Adventures In Missions:
Looking for other sites that have youth ministry stuff
you can acutally use! Check out some of these "Jonathan Approved" sites!
Looking for a mission trip opportunity for your youth group, college group, or church?
Check out AIM. These guys are solid and have some great mission opportunities for
you and your group. The site's easy to follow, and they're easy to get a hold of.
Many of you who The Source Ezine
recognize the name Al Menconi. I've quoted
Al and plugged his newsletters in the past. Al Menconi Ministries' mission is to
educate and equip Christian parents, leaders and youth to consider the values communicated
in their entertainment—especially today's music—and encourage choices consistent
with God's Word. Al writes fantastic articles; be sure to check this site out!
Apple Sauce Kids:
This is a great place for FREE children's ministry resources. You name it: games,
coloring pages, crafts, tips, puzzles, clowning info, puppet scripts ... all free.
My kind of site.
Ask Me My Story:
Why is it that so many of us are truly passionate about Jesus, but are so reserved
when it comes to sharing our faith? Is it a fear of rejection? Feelings of inadequacy?
Unfamiliarity with the Scripture? Regardless of the reasons you have for not sharing
your faith, the people at Ask Me My Story are here to help. AskMeMyStory.org
helps young people boldly share their faith.
You can easily use the tools they offer to begin sharing your faith in Christ-like
ways. Plus they have tons of resources that offer everything from encouragement
to tips on practicality when sharing your faith. Hey, we've got a story to tell,
so let's get to it.
This is an invaluable tool for plain ol' BIble study, small group discussion write-up,
and sermon prep. The primary features are "Passage look-up" and "Keyword Search".
It features 50 online Bible versions in 35 languages. In English, all the major
players included: KJV, NKJV, NIV, NASB, NLT, TNIV, The Message, and 13 other English
versions or translations. Great for cutting and pasting passages to your notes or
PowerPoints. Footnotes with Greek stuff and other helps included.
Bibles At Cost:
This site is the best place to order Bibles. If you don't believe me ... check out
the prices. They are the LOWEST!!! Gordie, the owner of this organization believes
in getting Bibles out, as opposed to driving a nice car! Awesome organization, I
use them for all Bible and software needs!
Here's one of the few not free exceptions we've made to our web links page. As the
Buckets-O-Fun home page touts, "From things that fly to a bucket full of slime,
we are your #1 source for unusual and hard to find items for your group activities.
Age is no limit to the fun to be had." Lots of goofy, fun items to add to your youth
event or camp experience: rubber chickens, pigs, or bass (the fish not the instrument),
finger rockets, slimy stuff they call Chunky Yuck, Saucy Yuck, and Snowy Yuck, not
to mention a page devoted to Yuck Accessories. And you know how much The Source
likes slimy stuff. (In case you're wondering, according to their Safety Data Sheet,
Yuck is Non hazardous under OSHA 29CFR 1910.1200). Another thing we really like
is that they include free Game Instruction PDFs for all their products. Super Chicken
Tag? Now that's our kind of game!
for Parent/Youth Understanding:
This site has a veritable plethora of great resources about youth culture. Walt
Mueller, president of Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU), publishes a
quarterly newsletter about youth culture available on this CPYU web site. This is
great site with lots of useful links to help us keep current with where youth are
today. Check it out.
Children's FREE Bible Curriculum
Looking for some new children's curriculum but you have NO budget? No worries. Calvary
Chapel posted their curriculum online for free. Check out this children's curriculum
with coloring, word searches, Q and A, both Old and New Testament. What a great
Creative Youth Ideas
After 20 years in youth ministry, Ken Sapp has quite a few ideas and he's sharing
them for free with children's and youth workers on his web site. A little bit of
everything: icebreakers, evangelism ideas, drama ideas, over 40 object lessons,
more than 100 creative teaching ideas, and 50 teaching illustrations. Take your
Energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share, and own their faith in
Jesus is Dare2Share's bottom line. Dare 2 Share is convinced that the answer to
this crisis in Christianity lies in an aggressive initiative to transform youth
ministry from reactive and entertainment based to Great Commission driven and Scripture
based. They understand the power of giving students something to do and something
. D2S provides thought-provoking and insightful books, hosts
radical conferences, and has produced two reality based DVD productions called The
, each bringing together seven strangers first in the Rocky
Mountains, then in Maui, and taking them on a journey through the gospel message
as it unfolds throughout the story of the Bible. Raw, real and riveting discussions,
an emotional breakdown or two, and a few shocking surprises! Also, check out their
web site, including a FREE STUFF link, which currently provides over 1,400 FREE
evangelism and discipleship resource pieces.
