The teens in your church are impacting their world today and they ll be the leaders of tomorrow. As a leader in your church, you understand the importance of an effective youth ministry. But it s not as easy as simply putting a person in charge of the youth ministry in your church. Some of the most important steps in building a sustainable youth ministry happen even before you begin looking for a youth pastor. And once you have a person in place, there are several key things you can do to help develop a healthy student ministry that includes encouraging your youth pastor, engaging teens, and involving parents. In this practical book for church leaders, you ll: * Set goals for your student ministry that inform your search for a youth pastor. * Facilitate communication with your entire church ministry staff by using the included discussion guide. * Discover how to implement a ministry that supports families and their involvement in the youth ministry. Whether you already have a youth pastor or are just beginning your search, this book will help you set up your student ministry and youth pastor for health and longevity. Make sure you understand what s going on inside the mind of your youth pastor---whether he or she is a veteran, a volunteer, or an inexperienced new pastor---so that together, you can create a life-changing student ministry that reaches teens and draws them to Jesus."