Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries
Synopsis by Jonathan Lobmeyer DCE
Introduction – A Roll of the Dice
Mr. DeVries highlights that most churches approach ministry with an attitude of gambling; without taking specific concrete steps toward healthy ministry the church hopes it will just happen and happen fast. DeVries points out healthy sustainable ministries are not quickly made and definitely not easy. He urges churches to move from the gambling mentality towards one of investment. Churches do this by investing in structure/procedures, resources for ministry, staff, and volunteers. Encouraging words are given for Senior Pastors, search committees, and youth workers.