author

Eric Protzman

“Might be the most important book in Young Life in the last twenty-five years.”

— Brent Cunningham, Area Developer, rural Alaska

Watch a conversation held by Young Life Area Directors and Staff during a Heartland Regional Zoom meeting on December 17, 2020.

About the

Andy and eric

Eric Protzman has served YL as a Volunteer Leader, Committee Chair, Bible instructor, Regional Board Chair, and Divisional Board Chair. Today, he mentors Young Life Areas and Staff. Eric lives in Colorado with his wife, Nancy, surrounded by their nearby children and grandchildren.

Foreword author Andy Morman spent two decades as a YL Area Director, while encouraging YL leadership and staff throughout the country. Andy lives in Washington state with his wife, Genna, raising their three children. Today, Andy serves as the Director of Development for Young Life’s Developing Global Leaders Program.

About

About

Our Town, Our Kids

Build a Relationship Strong Enough to bear the Weight of the Opportunity!

Eric Protzman chaired the Young Life committee and Andy Morman served as the Area Director. When they began their journey together, they brimmed with confidence and trust.

In just a few years, they couldn’t stand each other, and their Young Life Area struggled because of it.

In Our Town, Our Kids, Eric Protzman shares the lessons he and Andy learned as they forged a trusting friendship and developed a model for healthy Young Life Areas. In his thought-provoking book, you’ll learn how to

• Honor Young Life and YL staff
• Avoid outsourcing your kids’ salvation
• Wage war on staff fear and loneliness

Reimagine your Young Life Area!

Bulk Pricing

Bulk Books may be purchased directly at a substantial discount. Perhaps your region would like to purchase a case and work with you.
Just click to send an email with Our Town, Our Kids in the Subject.

Praise for

Our Town,
Our Kids

Here you’ll find reviews from Area Directors, Committee Chairs, Pastors, and other Young Life Staff. 

“Eric Protzman combines the passion of an evangelist and the pragmatism of an engineer. You’ll see the vulnerability of a follower of Christ as he unpacks his journey with Andy and reaches adolescents with the message of God’s love. Joy, frustration, and humility are raw and relatable in this book. Through fresh eyes we accept once again that it takes a community to reach a community. When it happens, everyone is changed!”

— Ken Tankersley, SVP Young Life Community Networks

“This book is a human story of relationships, communities, and changes. It offers a prime opportunity to gain insights that apply to all relationships and communities we serve.”

— Claudia Mitchell

“These two formed one of the most effective partnerships I have seen in my thirty years in the mission of Young Life.”

— Terry Leprino, Regional Director, Front Range Region

“For seventeen years, I have had an Area Director come home to me at the end of the day, and I can attest to the high highs and the low lows of ministry. Our Town, Our Kids tells a true story about how Young Life can not only be a gift to kids in our town but how it can be a blessing to those called to it.”

— Genna Morman, wife of Andy Morman

“A fresh and vulnerable book about doing ministry right. Here’s the question: How can the Holy Spirit grab hold of a rapidly deteriorating ministry relationship between two seasoned Christians and transform it into something very special, even enviable? Our Town, Our Kids reminds us that the gospel can do it.”

— Dr. Bill Senyard, Gospel App Ministries and author of Fair Forgiveness: Finding the Power to Forgive Where You Least Expect It

“I’ve heard Eric and Andy tell this story dozens of times and I believe in it more now than ever. I have seen Young Life Areas and ultimately people transformed because of the vulnerability of Eric and Andy’s journey together. For all the mistakes shared honestly in these pages, God has faithfully redeemed every single one.”

— Kimberly Silvernale, Divisional Operations Manager, Young Life Northwest Division

“When Committee Chairs and Area Directors model true spiritual friendship the results can be miraculous. Our Town, Our Kids reflects Jesus’ loving instruction to send them out two by two.”

— Gill Richard, Regional Board Chairman, Front Range Region

“When I replaced Andy Morman as Area Director, I walked into the fruit of this book. I too discovered when I am in true partnership with my Committee Chair, I don’t survive, I thrive. My heart is keenly drawn to women and moms on staff. There is a path in this book for women on staff to thrive.”

— Kaylan Riley, Area Director Intermountain Young Life

“In Our Town, Our Kids, Eric thoughtfully reflects on his years as a Young Life Committee Chair. In doing so, he provides a roadmap for all of those who are following in his footsteps. It is a must read for Young Life Staff and Committee Chairs.”

