A Short Book Review: Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry

Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry (PDYM) is one of those foundational books that I would encourage any serious youth worker to read. Written by Doug Fields, an experienced youth worker and ministry builder, it covers the gamut of youth ministry topics in a coherent, systematic way. ###Overview I was first introduced to PDYM when I was a […]

Three Thoughts about Reading from a Rookie Youth Pastor

As a young, inexperienced youth worker, I don’t benefit from the wisdom of years of fruitful experience. Thankfully many of those who have gone before have written books to help those of us who are young, impetuous, and foolish. This is why I read. The challenge is that there is a wealth of wisdom to […]

A Short Book Review: Christ Formed in You

During my flight to the Desiring God 2011 National Conference, I finally finished reading Christ Formed in You: The Power of the Gospel for Personal Change by Brian G. Hedges. Though it took me a while to get through it (mostly because I kept getting distracted by other books), it was well worth the effort […]

A Short Book Review: One-to-One Bible Reading

A few months ago, I was given a stack of exciting books, most of which I’ve not touched in …well a few months. One of my friends had gone to the Gospel Coalition conference and tried to appease my jealous anger by giving me books. I suppose it worked. One such book that he gave […]

Three Thoughts from a Rookie Youth Pastor

These are three thoughts about all the reading I’m trying to get through as a rookie youth pastor. Reading is important. Reading is the primary way that I’m learning about the organizational “mechanics” of youth ministry as well as theology. Reading has been one of the primary catalysts for growth and change both personally as […]