Youth Ministry Tool Box
CDM strengthens your church by connecting you to the resources you need for Youth Ministry!
This toolbox of includes resources we have gathered from PCA churches across the country and resources our Youth Ministry Team have developed to strengthen your church. We are continually adding to the resources in our tool box, so please check back!
If you have a resource you would be willing to share or a resource you would like us to develop, we want to hear from you. Email us.
The information below comes in PDF, Word doc, on-site articles, off-site pages or website and links to videos. Click the title of interest to view, download and /or print or watch.
Philosophy of Youth Ministry–COMING SOON
3 Audiences: Elders, Parents, and Students—How do you please them all? COMING SOON!
How do you define success in Youth Ministry?–COMING SOON!
What is Real Discipleship for Students? –COMING SOON!
What if Their Parents Make them Come? –COMING SOON!
An Audience of Pharisees, Prodigals, and the Lost –COMING SOON!
How do I plan an Event? –COMING SOON!
Student Safety Considerations–COMING SOON!
Barnabas Connection The Baranabas Connection connects PCA Youth Ministry Leaders through Gospel refreshment & encouragement, equipping them to navigate the unique challenges of Youth Ministry for the long-haul. They host a retreat at Perimeter Church in the spring every year.
Youth Leader Training Hosted by RYM, YLT is a wonderful venue for those who minister to junior and senior high school students to gather together for a week of biblical training in theology and philosophy of ministry, small group interaction, and mutual encouragement, edification, and networking with fellow laborers in student ministry.
Next Mission to the World’s next generation ministry focused team that works to provide spiritual discipleship care for missionary kids and third culture kids, to train global church leaders in next gen. ministry and to send youth workers around the world to lead youth ministries in cross cultural settings. Check out their articles, resources, and reviews on the Youth Ministry Thinking Website.
Rooted Ministry Full of helpful blog posts, articles and resources for parents, youth workers, and pastors. Rooted is a group of evangelical youth folks who are theologically reformed and who are working to resource others working with students.
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding A non-profit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. Founded in 1989 by Walt Mueller, CPYU has developed an international reputation as a voice providing cutting-edge information, resources and analysis on today’s youth culture.
PACT Ministry A PACT Partnership consists of a group of evangelical student pastors who meet consistently together to encourage one another in their personal walk with God, family life, and strategic ministries through Prayer, Accountability, Care and Training. These gatherings are led by a certified PACT Partner.
The Youth Cartel Frontline Evangelical youth ministry organization that can be a good starting point when looking for youth ministry resources.
The Youth Culture Report A website delivering daily news on youth culture to equip Christians to understand youth and make bridges for the advancement of the Gospel.
Fuller Youth Institute In partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary, FYI transforms cutting-edge research into resources for leaders and parents to help unlock young people’s potential and unleash them to change the world. FYI’s Sticky Faith offers practical resources for youth ministry and parenting; it also offers research-based strategies for integrating young people to create a thriving church, and offers essential training vital to effective urban youth ministry.
Urban Youth Workers International This group is dedicated to resourcing urban youth workers.
Youth Ministry Architects Ministry Architects has a proven track record of building sustainable youth ministries. Remember, it takes more than a great youth pastor to have a great youth ministry.
Resources from Churches —–COMING SOON!
So What? series Great Commission Publications, Bible Studies that teach teens to relate their faith to the challenges of daily life.
Becoming a True Woman by Susan Hunt, The cultural message about womanhood is delivered visually and verbally 24/7. Here is a resource to help the church answer the question many of our daughters do not even know they should be asking . . . What does God say about His female design?
Disclaimer: The resources and ministries in this section are not comprehensive or an affiliate of CDM. Our goal is to connect you to resources that may be helpful, but CDM is not endorsing any of these organizations.
Live Video Curriculum by Simply Youth Ministry, LIVE exists to come alongside you, to free up some time, and give you a launching pad, putting you in complete control of what you teach and when you teach it.
Don’t Waste Your Life John Piper’s plea to a generation is, “Don’t waste your life!” This book and downloadable study guide is a passionate call to make your life count for eternity.
Orange XP3 Student Downloadable curriculum for students.
Youth Ministry ResourcesCurriculums, podcasts, blogs for Youth Ministry developed by Jamie Starrett & Buck Baskin
Youth Worker YouthWorker offers a wealth of resources specifically for student ministry pastors and leaders to help as they minister to teens and pre-teens.
Youth SpecialtiesSimple resources that require little or no prep.
Group —Here at Group’s Youth Ministry, we’re always creating innovative resources to help youth workers do what matters most. From fresh, Jesus-centered books, games, videos, and curriculum to tested and proven mission trip experiences for youth ministry.
