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Review: Getting Students To Show Up By Jonathan McKee

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January 11th, 2010

By Mike Kupferer  Do you want students to show up to your event or class?  So does Jonathan McKee, that's why he wrote Getting Students to Show Up: Practical Ideas for Any Outreach Event from 10 to 10,000.  McKee draws from his many years in-the-trenches planning events, as well as his experience speaking at events, in order to provide a very valuable resource for youth workers.   You will read about successes, failures and the planning process that can help a failure become a success.

For most youth workers, there is not a week that goes by without thinking about a youth event.  This part of youth ministry can be difficult and time-consuming.  But it doesn't have to be any longer.  McKee knows how to organize and implement a good outreach event and after reading this book you will too.  What stands out in Getting Students to Show Up is that it is very practical.  Each step of the process is covered, from the initial thought to the timing of the final moment.

Do you struggle with budgeting for an event?  You will find a great example and some helpful tips in chapter 5.  Do your events always seem to run long or do you struggle to fill the time?  Chapter 6 helps you think through the entire night, including 25 questions to ask as you plan.  Does your weekly outreach event seem to be becoming routine?  In chapter 8, McKee helps you think through some unique elements and remember to keep the basics intact every week.  In chapters 10 and 11, you will find some excellent advice on how to find the right speaker or band.  If that is not enough, the last chapter is filled with 10 outreach programs and events that work.

Getting Students to Show Up can help you reach that goal.  Getting Students to Show Up is a great addition to any youth worker's library.  Next time you are planning an outreach event, make sure you have a copy nearby.  I believe this is a book any youth worker (full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer) can use to help benefit their ministry.


Getting Students to Show Up: Practical Ideas for Any Outreach Event from 10 to 10,000 is published by Youth Specialties, which is the parent company of Youth Ministry Exchange.

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