Life in Student Ministry: Practical Conversations on Thriving in Youth Ministry

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-22
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub

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If you're in the front lines of youth ministry -- as a leader, volunteer, pastor, parent -- you know that youth leadership can be tough. Teens are moving targets, congregations have high expectations, and sometimes even the most experienced youth leader can't shake the feeling that they really don't have a clue about what to do next.Life in Student Ministry offers more than a clue. Jammed packed with practical 'how-to' advice, this book is a must-read for any youth leader committed to building a thriving, long-lived ministry that impacts the spiritual lives of teenagers and their families.Based on a decade of youth leadership experience, author Tim Schmoyer provides on-target advice on everything from getting started, to recruiting and utilizing volunteers, to welcoming visitors, to dealing with lack of commitment from teens and parents. He also includes input, advice, suggestions, even disagreements from a host of experienced youth workers who discussed the book's overall content and weighed in with their own feedback. The result is a collection of many voices on the hurdles and frustrations common to many youth ministries.Life in Student Ministry encourages, challenges, and equips youth leaders to move through the barriers and thrive in their ministries.

Author Biography

Tim Schmoyer has served in youth ministry for over 10 years. He is a youth worker in Minnesota, where he resides with his beautiful wife and two children. He authors the web version of Life In Student Ministry at StudentMinistry.org, where he hosts a weekly live youth ministry talk show, runs Youth Ministry Mentorships, and provides many resources, ideas, training videos, advice, and more.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 13
Are You Called to Be a Youth Worker?
Determine your call to youth ministryp. 15
Three qualities every youth worker must havep. 17
The ideal youth ministryp. 19
Starting a Youth Ministry
Tips for starting out in vocational youth ministryp. 21
Why teens come to youth groupp. 24
10 steps to starting a youth ministry in your churchp. 26
But what if my church has only one teenager?p. 29
How to grow a youth groupp. 31
What to do during your first youth group meetingp. 33
After the very first youth group meetingp. 35
Once Your Youth Ministry is Up and Running
Where real ministry takes placep. 37
How to do youth ministry all wrongp. 38
Lies we believe in youth ministryp. 41
Helping teens take ownership of youth groupp. 43
Five tips for making visitors feel welcome at youth groupp. 44
Two ideas for improving how teens welcome outsidersp. 46
Sharing God's Word with Teens
10 reasons why you should do lesson preparation earlyp. 49
Three ideas for making God's Word "sticky"p. 51
How to push a spiritually apathetic teen to be spiritually passionatep. 54
Three things teens should know before they graduatep. 57
When Teens and Parents Won't Commit to the Youth Ministry
What teens and parents will and won't commit top. 61
Handling teenagers who don't want to participate in youth group activitiesp. 62
Handing frustrations about low attendancep. 65
Should you use a reward system for youth group attendance?p. 66
Parents who ground their teens from youth groupp. 69
Five tips to remember when sharing youth group announcementsp. 73
Evaluating your ministry's communication methodsp. 76
Guidelines for youth pastors who text teensp. 80
Managing Money
Writing a youth ministry budgetp. 83
Why volunteers should always go for freep. 86
Investing in volunteersp. 88
Finding Adult Volunteers
What to look for in a youth leaderp. 91
How to recruit ministry volunteersp. 93
Addressing the four most common excuses potential leaders makep. 95
The value of using retired adultsp. 97
Should you use unsaved adults as youth leaders?p. 99
The process of initiating new leaders into the ministryp. 101
Questions to ask a new youth leaderp. 104
What teens need from youth leadersp. 107
Once Your Volunteers Are in Place
Expectations of youth leadersp. 109
Boundaries for youth leadersp. 112
Handling volunteers who are too busy for teenagersp. 115
How to train leaders to be relationalp. 117
Signs that a youth leader is lacking maturity and healthy adult relationshipsp. 119
10 ideas for keeping adult leaders on board long termp. 123
Using internsp. 125
Challenges You May Face in Youth Ministry
The hardest part of youth ministryp. 129
The daunting job description of a youth workerp. 130
Mistakes that can kill your ministry's growthp. 131
Dealing with the pressures of church leadershipp. 135
Handling discipline as a young youth workerp. 136
The difficult and disruptive teenp. 139
Dealing with drama at youth groupp. 141
Ministry: grind or glamour?p. 143
Ways to Make Youth Ministry Easier
11 ways to reduce stress in ministryp. 145
Living with a spouse who serves in youth ministryp. 148
Advantages of a local network of youth workersp. 154
10 commandments for surviving in youth ministryp. 156
Serving in Youth Ministry for the Long Haul
Being versus doingp. 161
Youth pastor is more than a titlep. 162
How you will crash and burn(out) in ministryp. 163
Avoiding burnout in ministryp. 166
How to leave a youth ministry position wellp. 168
Conclusionp. 171
Acknowledgmentsp. 173
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