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Essential in Youth Ministry: Small Groups by Rebecca Heck

Got Small Groups? by Taylor Mendoza

Youth Ministry Without Formal Training by David Brashler

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Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. Good basic hermeneutics; written for women but applies to anyone.

Gospel-Centered Life in Exodus by Kristen Hatton. See our review here. With each easy-to-use, self-contained lesson plans that require no outside work and can be completed in just one hour, teens and young adults will find and meet Jesus in unexpected places and see the pattern of redemption present even in the Old Testament.

Mark: How Jesus Changes Everything, Study Guide with Leader’s Notes by John Perritt. With this twelve-week accessible study for young adults, John Perritt points readers toward a better love and appreciation for their compassionate savior and suffering servant.

Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints, Study Guide with Leader’s Notes by Iain Duguid. Iain Duguid examines the heart of God to redeem all of the ways we run from him. By digging in to the entire book of Jonah, Duguid urges readers to see how salvation is truly of the Lord, and how we are all called to repent.

God’s Word For You Series, series by the Good Book Company. “God’s Word For You is a series of expository guides which walk you through books of the Bible verse-by-verse. These flexible resources can be used for reading, for feeding and for leading: read them simply as a book; use them to feed on God’s word as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or use them as you prepare to lead small-group Bible studies or teach in your church.”

She Reads Truth/He Reads Truth Bible. See our review here. Offers unique Bible for men and women that includes robust, well-crafted theological extras to draw the reader back to Scripture, increase biblical literacy, and foster a growing affection for God and His Word.

Small Group Leader’s Quick Guide to (Almost) Everything by Syler Thomas and Steven Tighe. This engaging, highly practical guide will be useful for youth ministers trying to lead their own small groups as well as train small group leaders. Check out our review here, and our podcast with author Syler Thomas here.

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