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Good Kids, Big Events, and Matching Tshirts

Changing the Conversation on Health in Youth Ministry

David Hertweck Doug Fields

200 pages
General Council of The Assemblies of God

Good Kids, Big Events, & Matching T-Shirts invites youth leaders into a game-changing conversation. It helps them create and sustain a ministry to youth that is fueled by an effective, contagious relationship with God and others. Writer and youth worker David Hertweck makes great discoveries with fellow youth leaders while moving through three pivotal points:

Are youth becoming fluent in the gospel?
Are youth Spirit-dependent?
Do youth have biblical community?

Hertweck, a veteran youth worker, explains that if those who work in student ministry celebrate some wins while unintentionally missing the big picture—new life in Christ—students will believe the wrong things count. That could have enormous implications for how today's kids live out their faith now and as adults.

When youth leaders choose to refocus on these values, they are heeding Jesus' command to make disciples. The teens in their groups will thrive both now and later.

Author Bio

David Hertweck is a New York youth ministry worker who is passionate about helping church youth workers create and sustain disciple-making environments marked by gospel fluency, Spirit dependency, and biblical community. He and his wife Erin have three daughters. They currently reside in Syracuse, New York.

About the Foreword Author

Doug Fields has been a pastor to teenagers and ministry leaders for over thirty years. After graduating from Vanguard University in 1984, he received his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served at South Coast Community Church in Newport Beach, California, for eleven years before he became the youth and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church for eighteen years.

Doug is the author of over fifty books, including the award-winning Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. A prolific blogger and speaker, Fields is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Cathy, have three children. They reside in Lake Forest, California.