Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth Author:Doug Fields From the youth pastor of Saddleback Church--a revolutionary approach to building a self-sustaining youth ministry. What The Purpose-Driven Church has done for pastoral ministry, this book is about to do for youth ministry. Doug Fields, the youth pastor at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, reveals the foundations for a powerful, Purpose-Driven You... more »th Ministry (PDYM). Youth leaders passionate about a ministry that fulfills the five scriptural purposes of evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship will discover a proven, team approach that reduces burnout and incorporates the strengths of the church as a whole. What they won't get is another Six Easy Steps book. Says Fields, "You will not find the PDYM to be a cookie-cutter approach promoting do it my way because there's only one way. Rather, it's a model that can be adapted to fit the unique needs, personality, and circumstances of any church." Developing a Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry is a flexible and exhaustive approach to building a healthy, self-sustaining youth ministry based on nine components: Power of God, Purpose, Potential Audience, Programs, Process, Planned Values Participating Leaders, Parents, and Personnel. Here in detail and depth is the theory behind effective youth ministry. And here is the application--the means for translating sound principles into practical action. From developing a purpose statement, to drafting a plan for spiritual growth, to the ins-and-outs of family involvement, to keeping the ministry focused, fresh, and vibrant, this volume meets virtually every concern of student leaders with up-to-date insights and seasoned, frontline advice.
"For almost twenty years, I've been living with the overwhelming responsibility to develop a youth ministry that equips students rather than a youth ministry that coordinates events," says Fields. "I don't want to direct programs; I want to disciple students." This book captures the sweep of Fields' experience and vision. Destined to become a youth ministry classic, Developing a Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry is an absolute must-have for today's youth minister.« less
Doug Fields bases his book on the 5 Scripture based purposes from Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Church, but the church I served as Youth Counselor is SO small- (how small is it?) the church mice have to hold their Bible Studies in a closet! Badumbump- Chee! Point being, this is an outstanding resource, But it's hard to keep a youth group going with only 3 youth.
Jami H. (jamih81) reviewed Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry : 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth on
I am an adult volunteer with my church's youth group, and they are strongly based on the principles outlined in this book. Great for volunteers, not just leaders and pastors. Helps you to make a difference in the life of teens without getting burnt out or overdoing it.