About Recommended Resources

Our pick of the best websites, books, and other tools for youth ministry.

Faith Talk Triggers

Contributed by: Anglican Youth Ministries, Diocese of Auckland

Faith Talk Triggers are a great way to start God-centred conversations with intermediates and teenagers.


The cards have fun 'would you rather' openers, and cover 40 different topics including reputation, peer pressure, forgiveness and many... See more

Defeating Depression – Soul Talk

Depression has been described as the common cold of Western mental illness. In "Defeating Depression", Belinda Stott explains the six different types of depression and how to heal from each of them. The framework provided for this talk has been developed by Kiwi counsellor David J.... See more

Good Grief – Soul Talk

Disappointments and losses are a normal part of life, so sooner or later everyone will have to process grief.
In 'Good Grief', Belinda Stott explains what grief is, how to work through it and how to know when you're healing. In addition, Belinda tackles the six most common myths about grief in... See more

Common Sense Media

Not sure if that movie is suitable for your next youth event? Common Sense Media is a great tool for honest reviews on current movies (including the perspectives of parents and young people) that cover issues like content, themes and language. There are also reviews of games and apps, tips for... See more

Fighting Fear – Soul Talk

1 in 4 New Zealanders suffer with anxiety. While small amounts of anxiety can provide us with necessary motivation, too much fear for too long can have a devastating impact on our mental/emotional health and physical bodies. In this episode of Soul Talk, Belinda Stott explains what anxiety is and... See more

Beating Burnout – Soul Talk

Soul Talk is a young adults resource to help groups to go deeper with each other and grow in their understanding of several important mental/emotional health topics. It tackles some of the big issues that are tragically affecting our society today - issues like anxiety, depression and burn out.... See more

Faith and Belief in Aotearoa, New Zealand

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

A national research study has been completed, exploring attitudes towards religion, spirituality and Christianity in New Zealand. Commissioned by the Wilberforce Foundation, the research was undertaken during March and April 2018 and the full report was is available now.  The research enables us... See more

Feelings and Needs Cards

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Feelings and Needs Cards have been created by Soul Tour for young adults to use in their small groups to develop deeper levels of sharing and community.
Each set contains 54 feelings cards and 58 needs cards. To use them, simply lay the cards out in the two sets. Ask group members to select at... See more

Top 5 Books for Thinkers

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Youth ministry text books for the thinkers and the scholars!
All these books can be borrowed from the John Kinder Theological Library via their online catalogue: firstly, become a member, and then request the title(s) you want. If the requested books are available, they will normally be... See more

Duty of Care

How hard is it to make sure your leaders have had adequate training in health and safety? People are so busy that getting them together in one place to spend the time required to train is challenging to say the least, and is made even more difficult by the fact that many will not see this topic as... See more

Top 5 Practical Books

These books are for youth leaders looking for practical youth ministry reads.
All these books can be borrowed from the John Kinder Theological Library via their online catalogue: firstly, become a member, and then request the title(s) you want. If the requested books are available, they will... See more

Street Stories

Contributed by: Jacolize Becker, Diocese of Auckland

Street Stories is a two-part series of DVD resources designed to build emotional resilience and empathy in intermediate age students. It is packed full of gritty street stories about real people who overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The stories are hard-hitting and honest, telling the... See more

Growing Young Disciples – Discipleship series

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Looking for a resource for discipling young Christians? Growing Young Disciples is a series of discipleship studies, written by experienced Australian youth pastor, Tim Hawkins.
Aimed at younger teens, these short studies give a simple, scripture-based overview of what it means to follow Jesus.... See more

Kahoot! Quizzes

Contributed by: Charlie Baker

Kahoot! is a free online tool which makes it easy to create fun, multiplayer quizzes. These quizzes are great for youth group - play them just for fun or use them as a learning tool. See more

Youth Ministry Well

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

About the Book  | About the Author  | Buy the Book  | Supplementary Resources
Do your youth ministry well
Just as you can draw life-giving, refreshing water from a well, Youth Ministry Well offers refreshment that will deepen your youth ministry and strengthen your faith in God.... See more

Engage

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Engage is a new way to engage with God through scripture. Created by Scripture Union NZ, its a daily Bible reading app that is aimed at getting young kiwis exploring the Bible every day.
New audio Bible readings, along with discussion questions you can follow with on-screen, are released every... See more

First Aid App

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Life saving skills at your fingertips! The New Zealand Red Cross has a free first aid app. It's a comprehensive pocket guide to first aid and emergency response. It features simple, easy advice on everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for natural disasters and... See more

Student’s Guide to the Bible

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, National Youth Advisor

This is one of Phil Trotter's favourite resources! He highly recommends that every youth group has a copy of the Student's Guide to the Bible.
It’s a great resource just to have lying around the youth room. Because of its magazine style format– young people will pick it up and read... See more

Top 5 Youth Ministry Websites

Here's our top 5 places on the web for youth ministry! At each of these sites you'll find plenty of quality, free youth ministry resources, ideas and inspiration.
The Source
thesource4ym.com
This is the site that inspired RESOURCED! Best adjective: abundance! With thousands of... See more

Top 5 Books for seasoned youth leaders

These books are for youth leaders asking, 'What's the next step?'. Combining a biblical framework with cultural insight and an honest critique of the church, they provide new thinking and understandings of youth ministry that may challenge current practice, counter inculturation, and offer ways... See more

Top 5 Books to read when you’re starting out

There are so many great books out there on youth ministry, but it can be hard to know just which to read.  These five books cover Youth Ministry 101. All have proven the test of time in delivering sound theology and practice for making disciples of our young people. Filled with practical ideas for... See more