Seasoned Pro Offers Inspiration and Guidance for Youth Workers

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Jason Tucker wished his first youth ministry job came with a manual. As a result, he has written a guidebook filled with tips for working with church youth groups while maintaining professionalism and personal health, both mentally and physically.

Anyone who wants to work with young people, has a child in a youth group, or knows a youth worker will better appreciate and understand the youth worker's role by reading Jason Tucker's "The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness in the Trenches" (ISBN 9781932690811, Loving Healing Press, 2009).

Jason Tucker realized early in his youth worker career that he wished a manual came with the job, so now after 8 years field experience, he has written his own guidebook to help others. In "The Whole Youth Worker," he shares his tips, strategies, and advice for youth workers, both beginning and seasoned. The book is divided into three helpful sections on 1) Working with your group, 2) Interfacing with your congregation, and 3) Taking care of your health.

Packed with information, "The Whole Youth Worker" offers practical advice on every possible situation including:

  •     Being a professional inside the office
  •     Dealing with criticism
  •     Balancing family and ministry
  •     Challenging the congregation's definition of success
  •     Creating a more parent-friendly ministry
  •     Defining a clear vision for ministry
  •     Ministering to others during times of personal struggle

Being a youth worker can be a fulfilling experience, but it's also a Monday through Friday job with red tape, paperwork, and church politics to boot. Jason Tucker guides the reader through all aspects of the position from dealing with budget and congregation issues, to creating rewarding experiences for youths, and maintaining one's own personal life, socially, mentally, and physically. "The Whole Youth Worker" serves as that understanding mentor that helps the youth worker perform a fine balancing act with a precision that results in applause.

Youth Ministers and Church Pastors praise "The Whole Youth Worker" as long overdue. "If you want to hear from the heart of a youth worker who struggles to enjoy the Monday-to-Friday part of youth ministry and wants to help you get through it too, then you need to read 'The Whole Youth Worker'," says Mike Kupferer of Youth Ministry Exchange. Reverend Bill Fisackerly of Gulf Cove United Methodist states, "Jay gives us a glimpse at what it's like to be in the trenches--both good and bad. You will read this book and say, 'Been there -- it's good to know I'm not alone!'"

About the Author
Jason (Jay) Tucker is a full-time youth minister in South Florida. Working with young people has always been his life's calling. After earning his B.S. Degree in elementary education, Jay spent two years teaching fifth grade. He then traveled the country for a year as an educational/motivational speaker. Jay entered full-time youth ministry in 2001 and hasn't had a decent night's sleep since. His first book, "The Whole Youth Worker," is an insider's look at the real-life experience of youth ministry. Jay and his wife, Kimberly, have been married for thirteen years and have two children.

"The Whole Youth Worker: Advice on Professional, Personal, and Physical Wellness in the Trenches" (ISBN 9781932690811, Loving Healing Press, 2009) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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