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Resources for Youth Pastors
If being a Pastor is challenging, it stands to reason that the role of 'Youth Pastor' is only going to have some extra complexities. That's why we need some specialist resources for this area of ministry. Here's what Matthias Media has that might be of help...
As with pastors, we would strongly recommend that youth pastors or youth ministers take the time to read The Trellis and the Vine, a book that Mark Dever called "the best book I've read on the nature of church ministry". The Trellis and the Vine will help and challenge you to think through the fundamental nature of evangelical ministry—regardless of the age of the target of that ministry. Mission Minded is another very useful tool for planning.
No Guts, No Glory is a highly recommended training resource for youth ministry. It deals with the big questions of the overall priorities of the youth ministry program, as well as the nitty-gritty of such things as relating well to parents, prayer, making the most of games, discipline, running successful camps, sex, and more.
No Guts, No Glory is an ideal basis for regular youth ministry leader's meetings, and contains discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
Matthias Media also publishes a number of resources specifically designed for young people, including:
» Little Black Books: A series of small, short books that get straight to the point on the topics that Christians always have questions about. Not too big, not too fancy, and not at all boring. LBBs are ideal for young Christians (ages 14-20+), but speak biblical truths applicable to any age range.
» John Dickson's Youth Trilogy: Two evangelistic books and one book aimed at young Christians. These three books have helped thousands of young people in recent years.
Finally, there are some resources which, though not designed specifically for this purpose, are quite suitable for use in youth ministry. A good case in point is the Pathway Bible Guides, which are very appropriate for older teen Bible study. The Guidebooks for Life are also straightforward and easy-to-read books on some foundational topics of the Christian life, and there is no reason at all why keen Christian teenagers should not be encouraged to read them.
If you have any questions about any of our resources and whether they might be suitable for your situation or need, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We're always happy to offer some friendly tips and advice. We're also always very keen to get those tips from you about how resources have been used effectively and how they can be improved.