Youth Pastor /Leader Resources
Online Resources For Youth Leaders YouthPastor.Com helps youth leaders exchange ideas, find resources, inspire and encourage one another, find youth-ministry positions, chat and post messages, search a database of youth games and locate other youth pastors. Track down a long-lost pastor friend, or add your own name to the list. Also visit the excellent resources at Youth Specialties.
Youth Specialties: http://www.gospelcom.net/ys/
International Children'S Ministry: A Place Of Ministry To Little People
International Children's Ministry (ICM) provides helpful resources for
children's pastors and workers. ICM's goal is to "train, encourage,
motivate, network and resource Christian leaders who minister to
children." View online a catalog of resources and products for teachers
and leaders that includes computer software, videos, music and themed
resources. Products include children's church worship programs, craft and
activity books and much more. Check out the Idea Bank for some great
reader-submissions; submit your own ideas as well. A job center and
networking links are also available. Visit today--little people will love
the resources you find and use from ICM!
International Children's Ministry: http://www.incm.org
New Resources To Better Serve Youth For Christ
Youth for Christ (YFC) offers ministry opportunities and resources for
youth leaders--internships for national and international locations, staff
positions worldwide, Project Serve mission trips and more. YFC also
announces a free new email list for middle school youth workers. Each
week, youth leaders of middle-schoolers will receive help and
encouragement from others who share their passion and vision for this age
group--there's ideas for field-tested meetings, games or other tools. Then
there's a new relational-building "Hear Me Out!" card deck (cards ask
teens stimulating questions in a variety of areas). CafeReality, YFC's Web
site for teens, now has "Devos & Gutsy Acts" available by email daily; a
free CafeReality email service is also available. Find all these great
resources and lots more at the YFC Web sites listed below.
Youth for Christ: http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/
Recruiting information: http://www.joinyfc.org/
Project Serve mission trips: http://www.projectserve.org/
Middle School Resources: http://www.yfc.org/jv/
Hear Me Out! cards: http://www.shopyfc.org/products/hmo-cd1.shtml
Youth Networks: On The Growing Edge
Youth Networks in the USA and 26
other nations are sharing ideas and resources through the internet. As a
result many challenging things are happening. Curt Grice and Stephen
Hammond, the Coordinators in Arlington, Texas reported that the youth
workers are praying monthly through the student directories of the five
main high schools in Arlington. This effort touches 23,000 students. More
Weekly Student Newsletter Now Available For Youth Leaders' Use
Youth Specialties announces a great new service--a weekly e-mail
newsletter that youth leaders can send to their students. The new Youth
Specialties' Student E-mail Newsletter will include a brief devotional or
thought, humor, quotes and links to cool Web sites. Leaders may customize
the newsletter to include local announcements, deadlines,
events--whatever! The newsletter is free, with brief messages from
sponsors to help cover the cost. The first issue will be released on
November 5, 2001.
Student E-mail Newsletter:
Youth For Christ Director Shares Youth Ministry Ideas And Resources Jonathan McKee, training and resource director for Youth for Christ Ministries, Sacramento, California (USA), presents a gold mine of resources for youth ministry workers. Find ideas for games, special events, weekly outreach programs; also find youth ministry links on the Web. Access student leadership material, staff training tips, speaker ideas, recommended video clips and a crucial educational area--teen lingo! Tap into the results of successful youth ministry as Jonathan shares ideas that work. Jon is "not only a ministry expert, he's a kid magnet." Visit Jonathan's Web site and you may be magnetized too!
Jonathan's Youth Resources: http://www.jonathansresources.com/index.html
Youthworker: A Contemporary Youth Ministry Journal Youthworker, the contemporary journal for youth ministry from Youth Specialties, addresses the needs of youth workers with articles written by their peers. In the current issue, readers will find articles on helping youth affected by the Columbine tragedy (USA), scarred by sexual abuse, involved in risky behavior, engaged in homosexual lifestyles and broken by divorce. This Web site will be of use for all youth workers in their search for new ministry ideas.
