One of My Favorite Youth Ministry Books

shoes3I’ve just re-read yet again How Wow: Boost Your Youth Ministry Creativity written by Jeff White. It is published from Group Publishing. Once again I find this is the one youth ministry resource book I go to again and again and again.

I have never understood why I don’t hear more about this book so I’m going to talk about it. Basically Jeff White gives us a short book of reasons to brainstorm ideas for your youth ministry so it is unique to your church and the gifting of your leadership team. The reasons are inspirational and open vs. authoritative and cookie-cutter. Plus you are given at least 30 brainstorming ideas! 30 creative ways to get your group thinking outside the box and dreaming dreams for your youth ministry!! The ideas alone are worth the price of the book. And while some of the examples have become dated over the years, the ideas work.

It was originally published back in 2004 which puts it out of print through Group. The good news is now you can pick it up for cheap at Amazon, probably from some other youth worker who never understood the value of these creative ideas. That is your gain.

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About Be Brave

Brenda Seefeldt began life in youth ministry in 1981. That is before the internet, YouTube, texting and even before PowerPoint. (But it was after flannel boards.) Brenda has written and shared much of what she has learned through the resource of Wild Frontier and in many youth ministry publications as she continues on in youth ministry. Brenda is a brave one. She stutters yet is a national speaker. She loves teaching so much she’s also been a substitute teacher for over 20 years. She’s brave enough to enter any classroom at a middle school. She also simply loves teaching groups, whether they are teens or adults. Due to the many years of youth ministry, Brenda has “coached” many grown teens in dating. She finds herself very opinionated on that with lots to share. Brenda loves her God-given family–four sons and 4 grandchildren. They are God-given, not birthed. That alone is a brave story, one she tells here and there as the story really belongs to her sons.

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