Youth Ministry


Youth Revival Plan B2020 Youth Revival Project:

A World Turned Upside Down

This SNEUCC youth-created video series is posted on Instagram and Facebook (Southern New England UCC Youth & Young Adult Ministries and Southern New England United Church of Christ), and YouTube. Watch all 14 one-minute videos with your youth group and use the discussion guide download.


Due to the unforeseeable impact of COVID19 on the health, social, and physical distancing behaviors of the world, National Youth Event (NYE) at Purdue University is postponed until June 27-30, 2022.

But there's no need to wait until next summer!
We are United Through the Extraordinary!

Watch recorded videos of the June and July presentations with your teens

    and 2 Racial Justice Rallies:
No Justice, No Peace: Youth & Young Adult Racial Justice Rally
          Youth & Young Adult Racial Justice Rally: White Silence Is Violence

Listen to the NYE playlist

Listen to recordings of previous online youth gatherings:
Loving Your Neighbor in Quarantine
Creativity and Justice in Quarantine



Pandemic Resources for Youth and Faith Formation Leaders


Handbook for Youth Ministry Leaders

A guide for youth ministry leaders and their congregations which includes forms, job description and compensation guidelines, safe conduct information, and much more.


             Word document files of the permission (and other) forms found in the Youth Ministry Handbook.


Assets & Relationships Resources from Search Institute

55 Ideas for Deepening One-to-One Relationships
Developmental Relationships Framework
Getting Relationships Right
Identifying Asset-Building Priorities
Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Young People Thrive
What's Different About Asset-Building?


Study Bibles for Teens

The CEB Student Bible
The Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version

Blogs & Articles

Building Faith
     A practical resource blog for Christian education. Type “youth ministry” into the Search box
Do You Know the 12, 12, 12 Rule?
     It will guarantee a strong youth ministry in your church
Five Ways to Engage Families as Partners in Ministry
     This will help you to maintain a strong youth ministry that will adapt to our constantly changing culture
Ministering to ADD Teens
Relationships First: Creating Connections That Help Young People Thrive
Twin Calamities: Declining Churches, Struggling Youth
When To Do Youth Sunday? EVERY Sunday
Why Your Youth Group Needs an Adult Sponsor Team



Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science
                                 by Andrew Root
     Root, a renowned expert on adolescent spirituality, shows how science overstates its claims on truth, while faith
     often understates its own claims. Both faith and science frame the experience and reality of teenagers, and both
     have something valuable to offer as adolescents develop.

The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending for Youth Ministry by Kenda Creasy Dean
                                   and Ron Foster
     A youth ministry classic, recharting a course for youth through the classical spiritual disciplines of the       church.

OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook edited by Kenda Creasy Dean
     Contributors include:  Kenda Creasy Dean, Mike Carotta, Roland Martinson, Rodger Nishioka,
                                         Don Richter, Dayle Gillespie Rounds, and Amy Scott Vaughn
Sticky Faith
     A series of books and resources by Kara Powell and Chap Clark of the Fuller Youth Institute
     “A ministry framework backed by practical and proven ideas to help develop long-term faith.”

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why most youth ministry doesn't last and what your church can do about it by Mark DeVries
     From the founder of Youth Ministry Architects, DeVries shares the wisdom and knowledge offered by this coaching service.

Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for a Connected But Alone Generation by Andrew Zirschky
     “Provides a deeper glimpse into the world of teens and social media and gives new direction and directives for ministering to

Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital World by Art Bamford, Brad Griffin, & Kara Powell
     “Practical answers to the most-often asked questions about how to handle social media.”


Curriculum Comparison Chart for Youth Formation


Devotional Resources

     Daily devotionals for teens online
     Downtime: Helping Teenagers Pray by Mark Yaconelli


Mission & Service Opportunities

     Photo-taking Guidelines

     Back Bay Mission (Biloxi, MS)
     Church World Service
     City Mission - Boston Immersion
     Common Cathedral (Boston)
     Common Ground on the Border (The Good Shepherd UCC, Sahuarita, AZ)
     Emmaus HOME (Orland, ME)
     Father Bill's & MainSpring (Quincy & Brockton)
     Habitat for Humanity
     Heifer Project (Please note: Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA is now closed)
Just added - Incredible Days (also offers virtual mission trips & experiences)
     North Street Mission (Wooster, OH)
     Project Linus
     The Providence Experience (Providence, RI) (for middle highs)
     Simply Smiles (Cheyene River Reservation (SD), Oaxaca Mexico)
     Worcester Area Mission Society (WAMS)
     Youth Service Opportunities Project (NYC & Washington DC)
     Youth Street Reach (Cape Cod)
     Youth Works
     UCC Volunteering opportunities throughout the US

     Article: Short-Term Mission Trips That Yield Long-Term Success

     Conversation cards:  A Just World for All Question Cards

     Curriculum:  R.E.A.D.Y.: Preparing for the Journey
                               Are you R.E.A.D.Y!? Ready for a new discovery of yourself, the church, your community
                          and the world? You and your youth can begin the journey of experiencing mission in new
                          ways with this curriculum created by Global Ministries.


Safe Conduct Resources

     For the congregation
     Social media


Science & Faith Curriculum

     Science for Youth Ministry
          A free download that includes 4 sessions, student sheets, videos, & a leaders guide.
          A great supplement for your Confirmation program!


Sexuality Education

     Our Whole Lives (OWL)


Training for Youth Ministry Leaders

     Southern New England Conferences Certificate Program for Youth Ministry Leaders
     Center for Youth Ministry Training
     Convergence - Youth Ministry That Transforms Your Whole Church
     Practical Resources for Churches Webinars
     Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry
     Yale Youth Ministry Institute Summer Symposia



Bible Project - free, short, well-animated videos of Bible stories, as well as other Bible resources
Great Games for youth ministry



Just added - Convergence - Youth Ministry Course
A self-paced online course led by the Center for Progressive Renewal staff
Download Youth Ministry
     Youth-tested materials submitted by youth ministry leaders; some resources are available for free.
Fuller Youth Institute
     The home of “Sticky Faith,” research, books, and free resources to help churches form their teens in a faith that sticks
Ministry Architects - Youth Ministry
     A webpage of helpful tips. Visit their "Services" and "Resources" pages for more.
Practical Resources for Churches
     Free access to recorded webinars and "booklets" on youth and young adult ministry
Yale Youth Ministry Institute
     Free lectures, video recordings of Summer Symposium presenters, and other resources