Survey: What youth ministry book was a “game changer” for your ministry? (Giveaway)

This past week Seth Godin wrote that real-time news is neither.  He said, “Go watch an hour of cable news from a year ago… what were they yelling about that we actually care about today?”

It made me think about my field of youth ministry and the books that we clamor for and trumpet each year. Some received a LOT of press when they came out but today are rarely mentioned or discussed.  Others have seemed timeless and continue to inform the field.  Others may not have sold as many copies, but have a devoted following.

So, I’m curious for you,  which youth ministry book has most influenced and continues to influence your work in youth ministry?

As an incentive, on Friday I will randomly select someone from the comments below to win a FREE YOUTH MINISTRY BOOK OF THEIR CHOICE! 

And for every person who Tweets or ReTweets this post on Twitter that includes @TerryLinhart and a relevant hashtag in it (like #youthmin or #stumin or something from your tribe), he/she will get a second entry into the drawing.

  • Peter Eicher

    Without Question… Sticky Faith – Youth Worker Edition

  • John

    No question, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry by Andrew Root. It was such an influential read for me to take youth ministry as fun and games to something deeply theological. Game changer. Loved it. Still do.

    • Terry Linhart

      JOHN!! You’re the big winner of a youth ministry book of your choosing! Congratulations! I will Email you for details about what book you want and where to send it.
      THANKS TO ALL who commented and retweeted this. Just so you know, I used a random number generator (the geek side came out!) to find out who won the book! I will do another giveaway in the coming weeks.


  • Jeremy Little

    It’s really a tie. During my first couple months of full time youth ministry I read “Purpose Driven Youth Ministry” and “Your First Two Years In YM” both by Doug Fields. Completely changed my perspective and goals and uh… PURPOSE in YM. 😉 don’t know where I’d be now without those books.

  • Dennis Poulette

    Global Youth Ministry.

  • Nate Hickox

    Purpose Driven Youth Ministry

  • Paul Martin

    Unleashing the Ideavirus. Forever changed the way I think about evangelism.

    • Terry Linhart

      Thanks all for the great book ideas. I’ll be drawing for the winner later today!