Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Youth Ministry

RECORDED WEBINARS

Spiritual Practices with Children and Youth
Leader: Debbie Kolacki

Basic Youth Leader Resources and Information
Leader: Debbie Kolacki

 

Faith Formation in Children and Youth
Leader: Elizabeth Christie

 

Confirmation in the 21st Century
Leader: Sharon Pearson

The Transformative Power of Youth Mission Trips
Leader: Jann Treadwell

 

Getting In and Out of Silos
Leader: Sam Halverson

 

Doubt and Discipleship (Part 1, audio only)
Leader: Sam Halverson

 

Measuring Success: The Dangers of Playing the Numbers
Doubt and Discipleship is continued at the beginning of this webinar.

Leader: Sam Halverson

 

For Youth Leaders

Bless Each One
Offers seasonal and other resources.

Faithlens
From the ELCA, free weekly Bible studies on current events and the lectionary for youth and young adults.

Center for Parent-Youth Understanding
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding site has up to date information for parents and youth workers.

Dare to Share
Dare 2 Share provides free and paid resources for youth leaders to equip teens for Youth Ministry.

Egad Ideas
Free student ministry resources, including fundraisers, sermons, illustrations, activities, resources and ideas for those who work with youth.

Rethinking Youth Ministry
Lots of great articles and activity ideas for youth groups

Youth Ministry
Group Publishing’s website with free icebreakers, small group activities, dramas, seasonal ideas, training, sermons, weekly newsletter and more.

The Source for Youth Ministry
Lots of free resources, articles, reviews and activities for youth ministry.

Youth Pastor
Free youth ministry resources for youth pastors, ministers, workers and volunteers. Online resources include a job center, free lessons, a searchable directory of ministries and game ideas.

Youth Specialties
Books, articles, training, youth events, job & applicant search and more.

Not specifically geared toward Youth Ministry

Faith Element
Online Bible study curriculum that uses multiple forms of media: video, music, text, images, to help groups explore faith and the scriptures.

Young Adult Websites

General Young Adult Websites

 Hollywood Jesus
Visual movie reviews with explorations into deeper, more profound meanings behind film, music and pop culture.

Interfaith Youth Corp
Provides resources for college students looking to work cooperatively in interfaith relationships, including information about obtaining a speaker, leadership training, and project resources.

National Study of Youth & Religion
Contains results of a research project from the University of Notre Dame conducted “to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American youth from adolescence into young adulthood…” Included are links to reports and articles developed by the research team.

Taizé 
Information about the history, beliefs and mission of the Taizé faith. Links for prayer, chants, music and travel to Taizé, which is the village in France that gave it its name.

Resources for Young Adult Study and Discussions

Cokesbury
Publishing house of the UMC. Has several programs for youth ministry, which can also be used by other denominations. Find the link listed under Curriculum on the home page.

Faithlens
From the ELCA, free weekly Bible studies on current events and the lectionary for youth and young adults.

Denominational Young Adult Websites

Episcopal Church
Contains information and links for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, including a newsletter.

Lutheran Church (ELCA)
It includes links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other connections for Lutheran young adults.

Presbyterian Church (PCUSA)
Look for Young Adult Ministry on this page, with a link to What’s Next What’s Now (http://whatsnextwhatsnow.org/), a “central hub connecting young adults to their passions and interests and helping others connect better to young adults.” There you will also find links to service opportunities.

NCYAMA (Roman Catholic)
“NCYAMA is the national voice for young adult ministry in the United States.” Contains links to topics & resources for and about young adults.

United Church of Christ (UCC)
This site contains practical help for young adults and for those working with young adults. There are articles, surveys, ecumenical opportunities, service and mission opportunities and information about resources.

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Daily Devotionals for Youth

Check it out!
Take a good look at any website before recommending it to children and youth to see if the views expressed are compatible with your church and denomination’s theology

Books

The Barefoot Way: A Faith Guide for Youth, Young Adults, and the People Who Walk with Them
This devotional from one of the Presbyterian publishing houses is only a 21-day journey but provides opportunities to journal and explains spiritual practices.

Dare to Be Rare: A Christian Guide for Girls
This 24 chapter book comes from the Episcopal publisher. It has devotional readings with questions for reflection and discussion.

God’s Story: Growing in Your Faith in 10 Minutes at a Time
This book from Group publishing includes thirty-one devotionals and works like a daily journal. Students will read a Bible passage, get some questions to chew on, some suggestions to help them pray, and then space to reflect.

Live Inspired: A 90-Day Interactive Devotional for Students
The publisher says that this is more than a devotional; it is a challenge to live inspired. Youth will explore Christ through drawing, writing, scribbling, building, talking, laughing, working, and giving. With beautifully designed pages, this devotional will lead you through activities that will shape your heart and mind.

OMG Devotionals for Teens and Young Adults
UCC which states: “These devotionals may not be what you’re expecting. They’re not lectures, and they’re not mini-sermons. They’re meant to help you live your life better by connecting you with God— no matter what’s on your mind or going on in your life. They can even help you pray. You’ll find a short prayer at the end of each reading, to say out loud or to yourself. That will get you started, and the rest is up to you. Makes a perfect confirmation or graduation gift. Only $7.95 with FREE shipping & handling.

