Letters to a Youth Worker
by Mark DeVries
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Letters to a Youth Worker allows you to have some of the best youth ministers in the country ride shotgun on your journey. This collection includes letters from Walt Mueller, Kara Powell, Andy Root, and many others who provide wisdom and insight into effective youth ministry. Contributors based their letters on one or more of the 44 assets identified in the Exemplary Youth Ministry Study.
“You need to be clear on the purpose of youth ministry; you need to be able to finish this sentence: Youth ministry is for …” – Andy Root
What we want you to know is that Jesus has been there for us, every step of the way. You need to know that, but even more than that, you need to practice that, and a lot of us don’t.” – Duffy Robbins
“I am having an affair. My mistress was my youth ministry.” – Jim Burns
“Wouldn’t it be great to find the youth ministry ‘silver bullet’?” – Kara Powell
“Your talent and personality will only connect with so many in your group. The sooner we realize this limitation, the sooner we’ll get passionate about finding a diverse group of leaders who can share in the ministry.” – Mark Matlock
“Exemplary youth ministry is not about what you do. It’s about who you are.” – Walt Muller
Mark DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects and oversees the youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. His books include Sustainable Youth Ministry and Family-Based Youth Ministry.