We have the best youth ministry resources.

Group offers the best youth ministry resources to point youth pastors and youth ministry volunteers to Jesus. Our youth pastor resources include books on youth ministry like Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry. These youth ministry books can be used as a guide for creating a ministry that is Jesus-centered while encouraging pastors to pursue a Jesus-centered path as well.

Other powerful youth ministry resource books include 99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers. These youth ministry books offer wisdom on how to minister in a smaller church. Packed with youth ministry leadership training ideas, 99 Thoughts on Leading Well is a youth leader book that blends practical training and insights on personal growth. Whatever books for youth leaders are on your list, Group has the youth ministry resources you need.

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Jesus Centered Youth Ministry (Revised)
$9.99
Inside the pages of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, you'll discover the foundation for a ministry that is Jesus-centered, along with the bricks for building it. You'll discover that not only is it possible to create this kind of youth ministry, it's also essential that you pursue this path. One of the best youth ministry books, you don't want to miss out on this youth leader resource from Rick Lawrence.
 
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99 Thoughts for Smaller Church Youth Workers
$5.19 - $7.99
Serving as a youth worker in a smaller church can be one of the most difficult assignments, but the rewards are undeniably satisfying.

You don't have as many resources, but you know every student's name. Your attendance drops every time that one family takes a vacation, but your smaller size gives you the flexibility to quickly and creatively adapt. You have a smaller pool of people for recruiting volunteers, but the entire church can fully adopt the youth group as its own and engage in life-shaping ministry with your teenagers.
 
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99 Thoughts on Leading Well
Get the inside scoop on leadership with 99 Thoughts on Leading Well and its healthy blend of practical training and insights on personal growth for leaders in youth ministry. Drawing on his years of experience as a staff pastor, Reza Zadeh delivers a mix of challenging, inspiring, and thought-provoking ideas to help you become a more effective leader.
 
The Skinny on Service (download)
$5.99
The Skinny on Service unpacks the powerful reasons why it’s important for you and your students to serve others, but you'll also get page after page of practical ideas on how to serve. You'll be equipped to help teenagers discover the joy of serving faithfully “before,” even if they don't personally get to see the fruit "after."
 
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The Skinny on Outreach (download)
$5.99
Does the idea of outreach excite you? Does it intimidate you? Does it frustrate you?

In the context of youth ministry, outreach is simply looking beyond yourself and equipping teenagers to do the same. It'’s about a commitment to encouraging and equipping teenagers to engage in a lifestyle of share the world-altering message of Jesus. Jesus commands us to reach out, compassion compels us to reach out, and true discipleship calls us to reach out. The Skinny on Outreach delivers specific, tangible ideas for building a youth ministry where teenagers discover how every area of life offers ongoing opportunities for relational evangelism.
 
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The Skinny on Volunteers (download)
$5.99
A youth ministry needs a solid group of volunteers to be truly effective. We youth workers all know this--but how do we make it happen?

 The Skinny on Volunteers will help you concentrate on three simple skills that will help you build a crew of effective leaders: recruiting, keeping, and training volunteers.
 
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The Skinny on Outreach
$6.99
By Greg Stier with Theresa Mazza

Does the idea of outreach excite you? Does it intimidate you? Does it frustrate you?

In the context of youth ministry, outreach is simply looking beyond yourself and equipping teenagers to do the same. It’s about a commitment to encouraging and equipping teenagers to engage in a lifestyle of share the world-altering message of Jesus. Jesus commands us to reach out, compassion compels us to reach out, and true discipleship calls us to reach out. The Skinny on Outreach delivers specific, tangible ideas for building a youth ministry where teenagers discover how every area of life offers ongoing opportunities for relational evangelism.

This book will fuel your passion for reaching out and sharing the message of Jesus—--and for inviting teenagers into this exciting adventure, too. When your teenagers are on mission with Jesus and telling people about him, they’ll also grow deeply in him. Help your students become life-changing ambassadors for Jesus' message of grace and hope. And join Jesus in the quest for the unreached teenagers in your community!
 
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The Skinny on Service
Was: $6.99
Now: $2.80
By Tony Myles with Doug Franklin

Take a look around at the brokenness in this world and its spiritual poverty. Jesus wants to change all of that, and he’'s looking for teenagers who want that change to start in them. Youth worker, that’s where you come in! When your students serve others, they'’re serving Jesus. Serving helps teenagers draw closer to Jesus and become more like him. And serving creates opportunities to talk about Jesus and share his amazing good news. Ultimately, every act of genuine Christian service points to Jesus'’ ultimate act of service on the cross.

