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Here are a few PDFs that we think you’ll find helpful. You can click to view, or download and save them to your computer. 

Asset-Based Community Development Guide

A Daily Prayer

Litany for Youth Workers


Below is a collection of resources that have informed The Missing Voices Project, and also serves as a suggested reading list for ministers and lay leaders.Thank you to our Theologians in Residence who have compiled this exhaustive list.


Disability and Ministry

  • Amplifying Our Witness: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities, by Benjamin t. Conner, PhD
  • Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities, by Erik W. Carter
  • About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times, by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
  • Friendship at the Margins: Mutuality in Service and Mission, by Christopher L. Heuertz and Christine D. Pohl
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida
  • Living Recovery: Youth Speak Out on “Owning” Mental Illness, by JoAnn Elizabeth Leavey
  • A Disability History of the United States, by Kim E. Nielsen
  • In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership, by Henri J. Nouwen
  • Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality, by Thomas E. Reynolds
  • Look Me in the Eye: my Life with Asperger’s, by John E.  Robison
  • Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship, by John Swinton
  • Nurturing Different Dreams: Youth Ministry across Lines of Difference, by Katherine Turpin and Anne Carter Walker


Community Development

  • Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, by Atul Gawande
  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
  • A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God, by Samuel Wells
  • The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, by Peter Block and John McKnight
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men, by John Rich
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michele Alexander
  • Having Nothing, Possessing Everything, by Mike Mather


Black Preaching

  • Rethinking Celebration: From Rhetoric to Praise in African-American Preaching, by Cleophus J. LaRue (“The Problem with Celebration as an Evocative Rhetorical Tool” pgs. 19-30)


Education and Formation in Black Churches

  • In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church, by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly & Evelyn L. Parker (“Forming Wisdom Through Cultural Rootedness” with Yolanda Y. Smith)
  • Nurturing Faith & Hope: Black Worship as a Model for Christian Education, by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly (“Faith and Hope in Jesus Christ” pgs. 19-40)


Black Church and Youth Ministry

  • Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, by Mary Elizabeth Moore and Almeda M. Wright  (“The Power of Testimonies: Spiritual Formation and Ministering with Youth” pgs. 182-194)
  • Starting Right: Thinking Theologically About Youth Ministry, eds. Kenda Creasy Dean, Chap Clark, & Dave Rain (“Theological Framework for Youth Ministry: Hope” Evelyn Parker pgs. 265-277)


Black Church and Hip Hop

  • Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post-Soul Theological Exploration, by Daniel White Hodge (“No Jesus in the Wild: Race, & The Jesus Figure” pgs. 149-172)
  • Urban God Talk, by Andre E. Johnson (“In the Church, In the Streets: A Spectrum of Religious Expression in Christian Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry” pgs. 207 – 221)


The State of the Black Church

  • The Black Church Studies Reader, by Alton B. Pollard & Carol B. Duncan (“Black Megachurches and the Paradox of Black Progress” pgs. 189-203)


Resources for Ministry with LGBTQIA+ Youth

  • 4 Views on Pastoring LGBTQ Teenagers: Effective Ministry to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Questioning Students Among Us, ed. Mark Oestreicher
  • A Brief Guide to Ministry With LGBTQIA Youth, by Cody Sanders
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities, by Mady G. and J.R. Zuckerberg
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
  • Beautifully and Wonderfully Made: An Invitation to the Church for Queer Teens, by Donny Christison
  • Beyond a Binary God: A Theology for Trans* Allies, by Tara K. Soughers
  • Changing Our Mind: Definitive 3rd Edition of the Landmark Call for Inclusion of LGBTQ Christians with Response to Critics, by David P. Gushee
  • Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education: Every Teen’s Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships, by Jennifer Lang
  • Embracing the Journey: A Christian Parents’ Blueprint to Loving Your LGBTQ Child, by Greg and Lynn McDonald 
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask), by Brynn Tannehill
  • God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, by Matthew Vines 
  • He/She/They – Us: Essential Information, Vocabulary, and Concepts to Help You Become a Better Ally to the Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Your Life, by Jessica Soukup
  • LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, by Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD 
  • Love that Dares to Speak: A Five-Session Group Study Course Exploring Christian Reactions to Homosexuality, by Hilary Brand
  • Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBTQ Pastoral Care 2nd ed., by Bernard Schlager and David Kundtz
  • Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology, by Pamela R. Lightsey
  • Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith, by Mihee-Kim Kort
  • Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, by Linda Kay Klein
  • Queer: A Graphic History, by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele
  • Queer Theology: Beyond Apologetics, by Linn Marie Tonstad 
  • Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity, by Elizabeth M. Edman
  • Queerfully and Wonderfully Made: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Christian Teens, ed. Leigh Finke
  • Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians’ Biblical Memoirs, ed. Ellin Sterne Jimmerson 
  • Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective, by Kelly Brown Douglas
  • Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and Gays in Black Churches, by Horace L. Griffin 
  • This Book is Gay, by Juno Dawson
  • Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, by Austen Hartke
  • Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians, by Amber Contorna
  • UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality, by Colby Martin 
  • Welcoming and Affirming: A Guide to Supporting and Working with LGBTQ+ Christian Youth, ed. Leigh Finke