YM & Leadership Resources

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Suggested reads from each catagory highlighted in red

PHILOSOPHY OF YOUTH MINISTRY (OVERVIEW AND BIG PICTURE)

  • Borgman, Dean. When Kumbaya Is Not Enough: A Practical Theology for Youth Ministry. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishing, 1997.
  • Burns, Jim and Mark DeVries. Uncommon Youth Ministry: Your Onramp to Launching an Extraordinary Youth Ministry. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2001.
  • Clark, Chap and Powell, Kara E. Deep Ministry In a Shallow World. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Dean, Kenda Creasy; Clark, Chap; Rahn, Dave, eds. Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2001.
  • DeVries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
  • Drucker, Peter, et. al. The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization. San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2008.
  • Fields, Doug. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1998.
  • Folmsbee, Chris. A New Kind of Youth Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007.
  • Greer, Kevin. Life to Life Discipleship. Joplin, MO: Christ in Youth Publications, 2000.
  • Lawrence, Rick. Jesus Centered Youth Ministry. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2007.
  • Oestreicher, Mark. Youth Ministry 3.0. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2008.
  • Robbins, Duffy. Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts: Revised and Updated. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 2010.
  • Robbins, Duffy. This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the Adventure. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 2004.
  • Root, Andrew. Relationships Unfiltered: Help for Youth Workers, Volunteers and Parents on Creating Authentic Relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.
  • Stanley, Andy and Hall, Stuart. The Seven Checkpoints. West Monroe, LA: Howard Publishing, 2001.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

  • Alley, Steve. Growing a Healthy Children’s Ministry. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2002.
  • Houser, Tina. Building Children’s Ministry: A Practical Guide. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2008.
  • Jutila, Craig, ed. Children’s Ministry That Works! Rev ed. Loveland: Group, 2009.

COUNSELING, CULTURE, AND ADOLESCENT ISSUES

  • Chapman, Gary. The Five Love Languages of Teenagers. Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 2000.
  • Clark, Chap. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers. Grand Rapids: Baker Academics, 2011.
  • Collins, Gary. Christian Counseling, Revised and Updated Third Edition, Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006.
  • Gerali, Steve. Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Kollar, Charles A. Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1997.
  • Mueller, Walt. Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture: Bridging Teen Worldviews and Christian Truth. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006.
  • Mueller, Walt. Youth Culture 101. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007.
  • Olsen, Ginny. Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Parrott III, Dr. Les. Helping the Struggling Adolescent. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 2000.
  • Penner, Marv. Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 2008.
  • Smith Tim. The Seven Cries of Today’s Teens. Nashville: Integrity Publishing, 2003.
  • Townsend, Dr. John. Boundaries with Teens: When to Say Yes, How to Say No. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Van Pelt, Rich and Hancock, Jim. The Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007.
  • Weaver, Andrew J.; Preston, John D.; and Jerome, Leigh W. Counseling Troubled Teens and Their Families. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1999.

CREATIVELY COMMUNICATING AND PROGRAMMING WITH STUDENTS

  • Aitkins, Jim. Tough Topics: 600 Questions That Will Take Your Students Beneath the Surface. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2003.
  • Christie, Les John. Awaken Your Creativity: Hearing Yes In The Midst Of A Multitude Of No’s. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009. 
  • Christie, Les. What if? Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
  • deBono, Edward. Six Thinking Hats. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1999.
  • Duarte, Nancy. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, 2010.
  • Fields, Doug. Would You Rather? El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 1996.
  • Fields, Doug. More Would You Rather? El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2004.
  • Fields, Doug and Robbins, Duffy. Speaking to Teenagers. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 2007.
  • Heath, Chip & Dan. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. New York: Random House, 2007.
  • Hendricks, Howard G. Coloring Outside of the Lines. Nashville: Word Publishing, 1998
  • Hendricks, Howard. Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2003.
  • Lambert, Dan. Teaching That Makes A Difference: How To Teach For Holistic Impact. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2004.
  • Lawrence, Rick, ed. Youth Ministry in the 21st Century. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2006.
  • LeFever, Marlene D.. Learning Styles: Reaching Everyone God Gave You To Teach. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 1995.
  • LeFever, Marlene D.. Creative Teaching Methods. Rev. printing. ed. Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Ministry Resources, 1996.
  • Losey, Jeff. Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2004
  • Mayo, Jeanne. Thriving Youth Groups. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2005.
  • McKee, Jonathan R. The Top 12 Resources Youth Workers Want. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2002.
  • Murphy, Troy. Programming with Purpose. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.
  • Polich, Laurie. Small Group Q’s. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2002.
  • Reynolds, Garr. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery. Berkley, CA: New Riders Press, 2008.
  • Richards, Larry. Creative Bible Teaching. Chicago: Moody Press, 1973.
  • Rydberg, Denny. Building Community in Youth Groups. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 1985.
  • Rydberg, Denny. Youth Group Trust Builders. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 1993.
  • Schultz, Thom, and Joani Schultz. Why Nobody Learns Much Of Anything At Church: And How To Fix It. Loveland, CO: Group Pub., 1993.
  • Schultz, Thom, and Joani Schultz. The Dirt On Learning. Loveland, CO: Group Pub., 1999.
  • Shafer, Barry. Unleashing God’s Word In Youth Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.
  • Sheely, Steve. Ice-Breakers and Heart Warmers. Littleton, CO: Serendipity, 1994.
  • Vance, Mike and Diane Deacon. Thinking out of the Box. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press, 1997.
  • Warren, Chris. Tough Questions. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.
  • White, Jeff. Holy Wow. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2004.
  • Wilkinson, Bruce. The Seven Laws Of The Learner. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 1992.
  • Willingham, Daniel T.. Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How The Mind Works And What It Means For The Classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
  • Yaconelli, Mike and Koenigsaecker, Scott. Get ‘Em Talking. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1989.
  • Youth Specialties. The Ideas Library (Eleven different titles). El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 1997.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY

