Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide (Edited by Cameron Cole and Jon Nielson). With individual chapters written by a unique mixture of youth ministry practitioners, Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry is a helpful primer for a variety of student ministry-related topics. These include topics such as the role of musical worship in student ministry, advice on partnering with parents for the work of youth ministry, the best practices for student ministry service projects and mission trips, and much more. Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry is immensely practical and common-sense as well as theologically rich.
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.
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding podcast addresses cultural issues in a Christian context. Podcasts address almost every issue that youth face today. A wealth of information and Christian thinking on contemporary culture.
While this podcast is not focused specifically on teen culture, it does examine contemporary culture at large, and is a great source for solid Biblical thinking about how to address the issues of our day.
As a former Sr. Pastor, what are three pieces of advice you would give to youth workers?
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.
Youth Pastor Theologian This excellent resource, by Rooted friend Mike McGarry (one of the co-hosts of our Thanos to Theos podcast) is a treasure trove of theological guidance and practical advice for youth ministers. You’ll find everything from book reviews to guidance on teaching specific texts, all borne out of Mike’s fourteen-plus years in vocational youth ministry. He’s a “lifer” in the work, and the church is all the better for it.