Growing A Youth Ministry

Growing A Youth Ministry
Genres: student ministry, youth ministry
Publisher: 3rd Choice Publishing
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 170 pages
ASIN: 153030332X
ISBN: 9781530303328

"Growing A Youth Ministry" takes a biblical look at the nature and form of youth ministry, sharing the heart of God, creating a God-honoring environment, contributing to the transforming of personalities into the image of Jesus Christ by building relationships of influence.

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About the Book

Youth Ministry is using biblical means to share the heart of God with teenagers. It is an expression of the family and church partnering together to bring kids into a healthy and permanent relationship with God. The role of the youth pastor is build an environment conducive to compassionate nurture and a vital expression of the life of God. The objective of youth ministry, then, is to contribute to the transforming of personalities into the image of Jesus by building relationships of influence between adults and youth who are together committed to Him, seeking every moment to allow the Holy Spirit inside of them uninhibited freedom to effect the transformation.

Jim Walton is a 35-year veteran of youth ministry in the local church, and he brings his experience to you to walk you through, step by step, the path to a biblical and effective youth ministry.

About the Author
Jim Walton

Jim Walton is a career youth pastor, having served on church staff in that capacity for 35 years. In addition to serving as youth pastor, as is common on many church staffs he also served as Director of Christian Education, Choir Director, Assistant Pastor, interim pastor, Worship Leader, and Pastor of Family Ministries.

Jim got his B.A. degree (with honors) in Christian Education from Wheaton College, and an M.A. (with honors) in Christian Ministry from Wheaton Graduate School. He has written four books, has been published dozens of times in magazines and journals, and has given seminars at the national level (Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention), at colleges, many New York State Sunday School Conventions, Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences, churches, events, and he participates in discussion forums. He has spoken at more than 100 retreats, has led both domestic and foreign missions trips, and has trained pastors in the United States and abroad.

He is currently the founder and director of “The 3rd Choice” (, an evangelistic, apologetics, and discipling online ministry—reclaiming people with the truth of Christ. The 3rd Choice’s goal is to use the Internet to reach out to the people who want to dialogue, whether you are a Christian or skeptic, professor or student, scientist, atheist, doubter or disciple. The website presents a safe and anonymous Internet environment to dialogue about spiritual topics. He also trains churches to understand the changes needed to keep people in the faith, providing resources for Christians through speaking, Bible commentary and training workshops.