Rebuilding Youth Ministry

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Title: Rebuilding Youth Ministry

Author: Christopher Wesley

Our Review: Too often we can get stuck in habits and stop thinking of the bigger picture. It’s easy to do and I do it all the time! Your youth ministry can turn in to a serious of functions that you change every now and again ‘put on this event’, ‘start this group anew in September’. Rebuilding Youth Ministry is a great book to help us think more broadly about what we’re doing, where we’re going and most importantly why we’re doing it. The book is really readable, and while it helps us to think big, it isn’t abstract but full of lovely anecdotes from Christopher’s own life and youth ministry experience. The book is written in the context of youth ministry in a large parish in the United States, but there is a lot there that would be valuable to all youth ministry contexts in the UK. Unlike some books from the states you can sometimes forget that it comes from context that’s different from our own.

I’d happily recommend this book as it does that things many struggle to do, be easily readable, be able to help you think strategically about your mission without instrumentalizing it and being full of really helpful practical steps to take and tips to help you along the way.

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From the publisher: In Rebuilding Youth Ministry, Christopher Wesley coaches fellow Catholic leaders on how to overcome common hurdles of ministering to young people. Wesley shares how he faced feelings of complacency, underestimated youth, and entertained rather than ministered in his own parish. Wesley built a distinctive program based on small group faith formation and sustained it with the assistance of more than 60 volunteer adult mentors. Adopting a tone and structure similar to the bestselling books Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding, Wesley lays out ten strategies that helped grow participation in his high school program from nine teens to ninety and the middle school program from forty teens to eighty-five.|In Rebuilding Youth Ministry, Christopher Wesley coaches fellow Catholic leaders on how to overcome common hurdles of ministering to young people. Wesley shares how he faced feelings of complacency, underestimated youth, and entertained rather than ministered in his own parish. Wesley built a distinctive program based on small group faith formation and sustained it with the assistance of more than 60 volunteer adult mentors. Adopting a tone and structure similar to the bestselling books Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding, Wesley lays out ten strategies that helped grow participation in his high school program.

  • 30th June 2015