The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness from the Trenches

The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness from the Trenches

by Jason Tucker, Jay Tucker


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If you are thinking about youth ministry, already doing youth ministry, know a youth minister, or simply need something to read quickly so that you can say, "Why yes, I have finished an entire book!", The Whole Youth Worker is for you. This book provides the things I wish someone would have written down for me early in my career in youth ministry. In The Whole Youth Worker, I share my tips,
strategies, and advice on:

  • Being a professional inside the office
  • Dealing with criticism
  • Balancing family and ministry
  • Challenging your congregation's definition of success
  • Creating a more parent-friendly ministry
  • Creating a clear vision for ministry
  • Ministering to others when you are struggling yourself
  • and much more!

    Youth Ministers and Pastors Acclaim for The Whole Youth Worker

    "If you want to hear from the heart of a youth worker who struggles to enjoy the Monday-to-Friday part of youth ministry and wants to help you get through it too, then you need to read The Whole Youth Worker."
    --Mike Kupferer, Youth Ministry Exchange

    "In The Whole Youth Worker, Jay gives us a glimpse at what it's like to be in the trenches--both good and bad. You will read this book and say, 'Been there--it's good to know I'm not alone!'" --Rev. Bill Fisackerly, IV,
    Gulf Cove United Methodist Church

    Learn more about this book at

    The Spiritual Discover Series from Loving Healing Press
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781932690811
    Publisher: Loving Healing Press
    Publication date: 12/11/2008
    Pages: 148
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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    The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness from the Trenches 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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    Reviewed by Rev. Michael Philliber, PhD, for Reader Views (12/08)

    The allure of youth work can quickly fade, especially when there is very little direction on what to do and how to get it done. Jay Tucker has pulled together his eight years of experience into a short manual, "The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness in the Trenches," that will help guide most youth workers around the dangerous curves and out of the sinkholes of youth ministry. This short, 148-page, readable paperback, has very valuable, sensible, workable counsel that most every person who works with teenagers in an ecclesiastical setting ought to read.

    "The Whole Youth Worker" covers a wide range of subjects in 21 succinct chapters. The author lays out solid ground rules for any Church youth program, while avoiding the air of regulatory bullheadedness. Simple things like how to set up and run a "Lock-In", how to keep yourself emotionally and physically healthy, and how to manage the inevitable romances between youth group participants. The realistic approach Tucker takes is the stuff most youth workers have never heard and want to know.

    One of the greatest strengths of "The Whole Youth Worker" is the pithiness of each content-full section. Tucker could have sacrificed subject matter to keep the material accessible, but instead he has crafted a delightful balance of substance with shortness. That makes this an easily digested handbook for any busy Minister of Youth out there, while making it a worthwhile guide.

    If you're a Senior Pastor wondering what to give your Youth Minister to help them negotiate this important work, or if you're a youth worker trying to figure out what to do and not to do, or if you're thinking about becoming a Youth Minister of some kind, then "The Whole Youth Worker" by Jason Tucker is the book to get.