Youth leader resources

More resources useful to teens and/or youth ministry can be found on the Apologetics page, the Bible page, the Creation page; the Families page, the History page; & the Outreach page.

APOLOGETIC MEMORY CARDS:

Apologetics “Memory Cards” – great resource; free PDF download from “Local Church Apologetics”

ARTICLES:

“6 Ways to Help Teens Doubting Their Faith: Modern teenagers are struggling to keep their faith, but here is how you can help” – by Jaquelle Crowe for “Beliefnet”.

“How Does Evil Reveal the Greatness of God?” by Bobby Conway, apologist, author, speaker, & founder of the “One-Minute Apologist”.

“What Are the Top Apologetics Resources for Students?” – by Sean McDowell.

“Your Worldview Is Likely More Secular Than You Think” – by youth leader, author, speaker, & Associate Apologetics Professor, Sean McDowell, Ph.D.

BOOKS for YOUTH WORKERS:

BIBLE STUDIES / CURRICULUM:

So the Next Generation Will Know DVD Curriculum – 8-session series by J. Warner Wallace, former cold case detective and founder of “Cold Case Christianity” and youth leader, author, speaker, & Associate Apologetics Professor, Sean McDowell, Ph.D.; “extraordinarily practical tool for anyone concerned with ensuring the next generation understands and embraces a biblical worldview”.

“True U” apologetic series consists of three sets of videos and study guides: “Does God Exist?”, “Is the Bible Reliable?”, & “Is Jesus God?”; from “Focus on the Family”; includes input from Dr. Del Tackett, Dr. Stephen Meyer, Lee Strobel, Dr. Gary Habermas, & more.

DEVOTIONALS for TEENS:

MAGAZINES for TEENS:

“Brio” – teen girl’s Christian magazine by “Focus on the Family”.

“World Teens” – news magazine for kids from a Christian perspective by “World Magazine”.

MEMBERSHIP SITES for YOUTH MINISTRY:

“DYM” (Download Youth Ministry) – membership site founded by author, speaker, & consultant, Doug Fields, & youth pastor, Josh Griffin, so those leading youth ministry can easily find and share ideas & resources; offers a podcast network, blog, store, & has a Facebook page,

“National Network of Youth Ministries” (NNYM) – “God intends for us to do youth ministry in community – so together we can reach every teenager with the gospel. We need each other.”; offers free membership with blog articles, resources, training, podcasts, can find a local network or start & register one.

YOUTH CAMPS:

Please give credit to Andy at “Christian Camp Pro” for compiling a comprehensive free list of U.S. camps, retreat centers, and resources.  Search on his site for camps and scroll down on page for camps listed by state (ie., here’s the list for California).

“Angeles Crest Christian Camp” in mountains between Palmdale & La Canada; great staff; offers winter camp, summer camp, & Science & Outdoor Education; also offers kids’ camps.

“Forest Home” in southern California; offers junior high & high school camps; also offers kids’ camps and family camps in other location.

“Hartland Christian Camp” in Central California; offers winter & summer camps for junior high & high school; also offers kids’ camp & family camps; snack shop has awesome shakes!

“Hume Lake Christian Camp” in Central California; offers winter & summer camp for junior high & high school; also offers kids’ summer camp & family camps and other camps; has other locations.

“Jenness Park” in Northern California; offers winter & summer camp for junior high & high school, also offers kids’ camps, mother/daughter & father/son camps, and more.

“Life Camp” at Lopez Lake on Central Coast of California; offers high school summer camp and also summer discipleship camp for 3rd – 8th grade.

“Thousand Pines”on Big Bear Mountain in Southern California; offers winter & summer camps for junior high & high school; also offers kids’ camps & family camps.

“Lead the Cause”“Transform the life of your youth ministry with a one-week summer intensive to help your students make disciples”; see other resources from “Dare 2 Share” under websites below.

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS:

“Dare 2 Share Live”“Train your teens to live out and share the gospel with their world”; in 2019, 561 churches in 98 locations; see other resources from “Dare 2 Share” under websites below.

