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Founder and President of “Youth Leader's Coach”
International Speaker and Author
Director of Youth and Young Adult Outreach, Victory World Church
While much has changed in the past four decades that I’ve been involved in youth ministry, the desperate need for quality discipleship has not. It All Starts Here acknowledges the fact that a student’s spiritual journey isn’t completed when they make the decision to follow Christ. IT ONLY STARTS THERE. As an experienced youth pastor, Jonathan walks students through the gospel and our basic beliefs so that we move students beyond the point of decision to a life of vibrant faith. This captivating and relationally-driven book serves as a dynamic and interactive resource for youth ministries looking to engage their new believers in what it means to truly follow Christ.
Senior High Youth Pastor, Mount Paran Church
It All Starts Here is a brilliant resource for a youth ministry. This book is packed with lessons and insights that would take a student years to learn if all they did was come to church. It is really a "best of" and is packed with everything a youth pastor would hope a student would walk away knowing after 4 years of youth ministry, packed into a 31 day devotional.
Youth Pastor, Turning Leaf Community Church of the Nazarene
Litchfield Park, Arizona
It All Starts Here sheds light on the next steps and gives students a way of interpreting the many emotions and changes that come with making such an enormous life decision; it gives them the permission they are looking for to ask the difficult questions, while also providing ways of finding the answers. This book is vital for growing ministries that are looking for ways to disciple their new believers.
Youth Pastor, NorthRock Church
Working in youth ministry for the past 15 years, I have often struggled to know how to help students move into maturity in their faith. I am excited that Jonathan has tackled this problem head on. This is a resource that I will for sure put to use in my ministry.It All Starts Here is a thorough and practical look at beginning a journey into understanding what it means to follow Christ.
Youth America Pastor, Church of the Harvest
As a youth pastor it's hard to find material that will encourage a student's spiritual growth while also approaching the doubts they may be afraid to admit. Jonathan's book has the guts to ask the tough questions while still pointing students to the ultimate source of truth, God's word that works in us and through us. I definitely would recommend this book to students who want to grow in their faith and also those that are still looking for answers to their questions about faith and God.
Campus Pastor, Woodlands Church
The Woodlands, Texas
Simple and easy to understand, It All Starts Here strategically lays a firm foundation for which students and new believers can start their journey of faith. Jonathan combines God's word with humor and his personal experiences to bring to life the core principles that so many need, yet so many have forgotten. An invaluable resource for every student pastor. Discipleship Starts Here!
Student Ministries Pastor
The most important decision a young person can make is receiving Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Too often we leave students at the altar after praying a salvation prayer without giving them the proper tools to help them to stand strong in their faith. It is more than a decision, its about a "real"ationship with Christ. Personal discipleship is the key to building a strong foundation and lasting faith.
It All Starts Here is real, practical and challenging. It encourages the reader to grow, mature and look more like Jesus. I love that there is also space in the book for the student to pause and think about what they've just read and journal it. What a great way to measure true growth!
Founder & Executive Director, REACH Community Ministries
Youth and Family Consultant
Youth, College & Career Pastor, Oakwood Baptist Church
I believe that in today’s society we need to support and endorse those things for our students and families that are foundationally strategic for our lives. In other words, “Don’t waste my time!” Jonathan Brooker’s new book, It All Starts Here, definitely will NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! It is one of those timely foundational books that answers questions ALL of us need answered, and especially as we disciple new believers! I believe in truly walking with, and discipling, ALL who come into this amazing and priceless walk with God. Don’t miss It All Starts Here as a life-changing opportunity to disciple.
Student Ministries Director, James River Assembly of God
Many student ministries today have become fairly effective in bringing students to a point of decision. Unfortunately, our efforts aren't always so effective in dealing with the "Now What?" for those just starting a spiritual journey. It All Starts Here provides a practical and helpful guide that moves new believers from decision to devotion. Great resource for youth pastors who are serious about making disciples.
High School Pastor, LCBC Church
Author of “No Argument for God”
Jonathan Brooker has given us a great resource to help new believers take off in their walk with God. I am excited to stock my shelf with these books for new believers. This book is an impressive fertilizer for new found faith.
Eran J Holt
Student Ministry Pastor, Glad Tidings AG
Speaker, Writer, Adjunct Faculty VFCC
Jonathan Booker loves students! Nothing could be more clear than the passion and vision behind his newest book, It All Starts Here. Jonathan takes this opportunity to break down simple biblical truths into understandable and memorable daily readings to bring a student to a new level of understanding and spiritual growth. As a youth ministry veteran of over 15 years I'm thrilled to see this resource be placed in the hands of today's generation. As a parent of a junior-high student I can't wait to have my son work through this material. Your students will be challenged to take ownership of their spiritual growth and reminded that it's so much more than a one time prayer or commitment, it's an every day journey.
It All Starts Here is a wonderful look at true discipleship. Through interactive reading and journaling, this book engages and challenges you to reflect and deepen your relationship with Jesus.