Deeper Devotion - A Site for Growing Christian Students
Deeper Devotion is a free web site which was started with the purpose of encouraging
students to know God more intimately. It does that with several elements, the main
being a daily text devo that's short, biblical, and available as a podcast. Students
can sign up and choose to receive their daily devo via email, RSS feed, or iTunes.
Also available are relevant articles with an anonymous user Q&A comment thread on
each. We got positive feedback from sr. high students we asked to check it out.
One guy said, "I really like the site because it allows teens to ask questions that
many are afraid to go straight to a Christian adult or (another) teenager, for that
matter." There's nothing fancy about the layout, so it's not like showing up to
a virtual playground, but if you want biblical substance, we recommend this site.
Door of Hope 4 Teens
For teenagers and young adult women who struggle with cutting and similar forms
of self injury, Door of Hope 4 Teens not only provides free and confidential phone
and email support, but good basic info on the issue for teens and those who want
to help them, scriptural encouragement, a great web links page and multiple book
recommendations by respected authors.
Experience Mission has developed mission trip opportunities for all ages. In the
summer we have active youth mission trips that include junior high and senior high
teams. In every partner community location there are college mission trips as well
as other opportunities for college students. We have adult mission trips throughout
the year and you can plan a family mission trip with a group of at least 14 adults.
Each year Experience Mission sends thousands of people into our partner communities
to serve and provide hope to others. From rural mission trips on the Navajo Reservation
and in Appalachia to urban cities on both coasts and the midwest you can come and
The purpose of FaithFreaks.com is to glorify God by providing an alternative social
network that is safe, clean, friendly, and Christ-centered
. The site is
set up similarly to MySpace, highlighting featured musicians and new people. User
pages are exactly like MySpace, as well, with the capacity to download layouts,
videos, and music. The difference? NO SKANKY ADVERTISING OR PICTURES! Profiles of
users under 18 are automatically set to private, but a browse showed that they have
the option to go public. Those under 13 are given extra precautions and are encouraged
to ask their parents' permission before setting up an account.
I use this Focus on the Family website for their section on media. Scroll down the
left hand side and press Media and Culture for Film reviews, Music Reviews and TV
reviews. The Film reviews are from a Christian perspective and list all positive
elements, spiritual content, sexual content, violence, etc. A great site to check
out before taking your family to see "American Pie."
Free Bible Commentary:
Dr. Bob Utley (Bible
) has built a free commentary in written, audio, and
video formats. We can't explore every one, but if you listen to his " You Can Understand
the Bible" opening seminar, you'll know where he's coming from. He's unabashedly
Baptist, but doesn't hesitate to quote from How to Read the Bible for All it's Worth
by charismatic author Gordon
. He takes manuscript errors and translation problems to task without
dishonoring the overall accuracy and holiness of God's Word. Some may disagree on
points of denominational difference, but overall, Dr. Utley helps one consider the
historical context, author's original intent, the original recipients, manuscript
variants, and encourages thorough Bible study and dependence on God's Spirit for
Fun and Games:
Often, when I'm sent one of these links, it's just a site promoting the sale of
some book or another. Or maybe a site with just a handful of games. Well, Kit from
the UK and his site are worth checking out. Kit has a respectable amount of games,
arranged by type. He also has mind benders, dramas and more! Good stuff.
Go Campus Coaching Center:
This web site is a great resource for anyone wanting to reach a campus for Christ.
The Go Campus Coaching Center is a service to the Challenge 2000 Alliance (Challenge
Alliance). This web site consists of resources from many different organizations.
