my top youth ministry website picks

i had a little column in the last issue of christianity today. they have a monthly column with someone’s top website picks in a particular area or theme. they asked me to compile one on youth ministry websites. since they’ve just posted it on their website, i’ll do the same here:

The favorite youth-ministry websites of Mark Oestreicher, president of Youth Specialties, author of many books, and chronic blogger.
Mark Oestreicher

Youth Ministry Exchange
By youth workers and for youth workers, YMX is the place to discuss all things youth ministry, with thousands of threads on every imaginable subject. Some sections are free, but a $5 annual pass gets you access to the whole thing—and it’s totally worth it.

The Source for Youth Ministry
Jonathan McKee started this site (formerly Jonathan’s Resources) as a labor of love for youth workers. Chock full of free resources and ideas (the game section alone is amazing).

The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
This website, from CPYU founder Walt Mueller, is really for parents, but youth workers find it extremely helpful. It’s loaded with blogs, articles, links to relevant stories, and more resources than you can imagine to help you learn about youth culture. And the free, weekly e-mail updates are a must.

YouthMinistry.Com
When Group Publishing partnered with Doug Fields’s Simply Youth Ministry, they resurrected this long-dormant domain to create a new site, distinct from their two other sites. They’re just beginning to move from a commerce-only site to a content-and-commerce site.

Especialidades Juveniles
Youth Specialties’ Spanish division has its own website, completely separate in location, content, and maintenance from the English-language YS site. Based on traffic stats, it’s the most popular youth-ministry site in the world. Of course, it’s all in Spanish.

Youth Specialties
Okay, it’s a bit self-promotional, but it truly is my favorite for all things concerning youth ministry, with thousands of pages of articles, ideas, and free stuff—plus the most comprehensive youth-ministry job bank anywhere (with over 700 listings at any time).

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