Teen Culture

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Utilizing Youth Culture: Part One by Mark Howard

Utilizing Youth Culture: Part Two by Mark Howard

This is America: Student Ministry in a Time of Childish Gambino and School Shootings by Kendal Conner

The Cure for Teenage “Affluenza” by Kris Fernhout

Overcoming Legalism in Youth Culture by Jon Lilley

Youth Group Culture: Bigger Than Ourselves by Shaun McDonald

Five Ways to be R.E.A.D.Y. for a Gospel Life in a Performance-Driven Culture by Rachel Cain


Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age by David Platt. “David Platt shows Christians how to actively take a stand on such issues as poverty, sex trafficking, marriage, abortion, racism, and religious liberty―and challenges us to become passionate, unwavering voices for Christ.”

Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller. Originally titled “Understanding Today’s Youth Culture,” this book looks at contemporary youth culture with all of its complex and challenging issues, but addresses these issues through a Christian lens. A valuable resource from a wise and experienced youth pastor and parent.

A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World by John Stonestreet and Brett Kunkle. Addresses specific cultural issues from a biblical perspective; this edition contains a four-chapter resource on sexuality.

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) by Chap Clark. This is a great book sharing Clark’s insights from spending time in a local high school.

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies for Helping Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell and Jake Mulder- Fuller Youth Institute’s research on churches that effectively engage their youth.

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. An honest look at the social media lives of teenagers, especially girls.

Teenage Guys: Exploring Issues Adolescent Guys Face and Strategies to Help Them by Steve Gerali. A great introduction to teenage guys development and struggles.

The Pop Culture Parent: Helping Kids Engage Their World for Christ by Ted Turnau, Stephen Burnett, and Jared Moore. The gospel remains front and center on every page, and there is no compromise of what Scripture teaches.


CPYU Their tagline says it all: ‘Helping parents, youth workers, educators, pastors and others understand and reach today’s youth culture.” The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding helps all leaders of teens respond to the culture of today’s teenages in a Christian context.

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