It not only provides resources, but is committed to give ongoing help to starter
youth ministries and to help current ministries grow. Good resources and hands-on
HomeWord, formerly Youthbuilders, has developed this web site as a resource to parents
and youth workers. This site is the home of the popular radio show "HomeWord with
Jim Burns." The site is laid out extremely well with resources for all. Some of
the highlights are their free parent newsletter, daily devotions, real life answers
and articles. Check it out!
This site features instructions to several playtested, high quality free icebreakers,
fun games, and team building activities - perfect for group facilitation, the first
day of class (teaching), training, and meetings of all kinds. To achieve good group
dynamics or just for fun, these free icebreaker games can be useful as youth group
activities, party games, business and corporate training activities, college group
activities, activities for kids, or simply good icebreaker games for family or friends
on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
The Internet Movie Database:
This is the coolest movie site to find actors, directors, movie titles, release
dates, etc. Just type in "Harrison Ford" in the actor blank and see all he's ever
done, biographies, etc!
This is a completely on-line television station that is also available through some
satellite providers. It has Christian shows ranging from music videos, movies, extreme
sports, talk shows and preachers. Plus it has encouraging youth programs like "24/7
Youth Group," "The Ramp" and "Youth Group Europe." It streams really easily and
if you have dial up you can still listen to it without having to see it. This site
will hook a lot of your youth, leaders and sponsors because it is geared towards
ages 12-30. Honestly to call this a Christian MTV would be an insult to it, because
it is so much better in variety, quality and content than MTV ever has been.
JuniorHighMinistry.org is your source for everything junior high. It’s their mission
to equip junior high ministry leaders around the world. They realize there aren’t
a lot of specific resources, tools or even blogs for this age group. Most are focused
on student ministry as a whole, rather than specifically on middle school students.
They recognize this is a specific age group with specific needs, which is why they
exist. Everything they create is to help you reach junior high students more effectively.
Kid's Sunday School Place:
Kid's Sunday School Place is your source for fresh, creative Children's Ministry
resources, Sunday school lessons, Bible crafts, activities, object lessons, stories,
skits, games, songs & much more. Teaching elementary Sunday school has never
been so much fun! There's even a Spanish edition to the site.
Learn to Ballroom Dance Online at Dancetv.com:
You may ask, "What does this have to do with youth ministry?" And Jonathan will
answer, "Nothing. But it sure is a cool site!" Check out the cool video, too!
LifeChurch.tv Downloadable Resources:
LifeChurch.tv, a multi-location church with sites in Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona,
has made their sermon series resources available for free. You can download short
video intros, layered graphics files (for bulletins and posters), and sermon outlines.
You can preview almost all of these resources before downloading. Though time consuming,
if you're serious about patterning a series after theirs, it's worth sitting through
part or all of the sermons and video shorts.
While not exhaustive, what's here is relevant, funny, and well done. One reviewer
observed that there wasn't much scriptural teaching within the lessons; they're
mostly topical, though useful anecdotes. So, I guess we'd add B.Y.O.B.V. (Bring
your own Bible Verses). Just for laughs, check out a few of the video intros in
their Parenting series - funny stuff.
Created by Eddie Witkowski, MiddleSchoolMinistry.com is a to connect other Middle
School Pastors to sermons, games, videos, and technology that could help you do
Middle School Ministry better. If you do Middle School Ministry, check it out.
MiddleSchoolMinistry.com is also on Facebook and Twitter.
Missions to Mexico:
If you're looking for a low-priced (under $250 for a 7-day trip!) STMO (short-term
missions organization) to work with for your next mission trip to Mexico, this experienced
outfit might be a great option. They answer almost every imaginable question on
the site's 13 pages (not including their links), providing details about what you
can expect, from what group fees are used for, safety issues, to schedules, VBS,
and work projects. If nothing else, the Coordinator's Manual seems to cover all
the bases and might be a good comparative reference for any missions trip.
You won't believe this resource. A bunch of guys out of Calvary Chapel decided to
start a ministry to help create, provide, & distribute the Bible in MP3 audio format
for evangelism, discipleship, new believers, conferences, retreats, and outreaches.
