These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, youth ministry researcher, author, futurist and missional leadership strategist Dr. Dave Rahn. Rahn facilitated the workshop Invigorating Congregational Life through Youth Ministry in April 2016 and April 2017. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.
Alpha Youth. Accessed 3/15/16. http://alphausa.org/youth-campus
Alpha was originally launched in England as a course to help skeptics and seekers investigate the claims of the Christian faith. Its worldwide impact has been stunning, and they have provided one of the best resources I’ve seen targeted toward teens. And it’s free of charge while being very volunteer friendly! The Alpha Youth Film Series helps to provide a safe, high quality environment to explore the basic questions about faith.
Center for Youth Ministry Training
309 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-823-7595 (Nashville Regional Office)
512-960-2989 (Texas Regional Office)
The entire reason for CYMT’s existence is to offer an amazing catalogue of practical resources to congregations. Their website is extremely search-friendly, they’ve got a stable of exceptional leaders, teachers, coaches and consultants in their mix and they keep the communication flow going to serve those with whom they connect.
Fuller Youth Institute
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182
Under the leadership of Dr. Kara Powell, Fuller Youth Institute has distinguished itself by doing very good research and quickly translating it into helpful resources, including curriculum and training. Most notable is Sticky Faith and the numerous ways that the institute is dedicated to helping churches and parents raise up teens whose faith can withstand the turbulence of young adulthood.
Simply Youth Ministry. Accessed 3/15/16. http://www.simplyyouthministry.com
Currently re-tooling all of their resources around the invigorating focus of Jesus-centered youth ministry, SYM and Group Publishing have the horsepower to offer creative and practical curriculum, training, and summer mission trip opportunities that help youth and leaders experience the presence and power of Jesus.
Yale Youth Ministry Institute
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street,
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Yale Youth Ministry Institute is hosted at Yale Divinity School and has a treasure of archived videos to explore. One way to access the videos is by using the Livestream link at the YMI home page: http://www.youthministryinitiative.org/ There is also a separate YouTube channel that YMI hosts with a variety of rich youth ministry resources by some outstanding scholars and practitioners: https://www.youtube.com/user/YouthMinistryNowYMI
3530 E. 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Often considered the grandaddy of all those resourcing youth ministers, YS hosts the National Youth Workers Convention, publishes practical trade books and an academic youth ministry line, and delivers top quality regional training events. These endeavors help adult youth workers and volunteers feel valued and get practical assistance for their work with kids.