A Guide for Youth Ministry Resources
by: Morgan Hamilton
In order to sustain growth, or at least maintain the present levels in church membership from generation to generation, it is vitally important to focus on the special religious needs of young people. With that in mind you will see that there are an ever increasing amount of ministry catering to the young. It is two entirely different things though, ministering to adults, than it is ministering to youth. Good luck getting kids to listen politely if the topic doesn't interest them. You really have to deliver lessons in a way where the intended audience can relate. The best way to do this is to take advantage of the numerous youth ministry resources that are available these days.
Youth ministry resources generally fall into two classes, the ones that you must pay for and the no-cost resources. The kind of youth ministry resources you use very much depends upon your budget and the stated objective. Once you decide how much you can spend on products, you can proceed with your search for specific items.
Here are a few suggestions that you may find beneficial. First of all, hand puppets are some of the most popular youth ministry resources around, for the little ones of course. Kids seem to love puppets, so putting on a puppet show would be a wonderful way to get your message across. You can find biblical characters produced by many different manufacturers, which will allow you stage or reenact a multitude of scenes. In addition, there are ready-made scripts that you can purchase if you don't have time to write your own.
Music is an outstanding youth ministry and resource that is universally loved. There's certainly no shortage of music with Christian lyrics out there, but it may not be all that easy to find the type of music that will effectively complement your lessons. By taking advantage of websites offering youth ministry resources and general help, however, you can efficiently locate exactly what it is you're looking for. This means you'll be able to spend less time preparing for your Sunday school classes or other meetings and more time doing what is truly important and that is interacting with the kids.
Some other really great youth ministry resources include, Bible study guides, lists of discussion questions, videos, sermons, Power Point presentations, and story books.
Helping introduce God to the youth that you are fortunate enough to interact with is a truly noble and inspired undertaking. Fortunately, you're not alone in your mission. Go on the Internet and take a look at all of the wonderful youth ministry resources that are available and make your next Bible study group a more interesting, rewarding and educational experience for all.