The Red Stuff: Exploring the Words of Jesus Ten Minutes at a Time
Simply Youth Ministry publishes this resource which offers a month of 10 minute daily devotions. In this installment of the 10-Minute Moments series, students will get short but focused daily devotions that look at things Jesus said. This book is part devotional and part journal.

The Simple Truth Bible: The Best Minute of Your Day
This resource from Simply Youth Ministry features 365 daily devotions. Each devotion includes: thoughts on a specific passage of Scripture and how it relates to students' lives, insights to help teenagers turn their thoughts into prayers as they spend time with God, ideas to follow if students want to spend more than a few minutes each day with God, and a perspective on how that day's passage fits into the big picture of the Bible.

Simply Youth Ministry Student Devotionals
These 30 day devotionals are available for students entering each of the four years of high school. Each entry walks students through an important moment, issue, or opportunity that defines their year, along with ideas on living out what they believe.

Teen Devotional Bible
These 365 devotions are written by teens for teens

Youth Specialties Devotionals
The Youth Specialties website sells a number of youth devotional books.

Magazine

Devozine
This is a devotional magazine designed just for youth. It is written by teenagers and by adults who work with and care about teens. Devozine's goal is to help youth 12-18 years old develop a lifelong practice of spending time with God and of reflecting on what God is doing in their lives.

Online Devotions

D365
An online devotional experience that invites teens to pause, listen, think, pray, and go.

Daily Devos
Neal Bowes, who is the youth ministry consultant for the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, shares the devotions that he writes for the students in his youth ministry. You can download a PDF with a month’s

Interactive Christian/Bible Websites for Youth

Check it out!
Take a good look at any website before recommending it to children and youth to see if the views expressed are compatible with your church and denomination’s theology

Faithlens, this ELCA website has free weekly studies for youth and young adults. You could use their questions and put them in an e-mail, on your website, on Facebook, etc.

Christian Youth Group includes activities as well as sharing of ideas by both youth and youth leaders.

Campus Life’s Ignite Your Faith magazine website with advice, true stories, college guide, information about Christian music, etc.

Vertical Thought was published from 2003 to 2013 by the United Church of God. It was created to give relevant content to help young people ages 12-22 discover and live God’s way of life.

Mission Trip Websites

http://www.roundtripmissions.com/
Articles and tips for those planning mission trips.

Web Sites for Christian Youth and Youth Leaders

Check it out!
Take a good look at any website before recommending it to children and youth to see if the views expressed are compatible with your church and denomination’s theology

KidSpirit is a nonprofit online magazine and community by and for youth to engage each other about life’s big questions in an open and inclusive spirit. Its mission is to promote mutual understanding among 11- to 17-year-olds of diverse backgrounds and support their development into world citizens with strong inner grounding.

 Reaching the Hearts of Christian Youth 
Includes activities as well as sharing of ideas by both youth and youth leaders.

"Ignite Your Faith"
For Christian college students and their parents. Includes advice, true stories, college guide, parents’ guide, information about Christian music, etc.

Ignited is an online magazine and community of people ages 18-30 seeking to follow the teachings and actions of Jesus through incarnational living.

Clash Entertainment
Site for Christian teenagers. Updated daily with new reviews of music, movies, videos, games, books and TV shows, along with news and interviews about sports, fashion, comics, and career information. Kids can contribute content.

Forming Faith Resources
From the ELCA "go-to" resource for children, youth and family ministry!

Hollywood Jesus
Visual movie reviews with explorations into deeper, more profound meanings behind film, music and pop culture.

Pray Without Ceasing
Methodist Church, UK. Pray Without Ceasing was an initiative of the Church’s young people, who called on the whole Church to promote a year of non-stop prayer.

Vertical Thought
United Church of God. Archives fromVertical Thought,” which was published from 2003 to 2013. It was created to give relevant content to help young people ages 12-22 discover and live God’s way of life.

Youth Icebreaker Websites

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Take a good look at any website before recommending it to children and youth to see if the views expressed are compatible with your church and denomination’s theology

Youth Ministry
A comprehensive youth ministry website with free “discussion starter” articles and more.

The Source 4 Youth Ministry
Contains ice breakers and lots more free resources for youth ministry.

Wilderdom
Loaded with “Icebreakers, Warmups, Energizers, & De-inhibitizers.” Most are geared for adults but many also appropriate for youths. Trust Building and Team Building categories.  Links to several other sites offering icebreakers.

Youth Group Games
Top ten icebreaker games list includes some team building ice breakers, icebreaker games for children, icebreaker games for adults and get to know you icebreaker ideas.

Fun Attic
Games and activities for all occasions, including nine ice breakers.

Resident Assistant
College dorm site run by its Resident Assistants. Games section offers ideas and instructions to help energize groups and bring people together. Advice and other resources provided by students as well.

Education World
Website for teachers with “19 new getting-to-know-you icebreakers for the first days of school.” Oct. 2016 edition.

Canada Online
Feature article in Canadian newsletter containing ice breakers and warmup activities for Canadian teachers to use on the first day of school. With daily warmup exercises, to take a break and for team building.

Ultimate Camp Resource
Contains ice breakers and advice on how to use them. Also offers activities and links to sites with youth-oriented topics.