The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School: Transformational Techniques for Reaching and Teaching Kids
This resource offers practical tools and approaches that will help any children's ministry leader who wants to serve students and teachers whose learning styles are better suited to visual, aural, and active lesson formats.
You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving the Church and Rethinking Faith
This web resource provides an interview with the author of a book and ground breaking study which highlights three components of youth and young adult ministry that are most likely to keep them engaged through high school and beyond.
Relationships Unfiltered. Interviews and full length video presentations featuring Andrew Root.
Relational youth ministry at its most authentic is not a means of influencing young people. It is a caring presence in their lives. Youth ministry expert and parent, Andrew Root, calls this approach “place sharing” and, in this interview series, he elaborates upon what such an understanding might mean for congregations and youth leaders today.
The Best of Building Assets Together: Favorite Group Activities that Help Youth Succeed
This resource provides over 100 different activities to foster developmental assets in middle and high school youth. Developmental assets are defined as qualities or circumstances that help young people grow up healthy and principled.
First Third from Luther Seminary: Cultivating Faith in the First Third of Life
First Third is a web resource based on a national congregational study entitled "Exemplary Youth Ministry (EYM)", completed in 2003, which explores the question, "what are the marks of effective congregational ministries that establish faith as a vital factor in the lives of young people?"
Kveller: A Jewish Twist on Parenting
Kveller.com is a website for “information and inspiration that is right for your family.” The website gets its name from kvell, a Yiddish word meaning “to beam with pride and pleasure, as over one’ s children.” It offers a rich range of resources, with dozens of articles available under the general topics: Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler, Baby Names, Interfaith, Holidays, and Recipes.
LifeWay Christian Resources: Kids Ministry 101
This web resource, provided by the congregational resource center of the Southern Baptist Convention, provides more than 200 entries written by experienced children’ s ministry leaders that touch upon topics such as motivating volunteers, helping kids get ready for camp or deal with loss, behavior issues, and ministry basics.
Faith Communities Today: Increasing Young Adult Participation in Churches and Other Faith Communities
Faith Communities Today is a web resource that examines congregations across an interfaith spectrum from Protestant Christian and Catholic to Jewish and Muslim, and spotlights congregations which are effectively engaging young adults and provides clues and cues to best practices.
National Religious Partnership for the Environment
The goal of this website is to express a united commitment to “seek justice and healing for the whole community of life” by offering a kind of one-stop shop for resources from five religious traditions: Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Mainline and Evangelical Christian.
This web resource is perfect for any denomination and persons of faith who are looking for ways to put their convictions to work on behalf of the environment by exploring a variety of suggestions in this simple yet wide-ranging list from a Presbyterian minister and earth care activist.
Let All Creation Praise
This ecumenical website resource includes a focus on “God the creator, Christ the redeemer of creation, and the Spirit as sustainer of creation” and worshiping God “with all creation.” Its three- year cycle corresponds with the Common Lectionary and is usually observed during September, although the Season can be celebrated at any time.
Where All Can Safely Live: A Guide to Understanding Bullying in our Communities, How to Talk about it, and How to Prevent it
This four-session curriculum is designed for teenagers and adults, equipping participants with tools to define, identify, prevent, and intervene in bullying behavior. It also contains lesson plans for volunteers or staff leading sessions.
Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians
This book outlines six postures that will spark a shift from consumer Christianity to a missional-based congregation with the ability to make an impact on the community, detailing real life success stories of faith communities going against the grain.
Journal of Missional Practice
This web resource offers a collection of articles that explore a featured missional topic or theme from six perspectives (Practices, Culture, Place, Theology, Review and Story) and includes contributors from a vast network of veteran practitioners, teachers, researchers, and innovators with experienced missiologists who provide a seasoned perspective on the evolving missional landscape.
This free "sermon preparation resource” features commentary on at least one of the assigned texts from the Revised Common Lectionary every week. Written primarily by pastor and theologian, Kathryn Matthews Huey, these reflections synthesize her own scholarship and pastoral insights with those of a variety of other commentators.
Ministry Incubators: Bringing Ideas Home to Roost
This organization is a incubator program and consulting group for early-stage missional entrepreneurs. They help congregations facilitate the move from ministry concept to implementation through coaching, peer learning communities, consulting and events.
The Beautiful Disciplines: Helping Young People to Develop Their Spiritual Roots
This youth curriculum is designed to help young people develop their spiritual roots, creating an opportunity for youth to experience the beauty and freedom of Christian life through prayers, meditation, and simplicity.
Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together
This book offers a proven model to ensure the success of a church merger, one that looks more like a fresh start versus a last-ditch effort that will only delay decline. Here, a merger is likened to a marriage, and the book provides a step-by-step guide towards commitment.
It's Just a Phase (So Don't Miss it): For Leaders Who Care about Kids at Every Life Stage
“Just a Phase” is a collaborative, research-based website that features contributions by a variety of child development experts whose goal is to equip families and congregations with practical tools and insights for age-appropriate engagement with children.
Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook
This collection of essays forms a pastoral care crash course for clergy and chaplains, starting with a reflection on one's foundational theology, and concluding with a discussion related to professional standards.
New Churches: Multiply the Mission
New Churches, brought to you by veteran church start pastor and educator Ed Stetzer and Daniel Im, director of church multiplication services at Lifeway, is an online hub for church multiplication resources and offers a podcast archive of nearly 350 presentations on church planting.
The Relational Judaism Handbook: How to Create a Relational Engagement Campaign to Build and Deepen Relationships in Your Community
This comprehensive guide is grounded in scripture and tradition to help transform organizational life from being program-driven to becoming "engagement-driven," which makes people feel welcome and builds stronger relationships with one another.
Bridges: 15 Sessions to Connect Teenagers and Adults on Drugs and Alcohol, Decision-Making, Communications, Character, Independence, Sexuality
This resource contains various sessions and activity options to help facilitate conversations between parents and children on a variety of important topics.