So in my commitment to read more this year, I thought it might be a good idea to keep you updated with the books that I am currently reading. At the beginning of the year, I shared a blog post listing 20 books that I plan on reading in 2016. It's not an extensive list. I read in post somewhere where someone was planning to read 100 books in a year. That's not me. 20 is a good goal.
As we turned over the new year, I finished my study through the book, Sustainable Youth Ministry, by Mark DeVries. I say study, because more than simply reading it I studied it; like a text book. (But that's another blog.) My point is, with that book complete, I was ready to pick up titles for 2016.
I picked up Jeremiah's book, one because I really enjoy his teaching, insight, and wisdom. But I also knew I could trust his study, interruption and presentation of the topic. I am about halfway through the book and I can say, it was a great choice for the topic. I know there are a great number of books on the topic of angels, but what I really love and appreciate from Jeremiah is that everything he presents comes with a full Biblical support. Dr. David Jeremiah looks at what the bible presents as evidence for angels and angelic activity then explains it's impact, connection, and meaning. I'm using the book to outline for my student examples of angel encounters, not based on story or or modern day encounter (not that they may be true) but on Biblical testimony. I also plan on using the book to help give a little more understand of who angels are and what their role in God's story is.
We've got a ways to go in understanding who, what, and why angels exists, but at least I know my source is scripture and not someones ideas and thoughts.
Now, I'm just a couple chapters into the book, so I can speak with great authority just yet, but I can say, that Rick's approach to the idea that even smaller churches can support a thriving student ministry excites me. In my short time at my present location, I have already discovered that the student ministry is full of potential. With that discovery, I want to do the best I can to make sure we do all we can as we think about sustainable student ministry. So if learning how think smaller helps, then I am all in to learn what I can.
So I think I'm off to a good start; tackling two important topics. So far, both books are excellent in their own respects. Both books are easy reads. Both books are serving to expand my thinking, my training, and my ability to be a better youth pastor. And both books come very recommended!
Jay Higham is a 24 year veteran of student ministry; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently the Youth Director at Hickory Church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for 19 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, 4 boys and 1 little girl. Jay is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and caring for the hearts of husbands. You can learn more about their ministry to the family and husband by visiting their family blog at, www.TheHighamFamily.com and www.TheGoodHusbandBlog.com!