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About the Author

Eric Geiger coauthored the national #1 ministry bestseller "Simple Church "and is executive pastor of Christ Fellowship, a large and growing multicultural church comprised of more than seventy nationalities near Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Kaye, have one daughter, Eden.

Jeff Borton oversees student ministry on all five campuses of Christ Fellowship in Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Jen, are foster parents.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 1 Feb. 2010
By Willy Santos - Published on
Format: Paperback
Geiger has done a good job of helping youth ministries think strategically. Definitely worth a read. HOWEVER, if this is the only book you read while redesigning your student ministry, you will be left wanting. This book should be paired with Barna's "Growing True Disciples". Simple Student Ministry will inspire you to streamline your disciple-making efforts. Growing True Disciples will help you press that decision down at a more detailed level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was great...a lot of help!! 4 July 2009
By J. White - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is great. I've been a student pastor for about 10 years now and have been reading any resources that I can get. This book has a lot of things that I've been thinking about for a few years now. I often thought that we're doing a lot of things that don't meet our goals and just keep us busy.

If you're looking for a book that will not only tell you about a different way of doing student ministry but also give you specific ways to carry that out, then this is the book for you.

You won't regret getting and reading this book. Your ministry will be helped for doing this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Student Ministry - A new book, with fresh ideas for student ministry 4 Jun. 2009
By Tommy Carrington - Published on
Format: Paperback
The old adage (from the Book of Ecclesiastes) says: "There is nothing new under the sun." Perhaps ... until you read Simple Student Ministry. Although I say that tongue-in-cheek (because Solomon was a very wise man), Simple Student Ministry is, in many ways ... new. I have read a number of books on student ministry, and I must admit that I was slightly skeptical before reading this one. "What can I learn that I have not picked up after 25 years of youth ministry?"

But Simple Student Ministry is new ... and unique. In fact, authors Eric Geiger and Jeff Borton stipulate many things you may already know about student ministry. They endorse (and critique) the things already known and accepted about student ministry; but their suggestions offer a new and fresh perspective on student ministry that are just that ... new and fresh.

Simple Student Ministry is built on a solid Biblical foundation, that integrates the principles Jesus and His disciples exemplified, and weaves those principles into a practical application that can be contextualized and implemented in your own ministry. The book is replete with many relevant and practical examples through illustrations, real life stories and analogies; as well as through case studies, personal experiences, and lessons learned from their own ministry.

As Geiger and Borton point out, Simple Student Ministry is not "just another model of youth ministry" or cool ideas for "programming." There are many books written to address those elements of student ministry. But rather, it emphasizes a discipleship process as the driving factor behind your programming that could revolutionize how you do ministry to students.

They are writing to help keep your ministry to students focused on developing them as leaders for the future - helping young people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. And that does not happen through yet another great program or a novel idea for a model. It happens through having a clear and intentional plan for discipleship, built on the model of Jesus and His disciples. And that, in my opinion, is the uniqueness of this book. And that's what makes this book ... "a new thing under the sun." Your ministry will be greatly enhanced if you apply the principles articulated in this great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Student Ministry - A must read for the summer 1 Jun. 2009
By Ben Boles - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you take a step back and look at student ministry from the prospective of all the ways to impact your ministry you know how much stuff there is out there. Conferences (for you, you and your volunteers and the teens in your ministry), one day events, retreats, camps, missions and service project opportunities, books, magazines, curriculum and the likes. With all this stuff it is easy to create a monster of complexity that keeps students busy and changed on the surface. But ask yourself: how many teens that graduate from our ministries graduate from church in college or after? If you're like me this question has plagued you from your first days in youth ministry.

The time has past, the stakes are too high in youth & children's ministry to go on any long fooling ourselves that more is better. We must focus our ministries back on Matthew 28: 19-20 & Acts 2: 42-47, it's time to get back to making disciples who not only know God but obey His Word.

In Simple Student Ministry Geiger & Borton have brought the importance of discipleship back to the forefront of student ministry in a encouraging, stretching and dare I say simple book that will knock your socks off and really convict you. Simple Student Ministry gives you the means of how to turn your ministry around and impact not only the lives of the students in your ministry now but the lives of their friends and your community. Simple Student Ministry isn't another model or books telling you to do ministry the way they do, in fact the talk about lots of student ministries across the country in case studies and examples. It is going back to the call of the church to make disciples and helps you in your struggle through connecting with God to find the process for making disciples that best fits the context of your ministry environment. They work through the fact that the "process should be crystal clear (clarity) and move students to great levels of spiritual commitment (movement), all of your programs and leaders should be aligned (alignment) to the process God gives you and should leverage (focus) all your energy and resources on your discipleship process."

Simply put this book brings us back to the early days of our dreaming when God called us to impact the lives of the teens He would put in our lives. I couldn't stop underlining and writing notes in the margin, the authors write in such a way that allows you envision your ministry along the way. They have struggled through designing their own process and have great insight that will be so helpful with the transition from complex to simple. I really encourage to make this book a priority read for this summer and pray that the call to a simple process for making disciples will shape the future of you ministry that it has for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome! 25 Jun. 2010
By Greg A. Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read a lot of books on student ministry, having served students in various capacities for over two decades. A lot of them are full of programming ideas for attractional student ministry models. Simple Student Ministry: A Clear Process for Strategic Youth Discipleship is for the rest of us. Based on the "clarity - movement - alignment - focus" process design model first presented in Simple Church, by Thom Rainer and Geiger, Simple Student Ministry brings the same simplicity to the church's high school and middle school ministries. Rainer, Geiger and Borton - and many others of us - simply believe that the church's discipleship process, rather than the prevailing entertainment needs of the average 15-year-old, should drive the architecture of the student ministry. At the end of the day, according to Jesus, our goal in the lives of students must be to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20). Geiger and Borton will encourage you in this book that it is possible to simply build your ministry on this purpose. At the end of the book, Geiger and Borton provide great examples of several large, medium and small youth ministries that are built upon a simple discipleship model, as they suggest. They only listed a few, but I think you'll find more and more student ministries being structured this way in the years to come. If you're ready to quit your job as a teen social activity coordinator and really move your students toward maturity in Christ, you will enjoy this book!

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