Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

by Mark DeVries. InterVarsity Press, 2008.


This resource acts as a guide for congregations struggling with youth ministry, presenting a systemic approach to developing a healthy youth ministry, starting with finding the right minister.


discussion questions, builders list, compliance checklist, team building, training, developing youth ministry search teams, finding emotionally healthy youth workers, sustaining leaders

Recommended Audience

Clergy and youth leaders of any faith tradition


Purchase as a book or e-book

Practical Applications

  • Find the right youth minister for your congregation by reading this resource together with congregational leaders.
  • Change the congregational culture regarding your youth ministry by adapting the systems approach outlined in this text.

About the Contributor

Brian Witwer

Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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