Rewarding. Challenging. Fun. Exhausting. Important. Stressful. Working in youth ministry is all of these things and more. Authentic Youth Ministry: Straight Talk about Working with Kids, Teens & In-Betweens provides straight talk rooted in experience that will help youth leaders work more confidently with their students.

Youth leaders and volunteers are pivotal in the faith formation of teens. Research from the Barna Group shows that teens who have a strong relationship with an adult in their congregation, in addition to the pastor, are significantly less likely to drop out of church.

“In Authentic Youth Ministry, Cassie Moore draws on her experience as DCE in youth ministry to provide a realistic and optimistic view of the critical importance of youth ministry,” says Dave Rueter, Youth and Family Ministry Facilitator for the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. “Volunteer youth workers and those just starting out into ministry will gain helpful and practical insights that will help orient their own approach to youth ministry. For those of us veterans, Cassie provides a helpful reminder for why we love what we do.”

“I dealt with drama, tears, discipline issues, awkwardness, headaches, and tension,” writes author and director of Christian education Cassie Moore. “But these challenges often led to great surprises, hearty laughter, and deeper relationships. God gave me the privilege of seeing kids, parents, and whole families grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

For more information or to order Authentic Youth Ministry, visit or call 800-325-3040. To schedule an interview with the author, contact Lindsey Martie, CPH Public Relations, at or 314.268.1303.

About the Author

Cassie Moore thrives on coaching leaders. A teacher, director of Christian education, writer, and conference speaker, Cassie also blogs for a variety of youth ministry websites, as well as her own. She has worked with churches of all sizes from coast to coast and currently serves as a teacher and youth worker in St. Petersburg, Florida. Learn more about Moore at