Young Adult Ministry Resources

Many resources are available to support you in your young adult ministry work: research, reflections, blogs, and more. We’ve collected some of the best for you here.

Insights about Young Adults and the Millenial Generation

Reflections and Blogs

Resources for developing young adult ministry

  • How to Create Vital Young Adult Ministries. An article from a UUA newsletter for congregational leaders.
  • UUA resources for young adults. Dozens of suggestions and links to help people ages 18–35 explore and connect to Unitarian Universalism, including specific sections on resources for congregations, events and trainings, transitions and rituals, social justice spirituality and worship, multigenerational pastoral care, and identity formation.
  • UUA resources for campus ministry.
  • The Church of the Larger Fellowship. An international online community of UUs offering worship, discussions and support groups, spiritual reflections, family support, and more. Find spiritual community no matter where you are in the world!

Worship and Small Group Ministry Resources from the UUA

  • WorshipWeb. A treasure trove of prayers, stories, readings, images, sermons, and rituals. You can find information on multicultural and multigenerational worship, suggestions for incorporating music and technology, and much more. Try searching for spiritual themes like “growth” or “young adults,” or for occasions like “life transition”!
  • Multigenerational Worship. Resources and ideas for planning successful, engaging worship services for all ages.
  • Youth Spirituality and Worship. A great collection of ideas, links, and resources for planning worship in a young adult group or in a multigenerational setting. Also includes resources for small group ministry.
  • Contemporary Worship. Tips and resources for designing and leading dynamic worship services that appeal to young adults and people of all ages.
  • Music and Dynamic Worship. How to plan worship services that are moving, impactful, and collaborative.
  • Becoming Together (PDF). A small group ministry manual for the book Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood (Skinner House, 2015). Use this guide to plan small group sessions for young adults that address topics like growth and change, identity, roots, family, and love. Includes facilitation tips, suggested readings, and discussion questions.

Books to use for worship:

Recommended Books for Young Adult Ministry

  • Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood, by Kayla Parker (Skinner House, 2015). A wonderful collection of quotes, readings, and reflections by UU young adults that speak to relevant themes. We recommend giving this book to bridging youth as well as young adults. Check out these suggestions for how to use it; it can also be used with Becoming Together (PDF) as a small group guide.
  • Heart to Heart, by Alicia Hawkins and Christine Robinson (Skinner House, 2009). A book of small group ministry resources for fourteen gatherings on topics such as forgiveness, loss, nature, money, and friendship. Includes readings, quotes, reflections and discussion questions. Materials for fourteen more gatherings are in the authors’ follow-up volume Soul to Soul (Skinner House, 2011).
  • Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church. This text from the Fuller Youth Institute is based on extensive research. It’s from a Christian perspective, but has plenty of insight applicable to Unitarian Universalist congregations. Bart Frost, director of the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, calls it an incredibly useful tool.