The Top 10 Books on Youth Ministry

bookstackThere are tons of great youth ministry books out there. When I say, tons, I mean tons. I have even written recent posts about this list, but it is ever-changing. I am just listing for you today the top 10 youth ministry books that impacted me the most. These are “must have’s” in your ministry.

  1. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields
  2. The Greenhouse Project by Mike Calhoun
  3. Your first two years in youth ministry by Doug Fields
  4. Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark Devries
  5. Do they run when they see you coming by Jonathan McKee
  6. Life in student ministry by Tim Schmoyer
  7. Already Gone by Ken Ham
  8. Raising the Bar by Alvin Reid
  9. Think Orange by Reggie Joiner
  10. More than Dodgeball by Josh Griffin

Question: What is your favorite youth ministry book?

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

17 thoughts on “The Top 10 Books on Youth Ministry

    1. Trey, Thanks for the recommendations. I definitely like Chasing Elephants. Great book by a great guy. I have not read “As you go” but really enjoy Doc Reid’s writings so I am sure that I will enjoy it. He is a youth ministry vet so anything that he writes or puts out there is gold. Thanks again for the recommendations.


    1. Thanks for the recommendation Kenny. I will have to check this one out. I like Geiger so it should be good. BTW: hear you are doing a great work in your student ministry bro. Keep it up.


  1. One that I found particularly helpful, even if you do not adopt the specific curriculum, is “Are You Developing Students Or Your Student Ministry?” by Jeff Pratt & Scott Stevens

    1. Awesome Austin. Glad I had one on there that you have not read, but are challenged to read. It is a good one. Good luck to you. If you have any books that are not listed that should be listed, let me know.


  2. Great list! On my list I have “Youth ministry nuts and bolts” by Duffy Robbins and “Global youth ministry” by David Livermore and Terry Linhart

  3. HURT 2.0 by Chap Clark! Still number one for anyone who wants to be equipped to make an impact for Christ by understanding the abandoned student generation that is journeying through adolescents today!

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