A Youth Ministry Bibliography
Compiled by Randy Kuss (rkuss@yahoo.com)
September 2006

Youth Culture, Needs, & Issues

Benson, Peter L. All Kids Are Our Kids. Search Institute, 1997.

Dean, Kenda Creasey. Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church. William B Eerdmans Publishing, 2004.

Dean, Kenda Creasey and Ron Foster. The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry. Upper Room Books, 1998.

Jones, Tony. Postmodern Youth Ministry. Zondervan, 2001.

Lytch, Carol E. Choosing Church: What Makes a Difference for Teens. Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Parker, Evelyn L. Trouble Don’t Last Always. Pilgrim Press, 2003.

Roehlkepartain, Eugene C. Building Assets in Congregations: A Practical Guide for Helping Youth Grow Up Healthy. Search Institute, 1998.

Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry. Dean, Kenda Creasey, Chap Clark, Dave Rahn. Zondervan, 2001.

Turpin, Katherine. Branded: Adolescents Converting from Consumer Faith. Pilgrim Press, 2006.

Warren, Michael. Youth, Gospel, Liberation - 3rd Revised Edition. Veritas Publications, 1998.

Wolpert, Daniel. Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices. Upper Room Books, 2003.

Yaconelli, Mark. Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practiving the Presence of Jesus. Youth Specialties, 2006.

General Youth Work Resources

An Asset Builder’s Guide to Youth Leadership. Search Institute, 1999.

Burns, Jim & Mike DeVries. Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry. Gospel Light, 2003.

DeVries, Mark. Family-Based Youth Ministry. InterVarsity Press, 2004.

Holderness, Ginny Ward. Career and Calling. Geneva Press, 2001.

Kimball-Baker, Kathleen. Tag, You’re It: 50 Easy Eays to Connect with Young People. Search Institute, 2003.

Losey, John. Experiential Youth Ministry Handbook: How Intentional Activity Can Make the Spiritual Stuff Stick. Youth Specialties, 2004.

Olson, Ginny, Diane Elliot and Mike Work Youth Ministry Management Tools. Youth Specialties, 2001.

Yaconelli, Mike. The Core Realities of Youth Ministry. Youth Specialties, 2003.

Mission & Service


Group Building Resources

Cain, Jim & Barry Jolliff. Teamwork & Teamplay. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1998.

GroupBuilder Games and Activities for Youth Ministry. Group Books, 2000.

Rice, Wayne and Mike Yaconelli. The Best of Play It! Youth Specialties, 2000,

Youth Study Resources

Bass, Dorothy & Don Richter, eds. Way To Live: Christian Practices for Teens. Upper Room, 2002.

Soul Tending: Life Forming Practices for Older Youth and Young Adults. Abingdon Press, 2002.


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