Sustainable Youth Ministry (Mark DeVries) Is sustainable youth ministry possible—even after a leader leaves? With DeVries’s guidance, you’ll pinpoint the causes of division; then use his practical tools to lay a strong foundation that’s not built on one person or the latest trend.
Hurt 2.0 (Chap Clark) What do teenagers really think about adults? If you think you know the answer, you may be in for a surprise. According to Chap Clark, today’s adolescents have largely been abandoned by adults and left to fend for themselves in an uncertain world. As a result, teens have created their own world to serve as a shield against uncaring adults.
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years (Jaquelle Crow) This is an interesting book written by a young lady in her late teens that covers everything from identity being rooted in Christ to the impact of our relationships. Could be a worthwhile book for teenagers who are wrestling with how their faith informs their day to day living.
Pray for Me Campaign How can we connect more adults with more young people more naturally than ever before? The Pray for Me Campaign was born out of this question. We believe every young person needs a team of Prayer Champions strategically praying for them. The Pray for Me Campaign creates a vast web of intergenerational relationships for young people and equips adult believers to pass on a sustainable faith to the next generation.
When Kids Hurt (Chap Clark) This book offers challenging insights on hard truth about contemporary adolescence to youth workers and parents in this accessible followup to the groundbreaking Hurt.
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids (Madeline Levine) In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders–rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents.
Current Youth Culture
Growing up Christian (Karl Graustein) Encourages 15- to 18-year-olds raised in Christian homes to take responsibility for their relationship with God and to grow in their love of Christ. To see the beauty, privilege, and blessing of growing up in the church, and yet also see the subtle and not so subtle dangers of being raised in the “”community of the saints,”” is a strong balance that every pastor, youth worker, parent, adolescent and child needs to have.
You Lost Me (David Kinnaman) As adolescence extends through the 20s, Kinnaman explores why some students leave their faith (or aspects of it) behind. Kinnaman’s insights can help parents and ministries understand the students that no longer come to church, and the conversations they can have with these students.
Learning for the Love of God (Donald Opitz & Derek Melleby) Most Christian college students separate their academic life from church attendance, Bible study, and prayer. Too often discipleship of the mind is overlooked if not ignored altogether. In this lively and enlightening book, two authors who are experienced in college youth ministry show students how to be faithful in their studies, approaching education as their vocation.
Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective (Ted Turnau) As culture is literally the soup in which our students swim, teaching them to consume it well and see the gospel in it is paramount. No book does a better job of giving parents and youth workers the categories to teach their students a well-rounded view of culture.
Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church (Kara Powell) Providing a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.
Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views (Brian Cosby) Helpful book that gives an in depth look at 5 models of youth ministry through the eyes of practitioners of those models. After each author presents their view, the other four authors offer critique which helps the reader gain a fuller perspective of each view.
Gospel Centered Youth Ministry (Cameron Cole & Jon Neilson) This book covers many of the important issues of youth ministry through a Gospel centered lens.
A Youth Workers Field Guide to Parents (Danny Kwon) Helpful, straightforward, honest book written by a veteran youth worker full of good advice on working with parents in youth ministry.
Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World (James Emery White) A valuable book that will help you better understand those who were born between 1993 and 2012. Helpful for anyone who is called to work with that age demographic.
Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right (Doug Fields) A straightforward book that provides solid advice on how to establish a youth program. The principles of this book can be adapted for different cultural contexts.
Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture and Youth Culture 101 (Walt Mueller) In order to reach youth with the truth of the gospel, adults need to see what they see and hear what they hear. Navigate teens’ world views in order to share matters of faith.