The Life of JaWS

A blog by Jason Sansbury

Friday, March 09, 2007

Mark DeVries- Youth Ministry Guru...

Over the course of the last year, I have had the chance to read, interact and talk to Mark DeVries, who both serves the local church at First Presbyterian Nashville and also heads up Youth Ministry Architects, a fantastic consulting group that did and has continued to do some work for the congregation that I serve.

Mark was recently interviewed at Church Central and had some great things to say like:
Most churches are vastly undercapitalized in their youth ministry and are getting the results they pay for. They don’t have a long-term plan, only short-term hires. Churches think the secret to a great youth ministry is to hire a great youth minister—a superstar. Sometimes they hit on a superstar, but in between times they have nothing. Often, even if a church hires a great youth minister, they have no infrastructure for a ministry that this staff member can work with—no floor for the superstar to dance on.

For more of his awesome wisdom, you can read the rest of the article here.


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