bryan's recommended resources

Below are my recommendations for everything pertaining to teenagers and youth ministry. These resources are designed to be helpful for parents and youth volunteers. You can find most of these books on amazon.com. I've also listed some particularly helpful websites  that stay up-to-date on the latest in youth culture, adolescent development and more. 

Have a question? Email me directly bryan@hopechurchva.org 

Apologetics & Evangelism

Books:

"Learning Evangelism from Jesus" by Jerram Barrs

"The Heart of Evangelism" by Jerram Barrs

"The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism" by Tim Keller 

"UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks about Christianity... And Why it Matters" by David Kinnamen & Gabe Lyons

christian life

Books:

"The Holiness of God" by R.C. Sproul 

"Essential Truths of the Christian Faith" by R.C. Sproul 

"Knowing God" by J.I. Packer 

"Desiring God" by John Piper 

"A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love" by Milton Vincent 

"The Hole in Our Holiness" by Kevin DeYoung

"Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will" by Kevin DeYoung 

"The Explicit Gospel" by Matt Chandler 

"What's So Amazing about Grace?" by Philip Yancey 

"Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World" by Michael Horton 

"Counter-Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age" by David Platt

Counseling

Books:

"Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers" by Chap Clark 

"The Quick Reference Guide to Counseling Teenagers" by Dr. Tim Clinton & Dr. Chap Clark

"The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis" by Rich Van Pelt & Jim Hancock 

"The Parents' Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis" by Rich Van Pelt & Jim Hancock

Discipleship 

Books:

"Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus" by Mark Dever 

"One to One Bible Reading" by David Helm 

"Real Life Discipleship: Building Churches that Make Disciples" by Jim Putnam

Leadership

Books:

"Student Leaders Start Here" by Doug Franklin 

"The Character of Leadership" by Dr. Jeffrey Iorg 

"Is God Calling Me?: Answering The Question Every Believer Leader Asks" by Dr. Jeffrey Iorg 

"Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes" by Dr. Tim Elmore 

Parenting

Books:

"If I Had a Parenting Do-Over: 7 Vital Changes I'd Make" by Jonathan McKee 

"Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World" by Dr. Kara Powell, Art Bamford & Brad Griffin

Teens & technology

Books:

"iGods: How Technology Shapes our Spiritual and Social Lives" by Craig Detweiler 

"The Next Story: Faith, Friends, Family and the Digital World" by Tim Challies 

"Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth about God" by Tim Challies 

youth culture

Books:

"Youth Culture 101" by Dr. Walt Mueller 

"Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture" by Dr. Walt Mueller 

youth ministry

Books:

"Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry" by Doug Fields

"Purpose Driven Youth Ministry" by Doug Fields 

"Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry" edited by Cameron Cole & Jon Nielson 

"Sticky Faith: Youth Worker Edition" by Dr. Kara Powell, Brad Griffin & Dr. Cheryl Crawford

"Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church" by Dr. Kara Powell, Jake Mulder & Brad Griffin 

"Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation" by Jonathan McKee 

"Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views" by Fernando Arzola, Brian Cosby, Ron Hunter, Greg Stier & Chap Clark

"Family-Based Youth Ministry" by Mark DeVries 

"Sustainable Youth Ministry" by Mark DeVries 

"Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry" by Andrew Root

recommended websites:

Fuller Youth Institute

The Center for Parent & Youth Understanding

The Source for Parents

The Source for Youth Ministry

Sticky Faith

Youth Specialties

Youth Min