Here's the skinny: If you want some great follow-up material to give to new believers
at an outreach event, at church each week, etc., these guys will put it together
for you for FREE. You just pay the cost of the duplication of the CD's, only about
$1 or $2 each. So you could have them create a CD with your logo, your best "discipleship"
sermon, and the audio of the entire New Living Translation of the New Testament
all on a CD for you to give away. This is NOT to sell- only to give away. What a
On My Own Now Ministries:
On My Own Now Ministries reaches young women with biblically-based multimedia, events,
and programs to encourage faith, wise life choices, and Christ-like attitudes as
they transition to independence during their latter teen years and early twenties.
Their collection of resources also includes practical leadership on relationships,
money management, and godly fashion for young women who desperately need all three.
Based on the biblical book of Proverbs, this ministry provides "straight talk" to
young ladies who want to honor God with their lives.
One of the best sites on the net for Christian students. Be sure to hit "Play" on
the home page to listen to cool music while you browse this site sponsored by the
Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. (Click the "Track" button for more tunes.) A not-too-busy,
easy to follow resource with a Q&A page worth referring your students and their
friends to, along with "Believe" and "Grow" pages for non, new, and used Christians
to explore loads of culture current topics and other questions about growing and
becoming a follower of Jesus. There are also informative pages on pop culture profiling
believers in the arts and sports and quick takes on movies and music. Students and
youth workers alike will appreciate the free downloads.
Pastor 2 Youth:
I love web sites with free resources. Ryan has dedicated this site to bringing you
plenty of free resources you can use. His games are divided by "where you play them"—I
like that. My favorite part of this web site is a database that contains over 2,000
I don't usually link local organizations, but people travel all over for Rock-N-Water
camp. Rock-N-Water is a very cool Christian youth camp in California that uses outdoor
adventures like white water rafting, rock climbing, backpacking, canyoneering, and
team building for working with youth groups. They are located on the South Fork
of the American River in Coloma. They even host a Walk-on-Water
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries:
If you've never had theprivilegeof hearing Ron, check out this site! Ron is one
of the most powerful speakers I have ever heard. Check out his "Life Issues" section
under the "Real Answers" menu at the top for incredible resources on hot issues,
organized by topic in alphabetical order.
This is an incredible resource to screen movies or videos before you see them. This
detailed site reviews and lists every influential element, from specific bad language
and imitative behavior to drug and alcohol content and scenes you'd just rather
your kids or yourself not see. This isn't just a "warning label" site; there's also
a box labeled, "Topics To Talk About" on each movie description page. Don't let
the "subscriber" prompt fool you; you can look up loads of movies after you scroll
to the bottom of the home page and just click the "No Thanks" button.
Teen Sunday School Place:
Whether you need Sunday school lessons, Bible study ideas, activities, object lessons,
skits, games, or tips for leading, this site has it. Titles with a green dot are
free, items with a red dot are available to registered members. To their credit,
TSSP supplies plenty of green dots, and while not comprehensive, resources are quality.
¿Querría usted esto en español? Everything has been translated to Spanish so that
you can click the Spanish link button at the top right of any page to toggle back
and forth from English to Spanish. ¡Super fresco!
Looking for answers to tough "life-issues" that you're facing? Alcoholism, depression,
eating disorders, sexual pressures, pornography ... how do you deal with these things?
TroubledWith.com is a collection of articles, resources and referrals organized
by topic around family issues and concerns. Their goal is to help families by providing
complete coverage of issues including a brief introduction to each topic, an overview
of the issue at hand, Q&A with experts and tips for making things better.
VolunteerPower.com provides free online resources you can use to recruit, motivate
and train volunteers. Use Volunteer Power's online interview guide, including interview
questions for volunteer or paid staff. Or check out a complete plan for a strategic
planning retreat. Also find helpful articles on motivating, recruiting, managing
and even firing volunteers. Don't stop at the website- sign up for the free monthly
newsletter that provides fresh ideas, resources and even interviews with people
who are actually doing it right!
Middle School Ministers gather online:
Committed to making Middle School Ministry better, Tom Shefchunas created uthmin.net.
Knowing that thousands of pastors have thousands of ideas every year, it is pretty
simple to understand that there are millions of great ideas out there. And Uthmin.net
is all about sharing those ideas with you.
