Practical Ministry Resources

Youth Specialties
Youth Specialties is committed to providing quality resources, training and encouragement for youth workers in churches and other youth-serving organizations throughout North America and the world. Included are free resources, a store, events, job bank, articles, academic section, forums and dozens of web links.

Group Publishing
Group’s mission is to encourage Christian growth in children, youth and adults by providing ministry resources and services for Christian churches worldwide. Group Magazine, Children’s Ministry Magazine, Rev. Magazine, training events, mission opportunities and a store are just a few of their over one and a half dozen on-line helps.

Cokesbury’s mission is to resource youth ministries for pursuing the vision of youth thriving in the world as fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. Online catalog, free downloads, training events and links to other websites.

Youth cultural understandings

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. CPYU has developed an international reputation as a voice providing cutting-edge information, resources and analysis on today’s youth culture.

Search Institute
Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates, synthesizes and communicates new knowledge, convenes organizational and community leaders, and works with state and national organizations.

National Study of Youth and Religion
The National Study of Youth and Religion is a research project being conducted at the University of North Carolina and is designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American adolescents. You can sign up for publications and newsletters about their ongoing research.

Prayer resources

Sacred Gateway

With the help of online guidance and Scripture chosen every day, this Web site invites you to find a Sacred Gateway into the presence of God by spending 10 minutes in front of your computer screen.

Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference youth Web-page

Click on “youth” and then on “prayer resources” to see and download over a dozen different ways for you and your youth group to pray. Includes consciousness examen, lectio divina, praying our anger, praying with water, prayer through drawing, etc.

Peace and justice resources

Peace & Justice Support Network
A network that is open to anyone who wants to support Mennonite Church USA’s work of peace and justice. Contains resources and Bible studies for youth facing registration and conflict, as well as other world events and issues, advocacy updates and concrete actions.

Y & M online: news about youth, war and peace
The American Friends Service Committee National Youth and Militarism Program addresses the impact of war and military institutions on young people’s lives. They conduct public education campaigns, trainings and workshops, do media outreach and communications work, and support grassroots educational and organizing efforts.

Mennonite sites

Third Way Café
A site that engages various social justice issues, gives an overview of Mennonite/Anabaptist history, offers resources, online discussion groups, seeing Jesus through art and thought and Scripture and more.

This site seeks to build and support Mennonite community on the World Wide Web. Browse states and countries for churches, camps, conferences, schools and other organizations.

Mennonite Mission Network
Lists various ways to serve God through voluntary service for all ages. Youth and young adult programs and web links to Group Venture, Youth Venture, Service Adventure, RAD, DOOR, Mennonite Voluntary Service.

Mennonite Church USA
The denominational website that includes links to ministries and resources, Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, peace resources, news and conventions.