Wish youth-group fun could accomplish more than burning off energy? It can---if you have the right tools. This innovative Youth Specialties resource offers lots of action with a purpose for weekly meetings, small groups, mission trips, retreats, and more. Programming sequences and adaptable templates offer approaches to activity that make spiritual lessons stick. 156 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Great youth ministry doesnt happen by accidentand author John Losey knows it. In his book, Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook, Losey inspires us to use a combination of theory, action, and reflection so our students can learn in dynamic, new ways. A large portion of this gimmick-free resource is devoted to practical exercises and templates youth workers can tailor to their own groups. Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook belongs in the library of every serious youth worker. --Doug Fields, youth pastor for Saddleback Church: author of Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry and Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry Ever wish youth group fun and games could accomplish more than burning off students high-octane energy? It canif you have the right tools at your disposal. And your number-one tool is Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook. This innovative resource offers a ton of intentional activities with a purpose, specific program sequences, and adaptable templates for making games resonate with your students minds and hearts. Plus, author John Losey unpacks why the right approaches to intentional activity will make the spiritual stuff stickas well as how it can work for you. His suggestions and formats for everything from midweek meetings and small groups, full-day events, mission trips, retreats and camps, internships, games, and more will make a believer out of you. Whether youre a youth worker, camp counselor, small-group leader, or anyone charged with helping students connect with God, the Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook is your bridge to making active programming rewarding and faith building. Have known John for more than 20 years, its been a privilege to watch him in action. And Im thrilled that through his Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook many will benefit from his practical wisdom and insight thats touched the hearts of kids and adults through the years in very significant, meaningful ways. You will be pleased with this books easy-to-use format and these creative, hands-on activities. --Stan White, executive director, Alpine Camp and Conference Center, Blue Jay, California Youth ministry must be about learning the sticksshaping a life forever. In John Loseys book youll find well-articulated theory, practical activities, and understanding that will improve your role in life shaping. --Bob Kobielush, president, Christian Camping International/USA
John Losey has been teaching and leading people since 1983 and working with experiential programs since 1986. His work with Christian organizations such as Campus Life, Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Center for Student Missions, and numerous other churches and camps has given him diverse experience within the ministry world. John holds a BS in biology, an MA in social science, and has done continuing studies in learning and growth theories and community development. He is director of Praxis Training Systems and author of Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook..
For over thirty years, Youth Specialties has worked alongside Christian youth workers of just about every denomination and youth-serving organization. We're here to help you, whether you're brand new to youth ministry or a veteran, whether you're a volunteer or a career youth pastor. Each year we serve more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide through our training seminars and conventions, resources, and on the Internet.
'Contending that concrete experiences communicate deep truths, Losey keeps a fun tone throughout the book, offering great insights while not taking himself too seriously. He offers ways to think about creating experiences, as well as practical ways to go about doing it.' - M.K.
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