You can also follow them on Twitter for up-to-date ideas.
Here's a fun game site from down under. Not a ton of content yet, but the tools
are quite helpful with a custom search, favorites, etc. I always like to keep game
sites like these in my favorites!
Youth Group Games:
You don't need to spend hours searching for a great game any longer. Jon VerLee
has a great site that has plenty of games listed on it that are perfect for youth
ministries. The games are broken down by number of players, and also by age of players
so you can click straight to what you need. Also, each game has a helpful materials
list at the top so you will know what you need up front. This site could not be
easier to use, and it's growing all the time.
Youth Group Games Directory:
Joel Zerner, who leads youth in Adelaide, Australia, has created a new web site
with just games. The database is small at the moment, but growing. It features a
custom game search which allows the user to search by game type, keywords, duration,
messy-rating, number of teams needed and others. It also provides categories like
Relaxing Rainy Day, Outdoor Action, Olympian Style, Team Challenge, and more.
Group Publishing, Inc. added this site Summer of 2000 and it looks like it's going
to be good. It features articles on current youth trends and ministry ideas. It
also provides a free resource section that will be filled up with games, discussion
starters and ideas. Hundreds of FREE articles and ideas are available from Group
Publishing's archive of resources. They also list more than 700 links to other web
Youth Ministry Architects:
Group YMA is a ministry associated with speaker and author Mark Devries. YMA partners
with churches and youth ministries, working alongside key stakeholders -including
senior pastors, youth ministers, parents and students- to customize strategic plans
for building successful and sustainable youth ministries.
Youth Network Television:
This new, cutting edge Youth Network web site is a Christian hub for teens (like
Facebook and MySpace). It links to Facebook, Youtube, and MySpace, and promises
to provide new content every day. Users can slam in their video uploads, pictures,
comments, and blog posts. The site creators plan to link up around 60 bands from
the Gospel Music Awards in April, when they interview them for their TV show, which
airs three times per week on Dish Network and Sky Angel IPTV. Here's something you
won't get from too many other networking sites: With permission from bands, they're
also working on having live, hidden concert cam streaming on this site when they
video tape Christian concerts and youth events. No one can randomly look at users'
profiles without signing up themselves.
This sight hits the ball out of the park. Great search engines and resources for
all types of youth ministry. They have games, curriculum, events ... you name it.
Check it out!
Youth Roots Digital Youth Rooms:
Youth Roots boasts that it takes the best of social networking sites and reinvents
them to help youth leaders interact with, involve, and inspire their youth members,
friends, and family. The leader controls the roles of those people on their pages,
along with the visibility of the group online. Youth Roots provides access to original
content - faith-related articles on culture current events, videos, music, and a
"yPod" radio streams that run 24/7, one for Christian and one for Jewish listening
audiences. Students create pages with blogs and pics, controlling what features
are visible to others. Groups can post their calendar of events, online discussions,
and create online photo albums. I like the fact that this site seems to have plenty
for leaders AND kids. This could be a great alternative for those who don't want
to build either a Facebook or MySpace. Plus, it's FREE for groups under 25 members.
This site needs no introduction. The Youth Specialties page is the hub of youth
ministry resources. "I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!" Especially check out their
games page and choose Youth Ministry Forum's message board on Games & crowdbreakers.
All their links are extremely helpful ... the entire site is a "must see!"
Youth Work Practice:
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Well, now you don't have to, because 30-year German youth
ministry veteran Hans Hirling has converted his massive youth work resource site
into English. The few translation blurbs are actually kind of cool and don't take
away from the value and access around this site. For both children's and youth workers,
there are tons of games, ideas for both kids' and teen camps, complete meeting programs
and theme nights, devotional discussion starters with graphics, and a youth leader
training page with insightful articles. Haben Sie Spaß! (Have fun!)
Great graphics on this site. Check it out! It's a devotional magazine for teens
published by Walk Thru the Bible Ministries.
Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer movement of Christians from many
backgrounds, cultures and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout
the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WHY-wham"), their purpose is simply to
know God and to make Him known.
YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration
of new ways to change lives through training, convey the message of the gospel and
care for those in need. They are currently operating in more than 1000 locations
in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.
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