“Take up and read; take up and read.” (from Confessions of Saint Augustine, chapter XII)
Read widely, pastor.
Read novels, how-to books, histories, biographies, and theological commentaries.
You don’t necessarily have to read the entire book to benefit. You have only so much time and energy, and you want to put the emphasis on the more important readings.
What are the teens in your church reading? Ask around, then give it a try.
By all means, read the Word of God. Read some every day, and have a plan for your reading. If you’ve never read through the Bible in a year, do it. Do it several times in a row. Thereafter, choose books of the Bible you’re unfamiliar with and fill in that gap of your education.
It used to bother me that my oldest son and my wife loved to read Stephen King novels. Since King loves to get bizarre and even scary–think “Christine” and “Carrie”–in his plots, I felt that this was unhealthy reading for my wife and son.
I still think that. Mostly.