Book Club


Book Two: Fall

Read September-October 2015

Discuss November 2015

For Fall 2015,

NSFCNot Safe For Church (NSFC): Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations by F. Douglas Powe Jr. & Jasmine Rose Smothers

F. Douglas Powe Jr. is the James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism and Professor of Urban Ministry, Associate Director of Center for Missional Church at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.

Jasmine Rose Smothers is Associate Director of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church in Peachtree Corners, Georgia.


Here is a summary of the book from Amazon:

Congregations say they want to reach new and younger people, many of whom are simply turned off by church. The big idea is that congregations must be willing to embrace radical ways to connect with new generations. Re-thinking old assumptions is a starting place but more is needed. To really connect congregations have to move beyond and start doing new things that are out of their comfort zones.

These authors give ten ways to help you move from just saying what you intend to actually doing it.  This book provides tools to help churches re-frame the Good News in non-traditional ways and study questions for church leadership teams.

Chapters include;

Thou Shall Not Front, Thou Shall Learn How We Roll, Thou Shall Not Deny My Swag…

Over the next few months, I’ll post a few blogs or quotes from the book.

To those of us reading the book, we will set up sometime in November to discuss the book online.

Grab the book from a local bookstore or online and join the youth ministry book club!

If you plan on doing the book club send a comment below or email me

Don’t forget to check out past book club selections:

Book One: Spring 2015

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision For Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root

Andy Root is associate professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is one of the leading theologians engaged in youth ministry today.

Here is a summary of the book from Amazon

The youth ministry focus of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life is often forgotten or overlooked, even though he did much work with young people and wrote a number of papers, sermons, and addresses about or for the youth of the church. However, youth ministry expert Andrew Root explains that this focus is central to Bonhoeffer’s story and thought. Root presents Bonhoeffer as the forefather and model of the growing theological turn in youth ministry. By linking contemporary youth workers with this epic theologian, the author shows the depth of youth ministry work and underscores its importance in the church. He also shows how Bonhoeffer’s life and thought impact present-day youth ministry practice.


9 thoughts on “Book Club”

  1. I just ordered the book today and also came across this blog today. I’m very much interested in participating in the online discussion!

  2. This is the first I have seen of this book club…I enjoy reading but very busy right now… may catch up on the next book…

  3. Nathan…Just saw this. Great idea! I’ll order it tonight and try to get it read before the end of the month. I don’t work directly with youth, but am the father of two kids.

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