Outreach Magazine announced today that 20 resources have been selected for recognition as 2012 Outreach Resources of the Year.

They are highlighted in the just released March/April 2012 issue of Outreach.

The annual Outreach Resources of the Year feature celebrates the best outreach-oriented books and curricula in areas such as evangelism, compassion and justice ministries, missional living and cross-cultural ministries.

These resources deserve accolades, but Outreach Resources of the Year is about more than that,” said Outreach Editor Brian Orme. ”We strive to help churches share God’s love, reach their communities and change the world. Drawing their attention to the best resources available each year is one way we do that.”

About 170 resources published between Nov. 1, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2011, were submitted toOutreach for consideration—the most submissions in the last four years. Outreacheditors narrowed the field to 122 and placed them in categories.

The magazine then enlisted the help of an expert in each category to consider the resources. 

Each year, we are humbled by the involvement of so many people at the top of their fields who volunteer their time to evaluate the resources and choose the best,” Orme said. “We are truly grateful for the participation of the expert panelists.”

Each panelist independently evaluated the resources in his or her area of expertise and selected what he or she thought were the best. The experts chose how many resources to recognize in their respective categories.

The 2012 Outreach Resources of the Year are:

EVANGELISM

The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited

By Scot McKnight (Zondervan)

APOLOGETICS

Gunning for God: Why the New Atheists Are Missing the Target

By John C. Lennox (Lion Books)

If God, Why Evil? A New Way to Think About the Question

By Norm Geisler (Bethany House)

LEADERSHIP

Journeys to Significance: Charting a Leadership Course From the Life of Paul

By Neil Cole (Jossey-Bass)

Ministry Velocity: The Power for Leadership Momentum

By Wayne Schmidt (Wesleyan)

The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting: A Guide for Starting Any Kind of Church

By Aubrey Malphurs (Baker)

 CULTURE

From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology

By John Dyer (Kregel)

Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women

By Carolyn Custis James (Zondervan)

MISSIONAL CHURCH

Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church

By Reggie McNeal (Jossey-Bass)

MISSIONAL LIVING

Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People

By Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford (Baker)

PASS-ALONG RESOURCES

Questions of Life Outreach Booklets

By Nicky Gumbel (Alpha North America)

SMALL-GROUP CURRICULA

Muslims, Christians and Jesus (DVD-based study)

By Carl Medearis (Zondervan)

CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY

Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian

By John Piper (Crossway)

COMPASSION AND JUSTICE

The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Serving Others Through the Eyes of Jesus

By Mark Labberton (IVP)

BIOGRAPHY

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

By Donald Miller (Thomas Nelson)

CHILDREN’S OUTREACH

The Nature of God: Ocean Adventures Book and The Nature of God: Ocean Adventures Volumes 1, 2 and 3 DVDs

By Peter Schriemer (Zonderkidz)

YOUTH OUTREACH

Evangephobia: Face Your Fears and Fuel Your Passion and Reach Out: Don’t Freak Out (DVD Curricula and Devotionals)

By Greg Stier (Group)

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers

By Chap Clark (Baker Academic)

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

By Kara E. Powell and Chap Clark (Zondervan)

Vista, Calif.-based Outreach magazine offers the ideas, insights and stories of today’s outreach-oriented, Bible-based churches. Founded in January 2003 by church communications company Outreach, Inc.Outreach is an award-winning, bimonthly periodical for church leadership. Each year, Outreach publishes the Outreach 100, a special issue in September that features the 100 Largest and Fastest-Growing Churches in America; the Small Church issue (July/August); and the Outreach Resources of the Year (March/April). Outreach is available bysubscription. For more information, visit OutreachMagazine.com.