Top Ten Youth Ministry Websites and Books  by Ron Powell


What are your top ten youth ministry resources? That was a great question I was asked last week by a denominational leader. My problem wasn’t coming up with 10. My problem was narrowing the list to only ten. So I came up with 10 books and 10 websites. I really hope that you will look these over, maybe store the list away until you need it, and if you have time, explore some of the links.

You might be amazed at what you discover. And don’t worry, they aren’t paying me to advertise for them!

Top Ten Youth Ministry Resources


Youth Specialties

Youth Specialties is the gateway to everything in youth ministry and has been for years. I love it for articles, ideas, and links to other resources. They even post youth ministry positions.

EGAD Ideas –

Calls itself the Internet’s largest collection of FREE youth group games and ideas … over 1800 of ‘em! And let me tell you it is big. 

www.cpyu.org  The Center for Parent and Youth Understanding,

by Walt Mueller. I know that I wrote about this site on the weekend but it is a gold mine for everything culture related

www.youthpastor.com Youth Pastor. Com

This is what they say:  has been providing free youth ministry resources for youth pastors, ministers, workers and volunteers. Online resources include a job centerfree lessons, a searchable directory of ministries and game ideas.

www.thesource4ym.com  The Source for Youth Ministry

is a site that most of student ministry leaders swear by! Tons of free sources and a lot of materials that you can buy as well.

www.simplyyouthministry.com SYM

Has a ton of resources they say, that Simply Youth Ministry is here to equip, connect, and recharge youth workers with the tools, relationships, and confidence they need to help teenagers develop a committed relationship with Jesus Christ and they live up to this claim

Youth Ministry.com

With a name like this they had better have great resources. They do and they have daily blogs and resources for sale.

Youth Worker  

I have loved Youth Worker since the early days of my ministry. Back then it was just a maganazine. Now it is so much more. (lessons, magazine, articles, programming)

Studentministry.org Student Ministry

( a youth pastor friendly site by and for youth pastors) Tons of useful resources here!

Download Youth Ministryhttp://downloadyouthministry.com/

-one stop resource site for games curriculum, advice, and content of every sort.

 Youth Ministry Books

You can click on any of the titles to read more about them, get reviews, even buy them online if you want! See for yourself. I won’t say much about them.

  1. Building a Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples: A Small Book About a Big Idea by Duffy Robbins
  2. Speaking to Teenagers: How to Think About, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins
  3. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth (Youth Specialties) by Doug Fields
  4. Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0: Everything You Need to Successfully Manage Your Ministry by Mike A. Work and Ginny Olson
  5. The Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis (Youth Specialties) by Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock
  6. Sticky Faith, Youth Worker Edition: Practical Ideas to Nurture Long-Term Faith in Teenagers by Kara E. Powell, Brad M. Griffin and Cheryl A. Crawford 
  7. Junior High Ministry by Wayne Rice 
  8. Youth Culture 101 (Youth Specialties) by Walt Mueller
  9. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) by Chap Clark
  10. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark DeVries

So these are my top ten picks in websites and books for youth ministry. I left some great ones add. It would be great to hear about some you would have put on your list. Leave a note in the comment box below.

5 Valuable Resources for Parents of Teens  by Ron Powell

Parents and youth pastors often ask me if there are any good resources out there for parenting teens. One of the reasons I write this blog is to make some of this information available to you. Here are some of the sources that I trust.

Center for Parent and Youth Understanding

This is a Gold mine of searchable youth culture resources going back years.

There is a constant flow of up to date reviews of what is going on in the world of teens. There is a Podcast, blog, face book updates, and twitter posts. This site is Not about shock and awe but helps make sense of the confusing world of youth culture with practical suggestions targeted at how to respond to all of this. The director of CPYU, Walt Mueller posts on face book and updates in your inbox, if you want the posts. You only need to give them a name and your email address.

Sticky Faith

This is a whole movement of concerned parents and church leaders who are passionate about making faith stick with kids and kids stick to their faith for life. Dr. Kara Powell leads the charge with her book Sticky Faith but she has videos, an e-journal even events for parents of teens.

Focus on the Family


This has been a trusted resource for so many years of top quality resources for the family. It is a door way to dozens of articles answering the questions that parents grapple with all of the time.

Parenting Teens

I signed up for this one a while back and I am so glad that I did. Hundreds of practical, well researched articles that make sense. Amy Morin provides understandable Insights into adolescent development and behavior. The site provides a Blog that you can receive.

Jonathan McKee The Source for Parents


It was a hard choice for the number 5 spot because it means leaving out some other great resources until another time. But what the Source for Parents does is connect you to a bunch of sites I left out. You could go all morning clicking on the links and following the leads to other valuable articles, book reviews, and websites.

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