The weekend is here. But this weekend isn't your normal weekend. This weekend we remember and celebrate the arrest, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Today, is known as Good Friday. Today, we pause and remember the death of Jesus.
We would like to invite you and your family to take today to slow down a bit and consider what this day represents. Today, Christ dies for the sins of the world. Jesus, willingly goes to the cross for you and me. Would you take a minute and read through John 19:1-41. In these verses, John, the only disciple to be at the foot of the cross, shares his eyewitness-testimony. You can read John 19 by clicking here; JOHN 19.
The Bible tells us, that Jesus came to earth to die on the cross to save the world from sin. We all have sin. Every single one of us. And the result of our sin leads to death. But Jesus willingly chose to take our place, to die for us that we might live. His death brings forgiveness through the shedding of his blood, All of this shows us just how much God loves us.
On behalf of everyone in the Higham household, and across all of our blogs and social media, we would like wish you a special and life-chaning, Happy Easter! We hope and prayer for you and your family, is that you know just how much God loves you!
Welcome back for part 2 of my 10 favorite youth ministry websites. If you missed yesterdays post with the first 5 websites, you should go and read part 1 here, My 10 Favorite Youth Ministry Websites. Today I share the next 5 websites or blogs for youth ministry. So without further delay...here we go!
Walt Mueller is the culture guru. He has spend his career watching, evaluating, writing about the impact that culture has on the lives of teenagers. A regular lecturer in the youth ministry conference world, Walt brings his wisdom and insight to youth workers in the form of training and resources to help us get a better grasp on what's happening in the world around us. Walt is also a sought after speaker/teacher for parents, churches, and other organizations who look to encourage parents and adults as they face the task of raising or working with students. Walt's blog, Learning my lines... and the CPYU.org website is my number one go-to site for the latest on culture. [ VISIT CPYU.ORG ]
Long-time youth worker, Terrace Crawford, offers his wisdom and experience at TerraceCrawford.com. From blog posts to coaching, Terrace's site is loaded with great content and resources. Needing more than just an article? Terrace is also a coach and youth speaker. And be sure to check out Terrace's new podcast! The weekly podcast called, This Week in Youth Ministry, is a great podcast where Terrace interviews various guests and talks youth ministry. Visit Terrace's website and blog by clicking here, TerraceCrawford.com.
Launched in 2010 by Kenny Elle Campbell, veteran youth workers who have a heart for sharing great resources with the Church! The site StuffYouCanUse.org, offers an great blog, buckets of resources, a helpful podcast, devotional content, games, and practical training. If you have visited StuffYouCanUse.org, I would highly recommend you taking some time to surf around and see what they have to offer. [ VISIT STUFFYOUCANUSE.ORG ]
StokedOnYouthMinistry.com is a newer site for me. I have just recently started reading the various posts that have come along by Todd Jones and his list of blog contributors. Todd has been doing youth ministry since 2006, and uses the blog to share, encourage, and inspire other youth workers. Along with the blog posts, your can find a selection of resources such as games, teaching materials, and links to a handful of other youth ministry sites.
[ VISIT STOKEDONYOUTHMINISTRY.COM ]
The brain child of Mark Oestreicher and Adam McClane, TheYouthCartel.com is more than a blog. From their own, About Us page, The Youth Cartel’s mission is to encourage and challenge adults who minister to youth through holistic professional coaching, strategic consulting, transformational events, and inventive resource development that advance youth ministry in new ways. Yes, the blog is great, but The Youth Cartel also offers coaching and ministry support through their growing list of events which they sponsor. [ VISIT THEYOUTHCARTEL.COM ]
So there you have it, 10 of my favorite youth ministry websites/blogs. In no order of importance, these are the sites that I most frequent when I am looking for resources, reading up on what's happening in the youth ministry world, or looking for what others are thinking and saying.
What are so of your favorites websites of blogs? Share them below and I will add them to the growing list of sites for others to discover.
Do you have your own site or blog? Send me a link and I will include you in an upcoming post for new and undiscovered bloggers!
As always, thanks for reading!
We've all got our favorites. Books. Resources. Games. Songs. Movies. Websites. The world of Youth Ministry is one of ideas, and the exchanging of ideas. That makes websites and blogs an ideal platform for sharing, reading, and discovering ideas. But with so many websites and blogs, it can be a little dizzying when looking for a site or blog that offers content which is helpful, inspiring, and consistent.
There are a number of sites and blogs that I visit frequently when looking for ideas, insights, or encouragement. These would be my favorite youth ministry websites or blogs. Over the next two days, I want to share with you, my 10 favorite youth ministry websites. These are not in any order, but each offer great content, creative ideas, and reliable insight.
If you find your site here in the list, know that you are appreciated! Keep up the great work!
- Perhaps the grandfather of youth ministry resources and publications, Youth Specialties offers an excellent site and blog for youth workers. The site has evolved from an commerce site to more of an event and resource site. Sure you can still order product, but the overall focus of the site seems to lead you to the YS events and the YS blog. YS has beefed up their blogging to provide a more complete and rounded offering of tips, ideas, culture tracking, and helpful youth content. I particular enjoy the YS Idea Lab videos that run periodically and the articles that challenge our ideas of youth ministry and how we are reaching students.
- Here is another site that has seen significant change over the last couple of years. YouthMinistry.com, a site from Simply Youth Ministry/Group Publications, hosts an excellent blog. With categories such as Culture, Discipleship, Leadership, Programming, Small Groups, and Tech Stuff ( and more), YouthMinistry.com offers solid content from "In The Trenches" youth workers! These aren't writers sitting in an office or cafe. These guys are with students, leading adults, and dealing with church politics, so what they write about comes out of their experiences.
- One of the first blogs I started reading on a regular basis was the YouthMinistry360.com blog. YouthMinistry360 (YM360) launched with a desire to provide solid, biblical teaching content for youth ministries. But more than just being another resource company, YM360 wanted to further the youth ministry conversation and created a blog where youth workers were asked to contribute articles on various topics. Like the YouthMinistry.com Blog, YM360, sought youth workers serving in youth ministry. For a number of years, YM360, has remained one of my favorite blogs to visit.
- Birthed by Josh Griffin and Doug Fields, DownloadYouthMinistry.com from the idea of taking materials created by youth workers and offering them to other youth workers for a nominal fee. High quality, Easy to use, Inexpensive, and trench-tested lessons and media products to help you do ministry. But more than offering resources and products, DYM hosts and excellent blog. Love God, Love Students is a super helpful blog written by some of the current youth ministry thinkers such as, Josh Griffin, Justin Knowles, Jen Bradbury, Jonathan McKee, and Neely McQueen. This is a great blog to follow and read on a regular basis. Not too mention that some of the products offered on the site are pretty good.
- I was first introduced to Jonathan McKee back in 2001, when trolling the internet for youth ministry websites. His TheSource4YM.com was honestly one of the first sites I used when I needed creative new games ideas. Now, some many, many years later, Jonathan grown his site to include a great blog for youth workers. I have always found Jonathan's site and blog to be super helpful for ideas and good, readable content. And that's why I round off todays first five of my favorite youth ministry websites.
So there you are, the first five from my ten favorite youth ministry websites. Be sure to check in again tomorrow as I share the next five! Till then, thanks for reading!
Jay Higham is a 25 year veteran of student ministry; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently the Youth Director at Hickory Church, located in Western PA. Jay has been married to Amy for 20 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 little girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, and consultant. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and sharing with other youth workers. You can learn more about their ministry to the family by visiting their family blog at, www.TheHighamFamily.com!