Review: Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors by Mark Riddle

inside-the-mind-final-coverHere’s a bit of my review of Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors, published at Youth Ministry Exchange:

The central question of long-time youth minister and youth ministry consultant Mark Riddle’s book Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors – A Church Leader’s Guide to Staffing and Leading Youth Pastors asks “Why does your church want to hire a youth pastor?”  Touching on issues of community, leadership, communication, mentoring, and the value of youth in the church, Inside the Mind is foremost a tool for the local church to use in discerning how to build sustainable ministry to youth.

Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors is divided into two sections, the first of which, “Staffing for Youth Ministry”, directly addresses the questions surrounding the choice and reasons to hire a youth pastor.  This includes asking who should be involved in the process, what about the church culture needs to be taken into consideration (and potentially changed), and is addressed to both church leadership and congregations when discussing hiring a staff youth minister.  

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2 Responses to “Review: Inside the Mind of Youth Pastors by Mark Riddle”

  1. Wes Ehret
    October 7, 2009 at 11:05 am #


    I found you online yesterday and wanted to say hello. Mark Riddle is a youth ministry mind that we need to be leaning in and listening to! I love this book.

    Shoot me an email, I’d like to catch up. I was part of Broome County with Howard Lucy.


    • patti
      October 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

      Wes! Emailing you right now!

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