Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation

Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. [1 Chronicles 16:34]

When we worship with youth, not only do we show them how to worship, but they show us! Using Bible study and worship as a regular part of youth programming provides youth with a way to hear and understand the Scriptures, and to give praise to God in interactive and dynamic ways.

Training Modules

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Finding a Grit Fit
Sabbath RestLeading theologians and youth practitioners explore the importance of sabbath-keeping for both youth and youth …
Cultivating Worshipful Youth
Cultivating Worshipful YouthThis course explores the importance of worship for youth. Theologians and pastors explore different facets …
Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry
Spiritual Practices in Youth MinistryTheologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the effects that habitual practices have on our lives and …
Bible Study
Studying the Bible with YouthPractical theologians and youth pastors discuss the best approaches, tools, and frameworks to use when …

Curricular and Sample Materials

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Family Saying Grace at Dinner
Practicing Faith at HomeRev. Traci Smith, author of "Faithful Families" has created short, instructional videos to guide parents through creating faith practices around mindfulness, serving others, meal time and bedtime for children and youth of all ages.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 4: Mark 8-10A youth Bible study on the Gospel of Mark inspired by the Yale Bible Study series.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 7: Mark 16A youth Bible study on the Gospel of Mark inspired by the Yale Bible Study series.
Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation
Children’s Ministry Curriculum ResourcesUCC Southern New England Conference outline on exploring curriculum resources for the pandemic and beyond.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 5: Mark 11-14A youth Bible study on the Gospel of Mark inspired by the Yale Bible Study series.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 3: Mark 4-7A youth Bible study on the Gospel of Mark inspired by the Yale Bible Study series.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 6: Mark 15A youth Bible study on the Gospel of Mark inspired by the Yale Bible Study series.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 2: Mark 2-3A youth Bible study on the Gospel of Mark inspired by the Yale Bible Study series.
Bible Study
The Gospel of Mark Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 1: Mark 1A Bible study on the Gospel of Mark for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
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Confirmation Best PracticesConsiderations for Confirmation teachers as they create and formulate curricula for their classes.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 5: Mary the Mother of Jesus and ElizabethA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 4: EstherA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 3: RuthA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 1: Sarah and HagarA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 8: Women in the Early Church, As Seen in the EpistlesA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 7: The Woman at the WellA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 6: Mary MagdaleneA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Women in the Bible Study for Youth
Women in the Bible – Lesson 2: TamarA youth Bible study on Women in the Bible based on the Yale Bible Study.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 8: Genesis 37-50A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 7: Genesis 28-36A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 6: Genesis 24-27A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 5: Genesis 12-23A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 4: Genesis 7-9, 11A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 3: Genesis 5-6, 10A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study For Youth – Lesson 2: Genesis 3-4A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Creación de Adán (Miguel_Ángel)
Genesis Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 1: Genesis 1-2A Bible study on the Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 7: The Importance of Knowing “the Proper Time” – Part 2Lesson of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 6: The Importance of Knowing “the Proper Time” – Part 1Lesson 6 of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 5: The Proverbial Wisdom of Cause and Effect/The Act-Consequence Relationship Part 2Lesson 5 of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 4: The Proverbial Wisdom of Cause and Effect/The Act-Consequence Relationship – Part 1Lesson 4 of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 3: The Wisdom of YouthLesson 2 of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 2: What is Wisdom? Part 2Lesson 2 of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Quest for Truth
Seven Weeks to Wisdom – Week 1: What is Wisdom?Lesson 1 of the Quest for Truth "Seven Weeks to Wisdom" curriculum.
Reading the Bible with Youth - Lesson 2
Reading the Bible with Youth – Lesson 2A two-week study to introduce youth to the Bible.
Reading the Bible with Youth - Lesson 1
Reading the Bible with Youth – Lesson 1A two-week study to introduce youth to the Bible.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 7: Luke 19-22A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 8: Luke 23-34A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 6: Luke 15-19A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 5: Luke 12-14A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 4: Luke 9-11A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 3: Luke 6-8A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 2: Luke 3-5A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Introduction for LeadersA bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Quest for Spirit
The Gospel of Luke Bible Study for Youth – Lesson 1: Luke 1-2A bible study on the Gospel of Luke for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series.
Fit for Time and Joy With God
Fit for Time and Joy With GodIn this lesson, youth will work together to create a weekly Sabbath-keeping plan.
Finding a Grit Fit
Finding a Grit FitIn this lesson, youth will explore the habits that can equip them to enjoy life.
Cultivating Worshipful Youth
Created for Joyful WorshipIn this lesson we'll explore worship as a way to express joy and gratitude.
Body Awareness
The Misfit CommandmentIn this lesson, youth explore the fourth commandment.

