Youth directors need help. They have to negotiate the trials of teenagers and the fears of parents, often with very limited ministry experience. Plus, it's easy for their work to become segregated from the rest of the church's ministry.
Whether your youth director or leader is brand new or a long-time veteran, this 23-page training tool can help. Let the insights that we've pulled together here provide encouragement and direction for his or her ministry. NOTE: You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource to be distributed in a church or educational setting.
This Resource contains all of the following:
No Outsourcing Allowed
Teens need the whole church, not just youth pastors.
Advice from an Experienced Leader
Glean the wisdom of a long-time youth pastor.
Sample Job Description
Developing a Relational Ministry
Basic principles for showing your students that you care.
What to Do with Student Leaders
Ideas for developing your leadership core.
What Volunteers Want
Keeping your crew content isn't as hard as you think.
Dealing with Difficult Teaching Situations
Suggestions for common problems in group sessions.
Creating a Culture of Safety
Make sure your youth ministry isn’t threatening to your students.
Retreats That Really Retreat
How one youth leader addresses the stress afflicting his students.
Family-Friendly Habits (free sample)
Tips for helping your youth program help parents.
Minimizing Risk in Youth Ministry
Some peril accompanies any activity, so what can you do about it?