With Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry, Fields translates his passion, insight, and vision for "rookies" onto paper. This is hands-down the most comprehensive companion to not only surviving, but also to thriving during this crucial phase of youth ministry.
The book is full of stories and principles from Fields' own successes and failures over 20-plus years in youth ministry. It also offers treasure troves of practical advice, all in the hope that new youth workers can travel a smooth path and achieve real longevity in a church culture that all too often chews them up and spits them out. Some of the issues covered are:
- Dealing with discouragement
- Establishing a solid spiritual foundation
- Building effective relationships with students
- Resolving conflict
- Ministering to parents and families
- Trailblazing change
- Working with volunteers
- Defining a realistic job description
Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry is a must-have resource for new youth workers, volunteers, seminary professors and students, senior pastors, elders, and church boards Ñ or even veteran youth workers who've been ministering in unstructured environments and are now asking, "What did I miss? What can I still learn?"
The first two years of youth ministry are never easy. But never fear! Hope's coming if you can hang on!