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middle school ministry book

years ago, i started developing the concept of a training product for middle school ministry (something along the lines of doug field’s pdym training kit, but for middle school youth workers). after noodling on the idea for a couple years, i decided to move forward, but thought it would be better to include an in-the-trenches middle school pastor (since i’m a middle school volunteer these days) as a co-author. so i asked my friend kurt johnston if he would co-author. we met a couple times and started to flesh out the idea a bit more.

in the midst of developing the idea, kurt mentioned to our ys publisher that he thought we could also write a book for middle schoolers covering some of the same ground. that idea became the six books of the middle school survival series. kurt co-authored the first four with me. then, because he had other commitments, my friend scott rubin stepped in as the co-author for the last two.

jay, the ys publisher, felt the training product would be better as a supplemental resource after we’d written a book about middle school ministry. so we dusted off the old proposal, tweaked it a bit, and scott and i have been working on it for the last 6 months (though we didn’t really get serious about writing until the last few months). we now have a january 5 deadline looming over us, and are cranking to get it done. it’s a much longer book than anything i’ve written before, and i’m really glad to have a co-author!

anyhow, here’s a sneak peek at the cover. the book is set to release next august.

here’s the product description page on the zondervan site.

Middle School Ministry
A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents
Coming August 2009

By: Mark Oestreicher, Scott Rubin

Format: Softcover

List Price: $15.99 (USD)

If you’re working with middle schoolers, you know that ministry to early teens can be a little nuts sometimes! This calling requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. In this comprehensive guide from two middle school minister veterans, you’ll find everything you need to understand and effectively minister to middle school students. You’ll feel prepared and equipped to meet young teens where they are and lead them towards a life with Jesus.

“You are one of the few, the proud, the brave middle school youth workers, which means that you are a person that some might consider a little nuts while others look at you in awe. But no matter what anyone else thinks, you know that being in the trenches with middle school students requires a unique set of skills and knowledge. Middle School Ministry is the only comprehensive guide to ministry with young teens (11-14). In these pages you’ll find everything you need to understand and effectively minister to middle school students, including: • The role and importance of middle school ministry • Early adolescent development • Research on early adolescent social structures and cultural studies • Practical ministry ideas for everything from teaching to programming to working with parents You’ll also be able to access the wisdom of veteran middle school pastors, Mark Oestreicher and Scott Rubin in a Q&A section and “101 Random Ideas” where Marko and Scott offer random, funny, and creative ideas for everything from games to room decorating to travel. If you find yourself in a room full of energetic, unpredictable middle school students, Middle School Ministry will help you feel prepared and equipped to meet them where they are and lead them towards a life with Jesus.”

Book & Bible Cover Size: Large
Page Count: 256

Weight: 1 lb | 453 gms

Available: August 2009
Publisher: Zondervan/Youth Specialties

ym 3.0 frustration

i loved what kurt johnston wrote about youth ministry 3.0 on his blog yesterday:

On the flight home from Sacramento yesterday I devoured Mark Oestreicher’s new book, “Youth Ministry 3.0”. If you work with students, you simply must read this book.

I say this not because I agree with everything Mark writes (in fact there is much in the book I don’t agree with) but because it is a book that forces you to think about how you are doing ministry and to wonder if there might be a better approach to traditional youth ministry than doing it traditionally (my paraphrase, not his words).

Youth Ministry 3.0 encouraged me, frustrated me, challenged me and prodded me, and I hope it will do the same to you!

btw — i keep getting contacted by people who are confused by the fact that amazon says the book isn’t releasing until february. we cranked this book out as a wedgie, and dropped it into our release schedule. so it officially releases into bookstores (which amazon counts as) in the new year. but it’s available as a direct release now, on the ys site.