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Edition 14, No. 8 - August 17, 2009
"99 Thoughts for Youth Workers"
Review by Ryan C. Nielsen
Josh Griffin has written a small book that is full of HUGE ideas and has the potential for GREAT impact. Josh is the High School Pastor at Saddleback Church in California and maintains a daily blog about ministry. His blog, www.morethandodgeball.com , is filled with incredible insights, hints, helps, and reflection about life and ministry. It is one of the blogs that I read every week. 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers has taken many of the ideas Josh has presented on his blog and condensed it into short snippets to help the youth worker in various aspects of life and ministry.
There are a lot of aspects I really like about Joshs new book. It is organized in a very clear and concise manner. It is laid out in short snippets, and grouped into topics making it flow clearly and allowing for bite-sized points to consider and digest. It is a very practical book and addresses not just ideas, but practical living as a youth worker in various aspects of the job, but also with personal and family life as well.
99 Thoughts for Youth Workers is separated into four sections:
1) Vision and Leadership
2) Programs and People
3) Small Groups and Events
4) Everyday Ministry
These different categories also allow for a focused look at the various aspects of life within student ministry. I also love that throughout the book, on some of the thoughts Josh will ask some thought-provoking questions to help the reader meditate on the issue.
Just because something is small, does not mean it cant carry a big punch and thats what 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers did for me. It is both an encouragement and a convicting book at the same time. It has some great ideas to help me keep focused, to keep improving, to feel encouraged, and to share with others. And it is definitely worth more than the $4.99 price tag. Great book, great thoughts, and a great buy. In fact, just to make it even more with the money, Josh included an additional 14 thoughts for free making it not just 99 thoughts, but 113 (and anyone who knows me and my website, pastor2youth.com knows how much I love FREE!) I would recommend anyone working in student ministry full-time, part-time, volunteer, parent, professional, spouse, and even Sr. Pastor to buy and read this book.
Purchase the Book HERE
Open Letter to Youth Ministry Search Teams"
"Dear Search Team or Committee
I have applied to your open youth minister position and would like to pass on some information from my perspective of the search. Before I begin by giving you some advice to improve your communication with those of us who have applied for your position; allow me to share these thoughts. First off, thank you for being a part of the group who will determine the next minister to the students. I understand you have a big decision ahead of you and it should not be taken lightly. I appreciate all of the extra time, effort and energy you have put into the process (not to mention all of the meetings). One last thing you should know about me - I am praying for you as much as you are praying for me. I pray God gives you wisdom, strength and the ability to discern the right choice.
As a search team moving along in the search process, I would suggest
you keep these few things in mind. (In no particular order) You will
notice that throughout this list I will use the word "appreciate" often;
because none of these ideas are requirements for you, they are just things
I would appreciate.
1. Use Technology.
2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
If I end up being the "chosen" youth minister, I am learning a lot about the way the leadership in the church works. If there is a pattern of poor communication during the search process, I will be more likely to decline your offer to be youth minister. Why would I willingly walk into a situation where communication is not a strength for the leadership? On the other hand, when a search team communicates well during the search process, I will willingly join that team.
3. Honesty is a must!
There is no reason to drag me along, just to keep me as a "back-up" if the real #1 choice doesn't work out. If you want to pursue one candidate at a time, then be honest and let me know that at the beginning of the process. I will not be offended if you want to be specific and strategic in your search, even if it means I am not going through the first round of the interview process...."
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