While designed for the newly committed Jesus follower, It All Starts Here is equally beneficial for those who have already been walking with Christ. It gives a refreshing reminder that following Jesus really is all about consistency in the basics.
A “must-have” for ALL youth pastors looking to better disciple their students. A “must- read” for new believers wanting to know how to start the best journey of their lives
Evangelist, Mercy Seat Ministries
Author of "Why is God so mad at me?"
I am so excited about the amazing new book, It All Starts Here. Finally a book that takes students and leaders to the next phase of Christianity in a thought provoking and yet personal manner! Jonathan Brooker has the insight and fortitude to tackle the challenging and relevant issues of being a believer both young and old. This book takes a believer past the initial encounter with Christ to an awesome level of maturity. It is absolutely what is needed today! I would have given anything to have had this book as a youth pastor and pastor of new believers! This book is sure to be an instant tool for discipleship and a classic to draw from for generations to come! Get this book and make disciples!
Director, Suburban Chicago
Youth for Christ Chicago
As someone who works with lost kids I've often been frustrated by the lack of resources that help move a student from a new relationship with Christ to a deep abiding one. It All Starts Here fills that gap and does it well. Jonathan has put together an experience that is relevant, practical and much needed. I highly recommend this to anyone who journeys with kids and wants to see them grow closer to the Father.
Student Ministry Pastor, Heartland Christian Center
One of the greatest joys in ministry is watching someone come to Christ for the very first time; the second is then watching them grow in their relationship with Him. In order to the do the second, I am always looking for a great resource that I can put in a student’s hand to help them on their faith walk. Jonathan has hit a home run with his new book, It All Starts Here. This is a great tool that I think will help grow many students and challenge them on their walk with Christ.
Student Pastor, The Rock Church
We have been looking for a practical and engaging resource for students to make their next steps after saying yes to Jesus. It All Starts Here is an excellent resource to put into the hands of students. We work to teach students that saying “yes” to following God is only the beginning of a life long journey in growing in our faith. As a busy youth pastor it is great to have a solid resource such as this to help students start on that journey.
President of “Empowering Kingdom Leaders”
International Speaker and Author
Pastor, Rochester First Assembly
Often we stop short of the Great Commission, “Go and make disciples.” More believers would effectively disciple new believers if they had a practical tool they could use. It All Starts Here is designed to be that effective tool that is engaging and easy to use for anyone desiring to help young believers grow in Christ. This resource could be the difference maker that could help your students grow and become Disciples of Christ.
Youth Pastor, Shiloh Youth
Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Our goal in student ministry must be to help youth own their walk and faith. It All Starts Here walks you through real questions asked in a real world resulting in real growth.
Executive Director, South Carolina School of Leadership
Columbia, South Carolina
In Matthew 28 Christ commissioned His followers to make disciples and teach them to obey everything He commanded. It All Starts Here is a wonderful tool for students to use in laying lay a firm foundation and learning basic truths and principles of God’s Word. This is a wonderful resource that will keep students from floundering who are just beginning a relationship with the Lord.
Student Pastor, Riva Trace Baptist Church
A teenager comes to know Jesus as their savior...then what? As a youth pastor, I've shuffled through various resources to help the student on his or her way in order to be discipled with the Gospel, and then I read It All Starts Here. I'm excited to see Jonathan answer the challenge from God to pen this great devotional for the new believing or young in their faith teenager. Stock up on it and have it ready for those students who God brings your way!
Youth Pastor, Catonsville Assembly of God
I have never found a theologically solid, engaging, and age-appropriate discipleship book that I can hand to new converts in my youth ministry - that they will actually want to read... Until now! It All Starts Here takes everything I wish I could convey to a young person who has just received Christ and lays it out in an easy to read and even comical digest. While I will continue to play my part in their discipleship from the pulpit, I am confident that, with this tool, the discipleship will continue at home. Students will WANT to turn the page and in doing so will be encouraged to keep learning and growing in their newly formed relationship with God.
Youth Pastor, Zion Church
Director of Merge Youth Movement
As a youth pastor for 13+ years trust me when I say my friend, Jonathan Brooker, has nailed it on this one! To have a resource that walks through the next steps after accepting Christ is invaluable. To have one that walks through those steps while staying relevant and engaging is priceless! Get this book!!!
Vaughn Burkett Jr.
Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Meridian A/G
As a full time youth and young adult pastor for over 20 years I have found that the one major lack in resource areas is a simple-to-use, effective, and solid means of follow-up to a student who gives their heart and life to Christ. An effective follow-up system based on It All Starts Here will allow youth leaders to walk a new believer from a “fan of Christ” to a true, passionate, disciple of Christ. I highly recommend this great resource to be part of the follow up process as we teach students to “walk as Jesus did”.
Education Professional in Asia
Founder of Light4Asia.com
Jonathan Brooker is a normal guy that loves Jesus and students with all his heart. It All Starts Here is an overflow of that love. The world cries out to be discipled while Heaven commands us to make disciples. Sadly, we aren't sure how. This is a great resource to that question.