Round Up – New Years Blog Posts

Over the last few days, we’ve read some pretty great posts about wrapping up 2011 and looking for 2012. Below are some of the better ones we read and wanted to share with you all.

I am a Screw up by Ben Kerns

Don’t put Jesus first this year – Seriously by Steven Furtick

How to Get Ready for 2012 by Kolby Milton

Questions to ask for reviewing 2011 by Brad Lomenick

 

Comments

  1. Jeremy

    There are definitely some good books included in this post. HOWEVER, I don’t think that all of these 12 books will help a youth pastor get better. Before I am burned at the stake of student ministry, let me explain why. Most of these authors are brilliant, but the books listed above are more theory or history based (by history, I am referring to the fact that most of these authors are no longer in student ministry trenches or haven’t been in student ministry at all) rather than future or practical based. The next generation of youth pastors needs to be challenged to be stronger leaders who are taking risks. I would include more leadership and emotional intelligence books (examples: Leadership and Self Deception, Generation iY, Enemies of Excellence, Spiritual Leadership, Presentation secrets of Steve Jobs, Tribal Leadership, Linchpin, Egonomics, etc… This comment is not written to take anything away from the books or authors above, but just pointing out, that youth pastors need to read books outside of the Christian bubble.

    • Thanks for the great comment. And we absolutely agree with you that too many of the “Youth Ministry Thought Leaders” are not in the trenches anymore, and I think in the next few years there NEEDS to be a huge swing away from that, because most of them are still a bit too far behind in the old Youth Pastor mindset.

      And couldn’t agree more with your point on the next generation of Youth Pastors needing to be Leaders who take risks. We stand by every book on this list as being one that Youth Pastors should read, but we also didn’t mean for this to be an exclusive list of “Only Read these 12 books.”

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a fantastic comment.

  2. Jeremy

    There are definitely some good books included in this post. HOWEVER, I don’t think that all of these 12 books will help a youth pastor get better. Before I am burned at the stake of student ministry, let me explain why. Most of these authors are brilliant, but the books listed above are more theory or history based (by history, I am referring to the fact that most of these authors are no longer in student ministry trenches or haven’t been in student ministry at all) rather than future or practical based. The next generation of youth pastors needs to be challenged to be stronger leaders who are taking risks. I would include more leadership and emotional intelligence books (examples: Leadership and Self Deception, Generation iY, Enemies of Excellence, Spiritual Leadership, Presentation secrets of Steve Jobs, Tribal Leadership, Linchpin, Egonomics, etc… This comment is not written to take anything away from the books or authors above, but just pointing out, that youth pastors need to read books outside of the Christian bubble.

    • Thanks for the great comment. And we absolutely agree with you that too many of the “Youth Ministry Thought Leaders” are not in the trenches anymore, and I think in the next few years there NEEDS to be a huge swing away from that, because most of them are still a bit too far behind in the old Youth Pastor mindset.

      And couldn’t agree more with your point on the next generation of Youth Pastors needing to be Leaders who take risks. We stand by every book on this list as being one that Youth Pastors should read, but we also didn’t mean for this to be an exclusive list of “Only Read these 12 books.”

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a fantastic comment.

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