Student Ministry Essentials Reaching. Leading. Nurturing.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-09-01
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
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You have a brief time to make a big impact

As a youth worker, you have the unique opportunity to walk alongside students in their critical adolescent life experiences. These years are some of the most formative in a person’s life. With your help, each teenager can feel believed in, loved, and challenged to be like Christ.

But how do you make that happen? This book shows you where to start.

Within are critical elements—the essentials—to effectively equip you to reach today’s students, including:

  • Practical disciple-making tools
  • Leadership recommendations
  • How to partner with the rest of your church
  • How to equip parents to disciple their teens
  • What ministry looks like outside of your comfort zone

Learn from two veteran youth pastors-turned college professors about how to better know your students, understand their culture, and do important ministry.

Author Biography

STEVE VANDEGRIFF (Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of youth ministries and the Director of the Center for Youth Ministries, at Liberty University in Virginia. A former youth pastor, Steve enjoys ministering and speaking to young people and their parents. He previously spent thirteen years as the executive director of Youth for Christ in Alberta, Canada. He is co-author of Timeless Youth Ministry, Disturbing Behavior, and Protecting Your Teen from Disturbing Behaviors. The parents of three children, Steve and his wife, Pamela Jo, reside in Lynchburg, Virginia.

RICH BROWN was blessed to be born into a godly ministry home and gave his life to Christ as a young man. During college God led him into ministry where he graduated with a degree in youth ministries. While in school he met his lifetime love, friend, mate, and partner in ministry. Rich and his wife Janet have served together in churches in the Midwest and the Seattle area. He and Janet have three adult children; Rich III, Jenna, and Ryan.In 2003, Rich transitioned from serving as Pastor of Student Ministries to become Associate Professor within the Department of Church Ministries at his alma-mater, Liberty University. It is in this context of mentoring, equipping, and teaching the next generation of youth ministry leaders where he ministers to the college students God has placed in his life. Along with his residential teaching load, he also teaches online to adult learners. He has developed a number of youth ministry courses, including published work texts. He and his wife are quite active in their local church.Rich's interests are quite varied as he is passionate about coffee, baseball, landscaping projects, and anything historical. But most of all, he loves to teach God's Word in the context of training leaders and encouraging the church to fulfill the Great Commission among adolescents.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

1. A worldview of student ministry...on the macro level      
2. The psychology of adolescents; what you need to know about teenagers
3. The role of local church student ministry
4. The role of para-church student ministry
5. FYI: The Biblical Imperative of Teaching
6. Campus ministry, the new mission field
7. Practical discipleship
8. Micro student ministry; the necessity of programming
9. The look of leadership in student ministry
10. The other side of the student ministry equation: parents
11. Inter-Generational Student Ministry
12. Global Student Ministry
13. Outdoor Student Ministry
14. Personal call to ministry

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