Resources for Youth Ministry

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New resources are being added to all these sections on an ongoing basis, so check back periodically.

General Information and Tips

Study up on the CUC Youth Ministry lingo, get an overview of youth conferences and events, or delve into the Deep Fun of community building games!

Mission ConPossible | Download as [PDF]
A short overview of the basics of the main types of youth events that take place in the Canadian UU context.  Download as pdf

ABC’s of UU Community
Decode the UU Alphabet soup with this lexicon!

Deep Fun [PDF] The master list of all the classic games, icebreakers and team initiatives for use at Youth Group and Youth Cons

UUA Web Resources

  • Worship Web
    An online catalogue of UU readings, poetry and sermons, free to use for worship services on any theme
  • Youth Ministry
    Comprehensive resources on youth ministry from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • Blue Boat Blog
    This is the blog of the UUA’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and is a great site to follow, to stay up the many resources and events that the UUA offers around youth, young adult and campus ministry.

Worship Resources

  • Singing the Living Tradition & Singing the Journey
  • Skinner House Meditation manuals
  • Earth Prayers from Around the World
  • Rise Up Singing
  • Soulful Sundown

Print Resources: Must Haves for Adults Working with Youth

If you have new folks getting involved in youth ministry in your congregation, these are the core ‘gotta have’ resources:

*Marked books are available to borrow from the Lifespan Learning Lending Library

Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide
This is the updated and revised handbook on UU Youth Ministry from the UUA’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. It covers all the basics of how UU’s do youth programming, including discussion of what healthy youth empowerment looks like, how to plan for youth group dynamics and how to create healthy and safe practices.

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It  By: Mark DeVries
Although this book is written from a Christian perspective, because its a ‘nuts and bolts’ kind of resource it doesn’t need much translation.  Sustainable Youth Ministry gets at the structures and systems that need to be in place in a congregation to create the container in which youth ministry can become sustainable and thrive.  Especially good for Religious Educators and Ministers as well as Youth Advisors.

Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus with Youth People
By: Mark Yaconelli
This book also comes from a Christian perspective and translation is needed but don’t be turned off by the difference in theology, this book is full of applicable practices  and approaches that can easily be adapted to our UU communities.  Contemplative Youth Ministry offers a more organic approach, helping you build covenated communities using a range of contemplative activities that allow your youth to listen and care deeply for one another and recognize a sense of awe or the presence of the divine in their lives.

Bridging: A Handbook By: Gail Forsyth-Vail and Jessica York
This handbook offers a flexible curriculum to create a year long program to mark the transition from youth to young adulthood. Supporting youth as they cross over into young adulthood is any important and unfortunately too often overlooked part of youth ministry.

Serving with Grace: Lay Leadership at a Spiritual Practice By: Erik Walker Wikstrom

*Nurturing Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook By: Tracey L. Hurd

*When Youth Lead: A Guide to Intergenerational Social Justice Ministry (Plus 101 Youth Projects)  By: Jill M. Schwendeman

For a list of books about general UU Identity and History click here.

Get Connected: Advisors

The CUC maintains two different forums for Youth Advisors, Youth Program Coordinators, and other adults working with youth to stay connected to each other, share support and resources, and collaborate around planning events: