One of the great youth ministry resources that has been available for years are PowerPoint games. What these consist of is simple trivia games or interactive games like a pocket scavenger hunt. And they are played through PowerPoint, hence the name. There are a great way to fill time at a long event or to kick off a Bible study or midweek service. What makes these so great is that they are simple and easy to implement. But more importantly they serve the purpose of getting students involved and connected with what is going on while also building community and connecting with those who are around them. I encourage you to look online before creating your own as there are many available. Then find a way to implement these in your ministry as soon as possible.
Most of the time when I think about youth ministry resources I think about tangible things like games, sermons, and Bible studies. You are more than likely the same way. That is because this is the bulk of what makes up this category. But this is not all that is available and they may not even be the best of what is available. This is because some of the best resources for youth ministry are not tangible. These are the resources that come through relationships and conversations with other pastors, student pastors, leaders, and parents. These are a wealth of information, support, and encouragement and we cannot survive in ministry without them. We also can never have enough of them. That is why I say look for as many of these connections as we can form. This will not only make you a b
Another one of the incredible youth ministry resources that is available now are apps. These are the mobile applications that we download to our devices. These are great for many reasons but I will just share three today. One is that they are cheaper. Applications are cheaper than any book or software that we would by in the past. This way we can be better stewards of our limited resources. They are also portable. No more do you have to dig through or haul around binders. Finally, they are easy to distribute. Now instead of making copies for your students, you can have them download an app and have all the same great resources in an instant. I encourage you to look at your resource library and see if there are any apps to replace some of those resources. This will save you time and money, and in some instances, might even make your ministry more effective.
Some of the best youth ministry resources I have found are packaged events. These are basically zip files that come with everything you need, from administrative materials to promotional items, so you can run a successful event. Why do I love these so much? Well, for one, students often enjoy big events. But they take a lot of time to create and run. So this option saves me an incredible amount of time. Second, I honestly am not a huge fan of big events for a lot of different reasons. But I know for my students sake and often for my jobs sake, we must have them from time to time. With these packages though I can plan a great event without near as much time and effort so I can focus in more on the things that I prefer to do as well as things that are more important. So the next time you are going to plan an event, you may want to consider seeing what resources are out there that have already been created before you spend all your time doing everything on your own.
Youth Ministry Resources are a very broad category of items available to assist student pastors in doing the work they have been called to. It is important to understand this and what is included in these categories so that you can know what is available and not miss out on any opportunities. I am not sure that you could ever have a truly exhaustive list of all these resources so here I will just try to summarize a few of the major categories. One category of resources is sermons. These are the lessons you would teach from the stage on a Sunday morning or during a midweek service. Often times these sermons now come packaged with PowerPoint presentations. Another category is games. These can both be PowerPoint trivia games or more wild and crazy games you might play outdoors or to open an event. It is always good to have catalog of these handy and available. Another category is Bible studies. Unlike sermons, these are more geared towards something your small group leaders would teach to your students or something the students might study themselves. Basically it is that idea of going from large group to discipleship. Finally, there are administrative resources. For better or worse, this is a job and there are things we have to keep up with and keep organized. The great thing about these resources is that someone has usually already created them for you and can save you loads of time and lots of headaches from having to do something you do not really enjoy. Hopefully, this gives you a glimpse into what resources available so you can now go out and find all that you need.
Youth ministry resources come in a variety of categories and options. These resources encompass everything from sermons to administrative materials for planning and running events. That is why it is important for you to continually build a library of these resources throughout your years in ministry. Why? First of all, you need to be prepared for any situation that comes up. So the more resources you have, even if you do not necessarily need them in the moment, the more prepared you will be. Second, you need to save time. I believe that time is one of the most valuable resources that we have. And we do not need to spend all of our time hunting down resources when we could be out doing ministry and building relationships. So, by building a library as we go, instead of just waiting to find exactly what we need right when we need it, we can save ourselves time in searching. Just print or save things as you come across them and then you will have them when the time comes. Finally, this saves money. We all have a limited amount of funds, and by finding resources as you go along you can save much of those funds. This is because there are many free materials and ideas available. But often times they are only free for a moment, or if you wait until the last minute and are in a rush you cannot find them and end up paying for something that would have been free otherwise. So how do you go about this? There are two main things I would suggest. First of all, keep your eyes open. As you are browsing the web or talking to other ministers, keep your eyes open for resources and then start steadily building your library. Second, and finally, get organized. Get some binders and create some folders on your computer so that you can organize and catalog all these resources so that you can quickly and easily find them when they are needed. Because remember. Finding all these materials and supplies is not your number one job. Building relationships and ministering to others is. That is why I believe these suggestions are vital to you as a youth pastor so that you can save time and money when it comes to finding resources and devote yourself more fully to what matters most.