Recommended Resources on the Web

General Youth Ministry Resources

Story of a Youthworker: Ministering in the Midst of a Natural Disaster, by Lisa Holmlund

Fuller Youth Institute
Mission: Leveraging research into resources that elevate leaders, kids, and families.

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.

Youth Specialties
Youth Specialties is committed to providing quality resources, training, and encouragement for youth workers in churches and other youth-serving organizations throughout North America and the world.

Group Magazine
Group Magazine (from Group Publishing) is the most widely-read idea resource for youth ministers because it's geared for real-life ministry. Young people learn best by doing and the key to spiritual growth is biblical truth learned and applied in real-life situations.

Evangelical Covenant Church Department of Christian Formation 
It is the desire of this office to partner with and encourage youth workers from the ECC denomination all around the country. Click here for resources, speakers for retreats, connection with youth workers in your conference, and more.

Youth Today, The Newspaper on Youth Work
This secular paper features daily updates on juvenile justice and re-entry, available grants, national and regional trends in youth culture as well as systems that impact youth and their families.

Urban Youth Ministry Resources

Urban Youth Worker Institute
UYWI exists to strengthen a new generation of global urban leaders for transformational ministry.

Vision Nehemiah/Urban Youth Network
Vision Nehemiah and Chicago Urban Youth Network exist to provide support, relationships and ministry partnerships for urban youth workers in Chicago.

UrbanFaith.com interacts with readers on a variety of topics related to contemporary Christian life from an urban and multiethnic perspective. A creation of Urban Ministries, Inc, this website is the place for relevant conversations about news, faith, and culture.

Compassion, Mercy and Justice Resources

The Marin Foundation
The Marin Foundation’s mission is to build a bridge between the religious and GLBT communities through scientific research, and Biblical and social education. What The Marin Foundation will not do is get into the theology of sexuality.  What The Marin Foundation will do is provide tools and strategies for building a bridge to, and ministering with the GLBT community in your midst.

Christian Community Development Association
The mission of CCDA is to inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. 

Reconciliation Blog
The blog of Ed Gilbreath, author of Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity (IVP).  Gilbreath's goal for Reconciliation Blog is that it be a community of men and women from different backgrounds who respect the perspectives of others and reject the practice of seeing people as labels or stereotypes.

Evangelical Covenant Church Department of Compassion, Mercy and Justice
The Department of Compassion, Mercy, and Justice (CMJ) is a collaborative effort with  the ministry departments within the ECC, its institutions and affiliates and other non-Covenant entities, desiring to foster and develop ministries that meet the holistic needs of people it seeks to evangelize and serve. In partnership with local Covenant churches and regional conferences, this department is a resource and an encouragement to assist and further local and global ministries of compassion, mercy and justice.

Straight Ahead Ministries
Straight Ahead Ministries' mission is to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders.  It is faith-based (God is in control), prayer-centered (we seek his wisdom and guidance prior to any undertaking), grassroots-oriented (those called by God into the ministry), and local church-based (trained and equipped volunteers come alongside youth as Bible study leaders in juvenile jails, pen pals, mentors, tutors, and other roles where kids need positive adults from the community).

Center for New Community
The Center for New Community is a national organization committed to building community, justice, and equality. The Center is grounded in many faith traditions, and builds community where the dignity and value of all humanity is manifest.