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  1. 5.0 hrs • 9/8/2015 • Unabridged

    Making a Difference Starts with Standing Up for What’s Right A fourteen-year-old girl testifies before the Maryland state senate in support of the traditional family. A young man and his new wife launch a campaign to decrease abortions in their community. A high school cheerleader goes to court for the right to put Bible verses on banners at football games. These young Americans knew that honoring God and his word was more important than winning friends or keeping their jobs. In No Fear Tony Perkins tells the stories of young Christians who took a stand for truth in the face of intense opposition. These unlikely heroes will show you the dramatic influence one person can have in seeking fairness, justice, and compassion in a nation. The book also draws you back to the heroes of the Bible who stood up for God in their own day and culture, modeling the same brand of courage that is needed today. What would you do for God if you had no fear? The possibilities are endless. It’s time to get started!

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    No Fear

    5.0 hrs • 9/8/15 • Unabridged
  2. 6.8 hrs • 5/1/2013 • Unabridged

    You’re looking for a youth pastor. Again. What goes wrong? Why do youth ministries crumble? And what is the cost to students, parents, volunteers, and church staff? Is a sustainable youth ministry possible, even after a youth pastor leaves? Youth ministry expert Mark DeVries knows the answer is yes, because he helps build sustainable youth ministries through his coaching service called Youth Ministry Architects. So take heart: No matter what state the youth ministry at your church is in—in need of a leader and volunteers, full of battles and stress, large or small in number—it can be built to survive and to last for the long haul. Based on his own experience and on his many conversations and interviews with churches in crisis, DeVries pinpoints problems that cause division and burnout and dispels strongly held myths. He then provides the practical tools and structures pastors and church leaders need to lay a strong foundation for your ministry so that it isn’t built on a person or the latest, greatest student ministry trend. Building a sustainable youth ministry is not easy, and it’s not quick. But with commitment to the process, hard work and DeVries’ guidance, you can put together a healthy youth ministry, one that fits your church and lasts for the long haul.

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    Sustainable Youth Ministry

    6.8 hrs • 5/1/13 • Unabridged
  3. 4.3 hrs • 2/23/2010 • Unabridged

    A New Kind of Youth Ministry challenges you to take a fresh look at your ministry through the concept of “reculturing”—the act of changing the way things are done or simply creating a culture of change. No fly-by-night, change-for-the-sake-of-change concept, it’s about altering our paradigms for the sake of life change.

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    A New Kind of Youth Ministry

    4.3 hrs • 2/23/10 • Unabridged
  4. 7.1 hrs • 2/9/2010 • Unabridged

    Broaden your spiritual horizons. How has spirituality changed in the last 500, 1,000, or even 2,000 years? How can ancient approaches to faith help my relationship with God today? In The Sacred Way, popular author and speaker Tony Jones mines the rich history of sixteen spiritual disciplines that have flourished throughout the ages and offers practical tips for implementing them in your daily life. Find encouragement and challenge through time-tested disciplines such as:  • Silence and solitude  • The Jesus prayer • Meditation • Pilgrimage Explore these proven approaches to deepening your faith. As you do, your way of living your spiritual life will never be the same.

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    The Sacred Way

    Read by Joe Caron
    7.1 hrs • 2/9/10 • Unabridged
  5. 3.0 hrs • 2/2/2010 • Unabridged

    The “been there, done that” culture is starving for reality. Hardly satisfied with the modern conventions of citing facts and figures and pushing propositions, emerging churches are jumping into the narrative form of communication with both feet. But not all emerging church leaders have an inherent handle on the craft and skill of using narrative as a sermon form.  Experiential Storytelling zeroes in on the hows and whys of narrative, as well as the importance of sharing personal experience to double your storytelling ammunition. In addition, author Mark Miller goes several steps further, giving examples of real-time, hands-on experiences for church members as innovative extensions of traditional teaching and preaching that offer them greater scriptural understanding and ownership of the gospel story.

