Young Adult Ministry Resources

Website resources:

The General Board of Discipleship‘s Young Adult Network has resources, conferences, and discussions pertinent to young adult ministry.
The General Board of Discipleship offers support, devotionals, and book suggestions for those working with young adults.
RevGO – A collaborative mission for young adults. Learn more here.
Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
Barna Group
Lewis Center for Church Leadership 
Fuller Youth Institute
Sticky Faith

Curriculum Suggestions for Small Groups:
Animate – This video curriculum is from SparkHouse and utilizes top names in Christian thought to generate discussions and meaningful conversation.

Book Suggestions for Small Groups:
The Gospel According to Starbucks by Leonard Sweet – This theologically deep book presents post-modern evangelism in a relevant and accessible way for young adults to discuss.
Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by Rob Bell – This is an easy to read and incredibly deep book that provides a jumping off point for discussions on Heaven, Hell, and other theological topics addressing young people.
The Mystic Way of Evangelism by Elaine Heath – This book compares our current views of evangelism with those of ancient faith ancestors. This book will allow for discussion where the church is currently within the context of our history.
Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Bass – The author examines case studies of several churches around the country and how they view people, church, and evangelism. Open discussion for hospitality and making the church more accessible.
The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne – The author is a leading character in the neo-monastic movement and examines what it means to live more like Christ in our neighborhoods.
20/30 Bible Study for Young Adults – These short-term studies address different biblical themes such as abundance, love, and family.
Beginnings – This is a great study for seekers or those new to the church looking to gain more knowledge about the Christian faith. There are three different studies within Beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith, The Spiritual Life, and Longing to Belong. All are appropriate for a young adult small group setting.
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller – The author writes about his personal experiences is a very readable style that addresses questions of faith and understanding Jesus.
Coffeehouse Theology Discussion Guide by Ed Cyzewski – “Christian readers will find a conversational guide to theology in the postmodernism context in the emerging church, helping them understand, shape, and live out practical Christian theology.” – Cokesbury.com
Dear Church: Letters from a Disillusioned Generation by Sarah Cunningham – Dear Church is a series of letters that address the issues of disillusionment that people in their 20s and 30s face about the church. This book is equipped with discussion questions to be used in a small group format.

Book Suggestions for Leaders:
Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith and How to Bring Them Back by Drew Dyck
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean
Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts by Thom and Sam Rainer
You Lost Me and UnChristian by David Kinneman

What are some resources that you use in your church?

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