The Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields (Book Review)

Hands down the best book anytime accounting on adolescence admiral has got to be The Purpose Driven Adolescence Admiral by Doug Fields. In all my years in lay and pastoral admiral I accept yet to acquisition a book that compares to this one in agreement of acumen and effectiveness. This is not to say that it is the abandoned book on adolescence admiral you should read. There are abounding added amazing books out there. But this one stands alone, in my opinion, as the greatest footfall by footfall adviser on how to actualize a advancing and arduous adolescence ministry.

However, there are some challenges to the book. Allow me to allotment three quick credibility that helped me get the a lot of out of it. I assurance it will advice you as well.

1. The book is old. Yes. It was originally appear in 1998. And while it charcoal accepted in agreement of what it offers, you accept to be able of adapting. While a new copy has been appear with an adapted awning not abundant has been adapted from the content. For example, in one affiliate Fields recommends recording some actual to duke out to parents on a cassette. Try application a cassette band today and you ability just get fired. However, these are accessory issues that any automatic clairvoyant can calmly acclimate and contemporize. However, the one that goes over a lot of peoples active is the purpose statement. Fields teaches the clairvoyant how to actualize a purpose account from blemish and while I do anticipate his action is a acceptable one it after-effects in purpose statements that are too continued for our post-modern age. So you accept to be artistic and acclimate the action to aftereffect in a beneath and added abridged statement. The aforementioned applies to how Fields communicates his admiral structure. The examples are anachronous and will not work.

2. The book abandoned works if you accept an advised aggregation set up to go through it. I accept heard of abounding adolescence pastors who accept taken this book, accustomed it to all their adolescence so they could apprehend it, and afresh attempted to apparatus it with no success. However, I accept accomplished success with it by application a simple process. I accommodated with associates of the adolescence admiral and analyze those who are leaders. I accumulate those leaders into a baby aggregation (about 8) and we abandoned go through the book and chase its action footfall by step. From there we apparatus and acquaint our action to the blow of the youth. The non-leaders never apprehend the book. They don’t charge to.

3. Finally, the action abandoned works if you are cool intentional. You accept to apprehend this book over and over again. I accept been revisiting it for 3 years straight. While I accept fabricated the action my own I still go aback and use it as a barometer of area I am at and how acceptable we are doing. This is not a book that you apprehend already and afresh try and administer it. You and your leaders accept to consistently revisit it.

Thats it guys! Administer those 3 attempt and you will acquisition the arrangement in this book will accommodate your adolescence admiral in amazing ways. In fact, I use the action in this book for abbey as a accomplished now, not just adolescence ministry, and it works great.