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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The Volunteer's Back Pocket Guide to Events and Retreats
Was: $4.99
Now: $1.00
Bravely, you agreed to be a chaperone on the trip. Boldly, you sacrificed this weekend for a student retreat. Blindly, you said "yes" before asking for all the details.

How will you survive?

Youth events and retreats don't have to be painful, traumatic, stressful experiences. The Volunteer's Back Pocket Guide to Events & Retreats will show you how to transform from a cautiously committed adult into a fervently focused volunteer who helps teenagers gain the most from these special events.
 
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Emergency Response Handbook for Youth Ministry (download)
$11.24
Teens 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 youth group the confidence to share God's love and comfort with hurting friends.
You will be prepared to respond with 12 chapters focused on twelve emergencies that the teens you care for may encounter.
 
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The Hot Seat
Was: $5.99
Now: $1.20
Don't settle for ordinary discussions as you and your students travel to your next mission trip, hang out during a weekend retreat, or simply kick back after a midweek service. Put students on the spot and reap the rewards of fun, unexpected conversations with The Hot Seat: "In the Moment" Discussions, Games, and Activities to Get Your Teenagers Talking.
 
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Bold Parenting (download)
$9.99

What kind of parent does God want you to be?

Sometimes we think God calls us to raise children who follow the rules, obey the speed limit, cordially deliver apples to their teachers, and help old ladies walk across the street. We passionately focus on helping our kids shine in the classroom, excel in sports, and succeed in the arts.

But God has an even higher calling for you as a parent.

 
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The Skinny on Discipleship (download)
$5.99
The Skinny on Discipleship will become a practical guide in your role as a disciple-maker. You'll discover innovative insights and powerful encouragement for knowing Jesus, loving him, and placing him at the center of your life--and then helping teenagers along on that same journey.

When it comes to discipleship, there are no shortcuts, there’s no handbook for teenagers, and there's no timeline on what it will take to help each teenager draw closer to Jesus. But you can follow the model of Jesus, rely on the truth that he's with you, and remember that ultimately he loves teenagers even more than you do.
 
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Emergency Response Handbook for Youth Ministry
$9.74 - $14.99
Teens 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 youth group the confidence to share God's love and comfort with hurting friends.
You will be prepared to respond with 12 chapters focused on twelve emergencies that the teens you care for may encounter.
 
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The Skinny on Volunteers
Was: $6.99
Now: $2.80
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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Jesus Centered Youth Ministry (download)
$7.99
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 ministry, it’s also essential that you pursue this path.
 
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Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
Was: $24.99
Now: $5.00
Groundbreaking Insights and Fresh Tools for Youth Ministry!

Over 100 Practical Ideas Inside! You'll gain powerful insights and tons of practical ideas to immediately use in your ministry. Includes worship ideas, discussion starters, object lessons, ideas for family activities, outreach, and much more.
 
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A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys
$6.99
A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Guys will help you discover insights on shepherding your son, preparing him to take the reins of his life, and helping him confront the extreme struggles every guy faces--such as loneliness, anger, lust, apathy, and technology. They can pursue a life that challenges the values of our culture and experience a life lived for God.
 
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99 Thoughts on Marriage and Ministry
Was: $5.99
Now: $1.20
Ministry is such a rewarding experience, but why does it create so much strain on marriages?

Jake and Melissa Kircher have learned some valuable lessons (often the hard way!) about building a healthy marriage amid the demands of ministry. They aren't perfect, but they've matured individually and as a couple because of each mess, problem, heartache, and obstacle they've encountered. They understand your struggles and frustrations, because they're their struggles and frustrations, too.

99 Thoughts on Marriage & Ministry will help you discover advice, wisdom, and insight in five core areas.
 
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$5 Youth Ministry: Low-Cost Ideas for Effective Ministry
Was: $9.99
Now: $2.00
It seems like no matter how good the economy is, there's never enough money in the youth budget. That’s why $5 Youth Ministry is packed cover to cover with effective, easy-to-implement ideas--that all cost about $5 or less. And most importantly, this book goes beyond just icebreakers and games--every page is written to help build and grow relational youth ministry.
 
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The Volunteer's Back Pocket Guide to Youth Mission Trips
Was: $4.99
Now: $1.00
By Toby Rowe

You're excited about the chance to work alongside teenagers on a mission trip. You're energized to see how God challenges and changes these young people through the experience. Your leaders have equipped you for your role.

Yet somehow you still don't feel ready.

