Envisioning, Building and Sustaining Thriving Youth Ministries

Articles and resources on building and sustaining youth ministries.

Articles and Research (click to view)

Martinson, Roland; Black, Wes, and Roberto, John. The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry: Leading Congregations Toward Exemplary Youth Ministry, (EYM Publishing, 2010). Chapter 1, Youth of Vital Christian Faith, 25-48.

The Priorities, Challenges and Trends in Youth Ministry, The Barna Group

Is ‘Youth Ministry’ in the Bible?, Fuller Youth Institute

Study: Faith Practices Have Powerful Benefits for Teens, Stephanie Martin

A Vision on Youth Ministry, Orthodox Church in America

Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Data Summary and Trends Report 2007-2017, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Youth Online, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thriving Youth Ministries (click to view)

Martinson, Roland, Black, We, and Roberto, John. The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry: Leading Congregations Toward Exemplary Youth Ministry. (EYM Publishing, 2010). Chapter 1: Youth of Vital Christian Faith, p. 25-48.

5 Traits of a Thriving Youth Ministry, Greg Stier

Vision and Mission Statements (click to view)

Aligning Action and Values, Jim Collins

Vision Casting for Your Youth Ministry, Rachel Blom

3 Steps to Finding Your Ministry Vision, Greg Stier

Creating a Mission Statement for Your Youth Ministry, Rachel Blom

Getting Off the Dance Floor, and On the Balcony, Russ Linden

Enacting Your Vision (click to view)

Effective Ministry Action Plans, Dr. Marty Cauley

Building Your Ministry – The Essentials (click to view)

Devries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It. (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008). Chapter 3: Hoping, Wishing and Praying: Beyond the Frantic Search for the Youth Ministry Superstar, p. 40-49; Chapter 4: The Dance Floor, p. 51-56; Chapter 5: Building Right, p. 57-73.

10 Tips for Starting a Sticky Faith Youth Ministry From Scratch, Fuller Youth Institute

16 Ways to Build a Youth Ministry That Will Last, www.crosswalk.com

Youth Ministry and Adolescent Faith Formation, www.lifelongfaith.com

Deepening Your Ministry (click to view)

Deep and Wide Youth Ministry, Greg Stier

Sample Lesson

Youth Group Lesson on Going Deeper, www.ministrytoyouth.com

Overcoming Obstacles (click to view)

Devries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008). Chapter 12, Dancing with Alligators: Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Church Politics, p. 175-187.

Overcoming Challenges in Youth Ministry, www.youthesource.com

6 Steps to Help You Overcome Challenges in Your Ministry, Michael Bayne

Sustaining Your Ministry (click to view)

DeVries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It. (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008). Chapter 6: Changing Culture: The Work of the Environmental Architect. p. 74-89.


Envisioning, Building and Sustaining Thriving Youth Ministries Training Module (click to view)