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    Experiential Storytelling

    3.0 hrs • 2/2/10 • Unabridged
  6. 7.0 hrs • 2/2/2010 • Unabridged

    Deep Ministry in a Shallow World will show you a new way to prayerfully reflect on the questions you face in your youth ministry every day so you can find the answers that will take it to deeper places. That’s because authors Chap Clark and Kara Powell have gathered significant research findings that will help shift your ministry paradigm. Did you know that: – the typical strategies we use to build relationships with kids might actually cause them to trust us less because of what this generation has endured?– recent research on communication could help us move past the witty talks and funny stories we work so hard to develop and instead actually connect the Bible to kids’ lives?– studies show that offering students “just Jesus” and not helping them at home, school, and in their neighborhoods might not help them very much at all?  The authors’ research also led to their development of the Deep Design problem-solving process—a revolutionary model that will give you better tools than ever before to address every last issue you’ll encounter in youth ministry.

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  7. 9.1 hrs • 2/2/2010 • Unabridged

    It doesn’t take a long list of statistics to convince you that our world is broken. Mission trips, service projects, and supporting children through relief organizations are just a few of the ways that many youth workers engage their students in serving the least, the last, and the lost. As good and helpful as these things may be on the surface, that’s where they remain—at the surface. The problems run far deeper than an occasional paint job or fundraising project can solve. But it’s not hopeless. Deep social justice is possible. Following their bestselling book, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, Kara Powell and Chap Clark offer research and insights that will help your ministry get to the next level. In addition to helping you further understand the Deep Design method (introduced in their previous book), their practical Kingdom of God theology will help you go beyond simply trying to motivate your students to serve those in need and invite your students (and maybe even your leaders) to wrestle with why those people are in need in the first place. You’ll hear from well-known social justice leaders and youth workers who are making a difference in urban, suburban, and small town settings. In addition to expanding your personal justice commitments, Deep Justice in a Broken World will help you reflect with your own leadership team and will provide you with online resources to take you even deeper into the journey. So go ahead, dig deeper into what it means to heal the broken world in which we live. Take your ministry deeper into social justice.

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    Deep Justice in a Broken World

    With contributions by Noel Castellanos, Larry Acosta, and Jeremy Del Rio
    9.1 hrs • 2/2/10 • Unabridged
  8. 8.6 hrs • 12/15/2009 • Unabridged

    Girls are more than just sugar and spice. We've all figured that out. What we haven't figured out completely is how they're wired, why they do the things they do, how the world around them affects their choices and opinions, and what that means for youth ministry---until now. In Teenage Girls, you'll find advice from counselors and veteran youth workers, along with helpful suggestions on how to minister to teenage girls. Each chapter includes discussion questions to help you and other youth workers process the issues your own students face and learn how you can help them and mentor them through this tumultuous time. In addition to the traditional issues people commonly associate with girls, such as eating disorders, self-image issues, and depression, author Ginny Olson will guide you through some of the new issues on the rise in girls’ lives. You'll understand more about issues related to family, addiction, emotional well-being , physical welfare, sexuality, spirituality, relationships, and more.

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    Teenage Girls

    8.6 hrs • 12/15/09 • Unabridged
  9. 5.3 hrs • 11/17/2009 • Unabridged

    We all know that youth ministry can be hard. Sadly, many youth workers walk away from their jobs, their callings, and their passion because their interior worlds are falling apart. That’s why Soul School is essential for developing an effective and healthy youth ministry. Because while your ministry might look healthy to outsiders, only you know that something is lacking. It’s easy to get so busy caring for the external parts of your ministry that you forget the most important part—your soul. So spend some time going beneath the surface, to the core of who you are. Let author Jeanne Stevens help you discover the answers to the deep longings in your soul. Soul School will bring you nearer to God, into a deeper awareness of yourself, into transformational community, and on the road toward a healthier future.

