Every Youth Worker Needs: a book genre reading list (or part 2)


(Youth ministry is not an easy ministry. And in this series, Every Youth Worker Needs:…, I want to highlight a variety of things that might make your ministry a little easier. This ongoing series will include ministry tips, book suggestions, technology helps, and many other nuggets of advice.)

Yesterday I said that every youth worker needed to read a variety of literature. Today, I am offering my list of suggested genres that every youth worker should consider reading. Included with each genre is a list of good books that I have read, in case you need something more specific, to help you get started.

1. Leadership
Visioneering by Andy Stanley
Fish by Lundin, Paul, Christensen
The Generosity Factor by Ken Blanchard and Truett Cathy
Choosing to Cheat by Andy Stanley
Mazimizing Your Effectiveness by Aubrey Malphurs
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
The Dip by Seth Godin

2. General Ministry
Church Staff Handbook by Harold Westing
One Size Doesn’t Fit All by Gary McIntosh
Multiple Staff and the Larger Church by Lyle Schaller
In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen

3. Youth Ministry
Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries (my review)
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields
Junior High Ministry by Wayne Rice
Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry by Doug Fields
Hurt by Chap Clark

4. Fiction/Classics
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy (looks at death & dying)
Blink by Ted Dekker
Bleachers by John Grisham
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden

5. Theology/Biblical Study
Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics by Walter Kaiser and Moises Silva
60-Second Guide to Denominations by Shelly Steig
Simply Christian by N.T. Wright (my review)
Called to Worship by Vernon Whaley (my review)
Hidden Worldviews by Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford

6. Christian Living
Unquenchable Worshipper by Matt Redman
Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
Messy Spirituality by Mike Yaconell
Soul Survivor by Mike Pilavachi
Restoring Margin to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson & Karen Lee-Thorp

7. Books that make you think
Addiction and Grace by Gerald May
flashBANG by Mark Steele
Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer (my review)
free refill by Mark Atteberry
Culture Making by Andy Crouch (my review)
Signature Sins by Michael Mangis

8. Humor
– since we all laugh at different things, I’m going to let you find your own books that cause you to chuckle. But you do need to make sure you include this into your reading rotation.

If you need any other ideas, you can find some while browsing through the book reviews from this blog.

(Every Youth Worker Needs: A Blog Series About Things You Need in Youth Ministry)

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One response to “Every Youth Worker Needs: a book genre reading list (or part 2)

  1. Excellent information about useful books which are very useful for particular education program.Thanks for that !

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