Against the Tide, Towards the Kingdom is the story of the Urban Vision community in New Zealand. Written by Jenny & Justin Duckworth (Bishop of Wellington), this book recounts the story of a group of young Christian adults who over the last fifteen years have relocated to the colorful ends of... See more
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Our pick of the best websites, books, and other tools for youth ministry.
Twenty-One Elephants is about a whole-of-life spirituality that messes with our relationships, reputation, families, money and living situations. It’s about the joy and the grief of embracing the reckless way of Jesus.
After coming to faith in the middle-class northern suburbs of... See more
There are loads of great apps out there that help young people to grow and connect with God. Here are some of our favourites:
- Engage: Scripture Union's audio bible with daily questions and closing prayer.
- YouVersion's 'The Bible': Daily verses sent out (can be in a... See more
NUA is a film series that encourages questions, acknowledges doubt, and offers an engaging perspective on the Christian faith.
Created by Scripture Union, this series of eight short films is all about exploration, looking into questions about the Bible and what it means to be a Christian. NUA... See more
Friday the 15th of March was a very sad day in our nation. Many of us are struggling even to know where to start in processing the brutal murder of so many of our Muslim neighbours.
Our interdenominational national youth leaders have put together this simple resource to help you... See more
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 more.
They are easy to use to start up... See more
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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! 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
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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 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
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
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
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.
This is the site that inspired RESOURCED! Best adjective: abundance! With thousands of... See more
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
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