Note: Even though the seminar below is out of date, this ministry might have a similar conference in the future.
Youth Specialties 2000 Seminars Coming To Usa/Canadian Cities The Youth Specialties (YS) training team will travel to over 100 USA/Canadian cities this spring, with one-day National Resource Seminars (NRS) to provide training, ideas, encouragement and vision to youth pastors. Find information on the cities, dates, topics and speakers on the NRS Web site. YS encourages youth leaders to attend, and comments, "Whether you're new to youth ministry or a 20-year veteran, Youth Specialties has something for you. You'll spend an entire day focused on your ministry, returning home with a head full of innovative ideas, practical strategies, helpful tools-and a heart full of enthusiasm and passion for the critical task of reaching out to young people." Access registration info online. Sign up now and mark your calendar for this outstanding youth seminar opportunity.
YS National Resource Seminar: http://www.gospelcom.net/ys/events/nrs/?ifc
Youth Specialties' Seminars Train Youth Leaders To Reach Teens With the recent rise of teen interest in spirituality, Christian youth pastors and adult youth volunteers may sometimes feel they need some practical resources and innovative ideas to better connect with youth and draw them closer to God. The 2000 Youth Specialties (YS) National Resource Seminar for Youth Workers hopes to equip youth ministry leaders with the training they need to make a fresh difference. In one intense day of training by leading youth experts, more than 20,000 youth pastors and volunteers will gather in 100+ cities throughout the United States and Canada to take part in this conference, open to youth leaders of all denominations. See the YS Web site for more info.
Youth Specialties: http://www.youthspecialties.com/
Read "The Best Of Mike Yaconelli" From Youth Specialties Mike Yaconelli, co-founder and owner of Youth Specialties, presents helpful articles on the Youth Specialties Web site. Read selected articles from the "Dangerous Wonder" column in "Youthworker": "Souls in Danger," "The Sins of Youth Ministry," "Girl, Interrupted" and more. From "The Back Door" column in "The Door," read "Annoying Faith," "The Expertise of the Inept" and "When Our Souls Stand on Tiptoe." Order Mike's video, "The Heart of Youth Ministry," and enjoy excerpts from his book, "Dangerous Wonder." This gifted author/speaker has spent 40 years communicating to youth and youth leadership--and he does it well. You will enjoy the online selections from Mike's skillful pen.
The Best of Mike Yaconelli: http://www.gospelcom.net/ys/free/yac/
Extending Christ's Hand To Generations X, Y and Z Reaching the Generations for Jesus (RGJ) presents excellent resources for youth leaders who minister to Generations X, Y and Z. Find discussion on inter-generational issues, practical ministry helps, general youth issues and more. Access a recommended reading list, movie reviews and discussion guides, Bible discussion topics and a unique simulation games database. The webmaster, a youth leader in South Africa, states, "The specific purpose of these pages is to analyze the generations from a Christian point-of-view, and discover how best the gospel of Jesus Christ may be communicated within the generational culture."
Reaching the Generations for Jesus: http://home.pix.za/gc/gc12/
Free Software Helps Churches Manage Children's Programs PastorDbase, free to download, helps churches manage their children's programs. The database, designed by a youth pastor who is also a software consultant, is designed "to keep track of children, programs, helpers/staff, suppliers and the registration process for multiple programs." Both the software and the instruction manual are available for free download at the Web site below.
Devos And Gutsy Acts: Email Helps For Teens To Live Their Faith Teens today face challenges when it comes to sharing their faith, and Youth for Christ (YFC) wants to help by providing teens with practical ways to live their faith and grow closer to God. Now through "Devos and Gutsy Acts," a free email and online service from YFC's Live the Life (LTL) Online, teens can study God's Word and discover how it applies to them. At the LTL Web site, teens, ministry leaders and adults can also enjoy "Eva's Tips and Tricks" for sharing one's faith and confronting issues; "Campus Strategies" with advice on starting Bible study groups on campus; and "Tough Questions," examining probing questions about Christianity. YFC also provides several chat areas for teen interaction.
