Resources

This page will be added to regularly, so check back for more resources! If there is something specific you are looking for or working on, send me a message. I’ll happily share my recommendations!

Links to purchase on Amazon are included for each book recommendation. (As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

I plan to work my way through these books this year. Certainly these will influence my blog posts, so if you want to read along with me, I’ll read in this order beginning with God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church. Transforming Rural America, Exponential.
Blessed be the Busybody is the first in the Ministry is Murder mystery series by Emilie Richards. I’ve included this because I so enjoy a good mystery. When your brain is on continuing education overload, it is good to have something fun to read so you don’t lose the desire.
When Helping Hurts is a must read for all who have a desire to help those in need. This book doesn’t tell you not to help, but teaches you how to help in transformational and healthy ways. This book speaks to individual giving, local missions and benevolence funds, short-term mission trips, and long-term global partnerships. If your church is like most, you keep asking the same question: what are we to do with and for the needy people who come knocking every month? How can we help them without perpetuating their situation? This book is for you!
Click HERE for a resource list which was developed as a handout for the Rural Ministry Now Conference. This list includes recommended reading, curriculum resources, ministry ideas, and more. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but just may spark some creativity.
changes everything
This Changes Everything will  explain and remind us of the WHY behind student ministries! 
new leader
A New Kind of Leader comes out of Orange and helps our congregation members build relationships with youth and their parents by transforming the way we think about them. It is an easy read and offers a page at the end of each chapter to write down some action steps.
school partners
This book offers practical help for building or growing school partnerships.
growing young
Growing Young comes out of Fuller Youth institute and offers 6 strategies to help your church connect with young people.
StickyFaithYouth
Sticky Faith is a must read for youth directors AND congregations who love youth. So often we leave youth ministry to our paid or volunteer staff person and the parents, but this book reminds us of the important role of the whole congregation!
Sustainable
This book totally transformed the way I think about and do youth ministry. It is an important book to be read by your youth ministry team. If you have one, your youth ministry staff person (paid or unpaid) may have read it already, but should also be read by anyone with responsibility for hiring or oversight of that position as well.
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Have you heard about these folks? They’ve been around a while and they offer training opportunities and other resources and support. Check out their website here.