Free eBooks for Youth Ministry

Posted on December 5, 2011

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Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012

I am a big fan of eBooks. They take up hardly any space, are often cheaper than physical books, can be purchased and downloaded instantaneously, and can be read on a variety of devices.

Categories for eBooks

There are several types of eBooks out there. The first type of eBooks are PDFs. Many PDF eBooks are visually stunning, since they are often designed by a graphic artist and take full advantage of the color displays on computers and tablets. These range from extended blog posts all the way to PDF copies of full published works. Another type of eBooks are ones formatted for e-ink devices like Kindle and Nook. While these type of eBooks lack in graphical beauty, they make up for in pure reading capability. When you read a book on a Kindle, there is nothing on the screen but the text. These type of eBooks can be read on dedicated e-ink devices, as well as Kindle apps on tablets, smart phones, and computers.

Free eBooks for Youth Workers

Here is a compiled list of free eBooks that would be helpful for youth workers. Sometimes eBooks are free for a short period of time, so make sure you double check the price before you click Buy.

Youth Ministry:

Tim, author at Life in Student Ministry, compiled this assortment of youth ministry tips and tricks from his blog. It is a very helpful guide that I often send to rookie youth workers. Tim also has a new eBook out called Focused Youth Ministry ($9.95); it looks very helpful for youth workers looking to develop a clear focus for their ministry.

This is a free eBook providing tons of helpful game ideas from the folks at YouthMinistry.com. Free registration required.

This 36 page PDF provides a great introduction to the process of studying the Bible. It would be a great resource for youth leader – as well as student leader – training.

Another great PDF game resource, this time focused on popular icebreaker games for small groups. I am still trying out all the games from this resource!

Nick provides 43 very helpful and tangible ideas on how to connect with students from the greater community.

ChurchMag just released this helpful guide to the basics of church IT. It provides advice on everything from what computers to buy to how to safely network all those computers. The PDF is free after you register for their new email newsletter.

Kolby, author at Youth Ministry Media, put together a good eBook on developing a plan for communicate with students. The eBook is free if you sign up for his email list, which is well worth it.

Leadership:

Tony Morgan, author of Killing Cockroaches, wrote The Leisure Suit Trap: 8 Reasons Why Your Church is Stuck. While primarily about general church issues, there is some great takeaways you can apply to your own youth ministry. Also check out his followup ebook Hanging Up the Leisure Suit, which provides strategic advice on how to get your youth ministry unstuck.

Amazon has Lead to Succeed and You Won’t Manage to Fail on Kindle for free.

Bible:

Amazon has the ESV Bible for free on Kindle.

Amazon also has the HCSB for free on Kindle.

Theology:

Monergism Books has a whole collection of free theology eBooks on their website, including landmark works by Calvin (Institutes), Bunyan (Pilgrim’s Progress, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners), and Berkhof (Doctrine). While not books you will immediately suggest to your youth small group, these books will immensely help you, the youth pastor. Books are available in both Kindle (.mobi) and ePub formats (for Nook, etc).

Bring the Books just posted a ton of free Kindle-formatted eBooks from Jonathan Edwards. These works include his 4 vol. Miscellanies and 22 years of his sermons. [UPDATED: Bring the Books removed these free eBooks due to a copyright issue with Yale University. You can still read the collection online.]

Amazon has The Pursuit of God for Kindle for free.

Amazon has Orthodoxy for Kindle for free.

Desiring God Ministry has graciously released the ebook of Bloodlines for free.

Desiring God Ministry also has free PDFs available for some of Piper’s other works, including Don’t Waste Your Life, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, and The Supremacy of Christ in a Post-Modern World. Several of the resources include group study guides.

[image via jblyberg]