Youth Ministry

Youth Retreat at Craigville Conference Center on Cape Cod; March 22-24, 2019

Explore with other youth grades 6-12 from around the Mass. Conference (and beyond) how to develop 
"A Spiritually Healthy Relationship with Technology."
   Facilitated by Rev. Sarah Buteux and Rev. Matt Carriker.
Friday evening (after dinner) concluding on Sunday at 10 a.m.
$175.00 per person including adult leaders

Space is always limited at Craigville so click here to register today!  

Click here for more information & to view the flier.



Youth Mission Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

Silver Lake Conference Center is sponsoring a service opportunity to Oaxaca, Mexico April 13-20, 2019 through the Simply Smiles program. The cost of $2000 includes round trip flights, food during the trip, and program costs.

Click here for more information and to register. For questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Executive Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, at 860-364-5526 x15.  

Massachusetts Conference Confirmation Retreats 
Registration is open!

Rev. Matt Carriker facilitates several Confirmation Retreats throughout the program year for Confirmation Classes in local Massachusetts Conference churches. Click here for more information and to register.


Click here to view photos of the 2018 Eastern Regional Youth Event   


 Education for Effective Youth Ministry 


EEYM is a bi-annual interactive program for local church youth ministry leaders who are just beginning their work with youth, or who feel the need to obtain new skills. This program is designed for pastors, lay leaders, Christian education directors and youth ministry leaders who are interested in developing a comprehensive youth ministry in their local church. Click here for more information.

Resources for Youth Ministry


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.”

Youth Seeds CoverYouth Group Seeds: A Practical Guide to Growing a Youth Group by Rev. Terry O. Martinson
          If growing a youth group in a local church was an easy thing to do, every church would have a youth
     group. The truth is, creating and growing a youth group is hard work. To grow a youth group a church
     needs a committed leadership team and a handful of enthusiastic teens to get things started. This book
     describes the seeds that are needed to grow a youth group. Also included in this book are 30 program
     seeds that can be tailored for use in local church youth groups. A labor of love written by a dedicated
     pastor with a special calling for youth ministry combined with the gifts of commitment, experience and
          This helpful, practical guide is written for those who know that building a faith-filled foundation for
      our youth as they journey into the future is, indeed, a precious ministry.  Order your copy today!  
      Only $16.00 plus shipping costs. Click here to order online.   (If you would rather mail a check, print
     the order form and mail it with a check payable to MACUCC, 1 Badger Road,
     Framingham, MA  01702 c/o Cindy Bolton)
          The Rev. Terry O. Martinson was the senior pastor of The Old South Union Church – United Church of Christ in South
     Weymouth, Massachusetts. For almost 40 years, he nurtured the growth of the church’s youth group. In 1972 the youth group had
     less than 50 members. Now there are over 500 active, enthusiastic members meeting every Sunday evening during the school
     year. Terry is a graduate of Bethany College (1969) and Princeton Theological Seminary (1972.) He was ordained as a minister in
     the United Church of Christ in June of 1972.  Rev. Terry Martinson served as the pastor of The Old South Union Church in S.
     Weymouth for 41 years. His youth group, which he led, had more than 500 members in grades 7 - 12 and a staff of four dozen
     volunteers. Terry retired from the church in 2013. The youth group is still going strong.


Curriculum Comparison Chart for Youth Formation


Devotional Resources

     Daily devotionals for teens


Mission & Service Opportunities

     Back Bay Mission (Biloxi, MS)
     Church World Service
     City Mission - Boston Immersion
     Common Cathedral (Boston)
     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)
     North Street Mission (Wooster, OH)
     Project Linus
     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


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)



Practical Resources for Churches
An online ecumenical resource center with free resources on a wide variety of church topics, including youth ministry



Fuller Youth Institute
     The home of “Sticky Faith,” research, books, and free resources to help churches form their teens in a faith that sticks
Yale Youth Ministry Institute
     Free lectures, video recordings of Summer Symposium presenters, and other resources