The Skinny on Service unpacks the powerful reasons why it’'s important for you and your students to serve others, but you'’ll also get page after page of practical ideas on how to serve. You'’ll be equipped to help teenagers discover the joy of serving faithfully “before,” even if they don’'t personally get to see the fruit "after."
 
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A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls
$6.99
As you read through the pages of A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Girls, veteran youth workers Brooklyn Lindsey and Mark Oestreicher will help you re-examine some assumptions and misunderstandings about this season of life. Then, from a place of trust in God, you will gain a fresh perspective on who your daughter is and who she's becoming.

This book explores the major changes of adolescence, the influence of parents and friends, the onslaught of feelings and how to respond, and the significance of celebrating milestones in a girl's life.
 
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Leaders Are Learners Student Edition (download)
$19.99
Helping develop spiritually mature, ministry-focused student leaders is one of the most effective ways you can spend your leadership energy. There are big payoffs when a youth ministry becomes a place where student leaders are identified, empowered and released to serve and do ministry. Few aspects of youth ministry are as exciting as seeing students develop a heart to serve and lead.
 
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Thriving Youth Groups: Secrets for Growing Your Ministry
$13.99
If a youth group fails the "friendliness test," teenagers won't come back. Yet building a friendship culture is easier than you think–especially with this in-depth and amazingly practical youth ministry leadership development book from renowned youth ministry expert Jeanne Mayo. Her three decades of in-the-trenches experience have been poured into this idea-filled youth leadership training book to help even the busiest youth workers create a truly magnetic ministry.
 
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Emergency Response Handbook for Small Group Leaders
$9.74 - $14.99
You want to help -- a church member faces a terminal illness, good friends of yours just lost their child, a member of your group is struggling with an addiction, the death of a child, divorce, addiction, terminal illness--but you feel unsure how to help.

Prepare yourself with practical ways to love others through their greatest challenges. People face difficult, painful stuff in life--and they shouldn't struggle alone. But what do you say? How do you help? What if you make things worse?

This rapid-response handbook gives you and your small group the confidence to share God's love and comfort with hurting friends.
 
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Mission Trips from Start to Finish
Was: $29.99
Now: $6.00
Ah, the missions trip. Whether across the city or across the globe, it can seem daunting to the inexperienced or the unprepared. But with Mission Trips From Start To Finish, you'll find expert advice to make planning and executing yours as simple as possible. This practical tool is designed to guide first-time trip planners step-by-step, while also providing old pros with a host of tools to be used over and over again. It'll save you time, headaches, and possibly legal and law enforcement trouble! Prison ministry, anyone?
 
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Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches
$9.99
Are you in a "small" church? Well, guess what—you're the majority. With the average church in America clocking in around 75 members, there's no reason why "small" has to equal "less" when it comes to healthy, thriving youth ministry. Youth leadership training book Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches is a great resource to grow your youth ministry in a smaller church environment.
 
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Small Groups from Start to Finish (download)
$42.00
According to Doug Fields, the number one question people ask him is "How do I start an effective small group program?" This resource is his answer. Everything Doug and his ministry partner Matt McGill know about launching small groups has been put into this production pack resource.

The Small Groups From Start To Finish production pack walks you through 10 clear steps on how to launch a healthy small group program within your youth ministry. Included in all of this information is a download with all resources used in the small group ministry at Saddleback Church. We've crammed everything we can in there to help make your small group launch a success.
 
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Best of Try This One
$17.99
This stuff works.

That's because the ideas in this book--hundreds of them--come from people like you: people in the thick of youth ministry. These are best-ever ideas from the pages of Group Magazine's Try This One section. They've been tried... tweaked... and tried again. That means you can slide them into your program without risk--and without tons of preparation.
 
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Small Groups From Start to Finish
Was: $29.99
Now: $6.00
According to Doug Fields, the number one question people ask him is "How do I start an effective small group program?" This resource is his answer. Everything Doug and his ministry partner Matt McGill know about launching small groups has been put into this production pack resource.

The Small Groups From Start To Finish production pack walks you through 10 clear steps on how to launch a healthy small group program within your youth ministry. Included in all of this information is a CD-ROM with all resources used in the small group ministry at Saddleback Church. We've crammed everything we can in there to help make your small group launch a success.
 
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Youth Leader Training on the Go
$29.99
Today's youth ministry volunteers are clamoring for training, yet many of them won’t show up for tons of meeting. So how can youth workers equip their teams? Youth Leader Training on the Go is an easy, proven way to train leaders and multiply your ministry's effectiveness. This resource from Mark DeVries, Jeff Dunn-Rankin, and the Ministry Architects team will guide youth workers through a dynamic training strategy.
 
