Youth Ministry: What's Gone Wrong and How to Get it Right

by David Olshine. Abingdon Press, 2013.
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Effective and lasting youth ministries are characterized by a number of things: They partner with parents as the primary faith incubators of their children. They rely on leadership teams rather than a ‘Super Star’ youth worker. They understand the power of relationships versus programs in attracting and engaging young people (and everyone else!). They equip young people for life - and faith - after high school. These are among the twelve key areas of challenge and opportunity addressed by 30-year youth ministry veteran, Olshine. For each area, he offers hope and guidance through tips, tools, questions for reflection, and “Voices from the Trenches”. Despite a penchant for dated movie references, this is a treasure trove of wisdom and practical advice. Written for youth ministry staff and volunteers, this resource would be of value to parents and congregational leaders, as well.