Articles on Rooted

We Must Never Forget Moralistic Therapeutic Deism by Cameron Cole

What Gospel- Centered Youth Ministry Means (and what it doesn’t) part one by Mike McGarry

What Gospel- Centered Youth Ministry Means (and what it doesn’t) part two by Mike McGarry

In Case You Missed It: Cameron Cole’s Gospel Benefits Chart

Is Yours a “Come and Dodgeball” or “Come and Die” Ministry? By Jonathan Barney

The Only Foundation for Youth Ministry by Josh Cousineau


As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students by Alvin Reid. Reid focuses on developing student ministry that recognizes “you cannot separate gospel and mission.”

The Gospel As Center: Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices  edited by D.A.Carson and Tim Keller. In response to our self-focused culture, several pastors united to re-establish the centrality Scripture and the gospel in their churches. This volume details how ministry is impacted when Jesus is the most important person at church.

Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith. This eagerly-awaited volume not only provides an unprecedented understanding of adolescent religion and spirituality but, because teenagers serve as bellwethers for possible future trends, it affords an important and distinctive window through which to observe and assess the current state and future direction of American religion as a whole.

What Is the Gospel? Greg Gilbert. Gilbert focuses first one what God has done through Christ, and then examines man’s response to this good news. All the church-y things we do mean nothing if the gospel is not at the heart of our ministry.

God is the Gospel: Meditations On God’s Love as the Gift of Himself  John Piper. As good as God’s blessings are, none are is good as God Himself.

Sticky Faith: Everyday ideas to Build Lasting Faith Into Your Kids by Kara Powell and Chap Clark. Written by authors known for the integrity of their research and the intensity of their passion for young people, Sticky Faith is geared to spark a movement that empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages.

A Biblical Theology of Youth Ministry by Michael McGarry. See our review here. This contemplative and well-researched book provides a careful critique of youth ministry along with practical guidance for those serving in ministry, all while directing the reader toward a new era of youth ministry where parents and intergenerational ministry play a more significant role.

Alongside: Loving Students with the Gospel by Drew Hill. See our review here. Through Scripture and captivating personal stories from years of experience working in youth ministry, Hill pulls back the curtain and invites readers to step into the unfiltered world of teenagers.

Lead by Paul David Tripp. A follow-up to Tripp’s book Dangerous Calling, which explores the trials and temptations pastors frequently face, Lead addresses the church leadership that supports pastors. With this in mind, Tripp outlines twelve principles for a leadership community that is driven solely by the gospel.

Unquestioned Answers: Rethinking Ten Christian Cliches to Rediscover Biblical Truths by Jeff Myers. After spending a year in a Christian school that operated on rules and performance with no hint at God’s abundant grace, Myers came to a crisis of faith.

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