The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness from the Trenches - Price: $17.95
by Jay Tucker, ISBN: 978-1-932690-81-1
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If you are thinking about youth ministry, already doing youth ministry, know a youth minister, or simply need something to read quickly so that you can say, "Why yes, I have finished an entire book!", “The Whole Youth Worker” is for you. This book provides things I wish someone would have written down for me early in my career in youth ministry. In “The Whole Youth Worker”, I share my tips, strategies, and advice on:
Being a professional inside the office
Dealing with criticism
Balancing family and ministry
Challenging your congregation's definition of success
Creating a more parent-friendly ministry
Creating a clear vision for ministry
Ministering to others when you are struggling yourself
More at book website www.BetterYouthMinistry.com.
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Jay Tucker is a life long South Floridian. His passions are Jesus Christ, his family, education, and enjoying life. "You should do whatever it is that gets you out of bed in the morning," is Jay's philosophy on work. He writes for pleasure and has two published works. "The Whole Youth Worker; Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness from the Trenches" and "Ferdinand Uses the Potty". Both books are from Loving Healing Press.
Book Review :
The allure of youth work can quickly fade, especially when there is very little direction on what to do and how to get it done. Jay Tucker has pulled together his eight years of experience into a short manual, "The Whole Youth Worker" that will help guide most youth workers around the dangerous curves and out of the sinkholes of youth ministry. This short, 148-page, readable paperback, has very valuable, sensible, workable counsel that most every person who works with teenagers in an ecclesiastical setting ought to read.
"The Whole Youth Worker" covers a wide range of subjects in 21 succinct chapters. The author lays out solid ground rules for any Church youth program, while avoiding the air of regulatory bullheadedness. Simple things like how to set up and run a "Lock-In", how to keep yourself emotionally and physically healthy, and how to manage the inevitable romances between youth group participants. The realistic approach Tucker takes is the stuff most youth workers have never heard and want to know.
A great strengths of "The Whole Youth Worker" is the pithiness of each content-full section. Tucker could have sacrificed subject matter to keep the material accessible, but instead he has crafted a delightful balance of substance with shortness. That makes this an easily digested handbook for any busy Minister of Youth out there, while making it a worthwhile guide.
If you're a Senior Pastor wondering what to give your Youth Minister to help them negotiate this important work, or if you're a youth worker trying to figure out what to do and not to do, or if you're thinking about becoming a Youth Minister of some kind, then "The Whole Youth Worker" is the book to get.
(Rev. Michael Philliber for Reader Views)