  • Oestreicher, Mark and Scott Rubin. Middle School Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Early Adolescents. Grand Rapids: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2009.
  • Rice, Wayne. Jr. High Ministry: A Guidebook to Early Adolescence for Youth Workers. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1998.
  • Snow, Patrick. Leading Preteens. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2007.

MINISTER’S TAX BOOKS & FINANCES

  • Busby, Dan. Zondervan 20XX Minister’s Tax and Financial Guide: For 20XX Tax Returns (Zondervan Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 20XX. (current version)
  • Ramsey, Dave. The Total Money Makeover Workbook. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003.
  • Worth, Beverly J. Worth’s Income Tax Guide for Ministers. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Publishing House, 20xx. (current version)

PARENTS AND FAMILY MINISTRY

  • Barna, George. Revolutionary Parenting: What Research Shows Really Works. Wheaton IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2007.
  • Burns, Jim and Devries, Mark. Parenting With Parents in Youth Ministry. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2003.
  • Joiner, Reggie. Think Orange: Imagine the Impact When Church and Family Collide. Elgin, IL: David C. Cook, 2009.
  • DeVries, Mark. Family Based Youth Ministry. Rev. ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.

SELF-LEADERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Allen, David. Getting Things Done. New York: Penguin Books, 2001.
  • Borthwick, Paul. Feeding Your Forgotten Soul. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990.
  • Buckingham, Marcus and Donald O. Clifton. Now, Discover Your Strengths. New York: The Free Press, 2001.
  • Collins, Jim. Good to Great. New York: Harper Business, 2001.
  • Covey, Stephen R. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2004.
  • Fields, Doug. What Matters Most. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Fields, Doug. Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2002.
  • Godin, Seth. The Dip: A Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick). New York: Penguin Books, 2007.
  • Goleman, Daniel. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence. Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2002.
  • Heifetz, Ronald A. and Marty Linsky. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading. Boston: Harvard Business Review Press, 2002.
  • Hybels, Bill. Courageous Leadership. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 2002.
  • Lencioni, Patrick. Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2006.
  • McIntosh, Gary L. and Samuel D. Rima. Overcoming The Dark Side of Leadership. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2007.
  • Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2006.
  • Smith, Tim. Nurturing the Soul of the Youth Worker. Loveland CO: Group Publishing, 1999.
  • Stanley, Andy. Next Generation Leader. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2003.
  • Stanley, Andy. Visioneering. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishing, 1999.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION OF YOUTH

