Sunday, January 07, 2007

Book Review: Ministry Mutiny

Book Review: Ministry Mutiny by Greg Stier
Did you ever have one of those books where you felt like you were reading your own life story as if someone had been secretly watching you and chronicling your life as you live it? Well that was the case with this book. In Ministry Mutiny, we read the story of Ty-a veteran youth leader who has had enough of shallow youth ministry with what seems to be little to no results. With resignation letter in hand Ty heads off to what will be his last youth network meeting where he meets Tony, a youth leader that will change his life forever. Tony reintroduces Ty to timeless youth ministry principles that are too often overlooked in today's youth ministry. As the two meet throughout the week the reader is introduced (or reintroduced) to these Biblical principles that are still as relevant today as they were when they were modeled through Jesus' ministry. This book is a must read for all youth ministers of any tenure. It is a great book full of encouragement, and whether you're a rookie or a vet you'll find a lot of great things in this short book that is sure to be a quick read for you. Check it out if you haven't already. Honestly, this book really couldn't have come at a better time in my ministry. Most of you know I've been fighting discouragement and have thought several times about throwing in the towel, and this book really was like reading my own life story. There are six principles in the book and I don't want to give them away, but these principles really opened my eyes to some changes that I need to make and also encouraged me to stick it out for the long haul. I'm not a huge fan of Greg Stier and Dare 2 Share Ministry but this book was truly a Godsend. Check it out if you get the chance!

4 comments:

Wendy Henkelman said...

Thanks for your review Matt! We would love to use your comments to encourage other youth leaders and students on our website and possibly in future publications! Would you be opposed to this?

Please let me know at your earliest convenience…Additionally, if you have a photo you can send of yourself we’d love to post it with your comments.

We continue to be grateful for the impact the Lord is allowing us to have on the teens and youth leaders of today! Thanks for your support and encouragement to our ministry – its for youth leaders like you that we exist:)

Hope you are blessed today!

serving Him,
Wendy Henkelman
PR Coordinator, Dare 2 Share Ministries - wendy@date2share.org

Anonymous said...

alhtough sad...why are you not a huge fan?! have you been to D2S recently? We find a lot of people are surprised by what they experience at D2S apart from what they assume about D2S. We'll be in Atlanta in march, if you'd consider venturing north!? - Wendy, D2S

Matt said...

wendy,
as mentioned in the email, here is the explanation of my thoughts about why I have not been a big fan of D2S in the past. There are two reasons, the first comes in the experience I had with a customer service rep when we weren't able to go to the conference due to budget constraints. I don't remember who we spoke with, but my interpertation at the time was that I was made to feel guilty and was robbing my kids because we weren't coming. This was just my interpretation I am sure, but there was no way we could bring the group financially to the event those years. The second hesitancy comes in Greg's speaking style. He is a phenomenal communicatior, but I am used to a more ow key speaking style so it takes some getting used to on my part. Both of these are just personal issues and I support Dare 2 Share. I am aware of the Atlanta conference, but we cannot go due to scheduling conflicts this year. Ya'll have a great ministry and I believe God is using all of you. Please accept my apologies and realize I was not trying to bad mouth or put down D2S. Thanks!
-MAtt

Erma said...

Great work.