Hurt 2.0 by Chap Clark.What do teenagers really think about adults? If you think you know the answer, you may be in for a surprise. According to Chap Clark, today’s adolescents have largely been abandoned by adults and left to fend for themselves in an uncertain world. As a result, teens have created their own world to serve as a shield against uncaring adults.
When Kids Hurt by Chap Clark. When Kids Hurt offers challenging insights on hard truth about contemporary adolescence to youth workers and parents in this accessible followup to the groundbreaking Hurt.
The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine. In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders–rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents.
Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture and Youth Culture 101 by Walt Mueller. In order to reach youth with the truth of the gospel, adults need to see what they see and hear what they hear. Navigate teens’ world views in order to share matters of faith.
Growing up Christian by Karl Graustein. Encourages 15- to 18-year-olds raised in Christian homes to take responsibility for their relationship with God and to grow in their love of Christ. To see the beauty, privilege, and blessing of growing up in the church, and yet also see the subtle and not so subtle dangers of being raised in the “”community of the saints,”” is a strong balance that every pastor, youth worker, parent, adolescent and child needs to have.
You Lost Me by David Kinnaman. As adolescence extends through the 20s, Kinnaman explores why some students leave their faith (or aspects of it) behind. Kinnaman’s insights can help parents and ministries understand the students that no longer come to church, and the conversations they can have with these students.
Learning for the Love of God, by Donald Opitz & Derek Melleby, Most Christian college students separate their academic life from church attendance, Bible study, and prayer. Too often discipleship of the mind is overlooked if not ignored altogether. In this lively and enlightening book, two authors who are experienced in college youth ministry show students how to be faithful in their studies, approaching education as their vocation.
Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective by Ted Turnau. As culture is literally the soup in which our students swim, teaching them to consume it well and see the gospel in it is paramount. No book does a better job of giving parents and youth workers the categories to teach their students a well-rounded view of culture.
Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell. Providing a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.
Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views edited by Chap Clark. Helpful book that gives an in depth look at 5 models of youth ministry through the eyes of practitioners of those models. After each author presents their view, the other four authors offer critique which helps the reader gain a fuller perspective of each view.
Gospel Centered Youth Ministry by Cameron Cole & Jon Neilson. This book covers many of the important issues of youth ministry through a Gospel centered lens.
A Youth Workers Field Guide to Parents by Danny Kwon. Helpful, straightforward, honest book written by a veteran youth worker full of good advice on working with parents in youth ministry.
Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World by James Emery White. A valuable book that will help you better understand those who were born between 1993 and 2012. Helpful for anyone who is called to work with that age demographic.
Your First Two Years of Youth Ministry: A Personal and Practical Guide to Starting Right by Doug Fields. A straightforward book that provides solid advice on how to establish a youth program. The principles of this book can be adapted for different cultural contexts.
This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crow. This is an interesting book written by a young lady in her late teens that covers everything from identity being rooted in Christ to the impact of our relationships. Could be a worthwhile book for teenagers who are wrestling with how their faith informs their day to day living.
Rebels Rescued: A Student’s Guide to Reformed Theology by Brian Cosby. Easy to read, short book written for teenagers that lays out the basics of Reformed Theology in an understandable way.
Pray for Me Campaign How can we connect more adults with more young people more naturally than ever before? The Pray for Me Campaign was born out of this question. We believe every young person needs a team of Prayer Champions strategically praying for them. The Pray for Me Campaign creates a vast web of intergenerational relationships for young people and equips adult believers to pass on a sustainable faith to the next generation.
Disclaimer: The resources and ministries on this page are not comprehensive or an affiliate of CDM. Our goal is to connect you to resources that may be helpful, but CDM is not endorsing any of these organizations.
Today’s world is constantly sending our children unbiblical messages about gender identities, gender roles, same-sex attraction, and sexual fulfillment. Gender fluidity, which is at the core of many of these views, denies the sovereignty of God and the creation of man and woman as His image-bearers. The inherent uniqueness and value of each gender is not clearly understood by our culture because of historical stereotypes and abuses. We, therefore, must help our children put a biblical lens over whatever message comes to them from the culture. That biblical lens is called complementarianism. “God created them male and female” to complement, i.e., complete each other.
This mini-book is designed to equip Christian adults to understand the culture shaping their children’s views of sexuality, so they can help their children respond to the deconstruction of male/female gender identities and roles taking place in our culture with gospel grace towards the sexually broken and with a whole-hearted celebration of the bibilcal teaching of complementarianism.
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Cutting and Other Cries for Help–COMING SOON!
Social Media—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! –COMING SOON!