By Rick Lawrence
If you're a volunteer in youth ministry, you've likely wondered: "How did I get here?" No matter how you'd normally answer, one thing's for sure: You're "here" because Jesus nudged or maybe even dragged you here. That's because Jesus loves you and loves teenagers, and he wants them to get what you have to give. But how do you maximize your time with them? And how can you make an impact that draws students into a closer orbit around Jesus?
When you're captured by the "real" Jesus, not the "knockoff" Jesus we often hear about in our culture, then your pursuit of him influences your kids' pursuit of him. And when you're all-in with the real Jesus, you have lasting impact in your interactions with students.
This guide for volunteers is a condensed version of Rick Lawrence's wildly successful book Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. It delivers a laser-sharp focus on why we need a renewed focus on Jesus in youth ministry, and gives you practical, sustainable ways to put JCYM ideas into practice. You'll encounter page after page of field-tested ideas for crafting and nurturing a Jesus-magnetic ministry environment.
Help satisfy your teenagers' hunger for Jesus by helping to shift the orbit of your ministry.
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Rick Lawrence has been editor of Group Magazine for 26 years, and serves on the leadership team for the Simply Youth Ministry Conference. He's the author, co-author, or editor of 34 books, including the small-group curriculum In Pursuit of Jesus and the books 99 Thoughts on Jesus-Centered Living, Shrewd: Daring to Obey the Startling Command of Jesus, Sifted: God's Scandalous Response to Satan's Outrageous Demand, and Skin in the Game.