Youth Ministry Interns Summer Reading
Every summer our interns and me read four books. Many people gasp at that thought but they normally are only 15-25 page chapters and are books that are easy to read. We also read a chronological account of the gospels that combines identical accounts into one reading so we don’t read multiple accounts of the same event. This averages around 60-75 verses a day. Our reading program has always been a highlight of our interns. We will spend about two hours everyday reading our bible and books and discussing them. This requires discipline but is a great way to pour into your intern’s lives before you ask them to go out and pour into your student’s lives.
This years reading:
- Almost Christian by Kenda Dean (Research Based Book)
- Communicating for Change by Andy Stanley (Speaking Book)
- One Life by Scot McKnight (Devotional Book)
- Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries (Ministry / Leadership Book)
- The Gospels by God (The Book)
Tips for Summer Reading Plans
- Read the Bible everyday but reduce the amount when out of town on trips (we will read about 30 verses).
- Don’t read from a book when out of town on trips.
- Make sure the book is good or you could make the process dreadful for all.
- Make sure the book is easy to read. For example J.I Packer, N.T. Wright, or Dallas Willard would not qualify.
- Be diverse in the books you are reading (ministry, devotional, leadership, doctrine, etc)
- Make sure the Bible reading is easy to be discussed. I like any narrative books.
- The discussion is the best part of the process so come ready to lead them.