Top Ten Youth Ministry Websites and Books

What are your top ten youth ministry resources? That was a great question I was asked last week by a denominational leader. My problem wasn’t coming up with 10. My problem was narrowing the list to only ten. So I came up with 10 books and 10 websites. I really hope that you will look these over, maybe store the list away until you need it, and if you have time, explore some of the links.

You might be amazed at what you discover. And don’t worry, they aren’t paying me to advertise for them!

Top Ten Youth Ministry Resources


Youth Specialties

Youth Specialties is the gateway to everything in youth ministry and has been for years. I love it for articles, ideas, and links to other resources. They even post youth ministry positions.

EGAD Ideas

Calls itself the Internet’s largest collection of FREE youth group games and ideas … over 1800 of ‘em! And let me tell you it is big.  The Center for Parent and Youth Understanding,

by Walt Mueller. I know that I wrote about this site on the weekend but it is a gold mine for everything culture related Youth Pastor. Com

This is what they say:  has been providing free youth ministry resources for youth pastors, ministers, workers and volunteers. Online resources include a job centerfree lessons, a searchable directory of ministries and game ideas.  The Source for Youth Ministry

is a site that most of student ministry leaders swear by! Tons of free sources and a lot of materials that you can buy as well. SYM

Has a ton of resources they say, that Simply Youth Ministry is here to equip, connect, and recharge youth workers with the tools, relationships, and confidence they need to help teenagers develop a committed relationship with Jesus Christ and they live up to this claim


With a name like this they had better have great resources. They do and they have daily blogs and resources for sale.

Youth Worker  

I have loved Youth Worker since the early days of my ministry. Back then it was just a maganazine. Now it is so much more. (lessons, magazine, articles, programming) Student Ministry

( a youth pastor friendly site by and for youth pastors) Tons of useful resources here!

Download Youth Ministry

-one stop resource site for games curriculum, advice, and content of every sort.

 Youth Ministry Books

You can click on any of the titles to read more about them, get reviews, even buy them online if you want! See for yourself. I won’t say much about them.

  1. Building a Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples: A Small Book About a Big Idea by Duffy Robbins
  2. Speaking to Teenagers: How to Think About, Create, and Deliver Effective Messages by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins
  3. Purpose Driven Youth Ministry: 9 Essential Foundations for Healthy Growth (Youth Specialties) by Doug Fields
  4. Youth Ministry Management Tools 2.0: Everything You Need to Successfully Manage Your Ministry by Mike A. Work and Ginny Olson
  5. The Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis (Youth Specialties) by Rich Van Pelt and Jim Hancock
  6. Sticky Faith, Youth Worker Edition: Practical Ideas to Nurture Long-Term Faith in Teenagers by Kara E. Powell, Brad M. Griffin and Cheryl A. Crawford 
  7. Junior High Ministry by Wayne Rice 
  8. Youth Culture 101 (Youth Specialties) by Walt Mueller
  9. Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) by Chap Clark
  10. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark DeVries

So these are my top ten picks in websites and books for youth ministry. I left some great ones add. It would be great to hear about some you would have put on your list. Leave a note in the comment box below.


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Ron Powell


Ron Powell is the Adviser to the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years. He continues to volunteer, write, teach, and speak to parents, leaders and teens. If you would like to contact him you can email


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