Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry; 9 Essential Foundations for Transforming the Lives of Young People

Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry; 9 Essential Foundations for Transforming the Lives of Young People

by Doug Fields, Rick Warren
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Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry; 9 Essential Foundations for Transforming the Lives of Young People

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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ISBN-13: 9780310212539
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/01/1998
Series: Other Helpful Resources Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction COMPONENT ONE: The Power of God
1.Healthy Youth Ministries Have Spiritually Healthy Leaders COMPONENT TWO: Purpose
2.Discovering the Five Purposes for Your Youth Ministry
3.Why a Purpose Statement Is Important and How to Create One
4.Conveying Your Purpose and Leading by Example COMPONENT THREE: Potential Audience
5.Identifying Students' Commitments COMPONENT FOUR: Programs
6.Reaching Community Students Fulfilling God's Purpose of Evangelism
7.Keeping Crowd Students Fulfilling God's Purpose of Worship
8.Nurturing Congregation Students Fulfilling God's Purpose of Fellowship
9.Preparing Committed Students Fulfilling God's Purpose of Discipleship
10.Challenging Core Students Fulfilling God's Purpose of Ministry
11.Five Characteristics of Healthy Youth Programs COMPONENT FIVE: Process
12.Using a Visual Process to Communicate Your Spiritual Growth Plan COMPONENT SIX: Planned Values
13.Defining and Communicating Important Values COMPONENT SEVEN: Parents
14.Teaming Up with Parents for a Family-Friendly Youth Ministry COMPONENT EIGHT: Participating Leaders
15.Finding the Leaders Your Students Deserve
16.Helping Potential Leaders Become Ministers COMPONENT NINE: Perseverance
17.Handling Pressure, Projects, and Time Demands
18.Disciplining Positively
19.Initiating Purpose-Driven Change Appendix A: Your First Two Years Appendix B: Differences Between Junior High and High School Ministries at Saddleback Church Appendix C: Getting Students Into the Bible Appendix D: Guide to Programs Appendix E: Finding your S.H.A.P.E. in Student Ministries Appendix F: Volunteer Application Packet Appendix G: Youth Ministry Staff Commitments Appendix H: Calendars Appendix I: Further Resources Index

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Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry; 9 Essential Foundations for Transforming the Lives of Young People 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Simply one of the best books for any youth leader! Doug transfers many of the principles from the best-selling Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren into practical methods and an easy process any youth worker can apply to their current situation. The only weakness of the book in my opinion is that is somewhat attempts to oversimplify the 'messiness' of youth ministry leadership. Can any five purposes or nine components catch ever game, activity, program, or mission trip in youth ministry? While Doug may write his book that way, real life tends to also allow for many 'non-purpose driven' activities that also lead to radical life change in teens. Overall, I've read it three times as a youth pastor and still find good material I haven't had a chance to use yet. Get it. Read it. Use it.