This week’s Final Four Friday focuses on what I would consider very foundational books in Youth Ministry. If you are a Youth Leader, each of these books should be on your shelf.
4) Outbreak - an oldy but a goody by Greg Stier. This book will inspire you to have a heart for evangelism and give you the drive and desire to implement it in your Youth Ministry. If you are convinced that evangelism is missing in your Youth Ministry you should check this book out!
3) Jesus Centered Youth Ministry – a relatively newer Youth Ministry book written by Rick Lawrence of GROUP magazine. Rick loves Youth Leaders and their ministries and this book will provide you with focus for your Youth Ministry as you look to make Jesus the center piece of everything you do!
2) Purpose Drive Youth Ministry - as if Doug Fields’ book wouldn’t make everyone’s Youth Ministry book list. It really was foundational for me in Youth Ministry and provided direction as I forged ahead as a young Youth Leader. While I would do things a little differently the next time around in Youth Ministry this book would still be a resource to help me determine if I was leading a well rounded ministry.
1) Ministry Mutiny - in all seriousness, every time I read this book I feel the emotional tug to be back in the trenches as a Youth Leader. Greg Stier does an amazing job grabbing the hearts and imaginations of Youth Leaders through this story of a Youth Leader on the brink of quitting because his Youth Ministry has become the machine he swore it would never become. You will find yourself walking through his journey and mentoring that gave him a new and biblical vision for what Youth Ministry is supposed to look like.
It’s late and I’m tired but if I don’t post this now I will forget some of the cool things that happened today at SYMC 2010 in Chicago. My hope (not my promise) is to blog once a day about the experiences and happenings of this weekend.
Our first day was eventful and met every expectation. I’m actually having a total blast representing Dare 2 Share and hosting some trainings this weekend. Today was a 90 minute Q&A about Deep & Wide Youth Ministry. My good friend Tim Schmoyer joined me as we shared this vision of Youth Ministry with about 20 other youth leaders. We had great discussion and I look forward to following up with everyone post-conference to discuss what Deep & Wide Youth Ministry will look like in their unique ministry settings. As a side, one of the youth leaders who attended the Q&A is a 2005 graduate of my alma mater, Gardner-Webb University.
Debb, my boss, and I met up and had dinner with Derwin Gray who I have the privelege of co-leading our training sessions this weekend. He is also going to rock the general session tomorrow night. I love hearing him speak and I’m blessed to serve alongside him this weekend.
Tonight, Duffy Robbins knocked it out of the park as he preached on Philippians 2:1-11, one of my favorite New Testament passages. Worship was sweet and Doug and the Skit Guys were hilarious as always. They do a great job of making everyone feel welcomed and loved on!
Finally, we got our Outreach & Evangelism affinity group off of the ground tonight by sharing our vision for THE Cause with youth leaders who are passionate about evangelism. I also threw down a challenge that I plan on being a part of as well. The Nation of Islams national conference is here this weekend in the same hotel and convention center so the challenge is to have a spiritual conversation with one of them with the intent of sharing the Gospel. I will definitely let you know how that one plays out.
Excited to see what else God has in store for us this weekend…