Good Soil Initiative
Good Soil Initiative (GSI) is a three year, paid Salvation Army youth ministry internship in the Midwest. Participants receive ongoing training and discipling from Territorial Youth Department staff, and the opportunity to get hands on experience in youth ministry and community outreach. If you are prayerfully considering a future in full time ministry, check out more info about GSI here.
100 Tips & Tricks
Ever had that feeling where you’re just unsure of what to do next? You haven’t forgotten all the things on your calendar, but you’re wondering how you can bring something fresh to your ministry. Youth Specialties has you covered with an incredible list of 100 Tips & Tricks for Youth Leaders. It’s part common sense, part ‘I never thought of that!’, part learning curve demystified, part brainstorm, and it will probably get you thinking up new ideas yourself!
Q Ideas was “created as a place where church and cultural leaders could come together to collaborate and explore ideas about how the Gospel can be expressed within our cultural context.” It is a collection of essays, videos, small group curriculum, blogs, and podcasts covering topics like, the Church, business, science, the arts, and more. “Our method of learning is simple: exposure, conversation and collaboration.” Join the conversation!
Simply Youth Ministry
The Everyday Youth Ministry series, from Simply Youth Ministry and Group, is written by youth workers in the trenches, for youth workers in the trenches. You can get a free eBook, Youth Ministry Tips & Ideas by Tim Schmoyer, “filled with 254 ideas, tips, suggestions, insights, and bits of wisdom that will help you more effectively minister to teenagers.” Who couldn’t use a few more good ideas?
From Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church, comes a site dedicated to seeing “healthy pastors leading healthy churches.” Be sure to sign up for the newsletter, where Pastor Rick shares his “best ideas with you each week, along with a ton of great content, fresh ideas, downloadable resources, and more… all for FREE!” And check out the downloads area filled with free ebooks and sermon transcripts.
Catalyst is a church leadership conference headed up by Andy Stanley (North Point) and Craig Groeschel (LifeChurch.tv), and CatalystSpace.com is a collection of all the great thoughts, ideas, and conversations spurned on by Catalyst events. Don’t miss all the great articles from passionate church leaders and thinkers, and make sure to check out the Catalyst Podcast to hear great interviews with musicians, authors, pastors, athletes, and more. Please excuse the campy hosts, the interviews themselves are inspiring!
Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal
Made to address “Real Ministry in a Complex World,” check out this online edition of Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal. A subscription will unlock the full features, but a ton of great content is available for free to all users.
With the goal of “Strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve,” the Transforming Center in Wheaton, IL creates resources and retreats focused on pursuing a spirituality that remakes us into the image of Jesus and breaks through the walls of just “doing” ministry. Sign up for their free email reflections on spiritually and leadership (eReflections) and check out the other free and paid resources they offer.