Are the young people in your church coming to faith in
Christ? Are they following Him as disciples? The elders
and leaders of every church should be able to answer "yes" to both
questions. It's a crucial aspect of their role as
shepherds. So how can a group of men confidently affirm that
their young people are growing mature in Christ?
This is the purpose of YOUthWORK. Featuring hard-won
insights and proven strategies drawn from twenty-five years of
working with thousands of students, this practical guide will equip
parents, volunteers, and full-time youth workers to shepherd young
people toward maturity in Christ. It provides church leaders
with a framework for understanding the how's and why's of youth
ministry and features dozens of hands-on ideas for ministry.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
In The Beginning...
3. Disciple Students
4. Cultivate Groups
6. Take Trips
7. Be Smart with Money
8. Be Prepared for Deviance
9. Involve Parents
10. Develop Strong Leaders
One Last Thing...
In his twenty-plus years of youthwork, DON PEARSON has
been kicked out of restaurants, left kids behind in airports, lost
ten thousand dollars on a single event, totaled a borrowed vehicle,
and caught a sailboat on fire. The ministry he oversees has lost
kids in the mountains, driven a bus through a glass toll booth in
Mexico with armed guards pointing machine guns at the windows, and
rescued kids getting stung by jellyfish in the dark waters off the
Spanish Virgin Islands. During this time, God has faithfully
extended the range of his ministry from six kids in the eighties to
over six hundred today. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute,
Cornerstone University, and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, Don now
spends most of his time overseeing the youth ministry of
Blythefield Hills Baptist Church. His emphasis is on reaching,
discipling, and equipping young people for spiritual leadership in
the church and the world. Don and his wife have three grown
children and reside near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, PAUL SANTHOUSE
currently serves as its Vice President of Publications, and
Publisher at Moody Publishers. The parents of five married children
and a brood of grandchildren, Paul and his wife, Rebecca, live in
Chicago where they enjoy easy access to major airports.