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All In: Finding True Life on the Path to Total Surrender

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Continuing Education for Youth Pastors and Sunday School teachers


As a youth leader, volunteer youth leader, or youth pastor, continuing education is a must.
Your personal spiritual growth should never stop.
I recommend you always have a book read in progress.
Here are my book recommendations for Christian youth leaders.

049538: Encountering the Old Testament, Third Edition: A Christian Survey Encountering the Old Testament, Third Edition: A Christian Survey
By Bill T. Arnold & Bryan E. Beyer / Baker Academic

This widely-used survey of the Old Testament is a must-have for students of the Bible. Updated with a new interior design, Encountering the Old Testament covers a wide array of topics in an innovative style enhanced by photographs, maps, illustrations, sidebars, learning objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, and further reading recommendations. Includes free online access to supplemental resources.
518082: How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour
By Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart / Zondervan

For each book of the Bible, the authors start with a quick snapshot, then expand the view to help you better understand its key elements and how it fits into the grand narrative of the Bible. Written by two top evangelical scholars, this book will help you read the Bible knowledgeably and understand it accurately.

These two books, How To Read The Bible for All It's Worth, and How To Read The Bible Book By Book both by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, are used as text books by Colorado Christian University, and highly recommended in the book Encountering the Old Testament. They are not huge boring books. You'll find them fascinating. They will transform your ability to teach with authority overnight.
517825: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition / Special edition How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition / Special edition
By Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart / Zondervan

Enjoy God's Word to the fullest! This classic reader-friendly manual explains the different kinds of biblical literature---such as prophecy, Gospels, poetry, and history---so you can get the most from them. The revised fourth edition includes updated language for today's generation of readers, a new preface, bracketed Scripture references, and redesigned diagrams. 304 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
OK, just one more study book recommendation, again another Colorado Christian University textbook:
039645: Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, Third Edition Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, Third Edition
By Walter A. Elwell & Robert W. Yarbrough / Baker Academic

Studying the New Testament can be an exciting--and yet--intimidating experience. Encountering the New Testament is a dynamic survey designed to engage the reader's mind and immerse them fully in the New Testament--thereby making study of the New Testament maximally exciting-and yet-highly informative. Now in its Third Edition, Walter Elwell and Robert Yarbrough's exemplary and award-winning text draws on the knowledge and pedagogical wisdom of two experienced classroom teachers. It offers students a well-rounded comprehensive survey of the New Testament: and to professors a reliable text with cross-denominational appeal and fully up-to-date scholarship and an entirely new interior design.

Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” (NIV)

Have you ever felt like you want to love Jesus more? Read Dr. Larry Crabb's book, Inside Out. It will really change the way you view sin and forgiveness. You will grow in your depth of gratitude towards Jesus.

463010: 99 Thoughts for Youth Workers: Random Insightful Tips for Anyone in Youth Ministry  
A resource packed with practical advice and useable ideas on every page that will help make your work simpler and your ministry more successful. 
913121: Inside Out, 25th Anniversary Edition Inside Out, 25th Anniversary Edition
By Dr. Larry Crabb / NavPress

You don't have to pretend you have it all together---when you don't! Dr. Crabb's bestseller encourages you to take an honest look at your innermost struggles and bring them before God. Only then can you be set free from them, and experience a truly fulfilling Christian life. This anniversary edition includes a new preface and final chapter. Includes a 12 week study guide at the back of the book.
525332: The Christian Leader: Rehabilitating Our Addiction to Secular Leadership The Christian Leader: Rehabilitating Our Addiction to Secular Leadership
By Bill Hull / Zondervan

From the author of the bestselling book The Disciple-Making Pastor comes a call to Christian leaders to let go of their addiction to secular models of leadership rooted in pragmatic success.

Most leadership literature talks about having the right kind of leadership personality. You know the type: big-picture visionaries who serve others and get the best out of people. But the popular pattern of doing what works and getting rewarded for it is actually the enemy of Christian leadership. It thrives on making our work impersonal and exploitive. Far too often, it serves the leader rather than those the leader leads. Sadly, this pattern dominates Christian leadership in the West.

We need a different style of leadership - one patterned after Jesus. Jesus influenced others because of who he was, not because he was well-known or a person of power or because he had mastered a set of skills or implemented an effective leadership strategy. He could have completed his mission living in your house, driving your car, married to your spouse, working at your office, and raising your kids because leadership comes down to character. Many who aspire to leadership are looking for the right circumstances so they can lead. Many in positions of leadership find it difficult to lead because of obstacles, such as a lack of funds, authority, and or confusion about methods. Jesus faced all of these, and more, yet he accomplished his mission.

