Offering Effective Pastoral Care

The Jesus Prayer

Articles and resources on the importance of pastoral care to youth and their families as part of a robust youth ministry.

Articles and Research (click to view)

Reaching Youth Today, Sr. Brenda Walsh

Top 10 Issues Facing Our Youth Today, Lee Standberry

Top 10 Social Issues Teens Struggle with Today, Amy Morin

The Role of the Youth Minister (click to view)

Clinebell, Howard. Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling: Resources for the Ministry of Healing and Growth  (Abingdon Press, 1984)

Helping Teens and Adolescents in Crisis, Benjamin Darnell

The Art of Listening (click to view)

The Importance of Active Listening, Patricia Mulvania

The Importance of Listening Well to Young People, Signe Whitson


Caring for Families (click to view)

Pastoral Care and Counseling to Help Families Heal, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

10 Tips for Becoming a Family Friendly Youth Ministry, Doug Fields

Family Instability and Child Well-Being, Paula Fomby and Andrew J. Cherlin

The Varying Effects of Family Instability, Anna Sutherland

Resources for Youth in Crisis,

How Can You Help Me?,

Mental Health (click to view)

Lund, Sarah.  Blessed Are the Crazy, Chalice Press, 2014.

Mental Heath,

Teens and Young Adults, National Alliance on Mental Health

Mental Health in Adolescents, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Spiritual Practices (click to view)

Ten Simple Spiritual Practice Ideas for Children and Youth,

Yaconelli, Mark.  Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus (Youth Specialties).  Zondervan: 2006.

Beyond discipline: Introducing youth to spiritual practices, Rocky Supinger

Spiritual Practices with Children and Youth, Debbie Kolacki

Spiritual Practices for Teens: The Awareness Examen, Brian Kirk

Certificate Training in Community Storytelling, at The Hearth

Sabbath (click to view)

Stucky, Nathan T.  Wrestling with Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: Grand Rapids, 2019.

Who Is the Sabbath For?, Julia Becker

Sabbath Rest: Not Just for Grownups, Nathan T. Stucky

Experiencing Sabbath with Teens, Keith Anderson

Pastoral Care (click to view)

Uncovering the Trauma of Racism, Monica T. Williams

How Racism, Trauma and Mental Health are Linked, Christine Herman

Creative Development in Adolescents, Michelle Anthony

Do Creative Adolescents Hold the Key to Developing Flourishing Communities?,  Laura Partridge

Offering Effective Pastoral Care Training Module (click to view)

Yale Youth Ministry Institute