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    Soul School

    Foreword by Doug Fields
    5.3 hrs • 11/17/09 • Unabridged
  10. 9.2 hrs • 11/10/2009 • Unabridged

    Most youth workers will admit that they don’t spend a lot of time thinking about safety in their youth ministry. Sure, they shout, “Seat belts!” when the crew loads into the van, or they use the buddy system when at theme parks. But beyond that, they’re mostly concerned with introducing students to Jesus. Nothing’s wrong with looking after their spiritual well-being, but overlooking their safety can lead to pain and problems for you, your students, your church, or your community. The reality is, whether it’s a game of dodgeball in the church gym, or a rock climbing trip during a summer retreat, you have precious cargo in your care, and it’s your responsibility to make sure they return home safely and in one piece. Better Safe Than Sued is an essential guidebook for anyone in youth ministry—paid or volunteer, veteran or rookie. Along with questions to get you thinking about your own ministry context after each chapter, inside you’ll discover how you can make your ministry a safe place for students and leaders as you read about: –Safety while riding in buses, vans, and cars –Camps, retreats, and conferences –Selecting staff –Avoiding sexual misconduct –Establishing a no-bully zone –How to handle injuries, and much more Make sure your ministry is safe and that you’re protected so you never have to be the one saying, “I never took safety seriously until…”

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    Better Safe than Sued

    9.2 hrs • 11/10/09 • Unabridged
  11. 5.7 hrs • 10/27/2009 • Unabridged

    It's more common in youth ministry than we want to admit—burnout and failure. Exhaustion, frustration, disappointment, and conflict bring many youth workers to a point where they either choose a new church, a new career, or someone makes that choice for them. After thirty years of youth ministry experience, Len Kageler wants to help youth workers avoid the pitfalls that are common to their calling, and give them the tools to not only survive, but also to thrive in youth ministry. Along with his own wisdom, Len offers insights gained from his 2006 survey of more than 300 burned out or fired youth workers who come from a variety of ministry contexts and denominations. If you're new to youth ministry, or you've been at it for a while and feel like you may be on the verge of burnout, The Youth Ministry Survival Guide will help you: deal with conflict and compromise determine the causes of burnout (and how to avoid them!) discover how your personality, and the personality of those you work with, affects the dynamics of your ministry experience develop the best plan for working with senior pastors, church leadership, parents, and students, so you can... do youth ministry in your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond! Don't let burnout force you out! Inside this book you'll find steps you can take to help build fences against failure, and you'll learn what it takes to survive and thrive in youth ministry.

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    The Youth Ministry Survival Guide

    5.7 hrs • 10/27/09 • Unabridged
  12. 4.5 hrs • 9/29/2009 • Unabridged

    You may have noticed them—the kids who are hiding their pain under long sleeves or wristbands. Or you might never notice them—the ones who seem to have life together except for the deep secret that they keep hidden beneath their clothes. This is no longer a fringe issue that occurs only in the most extreme cases. The truth is that many teens today are dealing with their emotional pain by inflicting physical pain upon themselves, whether we can see it on the surface or not. While we may never fully understand the motives behind self-mutilation and cutting, we can begin to understand why some teens cut, and more importantly, we can learn how to help. Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut will take you into the world of self-injury, defining what it is—and what it is not. You’ll hear stories from teens and young adults who struggle with the urge to hurt themselves, and you’ll learn to recognize the signs of self-injury. In addition, counselor and professor Marv Penner will help you understand the cycle of addiction, that has become everyday life for so many hurting teens, and he’ll give you the tools and wisdom to help a self-injurer find hope and healing. Whether you know someone who is cutting, or you are struggling with this addiction yourself, Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut is something you want to have in your “first-aid” kit.

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    Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut

    4.5 hrs • 9/29/09 • Unabridged
  13. 17.2 hrs • 9/28/2009 • Unabridged

    Center for Parent/Youth Understanding president Walt Mueller’s critically acclaimed book, Understanding Today’s Youth Culture, is widely recognized as one of the most thorough and comprehensive overviews of youth culture today. This Gold Medallion Book Award winner is used as a seminal text in colleges, universities, and seminaries around the world, but is especially noted for its honest and easy to read style. The book approaches youth culture from a distinctively Christian perspective and contains chapters on a variety of topics including: music, media, sexuality, materialism, drugs and alcohol, and spirituality—a great resource for parents, educators, youth workers, and pastors.