This is not a book about improving Christian organizations; it is about changing how Christians lead. It is for anyone with a megaphone, a platform to speak, who wants to lead others in being a witness for truth. It is for people with a pulpit, whether that pulpit be a business or a position of influence in a domain of the culture: entertainment, sports, politics, industry, the arts, academia, or religion. If you are someone to whom others listen - this book is for you.

Each chapter begins with a title and statement about Jesus' life. Jesus was a different kind of teacher. The Pharisees focused on doing the right thing. Jesus emphasized becoming the kind of person who wants to do the right thing. Others taught the importance of doing good; Jesus taught how to be good. He didn't teach behavior modification alone; he taught how to change the sources of behavior. Knowing how to lead others begins by seeing Jesus as your leader.
694854: Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth  
Purpose Driven Youth Ministry
40450: First Two Years of Youth Ministry First Two Years of Youth Ministry
By Doug Fields / Youth Specialties

In this sequel to his bestseller Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry, Fields offers 10 valuable steps to beginning a successful program. You'll learn the importance of going before God, focusing on relationships, communicating your desires, identifying your personal values, developing and teaching your purpose, pursuing leaders, evaluating and creating programs, and more. Ideal for veterans or first-timers. 208 pages, soft cover from Zondervan.
 

69333: The Divine Conspiracy  
   

The Diving Conspiracy -Dallas Willard calls us into a more authentic faith and offers a practical plan by which we can become Christ-like. He encourages faith by embracing the true meaning of Christian discipleship.

Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, by Alex & Brett Harris.

This is a book by two remarkable teenagers who debunk the idea held by many adults, and believed by teens, that the years of a person life age 13 to 19 are the least productive. I actually heard a 7th grade teacher (who is now a youth P\pastor!) say this. How can we possible expect our youth to excel if we believe this of them.

Hear Alex and Brett explain their opposing thoughts with this video link: Click here.

Come back to use the link below to buy the book.

421128: Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations
By Alex & Brett Harris / Multnomah

Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life and map a clear trajectory for long-term fulfillment and eternal impact. Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes and stories of teens in action.

Here are our Christian book suggestion for continued spiritual growth:

Good Morning Lord! Please Help Me Listen: Morning Devotionals
How To Read The Bible
Am I Getting Through? Perspectives in Prayer
Bible Studies That Have Changed My Life
Where Do I Go From Here? Asking Directions
Who is This Jesus, Anyway?
Love On The Rocks? When Life Throws A Curve
Light At The End Of The Tunnel -Heaven.
Digging Deeper -Bible Biographies; Commentaries; Apologetics & Reference
Celebrate and Live!
Addiction Recovery

Managing God's Money

God Wins -examines issues and questions raised by the book LOVE WINS

277255: Congratulations . . . You"re Gifted! Discovering Your God-Given Shape to Make a Difference in the World  
Inside the pages of this book, you’ll discover the place where your God-given passions and strengths intersect, and you’ll find the way you’re designed to serve.

 

 

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459503: Shattered Dreams: God"s Unexpected Path to Joy Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Path to Joy
By Larry Crabb / WaterBrook Press

If God loves us, why is life so painful? Exploring the biblical account of Naomi, Crabb explains how God longs to awaken his children to the dream beneath the rubble of tragedy---changing lives for good and forever. Ideal for small groups, this edition includes a workbook to help you dig deeper.
273356: The Complete New Testament Resource for Youth Workers,  Volume 1 The Complete New Testament Resource for Youth Workers, Volume 1
By Youth Specialties

Teaching teens about the New Testament can be a daunting task. Here's help! Experienced youth ministers provide more than 100 easy-to-implement lessons featuring topic overviews, games, message outlines, study questions, and ideas for media presentations or real-life experiences. A searchable CD-ROM helps you find exactly what you need to help your kids explore life-changing Scriptures. 432 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
 
As a youth leader, volunteer youth leader, or youth pastor, continuing education is a must. Your personal spiritual growth should never stop. I recommend you always have a book read in progress.
This page contains my book recommendations for Christian youth leaders. Some of the books suggested are used as text books by Colorado Christian University, and highly recommended in the book Encountering the Old Testament.
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