A youth minister's career is typically less than 5 years. And that's not because they "graduate" to adult ministry. It's because they burn out. Going the distance requires setting specific and unique boundaries. This book gives them to you with humor, real stories, and loads of inspiration.
Award-winning author JOEL LUND grew up in the Seattle area, where he frequently crashed his bicycle flying over jumps he built with friends. In between his sophomore and junior year of college, he traveled around the country in a band. Later, he earned his Master's degree from Regent College, in Vancouver BC, and worked 15 years (8 full-time, 7 part-time) in youth ministry. His second career was in the financial services industry.
For his first book, "The Ultimate Survival Guide For Youth Ministers" he was awarded a "Top 10 Idaho Author." His second book, "Watson's Way; Life Lessons We Earned From Our Brilliant Dog," won a "Top 3 Idaho Book" award, and North American Book Award.
He also writes young adult fantasy fiction ["The Gargoyle Chronicles" series], under his pen name, Brandon King. He is a galleried artist, musician and person to too many pets. He has spoken to more than 100,000. With his wife, he is the co-founder and CEO of Prepare For Rain, a business dedicated to helping others transform their lives to become who they know they can be: fulfilled, whole and making a difference.
Find out more at: http://www.prepareforrainpress.com/
John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote an iconic song about the importance of supportive friends: "Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends." (*earworm*). It's weird how many youth ministers, working so hard to build community with the groups of kids they serve, don't pursue being in a community of their own. Or is it?
The Ultimate Survival Guide for Youth Ministers
Kids can be a tough audience. Not particularly attentive to you. Rather thoughtless, more often than otherwise. Working with them in a solo, Lone Ranger capacity not only makes you wear out faster, it makes your perspective more vulnerable to inaccuracy. We have established that help from others, in terms of shared ministry, can come from staff, parents, concerned members, and even kids… all within certain boundaries, of course. But what about receiving help from fellow youth ministers? Can peers be helpful? In what ways can they be? Are there boundaries to set and maintain in this area, as well? And who exactly would fit under the description of a “peer?”