These skills will make you a better youth pastor!
Why should you care about People Skills?
People Skills help you stand out in an interview.
People Skills help you make small talk with students.
People Skills help you recruit and retain volunteers.
People Skills help you gain credibility with parents.
People Skills help you distinguish yourself as a leader in your church.
Do you want to increase the impact of your ministry?
Do you want people to like you, listen to you, and be around you?
Would you like to have better interactions with everyone you meet?
Of course you do!
That's why this book is for you.
People Skills for Youth Pastors is filled with practical tips and techniques that will help you take your ministry and relationships to the next level. You'll learn how to:
Create consistently great first impressions.
Make yourself approachable and available to new people.
Dress for success.
Start a conversation with practically anyone.
Double your likeability factor.
Use nonverbal signals to show you're listening.
Turn acquaintances into friends.
Grow your influence so you're seen a leader.
Own your mistakes to boost your credibility.
Confront people who are causing you problems.
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This is Not a Book 'For Youth Pastors'
Maybe. The biggest problem with this book isn't the content, it's the title. This is a book on people skills BY a youth pastor. It is not a book specifically for youth pastors. The book is a good collection of practices to have good people skills. So I could imagine recommending the book to someone. But it's in NO WAY a useful resource specifically for youth pastors.
The book could use either a retitle, massive re-write, or a follow up. The book does not explore the unique social dynamics which youth pastors face. As a youth pastor you have to relate to teenagers, earn the respect and trust of their parents, and operate as a professional. This book does not explore this unique dynamic.Likewise the illustrations and examples in the book are virtually never specific to the role of a youth pastor. I can actually only think of one example in the book which related to youth ministry. It would seem there could easily be a re-write or follow up book which takes the 33 skills listed in the book and simply applies them to the different people youth pastors interact with (middle school students, high schoolers, college interns, volunteers, parents, fellow staff/church leaders, and other work relationships).
I don't mean to be as negative as my comments would indicate. If the book was titled, "People Skills," I probably would have given it an additional star. But since the book presents itself as "For youth pastors," it does not fulfill that purpose.
- Sean Chandler
- Deborah Crandell