Resource Collection



Root, A. (2017-2023). Ministry in a secular age. Baker Academic Press

    • Faith formation in a secular age: responding to the church’s obsession with youthfulness. (2017).
    • The pastor in a secular age: ministry to people who no longer need a god.
    • The congregation in a secular age: keeping sacred time against the speed of modern life. (2019).
    • Churches and the crisis of decline: a hopeful, practical ecclesiology for a secular age. (2022).
    • The church after innovation: questioning our obsession with work, creativity, and entrepreneurship. (2022).
    • The church in an age of secular mysticisms: why spiritualities without god fail to transform us. (2023).

Bloom, M. (2019). Flourishing in ministry: how to cultivate clergy well-being. Rowman and Littlefield.

Proeschold-Bell, R., and Byassee, J. (2018). Faithful and fractured: responding to the clergy health crisis. Baker Academic.

Powell, K. E., Mulder, J., and Griffin, B. (2020). Growing young: 6 essential strategies to help young people discover and love your church.


Shurden, W.B. The baptist identity: four fragile freedoms. Smyth and Helwys.

Shurden, W. B. Not a silent people: controversies that have shaped southern Baptists. Smyth and Helwys.

Shurden, W. B., ed. Proclaiming the baptist vision. Smyth and Helwys.

    • Proclaiming the baptist vision: religious liberty.
    • Proclaiming the baptist vision: the priesthood of all believers.
    • Proclaiming the baptist vision: the church.
    • Proclaming the baptist vision: the bible
    • Proclaiming the baptist vision: baptism and the lord’s supper

Shurden, W. B., The life of baptists in the life of world.

Shurden, W. B. (2005). Not an easy journey: some transitions in baptist life. Mercer University Press.

Shurde, W. B., (1994). The struggle for the soul of the sbc: moderate responses to the fundamentalist movement. Mercer University Press.

Cothen, G. C. (1993). What happened to the southern baptist convention: a memoir of the controversy. Smyth and Helwys.

Cothen, G. C. (1995). The new sbc: fundamentalism’s impact on the southern baptist convention. Smyth and Helwys.

Weaver, A. D., ed.(2016). CBF at 25: stories of the cooperative baptist fellowship. Nurturing Faith.

Jolley, M. A., and Pierce, J. D., (2005). Distinctively baptist: essays on baptist history – a festschrift in honor of walter b. shurden. Mercer University Press.

  • Moss, III., O. (2015). Blue note preaching in a post-soul world; finding hope in an age of despair. Westminster-John Knox Press.

Heifetz, R. (1998). Leadership without easy answers. Harvard University Press.

Heifetz, R. (2009). The practice of adaptive leadership: tool and tactics for changing your organization and the world. Harvard Business Review Press.

Heifetz,, R. (2017). Leadership on the line: staying alive through the dangers of change. Harvard Business Review Press.

Parks, S. D. (2005). Leadership can be taught: a bold approach for a complex world. Harvard Business Review Press.

Harvard Busines Review’s 10 Must Reads Series:

    • Leadership
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Managing Yourself
    • Strategy
    • Change Management
    • Managing People
    • Communication
    • Teams
    • Innovation
    • Making Smart Decisions
    • Collaboration

Kouzes, J. M. and Posner, B. Z. (2023). The leadership challenge, seventh edition: how to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. Jossey-Bass.

Lencioni, P. (2011). The five dysfunctions of a team, twentieth anniversary edition: a leadership parable., Jossey-Bass.

Lencioni, P. (2009). The four obsessions of an extraordinary executive. Jossey-Bass

Lencioni, P. (2016). The ideal team player: how to recognize and cultivate the three essential virtues. Jossey-Bass.

Lencioni, P. (2008). The five temptations of a CEO, tenth anniversary edition: a leadership fable. Jossey-Bass.

Sinek, S. (2009). Start with why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. Portfolio.

Sinek, S. (2017). Find your why: a practical guide for discovering purpose for you and your team. Porfolio.



Savage, J. (2007). Teenage: the creation of youth culture. Viking Press.

Powell, K. E., and Clark, C. (2011). Stick faith: everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids. Zondervan

Powell, K. E., and Griffin, B. M., (2011). Sticky faith, youth worker edition: practical ideas to nurture long-term faith in teenagers. Zondervan.

Powell, K. E., and Griffin, B. M., (2016). Sticky faith service guide: moving students from mission trips to missional living.

Mercer, J. A., and Baker, D. G. (2007). Lives to offer: accompanying youth on their vocational quests. Pilgrim Press.

Copenhaver, M. B., and Robinson, A. B., (2011). Words for the journey, revised and updated: letters to our teenagers about life and faith. Pilgrim Press.

Dean, K. C., and Foster, R. (1998). The godbearing life: the art of soul tending for youth ministry. Upper Room Books.

Dean, K. C., Clark, C., & Rahn, D. eds. (2010). Starting right: thinking theologically about youth ministry. Zondervan.

Dean, K. C. (2004). Practicing passion: youth and the quest for a passionate church. Eerdamans.

Root, A. (2020). The end of youth ministry? why parents don’t really care about youth groups and what youth workers should do about it. Baker Academic Press.

Root, A. (2018). Exploding stars, dead dinosaurs, and zombies: youth ministry in the age of science. Fortress Press.

McSwain, L. L., and Shurden, K. W. (2005). Call waiting: god’s invitation to youth. Smyth and Helwys.

Clark, C., and Powell, K. E. (2009). Deep justice in a broken world: helping your kids serve others and right the wrongs around them.

Robbins, A. (2006). The overachievers: the secret lives of driven kids.

Smith, C. E. and Denton, M. L. (2009). Soul searching: the religious and spiritual lives of american teenagers. Oxford University Press.

White, D. F. (2018). Practicing discernment with youth: a transformative youth ministry approach. Wipf & Stock.


Powell, K. E. and Clark, C. (2011). Sticky faith: everyday ideas to build lasting faith in your kids. Zondervan

Powell, K. E. (2014). The sticky faith guide for your family: over 100 practical and tested ideas to build lasting faith in kids.


    Smith, C. and Snell, P. (2009). Souls in transiton: the religious & spiritual lives of emerging adults. Oxford University Press.

    Clydesdale, T. (2007). The first year out: understanding american teens after high school. University of Chicago Press.

    Parks, S. D. (2001). Big questions, worthy dreams: mentoring emerging adults in their search for meaning, purpose, and faith. Jossey-Bass





    sunday school/bible studies


    Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Form and Spark missions curriculum –

    Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Missions Distinctives Bible Study for Youth and Children –



    Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Missions Distinctives Bible Study for Youth and Children –


    Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Missions Distinctives Bible Study for Adults –

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