First off, a disclosure – Darren is a close friend, so maybe I’m not being entirely unbiased in my review of this book. But here’s the deal: I’ve had the opportunity to work with many student pastors over the years, and Darren’s insight, passion, and love for students make him the best of them.
Two Sides is not a book that is designed to give you a specific model for any facet of youth ministry. Rather, it gives you views from both sides (hence, the title) of different issues that are commonly faced by youth pastors. The topics range from office hours (fixed or flexible) to curricula (pre-written or write-your-own) to the age of volunteers (older or younger) to summer schedules. And the contributing authors are experienced youth workers from a variety of backgrounds.
It’s an easy read at 74 pages and isn’t incredibly complex. The format is straightforward, just as you want a book of compiled essays by a variety of contributors to be, and it provides questions to ponder after each topic.
The book does well what it sets out to do: it gives the reader ideas to chew on. What does my ministry look like? How do the views presented here mesh with that? Which view or combination of views would be the best implementation for me? Don’t expect to get the answers to those questions from Two Sides, but expect helpful guidance in forming your own answers and strategies.
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