Unlock the secrets to a successful mission experience with The Volunteer's Back Pocket Guide to Youth Mission Trips. This useful, practical book will guide you through the sometimes rough but always rewarding waters of a short-term mission trip. You'll discover how to connect with your students, how to prepare for the unexpected, and how to savor those priceless moments you only find on a mission trip.

Teenagers aren't the only people whose lives are changed on mission trips. The tips and wisdom found in this book will help you return home a different person-a person who has discovered the power of serving others and sharing the incredible message of Jesus.
 
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99 Thoughts for Volunteers
$6.49 - $9.99
You aren't the lead youth worker at your church? That doesn't mean you can't powerfully influence the lives of teenagers!
 
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The Skinny on Parents (download)
$5.99
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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The New Breed: Second Edition: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer (download)
$11.99
The world of volunteers has changed. But have you changed, too?

Across the country, volunteer ranks continue to grow, but people are volunteering differently. They're working online, seeking flexible schedules, and pursuing a role in defining how projects should be completed. They want to feel a sense of responsibility for your organization's overall mission.

Put simply, these volunteers don't want to simply make a contribution; they want to make a difference!
 
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The Skinny on Discipleship
$6.99
Life-shaping discipleship isn't a random event. It’s an intentional adventure, and teenagers need someone who'’s walking with them on the journey and helping them grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Skinny on Discipleship will become a practical guide in your role as a disciple-maker. You'll discover innovative insights and powerful encouragement for knowing Jesus, loving him, and placing him at the center of your life--and then helping teenagers along on that same journey.
 
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99 Thoughts About Junior High Ministry
$3.89 - $5.99
What does it take to succeed in junior high ministry? A limitless string of ideas for dynamic, energetic games? An attention span only slightly longer than your students? A high tolerance level for intense body odors?

OK, it takes more than that, as Kurt Johnston has discovered after more than two decades of working with junior highers. He's dug deep into his ministry toolbox to compile 99 thoughts, tips, tricks and tidbits that will encourage, equip, and excite you on your journey, —whether you're a seasoned, full-time youth pastor or a freshly minted volunteer.
 
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Bold Parenting
Was: $11.99
Now: $2.40
As you read the pages of Bold Parenting, veteran youth worker Lars Rood—a husband and father of three—will challenge you to think more deeply and more clearly about the faith you're responsible for passing on to your children.
 
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How Your Teenager is Wired
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Now: $2.00
Having conversations with teenagers is a challenge. Having meaningful conversations with teenagers can feel impossible at times!

Drawing on her experience as a mom, ministry founder, and Life Purpose Coach®, Dr. Katie Brazelton offers insights and wisdom in How Your Teenager is Wired on understanding how teenagers are wonderfully and uniquely created-and how to transform that understanding into dynamic conversations about who they are, how God wired them, and where their lives are headed.
 
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99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers
$5.19 - $7.99
If you're the parent of a teenager, you need all the help you can get. How do you help your children make wise choices? How do give your teenagers freedom to make their own choices while still providing a guiding hand? How do you invest your time and energy in ways that make an eternal difference in your children's lives?

Walt Mueller delivers the goods in 99 Thoughts for Parents of Teenagers, a no-holds-barred look at the good, bad, and ugly aspects of parenting teenagers.
 
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A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains
$6.99
It's often tough to understand why teenagers do what they do. One moment they're calm and rational, but the next they're agitated and emotional. One day they're making incredibly wise choices, but the next they're making disastrous mistakes. Yesterday they earned your trust, but today it seems they've lost it once again.

Why such inconsistency? Credit their brains.

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Teenage Brains is filled with helpful, practical insights from veteran youth worker Mark Oestreicher.
 
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A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media
$6.99
With each passing day, teenagers' lives become increasingly intertwined with social media. How can you as a parent stay informed and involved in healthy ways? How can you help your son or daughter make wise decisions and stay safe online?

A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media will equip you to have meaningful conversations with your teenager about the best, wisest ways to get connected while staying safe. Your guides for this journey are Mark Oestreicher and Adam McLane, who draw from their own wells of experience as parents and youth workers. They'll help you chart a course toward discovering and practicing wise family online activity.
 
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A Parent's Guide to Understanding Sex & Dating
$6.99
Helping your child make wise choices about sex and dating requires more than just one chat. It's about building bridges of ongoing dialogue throughout the teenage years.

But youth workers Mark Oestreicher and Joel Mayward realize many parents don't feel comfortable or prepared to have these kinds of conversations. That's why they wrote A Parent's Guide to Understanding Sex and Dating-- to equip you to initiate healthy, honest discussions with your teenager. This book will also help you understand some of the relevant trends and issues in today's youth culture.
 
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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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