'You're in youth ministry for a reason. Most likely you have a deep passion for both teenagers and the ministry. But at times, you may feel ill equipped to lead, or you may not even be sure of the direction the ministry is headed. Chances are, your youth pastor has a great vision for the ministry. But too often the staff meetings you attend end up more like a list of announcements about upcoming events than a time of real growth and sharpening. This unique, research-based training resource addresses the needs of you and every other adult on your youth ministry team. As you engage in a different discussion each month, you'll discover how to take both the ministry and students deeper by exploring: * Your ministry's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats * Integrating students into the life of the church * Effective family ministry * Holistic ministry * Giving and receiving mentoring * Getting the rest you need * Deep justice * Helping kids who are hurting * Giving your kids a faith that lasts Essential Leadership will strengthen your youth ministry team and make a deeper impact on the lives of teenagers.'