Looking for fun, relevant and challenging Christian youth resources? The following information should prove useful.
100 best youth work websites www.premieryouthwork.com/main/internet/100bestwebsites
A run down of the most useful websites for youth ministry. You need to subscribe, or sign up to a free trial, to view content.
Frontier Youth Trust www.fyt.org.uk
FYT works with young people at risk towards justice, equality and community. Their projects include StreetSpace and they provide training and advice.
Urban Saints (formerly Crusaders) www.urbansaints.org
A national organisation, they have a comprehensive range of online resources Energize (0-18) (subscription based) and run a wide range of camps and activities including their annual Spree camps.
Youth for Christ www.yfc.co.uk
They have recently revised the resources section on their website to make it extremely comprehensive - see www.yfcresources.co.uk/ You can set up a free account with YFC Resources to receive regular updates.
Youth Work Resource www.youthworker.org.uk/
Full of useful, practical ideas by youth workers for youth workers.
Youthwork magazine have a host of resources, free on registration https://www.premieryouthwork.com/Resources
Further Reading / Resources
Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practising the Presence of Jesus with Young People by Mark Yaconelli (SPCK, 2006). This is a classic of youth ministry. Well worth reading.
The Faith of Generation Y by Sylvie Collins Mayo, Bob Mayo and Sally Nash with Christopher Cocksworth (Church House Publishing, 2010). An important contribution to understanding contemporary attitudes among Gen Y. This follows Making Sense of Generation Y 2006.
Mission Shaped Youth: rethinking young people and church by Tim Sudworth, with Graham Cray and Chris Russell (Church House Publishing, 2007). Part of a response to the Mission Shaped Church Report Survey, Wide range of case studies and includes fresh views. Anglican flavour, with useful discussion questions.
Models for Youth Ministry: Learning from the Life of Christ by Steve Griffiths (SPCK, 2013). Quite theological in flavour, challenging and enlightening.
Street Smart: Practical Skills for Connecting with Young People by John Robinson with Jan Greenough (Monarch Books, 2011). Another very practical ‘How to’ guide, which includes harder to reach groups.
Young People and Worship – A Practical Guide edited by Mark Montgomery (Church House Publishing, 2007). Contains useful chapters exploring worship, with practical suggestions and links.
Youth Work from Scratch - How to launch or revitalize a Youth Ministry by Martin Saunders (Monarch Books, 2013). A very practical ‘How to’ guide.
Youthwork Magazine is widely read and has a lot of news, ideas and resources. Children’s Work is the sibling publication. www.premieryouthwork.com
Grove Pamphlets These are a series of practical pamphlets written by experienced practitioners. The advantage of these is that they are relatively cheap, quick to read and you can pass them round. www.grovebooks.co.uk Some examples include:
Drama and Faith, Exploring Improvising, Performing by Nigel Roberts (Grove Books, 2012).
Responding to Challenging Behaviour by Jo Pimlott & Nigel Pimlott (Grove Books, 2005).
Self Esteem and Young People by Liz Etherton (Grove Books, 2008).
Schools Ministry as Mission by Nick Shepherd (Grove Books, 2008).
Timeless Approaches to Prayer, Drawing Inspiration from the Christian Tradition by Paul Northam (Grove Books, 2011).
Well Being and Spirituality by Sally Nash & Nigel Pimlott (Grove Books, 2010).