entonces comence a buscar informacion que nos fuera util para trabajar con este ministerio. Compre este libro y otro adicional pero este resulto ser de gran bendicion. Es un buen libro, facil de leer y el autor sustenta sus ideas con buenas bases biblicas. Ademas, el autor es muy simpatico y ameno lo que hace que una vez comiences a leer el libro te sea imposible dejarlo a un lado. Excelente herramienta para aquellos que comenzamos con el ministerio de jovenes.
practical in every way Jan 21, 2007
this book is extremely practical and will be a resource for the youth worker far beyond the first two years. Doug lays out in great form things that starry-eyed leaders don't typically see. With great insight, Doug seeks to help more leaders to actually stay in the game for the long term --- a minor regret/challenge I would have of the book is to challenge the amount of moving youth leaders tend to do from one church to the next --- although principles are great, a long tenure within the same church framework has amazing results in the lives of students, adults, and the church as a whole.
A companion to revisit again and again... Aug 25, 2006
The beast of youth ministry is burnout, which is sadly a reality for so many youth leaders who start out strong, work tirelessly for the church, and fade into exhaustion-- and unfortunately, sometimes resentment. Youth ministry is difficult, and people who are just beginning their journey need advice from experience, advice that warns of those in the church who may hurt your feelings, advice that provides guidance in the planning of programs and curriculum... Advice that reminds you, "You will inevitably mess up; but you are human and you are learning. Don't give up!" This book is very insightful, and encourages people to take the long-term perspective, that youth ministry is about the marathon, not the short-distance race.
Reading this book really is like sitting down with a mentor who knows the doubts and fears you possess- and those you have not yet embraced- and prepares you for reality, for better or worse. My suggestion: read it before you enter a YM position, and read it again six months into your position, and again 12 months into the position. The wisdom will be new every time you read it as you gain more experience, and you will value the reminder in times of confusion and concern, that Christ is with you always.
read this one before others Aug 12, 2006
This was incredible help when I started as a youth ministry leader!
I'd recommend buying "Purpose Driven Youth Ministry" with this book. However read THIS book first. Read it BEFORE you enter ministry.
I LOVE how this isn't a how-to book, but really has more focus on Christ. :) In fact, the principles will help you with any ministry, and being a Christ follower in general.
It was very easy to read for me.
Relevant and Practical May 8, 2006
In continuing his encouragement to early youth ministers, Doug Fields, again, does a great job at providing practical and relevant ways to reach the up and coming generations.
And since the book isn't timely, it's beneficial for generations to come.
Also recommended: "I'm Bored with Christianity" by Derrick Engoy