your first two years in youth ministry by Doug Fields — Book Review

I don’t have a passion for youth ministry, but I do have a passion for research, reading and  encouraging others to find their ministry niche.  Since we’ve recently started a youth group at St. Paul’s, I’ve been searching for helpful material, and this book is one of the resources I’ve come across.

The author, Doug Fields, has been a paid youth leader with more than two decades of experience.  He writes primarily from the perspective of a large church with a staff–a far cry from our situation.  However, much of what he has to say is still pertinent, not only to youth ministry but leadership development and spiritual formation in general.  I was especially interested in the chapters on how to identify and encourage new leaders and conflict resolution.

Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right

Each chapter has discussion questions, and this book could easily be used as a resource for youth ministry volunteers and workers in a small group setting. Information is interspersed  with Doug’s personal experiences, and quotations from other youth workers, making for a style that engages and is highly readable.  The appendix includes frequently asked questions and a youth ministry volunteer commitment form example. There is also a website you can go to http://www.dougfields.com for further information.

VERDICT:  4 stars. Definitely worth checking out if you have or are starting a youth ministry.

 

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3 thoughts on “your first two years in youth ministry by Doug Fields — Book Review

  1. Joan,
    This excellent resource of information will be shared with our local youth pastors. Doug Fields will be speaking locally. Don’t know their schedules etc. Prayer would be appreciated. Another blessing the Lord has sent my way through the Lutheran Ladies Connection.
    Prayer partner,
    Karen

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    • Karen, If he is speaking locally and you get to hear him, or your pastors do, let me know. I would be very interested in hearing about it.

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