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Criticism Bites
Was: $14.99
Now: $3.00
Is criticism inevitable in life?

Maybe you've asked that question because you're tired of the relentless, nagging voice in your head saying you should quit, or you're inadequate, or your shortcomings are what people will remember most about you. Perhaps you're simply discouraged, frustrated, burned out, or isolated because of the criticism you've endured.

This book is for you.
 
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Ministering to Gay Teenagers
$5.84 - $8.99
When it comes to ministering to gays and lesbians, far too many churches have chosen silence over service, or a reactive stance over proactive involvement. But congregations must abandon their comfort zone and minister to a group of people who need to experience the love of Jesus in powerful, tangible ways.
 
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More Than Dodgeball (download)
$7.99
Youth ministry is more than entertaining games, more than memorable trips, more than late-night gatherings, more than pizza parties.

Or as veteran youth worker Joshua Griffin puts it, youth ministry is More Than Dodgeball. This book is filled with insights on what it takes to build and sustain a vibrant youth group where teenagers' lives are changed and their hearts are drawn closer to Jesus Christ.
 
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The Volunteer's Back Pocket Guide to Sex (download)
$6.99
Teenagers live in a sex-saturated world. And for many of them, sex has become a purely physical act, fully divorced from spirituality, love, and commitment. Sex, pornography, and "hooking up" are all met with the same response: "It's no big deal."

Too many of our students don't know where to turn to learn about sex, leaving many feeling confused, fearful, and alone. Teenagers who struggle with sexual addiction or unhealthy patterns don't know how to find freedom and healing from the choices they've made, and they're afraid the church will label them as perverts if they're open and honest about their deepest struggles.
 
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Leaders are Learners (download)
$29.99
Leaders are, by their nature, often busy and don't have a lot of time. Because of this, Doug Fields records training sessions and puts them on CD's for the volunteers at Saddleback Church. They are able to easily listen to these important lessons and get solid youth ministry training. This resource isn't designed to replace an all-day seminar or a good youth ministry book, but it encourages and trains leaders with bite-size chunks of leadership training.
 
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The Skinny on Parents
Was: $6.99
Now: $2.80
Parents are the biggest influence on the lives of teenagers—a fact that research has proved again and again. Yet interactions with parents can be one of the trickiest areas for a youth worker to navigate well. Great youth ministries are passionate about helping parents—the key influence on teenage faith—succeed in their God-given roles. That’s the foundational message of The Skinny on Parents, which will lead you toward a place where you focus a little bit more of your energy on resourcing, equipping, partnering with, and empowering parents.
 
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We have the best youth ministry resource books.

For the skinny on the best youth ministry resources, check out our collection of The Skinny books. Excellent youth pastor resources, The Skinny books cover topics like communication, service, and outreach. These downloadable youth ministry books may be quick reads, but they’re packed with big ideas. For youth ministry leadership training ideas, The Skinny on Volunteers helps youth pastors build a team of people who will love teenagers, connect with them, and offer youth discipleship, too.

If you’re looking for youth ministry resources packed with wisdom and experience, try Uncommon Wisdom From the Other Side. Other downloadable youth pastor resources include Leaders Are Learners where Doug Fields offers six trainings for student leaders who are identified, empowered, and released to serve and do ministry. Or pick up the Fresh Start Production Pack, which helps teenagers evaluate their relationship with God and embrace some foundational truths regarding their faith. For youth ministry books that reveal some secrets on how to create a truly magnetic youth ministry, check out Thriving Youth Groups: Secrets for Growing Your Ministry. And for youth ministry leadership training books you won’t regret reading, the Emergency Response Handbook for Small Group Leaders is packed with practical ways to love others through their greatest challenges.

For youth ministry resources you can download, try Answers to Teenagers’ 50 Toughest Questions and discover biblical and practical responses to questions students may ask. We offer youth pastor resources specifically for mission trips in Mission Trips From Start to Finish, which offers expert advice to make planning and executing your mission trip as simple as possible. For a year’s worth of youth ministry leadership training ideas, download Mentor Me Vol 1. Whatever youth resources you’re looking for, find them at Group.com.

We have youth ministry resources just for small groups, like our Small Groups From Start to Finish, which you can download or purchase as a book for youth leaders. For youth pastor resources straight out of Group Magazine’s Try This One section, check out Best of Try This One for practical ideas for youth group Bible study lessons, discussion starters, games, and more. Find youth ministry books that speak about ministering in smaller churches, including Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches. If you’re looking for youth ministry leadership training for your worship team, don’t miss downloading Worship Band From Start to Finish.

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