How to Volunteer Like a Pro: An Amateur’s Guide for Working with Teenagers

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Zondervan/Youth Specialties, Aug 30, 2009 - Religion - 144 pages
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Thank you for making the decision to be a volunteer youth worker—you give the gospel a flesh and blood presence and show God’s compassion for students in a way no one else does. Being a youth worker can be exciting, intimidating, fulfilling and challenging, and until now there was no “manual” on how to be a volunteer in a youth ministry. After more than twenty years as a paid youth worker, Jim Hancock left and became a volunteer in a student ministry. That experience taught him things he may never have learned as a youth ministry professional, and now he wants to empower others who are passionate about being volunteer youth workers. Inside this book you’ll find practical help, like: • tips about what to do on the first day • ideas on how to build and develop relationships with students • ways to combat youth “culture shock” • how to prepare students for life after youth group • how to say goodbye when it is time to leave …and many more indispensable insights that will make your experience as a volunteer youth worker valuable and rewarding for you and your students.


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Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
The Best of Motives
The First
Three Essentials for Building Relationships
Paying Attention to the World As It
People Listen to People Who Listen
The Three Best Questions I Know
Crossing Cultures Sort
Youth Culture Shock
When What You Hear Sounds Like Trouble
Reporting Abuse
Going to the Hospital
When Someone Dies
OnetoOne or a Small Group?
How to Have Private Conversations

Giving Better Than We
Being There
Going Where Kids Are or Would Like to
Taking Kids to Camp
When What Happens at Camp Stays at Camp
Loners Lonely Hearts
Adolescent Crushes
Unhealthy Attachments

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Jim Hancock invested two decades as a church-based youth worker. Now he spends his days writing and creating digital movies and learning designs for youth workers, parents, and adolescents. He's the author of many youth ministry resources including How to Volunteer Like a Pro and The Justice Mission, and co-author of Good Sex 2.0 and The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis.

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