Youth ministry has matured since the days of Chubby Bunny and the egg-and-armpit relay. On one hand, there is an excellent opportunity to challenge an information-rich generation to consider the life-changing claims of Christ. But on the other, there are significant challenges to how we do ministry in an increasingly dangerous world.
Protect: A Youth Worker's Guide to Navigating Risk reignites the discussion on risk management in youth ministry. Protection of students is the most urgent aspect of the conversation, both from predators and other harmful conditions in ministry. But protection for the ministry is also necessary: protection from harmful or useless practices, from damage to our witness, and for ministers and volunteers in an increasingly litigious culture.
Protect is written by youth ministry veterans, Dr. Jody Dean and Dr. Allen Jackson, and covers such topics as:
- Vetting volunteers
- Counseling considerations
- Social media policies
- Mandatory reporting
- Facility and trip concerns
- And much more
Protect is a valuable resource for anyone involved in youth ministry in churches or para-church organizations.
Dr. Jody Dean
Dr. Jody Dean, serves as an Associate Professor for Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Dean has years of ministry experience including ministry leadership, youth, discipleship, and administration. He is also the Senior Regional Associate Dean for Extension Centers at NOBTS. He is married to Emily, and they have two kids, Lydia and James Robert.
Dr. Allen Jackson
Dr. Allen Jackson is currently the pastor of Dunwoody Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. But, for many years he shaped and led the youth ministry initiatives of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as a professor and the head of the Youth Ministry Institute. Allen likes golf, computers, running, drinking coffee, and snow skiing. Allen is the husband of one wife (Judi), the father of two children (Aaron and Sarah), and as of the publishing of this book, a new grandfather.