Life in Student Ministry
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...
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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.
'Youth ministry can be very intimidating. Teens are constantly changing, parents have high expectations, and adult volunteers look to you for leadership and guidance. Normally you'd be fine with that, except inside you're feeling, 'I have no clue what I'm doing!'Youth ministry can be tough, but you're not alone. Many others have waded through the same struggles, issues, and successes you're currently experiencing. And some of them even kept their sanity! But you don't want to just maintain sanity -- you want to thrive and lead a ministry that is spiritually influential in the lives of teenagers and their families.The advice in Life In Student Ministry: A Practical Guide to Thriving in Youth Ministry comes from a decade of experience on a variety of common struggles: starting a youth ministry from scratch, how to best lead and utilize adult volunteers, welcoming visitors, lack of commitment from teens and parents, achieving longevity in youth ministry, and many other issues.This book is not a comprehensive overview of any of these topics -- most of these struggles could fill volumes of books. Instead, Life In Student Ministry gives a lot of short, practical 'how-to' advice that's based on wisdom and years of experience. It's geared to not only give you a starting point as you lead a youth ministry, but to encourage you, challenge you, and equip you to be the best manager of the teenagers the Lord has entrusted to you.The best part is that what you'll read in the pages of this book is not just from one isolated author -- you'll read input, advice, and even disagreements from a host of youth workers who discussed the book's content and weighed in with their own feedback. The result is a collection of many voices, many experiences, and many viewpoints on the same issues we're all facing.We invite you to come be a part of the conversation because, fortunately, Life In Student Ministry does not end when you finish the book. It continues through various multimedia platforms at www.StudentMinistry.org where youth workers from around the world gather to be encouraged, challenged and equipped to thrive in youth ministry.'
Tim Schmoyer has served in youth ministry for over 10 years. He is currently a youth pastor 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.