Articles and Readings

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The Brass Ring
The Brass Ring A sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Psalm 23 and Luke 17:20-21.
Dr. Frederick Edie
Making Joyful Noises: Christian Youth and Young Adults Reflect on Joy and WorshipAn article by Fred Edie on joy and worship from the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
Lessons from the Road
Lessons from the RoadA sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Luke 24:13-35.
Why? Sermon
Why?A sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 18:17-19, and Luke 12:48.
Packing Parachutes Sermon
Packing ParachutesA sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Psalm 31:1-5, Luke 6:38, and 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
The Shelter of Each Other: Our Ark in Stormy Seas Sermon
The Shelter of Each Other: Our Ark in Stormy SeasA sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Deuteronomy 11:13-21 and 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1.
Happy Epiphany! Sermon
Happy Epiphany!A sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12.
And We Ourselves Heard Sermon
And We Ourselves HeardA sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scripture: Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9.
The Grace of Desire Sermon
The Grace of DesireA sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scriptures: Psalm 63:1-8 and Luke 5:17-26.
Quest for Life
One Step CloserA sermon by FYI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scriptures: Genesis 2:15-18, John 17:20-23, and 1 Corinthians 12:14-27.
Building an Ark Together: Faith as a Family Way of Life Sermon
Building an Ark Together: Faith as a Family Way of LifeA sermon by YMI founder, the Rev. Harold E. Masback, III. Focal scriptures: Genesis 6:11-6:17; 8:20-21; 9:8-13, and Matthew 26:26-29.
David Rahn
Time for Joy: Gritty Sabbath Rest with AdolescentsAn essay by David Rahn and Ebonie Davis on sabbath and adolescents from the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
You Are My Beloved Child
Praise: Being Transformed in JoyAn essay by David Ford and Chris Russell on praise and joy from the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation
Grace: The Foundation of JoyAn essay by Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne on grace from of the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
Gratitude As the Foundation for Joy
Gratitude As the Foundation for JoyAn essay by Robert Emmons and Marc Afshar on gratitude as part of the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
Mark Gornik
Sing for Joy! The Power of Sacred Narrative Among Urban YouthAn essay by Miriam Yvette Acevedo and Mark R. Gornik as part of the Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project.
Studying the Bible with Youth
Studying the Bible with YouthArticles and resources on the best approaches, tools, and frameworks to use when leading adolescents in Bible study.
Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry
Spiritual Practices in Youth MinistryArticles and resources on the importance of prayer and spiritual practices as habits that orient us towards God.
white candles on brown wooden table
Cultivating Worshipful YouthArticles and resources on the importance of worship for youth.
Dr. Anne Wimberly
Hope: A Pathway to Adolescent Joy and FlourishingThis reading is a segment by Anne E. Streaty Wimblery and Sararh Farmer from "Joy: A Guide for Youth Ministry".
Prayer word with Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Ode to Joy: The Adolescent Experience of Joy as ArousalKenda Creasy Dean, Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary on joy in adolescence.
Dr. Frederick Edie
Adolescent Joy and Christian WorshipFrederick Edie, Professor at Duke Divinity School explores the connection between Christian worship and adolescent joy.
Lectionary
ScriptureLooking for scripture resources that relate to current issues? See our list of topics.

Best Practice Videos

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Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation
WorshipPlanning and Leading Transformative Worship
Summer Newsletter 2019
Bible StudyLeading Experiential Bible Study
Youth Worship, Bible Study & Formation
Prayer and MeditationLeading Experiential Prayer and Other Spiritual Practices
Yale Youth Ministry Institute