Devos and Gutsy Acts: http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/students/devos/
Live the Life Online: http://www.gospelcom.net/yfc/livethelife
Emerging Young Leaders: A Support And Resource Center For Mentors Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) is an exciting international ministry that provides resources and training to mentor tomorrow's Christian world leaders in academic, business, church and home settings. Read "The Leader's Edge: Results and Relationships" by Dr. Wynn, President and CEO, (former director of Asia Pacific Area, Youth for Christ International and former President of YFC/USA). Find info on urban and international ministries, seminars and training, including EYL's recent conference, EuroTrain2000. Access mentoring kits and other materials and read "TopFlight Leadership," "Revival Generation" and "Turning Tragedy into Triumph." EYL is now a member of the Gospelcom ministry alliance.
Emerging Young Leaders: http://www.eyl.org/
Fly To New Youth Ministry Heights With Top Flight Leadership Top Flight Leadership helps youth leaders worldwide "take flight" to their leadership potential through teaching effective leadership skills, empowering youth leaders with values and attitudes for successful ministry, and investing personally in youth leaders' lives. From personalized leadership training to guides for leadership and mentoring, Top Flight provides resources devoted to help increase the effectiveness of youth ministry.
Top Flight: http://www.gospelcom.net/topflight/
Mainstay Church Resources
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our Adventure journals for students to lead your large or small group youth
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with 8 high-octane, energy-packed video segments to get your youth
discussions started. The journals (which teens do daily at home) drive home
your weekly lessons through additional Scripture study and practical,
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Promises Worth Keeping: The Real Deal Student Leader's Guide
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What to Do: I'm So Confused: Student Leader's Guide
Global Youth Ministry Report
Doing youth ministry outside the USA
or training youth workers globally? A new free service, "The Global
Youth Ministry Report" sends out an e-mail to find out what's working
globally in such areas as "Training Student Leadership," "Reaching Lost
Youth," or "Developing Indigenous Worship for Youth." Then, a writer
compiles this global wisdom and e-mails back a free report. In this
way, youth workers glean ideas from practitioners in various cultures
that may well work in their own setting. Finally, each report will be
archived at http://www.reach-out.org in the "ARTICLES" section (Whew!
What a great site!) so that further input from readers can add to this
global I.Q. of youth ministry. Interested in this free wisdom exchange?
E-mail Steve, in cooperation with Reach Out Youth Solutions, at
Find Free "Youth Ministry Resources Galore" At Pastor2youth.com
Youth Ministry Resources Galore announces a site redesign, providing new
games (over 120 more games added to the games section including water
games, holiday games, theater games and simulation games), a free 84 page
leadership manual (Adobe Acrobat PDF format) available for download, a new
illustration collection and much more. Ryan Nielsen, youth pastor and
creator of the Web site, also includes copies of papers written for an
M.A. in Youth and Family Ministry as well as a Youth Ministries Resource
Exchange where youth leaders can share materials--lessons in text and
PowerPoint, plays, PowerPoint backgrounds and worship resources.
Everything on the Web site is free, with the exception of a one-year youth
devo that can be ordered online for junior-high and senior-high youth.
Youth Ministry Resources Galore: http://www.pastor2youth.com/
Ministering To High School Students? A New Resource For Youth Leaders
The Source for Youth Ministry invites visitors to check out Jonathan
McKee's new book, "The Top 12 Resources that Youth Workers Want!" Find
helpful resources for youth ministry--games, event ideas, weekly outreach
programs, video clips and more. The book includes how-to helps for
recruiting volunteers, running student leadership programs, developing
small groups and programming for big events. Youth Specialties founder
Wayne Rice says, "This book will not only give you the practical help you
need, but it will renew your confidence and enthusiasm for youth ministry.
I highly recommend this book!" Coming out on September 9, the book is
available by pre-order now at the Web site listed below. Those who
pre-order the book this week will receive a free resource CD with great
speaking resources--messages, illustrations and more.
"Top 12 Resources": http://www.thesourcefym.com/book.asp
Great Resources For Teen Leaders
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