  • Barna, George. Growing True Disciples. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press, 2001.
  • Budziszewski, J. Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students.
  • Boshers, Bo, and Judson Poling. The Be With Factor. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006.
  • Budziszewski, J. How to Stay Christian in College: An Interactive Guide to Keeping the Faith. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2004.
  • Dean, Kendra Creasy. Almost Christian: What The Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling The  American Church. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Dean, Kendra Creasy and Foster, Ron. God bearing Life: The Art of Soul-tending for Youth Ministry. Nashville, TN: Upper Room, 1998.
  • Downs, Perry G. Teaching for Spiritual Growth: An Introduction to Christian Education. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.
  • Dunn, Richard R. Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001.
  • Dunn, Sean. Bored with God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.
  • Elkind, David. All Grown Up and No Place to Go. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1984.
  • Everts, Don and Doug Schaup. I Once Was Lost. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
  • Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline. Rev. ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1998.
  • Gorman, Julie A. A Training Manuel for Small Group Leaders. Victor Books, 1991.
  • Greer, Kevin. Life to Life Discipleship. Joplin, MO: Christ in Youth Publications, 2000.
  • Higgs, Mike. Youth Ministry From the Inside Out: How Who You Are Shapes What You Do. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Jones, Jefrey D. & Potts, Kenneth C. Youth Ministry: Making and Shaping Disciples. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1986.
  • Jones, Stephen D. Faith Shaping: Nurturing the Faith Journey of Youth. Valley Forge, PA, Judson Press, 1980.
  • Jones, Tony. Soul Shaper. El Cajon CA: Youth Specialties, 2003.
  • Kinnaman, David. You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving the Church and Rethinking Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011.
  • Lawrenz, Mel. The Dynamics of Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000.
  • Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1952.
  • Marcum, Walt. Sharing Groups in Youth Ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1991.
  • McDowell, Josh and Hostetler, Bob. Beyond Belief to Convictions.
  • McNeal, Reggie. A Work of Heart. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2000.
  • Nye, Abby. Fish Out of Water: Surviving and Thriving as a Christian on a Secular Campus. Green Forrest, AR: New Leaf Press, 2005.
  • Ogden, Greg. Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.
  • Opite, Donald and Derek Melleby. Learning for the Love of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2014.
  • Ortberg, John. Soul Keeper. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. 
  • Ortberg, John. The Me I Want to Be. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009. 
  • Ortberg, John. The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002. 
  • Ortberg, John. Who is This Man? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012. 
  • Ortberg, John.  Know Doubt: The Importance of Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009. 
  • Pagitt, Doug. Reimagining Spiritual Formation: A Week in the Life of an Experimental Church. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003.
  • Polich, Laurie. Help, I’m a Small Group Leader. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 1998.
  • Polich, Laurie and Charley Scandlyn. Small Group Strategies: Ideas and Activities for Developing Spiritual Growth in Your Students. El Cajon, CA: Youth Specialties, 2005.
  • Ratliff, Mike. Sacred Bridges: Making Lasting Connections Between Older Youth and the Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002.
  • Roadcup, David, ed. Ministering to Youth. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 1980 (don’t laugh chapter’s 3 and 4 are simple and awesome!)
  • Robbins, Duffy. Ministry of Nurture. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1990.
  • Simpson, Amy, ed. Intensive Caring: Practical Ways to Mentor Youth. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 1998.
  • Smith, Christian and Denton, Melinda Lundquist. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of America Teenagers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Stanley, Andy and Hall, Stuart. Max Q. West Monroe, LA: Howard Publishing, 2004.
  • Swindoll, Charles, Improving Your Serve. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 1981.
  • Taylor, Bayard. Blah, Blah, Blah: Making Sense of the World’s Spiritual Chatter. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2006.
  • Taylor, Daniel. The Myth of Certainty. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.
  • Wilkins, Michael, In His Image. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1997.
  • Willard, Dallas. Renovation of the Heart. Colorado Springs, CO, NavPress, 2002.
  • Youngman, Jennifer, ed. Soul Tending: Life Forming Practices for Older Youth and Young Adults. Nashville: Abington Press, 2002.
  • Yaconelli, Mark. Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

TEAM DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Cladis, George. Leading the Team-Based Church. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999.
  • Crabtree, Jack. Better Safe than Sued. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2008.
  • Chow, David. No More Lone Rangers: How to Build a Team-Centered Youth Ministry. Loveland, CO, Group Publishing, 2003.
  • Maxwell, John. Becoming a Person of Influence. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997.
  • Maxwell, John. Developing the Leaders Around You. Nashville: Nelson Publishing, 1995.
  • Lencioni, Patrick. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
  • Leconi, Patrick. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. New York: Jossey-Bass, 2002.
  • McKee, Jonathan and Thomas W. McKee. The New Breed: Understanding & Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer. Loveland CO: Group Publishing, 2008.

URBAN YOUTH MINISTRY

  • Dennison, Jack. City Reaching: On The Road To Community Transformation. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library, 1999.
  • Gordon, Wayne L. Real Hope In Chicago. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995.
  • Kotlowitz, Alex. There Are No Children Here. New York: Doubleday, 1991.
  • Larson, Scott. At Risk: Bringing Hope To Hurting Teenagers. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 1999.
  • Phillips, Keith. Out of the Ashes. Los Angeles: World Impact Press, 1996
  • Sinsabaugh, Ginger. Help! I’m an Urban Youth Worker. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 2001.

WORSHIP RESOURCES

  • Dennis, John Randall. Living Worship. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2004.
  • Peterson, David. Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992.
  • Webber, Robert E. Ancient Future Worship. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008.

SMALL CHURCH YOUTH MINISTRY

  • Balcomb, Marcey. Single Digit Youth Groups: Working With Fewer Than 10 Teens. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2004.
  • Chromey, Rick. Energizing Children’s Ministry in the Smaller Church. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 2007.
  • Chromey, Rick and Stephanie Caro. Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Secrets for Cultivating a Dynamic Youth Ministry. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2010.
  • Grassel, Rich. Help! I’m A Small Church Youth Worker. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002.
  • McMullen, Shawn. Unleashing the Potential of the Smaller Church. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 2006.

ONLINE RESOURCES