Series: Youth Specialties (Paperback)
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties (August 7, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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I use this with every incoming group of student leaders in my ministry. Doug does a fantastic job of breaking down what it really means to be a leader in the image if Christ. The students love this book. We do a 12 week study with it, and I have to force them to stop their discussions for time's sake after an hour every week. It really helps them get an understanding of what leading in their ministry looks like.I use this for both senior and junior high and have a lot of success with both.
I am facilitating a group of new student leaders through this book so my perspective is as a facilitator. The book is structured well starting with a good foundational question of what students think good leadership qualities look like. Each student should come to terms with how their experiences bend the arc of how they see leadership. The book then goes into the qualities student leaders must consider to be effective leaders not only at church, but school and home. It took me two hours to read the book so it's not too long. The best part is a summary at the end of each chapter provided by one of the author's students. This is a good practice to reinforce with all students reading the book to ensure the walk away from each chapter with a clear idea of the chapter's theme.
We used these for a student leadership development program with 8 students at a time and it was, by far, the easiest book that we'd ever used as a training curriculum. It is concise, yet practical. So much so that you could train your adult volunteers with it, as well. Definitely recommended!
As a younger student pastor (22 been in student ministry for 3+ years) and a college graduate in student ministry. This book is exceptional for developing students to be leaders in their personal life first, home secondly, church and school! I recommend this book to any student pastor who is developing a student leadership team!
I highly recommend this resource for student leaders. At the church I attend we are using this book as a first step into student leadership. We cover a chapter each week. The students are better grasping what leaders do. They are also owning the mission and vision of the student ministry.
Great book! I've been going through this book with my student leadership team and it has opened their world to a whole new perspective! I'm thinking...hm...I need to get my STAFF team to go through this book!
I picked this up for some sr high school students and I liked what Doug had to say to them. The students should like this and I think it will benefit the program.
This is a great resource. We have every student leader start here. It gives the student a nice feel for what a student leader should be.
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