I can remember my first year in youth ministry. The church had entrusted me with the spiritual guidance and care of the junior high and high school students, and – quite frankly – I was terrified. I had no idea how I was going to shepherd those kids. I immersed myself in studying the various models of youth ministry. From purpose-driven to emergent, I pledged myself to finding the right approach.
While I can’t claim to have found the perfect formula, I did discover that no ministry model would work in the long-term without incorporating the adults in the youth ministry. We needed adults. We needed parents. We needed grandparents. But how?
Fortunately, for guys today who may be struggling with the same inexperience, there is now a resource to equip them to equip others. And not only will this resource help you find, train, and lead some adults in your congregation to serve in the youth ministry. Darren Sutton is convinced that there are more than a few people in your church who are called to youth ministry. They all are – even if they don’t know it yet.
This week marks the launch of Darren’s new book, titled (appropriately enough), Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry – They Just Don’t Know It Yet.
Darren Sutton is one of those youth ministry greybeards. At least he would be if he could grow a beard. He’s served in youth ministry for more than 20 years, and leads a ministry that helps instruct and equip anyone who influences teenagers. That makes him the perfect author for this book.
In Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry – They Just Don’t Know It Yet, Darren provides the reader with an easy-to-follow, nuts-and-bolts approach to developing strong adult leadership in your ministry.
This is the book that I wish I’d have been able to find when I was a young youth pastor. And now that I serve in adult ministry, it’s the book that I’ll be sure to get in the hands of my youth minister.
My encouragement to you is to do the same. Do it here.