Resources for ministry to children and teenagers.
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2015
This guide is designed to help church educators and parents locate resources for the spiritual development of children and youth.
Journal of Childhood and Religion
A peer-reviewed open access journal that presents a wide range of interdisciplinary efforts relating to children, youth, and religion.
Home Grown: Handbook for Christian Parenting
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV4529 .D45 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
101 questions and short answers focused on supporting your children's faith development.
Is there a book or website that you have found particularly helpful in your work with children and teens? If so, we'd like to know about it!
- ATLA Religion Database
Indexes articles on ministry to children and youth from a variety of religious and theological publications, with an emphasis on resources from Protestant denominations.
- ATLA Catholic Periodical Literature Index
CPLI indexes Catholic periodicals from both academic and pastoral perspectives. As such, it contains a good selection of articles pertaining to ministry to children and youth in church, parochial education, and home environments.
- Christian Periodical Index
This databases indexes articles and book reviews from evangelical Christian journals.
Helpful for locating research-based articles about faith development in children and youth and for articles about psychological issues facing children and youth and their families.
- SocIndex with Full Text
This database indexes articles that relate to the faith development of children and youth from sociological perspectives, as well as other sociological topics of interest to youth and children's ministers (e.g. self-esteem, bullying, working with parents, helping children with disabilities)
- Episcopal Church Office of Children's Ministries
Includes articles and a bibliography. See the "Lesson Plans that Work" for sample lesson plans for both younger and older children: http://library.episcopalchurch.org/lessonplans/all
- Episcopal Church Office of Youth Ministries
Blogs, a library of lesson plans, and more resources for ministering to youth in the Episcopal tradition.
- UMC Conference on Ministry with Children
A blog from the Director of Ministry with Children at the Global Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. Includes reflections, basics, lists of books and bibles for children, books for those working with children, and resources for both daytime preschool ministries and afterschool care ministries. This site also sponsors webinars for continuing education on various topics: http://ministrywithchildren.wordpress.com/webinars/
- UMC Young People's Ministries
A blog, which includes devotions oriented to young people, grants and scholarships and large events.
- United Church of Christ Ministry to Children
Includes worship activity sheets and resources for ministering to children and advocating for social justice on issues related to children.
- United Church of Christ Youth
Provides information about gatherings, leadership, and a variety of resources on curriculum and activities, some with a global focus.
- Disciples of Christ Family and Children's Ministries
Includes tips on selecting a children's Bible, discipline in church, children's sermons, and information about the denomination's Children Worship and Wonder program.
- Disciples of Christ Youth Ministry Commission
Includes a curriculum as well as a YMC "backpack" with information on relating to youth and for specific activities.
- A. M. E. Zion Christian Education Department
Links for prayer focus, devotionals, and denominational events and resources.
- Christian Methodist Episcopal Department of Christian Education
Includes the mission statement of the CME Church, as well as links to other resources.
- Church of God in Christ International Youth Department
Includes a blog and videos regarding the annual conference.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Youth Ministries
Includes "help sheets" (mini articles on dealing with various youth related topics), as well as information Bible study geared toward youth.
- Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod Youth Ministry
Information about activities, fundraising, and a resources blog.
- Presbyterian Church USA Ministries with Youth
Quick sheets (free short articles and thoughts), information about youth books clubs and bible studies.
- Southern Baptist Convention Youth Resources
Links to ideas and information about youth mission activities