Ministry By Teenagers

Developing Leaders from Within


"The perfect tool to help youth workers build a framework for coaching their students into that lifelong value of servanthood and spiritual leadership."
Author of Life in Student Ministry

"For too long, youth ministry has treated the term teenage leadership as an oxymoron. Rather than empowering young people to join us in leadership, we warehouse them until they are old enough to leave, which is exactly what many of them do. This book is a welcome antidote. Jonathan and David believe in teenagers and have given us a solid strategy for discovering, developing, and deploying the considerable gifts and capabilities of today's young people."
Cofounder of Youth Specialties
Author of Reinventing Youth Ministry

"Without even knowing it, we sometimes expect far too little from our students. The result is missed opportunities to lead students to a deeper lifelong potential. Jonathan and David have given us a helpful and practical guide to make this happen. Don't miss the opportunity!"
President, Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
Author of Youth Culture 101

"Ministry by Teenagers is a must-read for every youth leader serious about unleashing teenagers to do more than just show up, sit down, and shut up. This book is for those who, like Jesus, want to mobilize disciples for significant (not token) kingdom action. Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith provide easy-to-apply strategies, practical examples, and rock-solid biblical truth."
President, Dare 2 Share Ministries
Author of Venti Jesus Please and Dare 2 Share: A Field Guide to Sharing Your Faith

"This is one of the most practical youth ministry books on developing disciples and encouraging leadership in kids. It is a great addition to anyone's youth ministry library."
President, HomeWord
Author of Teenology, Confident Parenting, and The Purity Code

"Ministry by Teenagers offers biblically sound, practical, easy-to-follow, step-by-step advice on developing true student disciples of Jesus. Jonathan and David flesh this out with real-life stories, evaluative tools, and helpful forms. Taking the principles from this book will put you on the path to developing in each of your students a faith that lasts a lifetime. Jonathan and David carefully address major concerns when equipping student servant leaders. Our job as youth workers is to bring students to maturity in Christ (Col. 1:28) and prepare them for some form of ministry (Eph. 4:12). This book will help you develop the leadership potential that exists in every student and help you follow Jesus' leadership standard, 'He that is greatest among you shall be your servant.' I highly recommend it."
Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Author of When Church Kids Go Bad

"This is crucial subject matter-and this book has helped push my thinking!"
Middle School Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

"Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith have constructed an effective guide to move beyond programs "to" youth and develop youth ministry done "by" youth. They champion the historic role of student leadership that has faded in recent years, but remains a necessary value for effective youth ministry. They provide easy-to-follow guidelines and outlines that will help you take the next step in developing your teens into leaders."
Author and Teacher, Bethel College, Indiana
A comprehensive guide offering practical ideas and a detailed "how to" for developing teenagers with a passion for ministry!

Authors Jonathan McKee and David R. Smith provide strategies to help youth workers- from pastors to volunteers-build a foundation for ministry-driven youth groups that focus on:

- Fostering discipleship
- Building teen leadership teams
- Identifying teen leaders
- Helping teens discover and use their spiritual gifts
- Equipping teens to serve and minister to others

If you're charged with ministering to young people, Ministry by Teenagers is a must-have resource to make the most of the opportunity you've been given.

ADDED BONUS: The book includes a gold mine of "ready-made" resources including a complete discipleship retreat agenda & curriculum