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    Youth Culture 101

    17.2 hrs • 9/28/09 • Unabridged
  14. 8.3 hrs • 4/26/2009 • Unabridged

    If you long to reach kids and see their lives changed by God, this updated, comprehensive guide shows you how. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry will do for youth ministry what Rick Warren's Gold Medallion award–winning The Purpose Driven Church is doing for pastoral ministry. It's an indispensable guide to creating and maintaining youth ministry for the long run. It will help you create a solid spiritual team that builds the foundations of the Christian faith into the hearts and lives of young people. Forged around the fundamental purposes of evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and worship, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry uses the experiences of Saddleback Church to illustrate what a healthy youth ministry can be. Nine transferable principles help you:  Connect with the power of God for passionate, committed leadership  Define the purpose of your ministry and communicate it effectively  Identify your potential audience  Create programs that reach your audience and fulfill God's purposes  Implement processes that move students to maturity  Enhance your ministry with clearly defined values  Team up with parents to involve the whole family  Find volunteers and develop them into participating leaders  Persevere through tough times and thrive in an ever-changing environment.  Balancing both theory and practice, Purpose Driven Youth Ministry can be applied to any church setting, regardless of size, denomination, facilities, resources, and existing leadership. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry will help you develop a ministry that equips students rather than a ministry that coordinates events. Doug Fields says: “My goal for this book is to coach you through a plan to build a healthy youth ministry that isn’t dependent on one great youth leader and won’t be destroyed when the youth worker leaves the church. It's not a book on how to grow your youth ministry with six easy steps; it's about identifying, establishing, and building health into your church's youth ministry.”

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    Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

    8.3 hrs • 4/26/09 • Unabridged
  15. 5.6 hrs • 12/19/2008 • Unabridged

    A practical book for youth ministers, pastors, parents, and teachers who want to teach prayer to teenagers. The book will be written in short, meditative chapters that provide readers with the appropriate history, theology, pedagogy, and examples for introducing teens to the life of prayer.

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    5.6 hrs • 12/19/08 • Unabridged
  16. 2.5 hrs • 12/9/2008 • Unabridged

    Scripture is full of the voices of prophets who convicted, irritated, edified, exhorted, chastised, instructed, encouraged, and proclaimed the truth. Many followed these prophets; many hated them; some dismissed them; others laughed at them; still others wanted them silenced. The same could be said of Mike Yaconelli. Like the prophets of old, Mike was a blend of the sacred and the profane, the outspoken and the insecure, the gentle lamb and the roaring lion. This paradox lives on in his writing and in his recorded words. In Mike Yaconelli you'll discover a bold, passionate, and ultimately prophetic voice reminding us to stay focused on Jesus, to hold life lightly, to walk together as we love kids, and to devote ourselves to an outrageously gracious God who loves our souls into being. If you're in youth ministry today, it's likely that—someway, somehow—Mike Yaconelli played a part in it. Much of the playfulness, creativity, and humility that exist in youth ministry were first nurtured by the life and work of Mike Yaconelli. Reactions to Mike Yaconelli are rarely neutral. He forces you to react, to feel, to think and to question. He loved youth ministry, but at the same time he wanted to dismantle it; he pastored a church yet proclaimed churches to be dull and stifling. He poked fun at powerful Christian celebrities but was disarmingly open about his own pride and weaknesses. Despite founding one of the largest youth working organizations in the world, Mike advocated for a counter-cultural faith that emphasized small over big, few over many, and silent over loud. His words carry all of these contradictions, leaving readers both inspired and frustrated—often at the same time. Years after his death, Christians across the globe still turn to the words of Mike Yaconelli to uncover the divine mischief, the shameless truth-telling, the love of kids, and the passion for Jesus that make youth ministry the irresistible calling he claimed it to be. People turn to Mike Yaconelli not just because of what he wrote, they turn to Mike Yaconelli because of what he aspired to live.

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    Getting Fired for the Glory of God

    2.5 hrs • 12/9/08 • Unabridged
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