Occasionally I get the chance to recommend a student ministry book to someone seeking what he or she should be reading next. I had the privilege of serving 3 years as a student minister, so I figured I’d share some of the best books I’ve read, and hear what others think as well.
You’d be hard pressed to find a youth minister who hasn’t read anything by Fields, he’s one of the top student ministry gurus. In my opinion, this is his best book for the new youth minister; it’ll save you tons of frustrations.
Though not specifically listed as a youth ministry book, this book is a must read for anyone working with students right now. Students today have been raised in a predominantly fatherless culture. As student ministers it’s worth hearing what Sowers has to say about reaching these students
Connecting with and reaching students is the number one job of a youth pastor. Reaching out to them and just being there for their students. In Mueller’s book, he paints a picture of what that looks like in today’s culture. Why that’s so powerful. An encouraging read to get back your passion for student ministry.
If your ministry revolves more around the fluff than the stuff, you should probably pick up this book. Mark does a great job of describing the kind of youth ministry many do, and the kind of youth ministry we really need. Excellent insights throughout it.
Tim Elmore believes this coming generation is in trouble. Those born after 1990 are in a new unique class of their own, and Elmore tries to help pastors, teachers, and parents understand how to help these students grow and mature. His book is excellently researched, and Elmore’s ideas have been taught to college coaches and teachers around the country.
Due to the massive number of comments and messages I got, I decided to add this book. Enough people have mentioned it, I would be crazy to not include it on the list. So based on the advice of a growing number of voices, check it out.