Youth Empowered is a book that guides parents and youth pastors to successfully mentor tomorrow’s church leaders by accomplishing two primary goals: To help church leadership minister alongside their students (rather than at their students), and to help their students learn how to utilize their spiritual gifts before they graduate (rather than hoping that they figure out how to get involved after they graduate from high school).
By challenging traditional models of youth ministry, this book addresses varying strategies that cater to small, medium, and large youth ministries. As a result, Youth Empowered assists any church in navigating through the challenges associated with launching a student-led youth ministry, regardless of its current size.
Many youth ministry books today encourage their reader to involve their students more within their youth ministry, but few actually provide a road map on how the youth pastor can accomplish this. I pray that this resource can help guide you on this journey and be a blessing to you and your youth ministry!
Endorsements for Youth Empowered
“Drawing on Sean’s experience as a youth pastor, Youth Empowered offers necessary insights and helpful suggestions for developing a thriving, student-led youth ministry that resonates with the needs of future generations. This book is a valuable contribution from an emerging, thoughtful leader in youth ministry.”
Abdu Murray, Author and Speaker
“John Wesley noted that ministry is not the end of discipleship, but rather the means. Sean Buono has incorporated this dictum into a paradigm of teen ministry that is changing the landscape of youth work. Buono tailors his book on how to develop a student-led youth ministry of any size. If you are looking for a pathway to disciple your youth to become leaders in the church, this book is for you!
Dr. Matthew A. Lewis
Director for Practical Theology and Ministry
Brethren in Christ Church
Great Lakes Conference
“Sean Buono provides wisdom and insight for the church, which finds itself at a critical juncture in 2020: ‘How do we reach the youth of today in order to develop our leaders for tomorrow?’ Youth Empowered provides a theological framework for the biblical call to reach youth, then it lays out a relational approach to fulfill this mandate. Buono calls for a dynamic change in how ministry must shift in order to prepare our youth, as well as the church, for ministry in the 21st century. As a former lead pastor of a large church with 200+ active high school students in its youth ministry, I highly recommend this book to all youth ministers, youth leaders and lead pastors.”
Reverend William M. Beachy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Spiritual Formation for Ashland Theological Seminary
“Sean Buono has lived this book! He gives theological insights, principles and practical methods to get students involved in the work of ministry. This resource will help youth leaders successfully facilitate a ‘priesthood of all believers’ among their young parishioners.”
Pastor Kellen Brooks
Senior Pastor, Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ - Inkster, MI
“When Jesus called His disciples, He clearly trained them to do the work of ministry. Yet, many times in youth ministry, we simply teach students without empowering them. Youth Empowered is a much needed and timely work that will help any youth pastor learn how to empower their students for ministry. Sean Buono explains why it is important to teach youth to utilize their gifts for ministry and gives a practical, step-by-step approach to creating an environment that allows students to lead. By implementing the strategies found in this book, students in your youth ministry will learn how to engage their peers and effectively win souls to Christ.”
Youth Pastor, Victory Christian Church – Clinton Twp., MI