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Shepherd's Notes: Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion

Shepherd's Notes: Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion

by Mark DeVries and Kirk Freeman

The well known black and yellow striped Cliff’s Notes are a legend to generations of students and learners looking to grasp everything from great literary works to algebra. But where can Christians turn when they need a reliable, easy-to-understand guide to the Bible and great Christian works? To Shepherd's Notes, a series designed to help the faithful… Read more…

Sustainable Young Adult Ministry: Making It Work, Making It Last

Sustainable Young Adult Ministry: Making It Work, Making It Last

by Mark DeVries and Scott Pontier

Young adult ministry scares us. Young adults seem like the elusive Holy Grail demographic in Christian ministry. We often treat them like another species, with an inscrutable culture all their own. To have a thriving ministry to young adults, we're told, we'll need to be up-to-date on all the latest trends. We'll need to change up our worship sty… Read more…

Sustainable Children's Ministry: From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions

Sustainable Children's Ministry: From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions

by Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom

Are you a children's ministry leader on the edge of burnout? Do you find yourself working harder and harder to tame the chaos? Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom know how you feel. Flash and fizz can be effective at attracting young families, but without sustainable systems beneath the unforgettable moments, the impact is almost always short-lived. In thi… Read more…

Building Your Volunteer Team: A 30-Day Change Project for Youth Ministry

Building Your Volunteer Team: A 30-Day Change Project for Youth Ministry

by Mark DeVries and Nate Stratman

Do you find yourself again and again wondering what it would take to get some new volunteers onboard for your ministry? And yet does it seem that you are never able to focus your energy on recruitment? Maybe you find yourself saying things like: "It?s just easier for me to do it myself." At one level, of course, this is true. Almost always, it is easier to "… Read more…

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It
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Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

by Mark DeVries

Narrated by DeVries, Mark

In this audio book Mark DeVries explores the "revolving door" dilemma of youth ministry. Based on his own experience as a youth minister and on his work with churches in crisis, the author pinpoints problems that cause division and burnout. He then provides the practical tools and structures needed to lay a strong foundation for ministry—one that isn't… Read more…

What Every Groom Needs to Know: The Most Important Year in a Man's Life

What Every Groom Needs to Know: The Most Important Year in a Man's Life

by Robert Wolgemuth and Mark DeVries

This is your guide to all the things that happen after “I do.”The advice in this book to grooms is pretty simple. You don’t need to become an expert on women. Only one woman. Learn the secrets to loving and cherishing her. Take an honest look at your family of origin: its unwritten codes, how it has shaped you, and the ways it affects your relationship… Read more…

Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life: What Every Bride Needs to Know/What Every Groom Needs to Know

Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life: What Every Bride Needs to Know/What Every Groom Needs to Know

by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Robert Wolgemuth, Mark DeVries and Susan DeVries

Your marriage could be one of history’s great love stories! As newlyweds, it’s time to ensure that your marriage can meet the challenges it will face right around the corner. Cultivating good habits during these first twelve foundational months of your marriage and knowing what to focus on will set the stage for years to come.Robert and Bobbie and Mark a… Read more…

Family-Based Youth Ministry

Family-Based Youth Ministry

by Mark DeVries

Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously. Family-based youth ministry is about adults discipling teens one-on-one and in groups. It is about involving not just the nuclear family but the wh… Read more…

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It

by Mark DeVries

You're looking for a youth pastor. Again. What goes wrong? Why do youth ministries crumble? And what is the cost to students, parents, volunteers and church staff? Is a sustainable youth ministry possible, even after a youth pastor leaves? Youth ministry expert Mark DeVries knows the answer is yes, because he helps build sustainable youth ministries thro… Read more…

Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life: What Every Bride Needs to Know / What Every Groom Needs to Know
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Most Important Year in a Woman's Life/The Most Important Year in a Man's Life: What Every Bride Needs to Know / What Every Groom Needs to Know

by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Robert Wolgemuth, Mark DeVries, Susan DeVries, Uncredited and Joe/Lori Loesch/Loesch

Narrated by Uncredited and Joe/Lori Loesch/Loesch

Your marriage could be one of history’s great love stories! As newlyweds, it’s time to ensure that your marriage can meet the challenges it will face right around the corner. Cultivating good habits during these first twelve foundational months of your marriage and knowing what to focus on will set the stage for years to come.Robert and Bobbie and Mark a… Read more…