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* An inspiring call to invest in the lives of our young people! Drawing on Jesus' mentoring model, Harder explores the process of spiritual formation, importance of honesty and transparency, art of asking and not telling, foundations for mentoring relationships, and more to help you show young adults the way to a hope-filled and meaningful life. 128 pages, softcover from Barefoot Ministries.
Mentoring is at the core of any strong ministry. If you want to make an impact on a school, a community, or a nation, it starts with investment in one student by a caring volunteer who believes in the potential of that one. Mike Harder, a 25-year youth ministry veteran, has invested his life in imparting to others what he has learned about following Jesus and living according to his mission. The pages of this book flow from his experiences. Getting young people in the doors may be a great feat, but being part of God.s work transforming their lives is a greater one. If we are going to impact young people today in our churches, we need to be willing to go beyond surface relationships and invest in their lives. It will be hard and time consuming, but the impact will reach beyond what we could imagine.
Mike has been in youth ministry for over 25 years. He enjoys running, reading, coaching soccer, and equipping, training and mentoring today.s leaders. He is a frequent speaker at college campuses, conferences and retreats in the USA and Eastern Europe. He and his wife Teresa live in the Philadelphia metro area with their three children- Nathan, Lauren and Arianna. Mike is presently the pastor of youth at BranchCreek Community Church where he gives oversight to Middle School, High School and Young Adults.