I served as Editor for the Youthfront Book Shorts Series published by Barefoot Publications. The title I'm featuring today is Sally Rymer's The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Youth Ministry. Sally recently graduated from High School and in this book short, she shares some interesting things about youth ministry and youth workers.
Sally Rymer is one of the most amazing young people I’ve had the privilege of ministering to and with. That is saying a lot, since I’ve seen tens of thousands of young people involved in our ministry during my thirty-seven years as a youth worker.
Sally is bright and mature beyond her years. Sally was fourteen years old when her life was turned upside down by the ugly reality of human trafficking. Sally believed she could and must do something about the global injustice of human trafficking. She wanted to make a difference. Fortunately, Sally was surrounded by parents, youth workers, teachers, and other adults who believed in her calling and encouraged her efforts. Sally raised thousands of dollars along with her peers to rescue children enslaved by the sex trade industry.
Sally left the USA to finish her last two years of high school in the prestigious United World College system in India. She graduated from UWC Mahindra College and is now attending the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Sally has some definite ideas about what kind of youth workers her generation needs. She makes a case for the importance of teaching young people classic Christian practices. Sally gives insight to youth workers about surrounding youth with space to think, question, and dream. I hope you will carefully read and consider her take on The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Youth Ministry.
*The cool thing about this book short series is the fact that they are downloadable and can be reproduced by youth workers to engage in conversation with their volunteer staff for the purpose of training and shaping the ethos of the youth ministry of a church.