Purpose Driven® Youth Ministry Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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
- 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 ...
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 20 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 02 2009|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #88,774 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in Canada on May 28, 2017
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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on May 28, 2017
Good: This book is an easy read, and doesn't require theological or professional ministry experience to understand, and yet is thorough. Any person who has basic relational skills and a heart to reach kids will be set to go after reading this book.
Bad: Fields is constantly uses lists and acronyms to teach his points. Examples: the different stages of faith commitment (core, committed, congregation, crowd, and community); spiritual lifestyle H.A.B.I.T.S. (hang time with God, accountability with another believer, Bible memorization, involvement with the church body, tithing commitment, study of the scripture); his method for discovering spiritual gifts called S.H.A.P.E. (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences). A little of this goes a long way, and if you try to take it in too quickly it will fry your brain.
Opinion: This is the best book on youth ministry that I've read. Fields leaves no bases uncovered, from working with parents to handling discipline. I wish I had read this book before my first youth pastorate. It would have saved me many mistakes.
Best Quote: Two come to mind, but they're related to the same thing: "Leadership separates a purpose-driven youth ministry from an event-and-activity-driven youth ministry." The second one is this: "Better to have two high-standard student leaders than fifty students who want to plan activities while they live any lifestyle they please."
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.
God bless your ministry!
This is a great book which I would suggest anybody read, but if you are in the youth ministry or our helping in the youth ministry get a hold of this book.
The book is highly repetitive, but certainly gets the point acrossed. Get this book it will help any leader. Doug writes with wisdom, going through many years of experience before writing this book. It's always been said, "If you want to know how to do something, ask somebody who did it." Don't allow structure to bring you down.
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