— Jacque Abadie, Regional Director, Front Range Region

“An honest and open reflection of a well-intended relationship between an Area Director and Committee Chair that left a lot of hurt and pain. As a Regional Director I have seen this unnecessary spiral happen too many times. We can and must do better. Our Town, Our Kids is a must read for any Young Life community.”

— TJ Dickerson, Regional Director Rocky Mountain Region

“Committee Chairs will learn so much here. This raw account shows how God can make all things new. Eric and Andy share hard-earned wisdom for every YL Area! Using their approach, the transition to serving Intermountain Young Life was seamless. Eric continues to serve as a friend, coach, and encouragement to me and to Intermountain Young Life.”

— Krista Wallace, three-time Committee Chair, domestic and international, and current Committee Chair, Intermountain Young Life

“A must-read for every Young Life Area! I watched Eric and Andy’s story in its pain and beautiful redemption. The reimagined Area Director and Committee Chair relationship is transformative. Ask the questions in the book. Enjoy the journey!

— Jeb Baum, former IMYL Committee Chair, YL Volunteer Leader, grateful YL dad

“I had the privilege of working with Andy as Committee Chair after he and Eric discovered this new model of true partnership in Young Life ministry. It was a model Andy and I committed to, and I’m grateful that Eric lays out the lessons and practices so clearly. A game-changer for your Area Director and Committee Chair relationship.

— Taylor Wolfe, Committee Chair, Issaquah, WA

“I sat next to Eric over the years as this unfolded. The story of Eric and Andy is accurate and at times painful. It offers great hope for ministries seeking to fulfill their mission.”

— Howard Hargrove, Rocky Mountain Regional Field Missionary for Fathers in the Field

Our Town, Our Kids opens up the underbelly of ministry with flawed people and reveals the beauty of living out solid biblical principles. The goal is kids knowing Jesus and it really matters! Our Town, Our Kids…OURS! Thank you, Eric.”

— Cindy Yohann, Committee Developer

“Pastors, please read this book. Accessible and memorable. Share it with a fellow pastor, especially someone wanting to deepen their relationships while not aban- doning their organizational goals. The leadership and relationship principles very much apply to church ministry.”

— Jason Freeman, lead pastor, Bergen Park Church, Evergreen, CO

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author

Eric Protzman

“Might be the most important book in Young Life in the last twenty-five years.”

— Brent Cunningham, Area Developer, rural Alaska

Below, watch a conversation held by Young Life Area Directors and Staff during a Heartland Regional Zoom meeting on December 17, 2020.

Andy and Eric

Eric Protzman has served YL as a Volunteer Leader, Committee Chair, Bible instructor, Regional Board Chair, and Divisional Board Chair. Today, he mentors Young Life Areas and Staff. Eric lives in Colorado with his wife, Nancy, surrounded by their nearby children and grandchildren.

Foreword author Andy Morman has spent two decades as a YL Area Director, while encouraging YL leadership and staff throughout the country. Andy lives in Washington state with his wife, Genna, raising their three children. Today, Andy serves as the Director of Development for Young Life’s Developing Global Leaders Program.

About

Our Town, Our Kids

Build a Relationship Strong Enough to Bear the Weight of the Opportunity!

Eric Protzman chaired the Young Life committee and Andy Morman served as the Area Director. When they began their journey together, they brimmed with confidence and trust.

In just a few years, they couldn’t stand each other, and their Young Life Area struggled because of it.

In Our Town, Our Kids, Eric Protzman shares the lessons he and Andy learned as they forged a trusting friendship and developed a model for healthy Young Life Areas. In his thought-provoking book, you’ll learn how to

• Honor Young Life and YL staff
• Avoid outsourcing your kids’ salvation
• Wage war on staff fear and loneliness

Reimagine your Young Life Area!

    Bulk Pricing

    Bulk Books may be purchased directly at a substantial discount. Perhaps your region would like to purchase a case and work with you.
    Just click to send an email with Our Town, Our Kids in the Subject.

    Praise for

    Our Town, Our Kids

    “Eric Protzman combines the passion of an evangelist and the pragmatism of an engineer. You’ll see the vulnerability of a follower of Christ as he unpacks his journey with Andy and reaches adolescents with the message of God’s love. Joy, frustration, and humility are raw and relatable in this book. Through fresh eyes we accept once again that it takes a community to reach a community. When it happens, everyone is changed!”

