Rebuilding Youth Ministry

Rebuilding Youth Ministry

Ten Practical Strategies for Catholic Parishes 

Author: Christopher Wesley

Price: $10.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-576-1

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: March 6, 2015

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Christopher Wesley, director of student ministry at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland—the Catholic parish at the center of the bestselling book Rebuilt—has doubled teen participation in his programs and tripled the number of adult volunteers who work with youth. In Rebuilding Youth Ministry, Wesley presents ten indispensable strategies for creating successful youth programs where teens feel connected, stay involved, and grow in faith.

In Rebuilding Youth Ministry, Christopher Wesley coaches fellow Catholic leaders on how to overcome common hurdles of ministering to young people. Wesley shares how he faced feelings of complacency, underestimated youth, and entertained rather than ministered in his own parish. Wesley built a distinctive program based on small group faith formation and sustained it with the assistance of more than sixty volunteer adult mentors. Adopting a tone and structure similar to the bestselling books Rebuilt and Tools for Rebuilding, Wesley lays out ten strategies that helped grow participation in his high school program from nine teens to ninety and the middle school program from forty teens to eighty-five.



"Refreshing clarity in the midst of youth ministry craziness."

"When the local Church sets priorities, youth ministry nearly always rises to the top. But the solution we seem to land on generally results in a whirlwind of activities with no clear direction, offered in a dingy room, put on by someone who is too often burned out within a year and looking for ‘a real job.’ Youth ministry done this way is rarely taken seriously because, let's face it, it's rarely successful. Christopher Wesley offers refreshing clarity in the midst of this craziness. In a word, he offers great vision for a ministry the Church so often gets wrong, but really can't afford to."

Chris Stefanick
Founder and president of Real Life Catholic

"This book is a gift!"

“What I love about Chris Wesley is that this book isn’t simply theory—he knows what he’s doing and he has shared his simple and practical tools to help us build a dynamic and more effective youth ministry for our churches. This book is a gift!”

Doug Fields
Author of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

"A must-read for anyone involved in youth ministry."

“Chris Wesley has put together an inspiring, affirming, challenging, and encouraging book that is a must-read for anyone involved in youth ministry. Chris’s love for both youth and youth workers oozes from the pages of this great book.”


Clayton Imoo
Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Archdiocese of Vancouver

"This book should be in the hands of every person working with youth, whether a rookie or veteran!"

“Christopher Wesley provides clarity and insight into the exciting and tumultuous life and work of a person called to youth ministry. With humor and honesty, he helps shed light on the countless challenges we face and how best to form the vision each ministry program needs to be truly successful. This book should be in the hands of every person working with youth, whether a rookie or veteran!”

Katie Prejean
Youth Director
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish
Lake Charles, Louisiana

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