A youth minister's career is typically less than 5 years. And that's not because they "graduate" to adult ministry. It's because they burn out. Going the distance requires setting specific and unique boundaries. This book gives them to you with humor, real stories, and loads of inspiration.
Award-winning author JOEL LUND grew up in the Seattle area, where he frequently crashed his bicycle flying over jumps he built with friends. In between his sophomore and junior year of college, he traveled around the country in a band. Later, he earned his Master's degree from Regent College, in Vancouver BC, and worked 15 years (8 full-time, 7 part-time) in youth ministry. His second career was in the financial services industry.
For his first book, "The Ultimate Survival Guide For Youth Ministers" he was awarded a "Top 10 Idaho Author." His second book, "Watson's Way; Life Lessons We Earned From Our Brilliant Dog," won a "Top 3 Idaho Book" award, and North American Book Award.
He also writes young adult fantasy fiction ["The Gargoyle Chronicles" series], under his pen name, Brandon King. He is a galleried artist, musician and person to too many pets. He has spoken to more than 100,000. With his wife, he is the co-founder and CEO of Prepare For Rain, a business dedicated to helping others transform their lives to become who they know they can be: fulfilled, whole and making a difference.
Find out more at: http://www.prepareforrainpress.com/
Anyone in ministry will resonate with this bubble. Because, well, people being what they are, these things are inevitable. But that doesn't mean you're always prepared. That's why I wrote this book. As much as anything, it was cathartic for me. Not everyone you serve, Youth Minister, is rooting for you. It's what you do with that knowledge that matters the most to your impact of your ministry. #youthministry #reasonhecame #treadlightly #holdloosely #persist
The Ultimate Survival Guide for Youth Ministers
We have determined that the enemy is not to be found among the ranks of the common parent. There are times, however, when one wonders if maybe there is still an enemy to be found lurking about in the church, hiding in a different guise. In the realm of youth ministry it doesn’t take very long to irritate people in the church… without even being aware that you have done so, or simply encounter people who are irritated. You discover, to your surprise, that you have some fires to put out when you didn’t even have a barbecue. How could this happen? You have a clearly defined role with kids, and you have labored to be sensitive to the needs of parents, plus you engage in regular internal system checks, right? Who else is there to be worrie—uh, nervo—suspicious, no, uh, … mindful of?