YOUTH MINISTRY GAMES:

“The Source for Youth Ministry”free games; see listing under websites below for their other resources.

YOUTH MINISTRY ONLINE VIDEOS:

“Was the Early Church Socialist?” – 3-minute video clip from youth leader, author, speaker, & Associate Apologetics Professor, Sean McDowell, Ph.D.

“What Has Christianity Actually Done for the World?” – 3-minute video clip from youth leader, author, speaker, & Associate Apologetics Professor, Sean McDowell, Ph.D.

WEBSITES:

“Creation Training Initiative”“mission is to equip Christians worldwide to be effective teachers and speakers on the subjects of biblical creation and apologetics, so that, the next generation can be trained to stand firm on biblical truth and defend the gospel”; founder, Mike Riddle, offers articles, short videos, various training courses, seminars, online video training, interviews, & more.

“Dare 2 Share”“We equip teens to share their faith and youth leaders to build youth ministries that advance the Gospel”; founded by former youth minister, author, & speaker, Greg Stier; offers training, events, free resources (articles, curriculum series, how to share your faith resources, how to engage other worldviews, free e-books, teen devotionals, phone apps (“Dare to Share”,“Life in 6 Words”, & “Gospel Advancing Ministry”), branded gear, leadership resources, curriculum & downloads, & more.

“Genesis Apologetics“committed to providing Christian families with Biblically & scientifically based answers to the evolutionary theory that many children are taught during 6th, 7th, and 10th grades in public schools (in California) & most other states during varying grades”; offers videos, speaking events.

“Josh McDowell Ministry” (ministry of “Cru”) – “serves and equips the Body of Christ in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live it out“; site offers a multitude of resources: research, publications, apologetics resources, online apologetic videos, teen devotionals, answers for teens, stuff for teens, “Straight Talk” blog articles, student blog, sex & relationships, & more.

“One Minute Apologist” – by apologist, author, speaker, & founder, Bobby Conway; offers over 950 video teaching clips on YouTube channel; some clips are a little longer and some include discussions with guests.

“Ravi Zacharias International Ministries” (RZIM): “Difficult Questions. Thoughtful Answers” – founded by evangelist, apologist, author, & speaker, Ravi Zacharias; offers articles, speakers, YouTube channel, & events; in-person evangelism training at the “Zacharias Institute” in Atlanta, GA, at The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics” (OCCA) in England, & student training; also offers online training with “RZIM Academy” as well as small group curriculum,“Everyday Questions”.

“Rooted”“a place to reflect theologically on how student ministers can ground their message and ministries more deeply in the Cross and the Gospel of grace”; offers articles, resources for new youth ministry leaders, experienced youth ministry leaders, & parents, podcasts, info on connecting to a regional network group, a conference, & more.

“Sean McDowell: Bringing Truth to a New Generation”; youth leader, author, speaker, & Associate Apologetics Professor, Sean McDowell, Ph.D., offers blog articles, podcasts, books, speaking events, videos, Facebook page, & more.

The BEAT”(Biblical Encouragement And Truth)
Trailer for – by Bible teacher, speaker, & Worship leader, Allen Parr; 5-10 minute clips answer questions many people ask about the Bible & the Christian faith; Allen Parr also has “Let’s Equip Academy” with “Bible Study Made Easy” (see trailer on How to Study Bible page).

“The Source for Youth Ministry”“encouraging and equipping youth workers to reach young people across the globe”; founded by author, speaker, & former youth pastor, Jonathan McKee; site offers Jonathan’s books (has books for teens, parents, and youth leaders), free games, free leader training, free talks/sermons, “The Source for Parents”, & more.

“YM360”“lead your students to be passionate about the Way, the Word, and the World”; offers resources, “Generate Camps” all over U.S. & retreats, Bible studies, membership game library (30 day free trial), Sunday curriculum, weeknight curriculum, teen devotions, leader devotions, blog, “52 Threads” (t-shirts), “Servant Life” (mission trips), & more.

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