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Protect: A Youth Worker's Guide to Navigating Risk (Revised & Updated Edition)

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Protect: A Youth Worker's Guide to Navigating Risk (Revised & Updated Edition) is an indispensable resource for churches, para-church organizations, and anyone serving in youth ministry. Whether you are a full-time, part-time, volunteer, bi-vocational, rookie, or veteran youth worker, this revised and updated edition ensures you’ll be equipped to navigate the contemporary challenges, unique opportunities, and inherent risks in youth ministry today.

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  • About This Resource
  • About The Author
  • Youth ministry has evolved since the days of playing chubby bunny or planning the dreaded lock-in. On the one hand, there is a remarkable and truly unique opportunity to challenge an information-saturated generation to consider the life-changing claims of Jesus Christ. But on the other hand, there are significant challenges to how we do ministry in an increasingly dangerous, complicated, and litigious world.  

    Culture is not stagnant. It changes as time moves on, creating new challenges to navigate. This is especially true in youth culture. While the first edition of Protect reignited the discussion on risk management in youth ministry, this revised edition has been updated with today’s youth ministry leaders and challenging cultural issues in mind. 

    Protect (Revised & Updated Edition) provides practical insights, advice, and wisdom for navigating risk in youth ministry by covering critical topics like:

    • Calling, character, and integrity
    • Vetting volunteers
    • Spiritual guidance versus counseling 
    • Bullying
    • Pornography and abuse
    • Mandatory reporting
    • Policies and procedures
    • Facility, mission trip, and camp concerns
    • Negating negligence
    • Navigating new and challenging cultural issues 
    • And much more
  • Dr. Jody Dean

    Jody Dean, PhD, serves as Associate Professor for Christian Education, Director of Mentorship Programs for Christian Education, and Senior Regional Associate Dean for Extension Centers at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. As a professor, Jody's research and teaching focus on discipleship, church administration, risk management, age-group ministry, and leadership development. Outside of the classroom, Jody has continued to serve the local church for over twenty years in administration and as a leader in children’s, youth, collegiate, and adult ministries. Jody and his wife, Emily, have two children.


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