    — Ken Tankersley, SVP Young Life Community Networks

    “This book is a human story of relationships, communities, and changes. It offers a prime opportunity to gain insights that apply to all relationships and communities we serve.”

    — Claudia Mitchell

    “These two formed one of the most effective partnerships I have seen in my thirty years in the mission of Young Life.”

    — Terry Leprino, Regional Director, Front Range Region

    “For seventeen years, I have had an Area Director come home to me at the end of the day, and I can attest to the high highs and the low lows of ministry. Our Town, Our Kids tells a true story about how Young Life can not only be a gift to kids in our town but how it can be a blessing to those called to it.”

    — Genna Morman, wife of Andy Morman

    “A fresh and vulnerable book about doing ministry right. Here’s the question: How can the Holy Spirit grab hold of a rapidly deteriorating ministry relationship between two seasoned Christians and transform it into something very special, even enviable? Our Town, Our Kids reminds us that the gospel can do it.”

    — Dr. Bill Senyard, Gospel App Ministries and author of Fair Forgiveness: Finding the Power to Forgive Where You Least Expect It

    “I’ve heard Eric and Andy tell this story dozens of times and I believe in it more now than ever. I have seen Young Life Areas and ultimately people transformed because of the vulnerability of Eric and Andy’s journey together. For all the mistakes shared honestly in these pages, God has faithfully redeemed every single one.”

    — Kimberly Silvernale, Divisional Operations Manager, Young Life Northwest Division

    “When Committee Chairs and Area Directors model true spiritual friendship the results can be miraculous. Our Town, Our Kids reflects Jesus’ loving instruction to send them out two by two.”

    — Gill Richard, Regional Board Chairman, Front Range Region

    “When I replaced Andy Morman as Area Director, I walked into the fruit of this book. I too discovered when I am in true partnership with my Committee Chair, I don’t survive, I thrive. My heart is keenly drawn to women and moms on staff. There is a path in this book for women on staff to thrive.”

    — Kaylan Riley, Area Director Intermountain Young Life

    “In Our Town, Our Kids, Eric thoughtfully reflects on his years as a Young Life Committee Chair. In doing so, he provides a roadmap for all of those who are following in his footsteps. It is a must read for Young Life Staff and Committee Chairs.”

    — Jacque Abadie, Regional Director, Front Range Region

    “An honest and open reflection of a well-intended relationship between an Area Director and Committee Chair that left a lot of hurt and pain. As a Regional Director I have seen this unnecessary spiral happen too many times. We can and must do better. Our Town, Our Kids is a must read for any Young Life community.”

    — TJ Dickerson, Regional Director Rocky Mountain Region

    “Committee Chairs will learn so much here. This raw account shows how God can make all things new. Eric and Andy share hard-earned wisdom for every YL Area! Using their approach, the transition to serving Intermountain Young Life was seamless. Eric continues to serve as a friend, coach, and encouragement to me and to Intermountain Young Life.”

    — Krista Wallace, three-time Committee Chair, domestic and international, and current Committee Chair, Intermountain Young Life

    “A must-read for every Young Life Area! I watched Eric and Andy’s story in its pain and beautiful redemption. The reimagined Area Director and Committee Chair relationship is transformative. Ask the questions in the book. Enjoy the journey!

    — Jeb Baum, former IMYL Committee Chair, YL Volunteer Leader, grateful YL dad

    “I had the privilege of working with Andy as Committee Chair after he and Eric discovered this new model of true partnership in Young Life ministry. It was a model Andy and I committed to, and I’m grateful that Eric lays out the lessons and practices so clearly. A game-changer for your Area Director and Committee Chair relationship.

    — Taylor Wolfe, Committee Chair, Issaquah, WA

    “I sat next to Eric over the years as this unfolded. The story of Eric and Andy is accurate and at times painful. It offers great hope for ministries seeking to fulfill their mission.”

    — Howard Hargrove, Rocky Mountain Regional Field Missionary for Fathers in the Field

    Our Town, Our Kids opens up the underbelly of ministry with flawed people and reveals the beauty of living out solid biblical principles. The goal is kids knowing Jesus and it really matters! Our Town, Our Kids…OURS! Thank you, Eric.”

    — Cindy Yohann, Committee Developer

    “Pastors, please read this book. Accessible and memorable. Share it with a fellow pastor, especially someone wanting to deepen their relationships while not aban- doning their organizational goals. The leadership and relationship principles very much apply to church ministry.”

    — Jason Freeman, lead pastor, Bergen Park Church, Evergreen, CO

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