The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Examining the Sermon on the Mount, Bonhoeffer illuminates the distinction between “costly grace” and “cheap grace.”
Gospel- Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson and Matt Chandler. Dodson examines how discipleship is grounded in identity rather than performance.
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call To Live. by David Platt. Platt highlights the dangers of cultural Christianity and demonstrates how to move towards the Gospel.
Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciplesby Jim Putnam. Though not specifically related to student ministry, Real-Life Discipleship provides an enormous wealth of knowledge regarding the theology and practice of disciple-making, both at the personal and the organizational levels. It will also prove to be a helpful resource for training ministry co-leaders to be fruitful in the work of discipling students.
As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students by Alvin L. Reid. Reid provides a re-orientation of the scorecard of success in ministry: away from large numbers and dynamic events (though those things aren’t condemned) and towards the making of disciples who are consumed by the Great Commission.
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt. Some say Platt is too “radical” in his approach, but others believe he reveals hidden idols of American Christianity that push our paradigm of discipleship.
One-to-One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian by David Helm. A short and very practical guide that demonstrates how one-on-one discipleship can happen when two people read the Bible together. One-on-one Bible reading is helpful for conversion, sanctification, training, and building relationships.
Bible Study: A Student’s Guide by Jon Nielson. This resource was written specifically for teens who are eager to learn how to study the Bible. First and foremost, Nielson shifts the focus of Bible study from self to God, so that students begin to see Him revealed through His Word.
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith. Smith asserts that “what do you want?” is the essential question any would-be disciple needs to answer.
A more extended, scholarly treatment of the same premise is Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation.
Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch. 2009 Christianity Today Book of the Year. Crouch argues that culture-making is central to the ministry of Christians in the world today.
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen. An extremely valuable account of what Nouwen learned from serving the mentally handicapped at L’Arche.
These are Bible- reading apps that help prompt daily reading from books across the Bible. Includes devotional tools and Bible reading plans along thematic lines.
Articles on Rooted
New to Youth Ministry: Discipleship First As a Disciple by Liz Edrington
New to Youth Ministry: Patience with Teenagers by Josh Hussung
Discipleship Isn’t What I Thought It Would Be by Jonathan Mansur
Is Yours a “Come and Dodge Ball” or “Come and Die” Ministry? By Jonathan Barney