We asked two of our experienced friends in youth ministry, Matt Vosberg and Nick Deck, what websites they use for ministry and think are great resources. With so much out there, where do you start looking for good stuff? Here is a valuable list of good sites and sources they recommended. Enjoy! To find more great resources for youth ministry visit cenational.org/omi.
My Go-To Youth Min Sites:
- Download Youth Ministry
Games, Teaching Series, Videos, etc. (Can purchase items a la cart. There is also a monthly membership option with good perks)
- Open Resources by Lifechurch.tv
Teaching Series from grades 5-12 (and Kids resources too) including videos, Photoshop files, Discussion guides, etc.
- Stuff You Can Use
Youth Ministry Labs, Games, Podcasts, Resources… There’s a lot of content available.
- Dare 2 Share
Free Youth Leader evangelism resources from Dare 2 Share. The site also has resources for purchase for both leaders and students.
- The Source for Youth Ministry
A large library of a variety of Youth Ministry Resources (Articles, Games, Theme Nights, Discussion Topics, etc.)
- The Skit Guys
Illustration and teaching videos as well as drama scripts
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Games
The entertaining games Jimmy Fallon plays with his guests on the Tonight Show. Many are adaptable and can be used during student gatherings, though not all are student appropriate.
- Icebreaker Tags
Customizable name tag generator that gets people up and mixing and has them answer an icebreaker question as they meet new people.
- Disciple 6
A free 6-year discipleship program from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The program covers Apologetics, Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Relationships, Core Doctrines, Ethics, Evangelism and Missions, Servant Leadership, Spiritual Disciplines and Worldview
A web-based graphic design site that helps you create professionally designed Social Media graphics, Power Point slides, etc.
- Pre-Teen Ministries preteenministry.net and fourfivesix.org
Helpful resource sites for those who also work with 4th/5th/6th graders in church ministry.
- Go Weekly from Lead Small
Strategy and resources to train and equip small group leaders and help them connect with students and their parents. (Subscription Required)
- Parent Ministry
Parent ministry resources and strategy to help youth leaders come alongside parents and students through regular communication, training and rites of passage experiences. (Subscription Required)
- D6 Family
Strategy and resources to help children, teens, families and churches live out Deuteronomy 6:4-7 together where families become the primary spiritual disciplers of young people.
- The Gospel Coalition
A place where gospel-centered pastors and church leaders discuss and encourage others about current issues, theology, church mission, gospel advance, etc.
- HomeWord Ministries
A place for encouragement and resources related to parenting and marriage for parents of children and teens.
- Break Point
A site dedicated to addressing many of today’s cultural issues through the lens of a Christian worldview.
- Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.
- Sticky Faith
A resource for church leaders and parents to help see a student’s faith “stick” beyond their High School years.
- Faith Lafayette
A church that has a large biblical counseling program with incredible resources on any topic you would ever counsel through with a student/parent/pre-marital/etc. The church approaches counseling from an incredibly biblical perspective.
Matt Vosberg (Polaris Grace Church in Worthington, Ohio) and Nick Deck (Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Indiana) are seasoned youth workers. Both are graduates of The National Institute and Nick continues to serve as a professor for this youth ministry program at Grace College.
Matt and Nick were a part of Operation Barnabas back in their high school days and continue to bring their youth group students each summer to Momentum Youth Conference. If you want to talk Chicago sports, Matt is your man. In fact, he says that this is the year the Cubs are going to win it all. If you want to talk gaming, Nick is your man.
We appreciate these men very much and pray that the resources listed above are a help and encouragement to your ministry with the next generation!