These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations president and workshop presenter Tim Shapiro, who facilitated this live online event in July 2016. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.
Arzola, Fernando, and Brian Cosby, et al. Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views. Edited by Chap Clark. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.
Five youth ministry practitioners describe their unique perspectives and critique one another’s in this thought-provoking volume. Readers enjoy a front row seat to a spirited and spirit-filled conversation that is aimed at strengthening their own beliefs and practices. A dedicated website offers visitors additional material.
Fuller Youth Institute
Fuller Theological Seminary
135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena, CA 91182
Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) is a program of Fuller Theological Seminary. FYI is a research, training and publishing organization specializing in youth ministry. Of particular importance to congregations is the research arm of FYI, which continuously assesses the needs and issues of contemporary youth. FYI is an excellent resource for congregations working on staffing youth ministry, implementing new youth ministry programs and resourcing existing ministries.
115 Penn Warren Drive, Ste. 300 #117, Brentwood, TN 37027
This group assists congregations and youth ministers in building sustainable youth ministry based on a model developed by founder and veteran youth leader Mark DeVries. Their services include congregational consulting, coaching, assessment, assistance with planning and implementation and ongoing support. Blog posts, podcasts and links to sample ministry forms and templates are free.
Powell, Kara E., and Brad M. Griffin, et al. Sticky Faith Youth Worker Edition: Practical Ideas to Nurture Long-Term Faith in Teenagers. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011.
The Sticky Faith series is based on research from Fuller Youth Institute and ministry with teens in the transitional years of high school and college. It specifically looks at those who had active faith backgrounds and what kept them engaged or caused them to become disengaged with their faith development. Much is learned from comments by students and anecdotal stories that authentically state the challenges and rewards in maintaining fidelity to faith.
Youth Specialties Blog. Accessed 6/29/16. http://thecrg.org/resources/youth-specialties-blog
Topics and trends in youth ministry from Holy Week devotional videos to a discussion on dangerous phone apps, leaders will find content that is informative, inspirational or practical - or all three! A feature called “This Week’s Trending Links” connects to relevant articles by youth ministry specialists across the country. The primary audience is the congregational youth worker, but parents and others with a love for young people could benefit from its offerings as well.