The sports world coaches us to "practice the basics" over and over until we eventually achieve excellence and ultimate success. Al Baines understood the basics of effective ministry and applied these to a fledgling youth group in a small, rural church of two hundred adults. Within two years of implementing these basic principles, the church's youth program grew to over half the size of its adult congregation. This book will examine these principles and show the results that were obtained. They can bring genuine spiritual impact to any church leadership team looking to answer the question, "How can we build an effective youth program in our church?" The time frame has changed, but the principles remain trustworthy. Ed Kenerson attended Gordon College (B.A. Psychology) and Gordon Conwell Seminary (Masters of Religious Education) and has over 10 years experience in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. At present, he manages his own training and communications business called Steps To Success, delivering multi-media presentations to businesses in areas of career management, customer service, and time management. In addition, he reaches out to teenagers in high schools through Career Coach, USA, a strategic ministry designed to teach young people the principles of both personal and professional success. Ed is married to Kathy with two children and eight grandchildren.