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Resources help churches build ministries with youth

10/3/2003 News media contact: Kathy Gilbert (615) 742-5470 Nashville, Tenn.

This item accompanies story #469.

A Report By Kathy L. Gilbert*

The United Methodist Publishing House has an extensive list of resources for youth, young adults and youth workers.

20/30 Bible Study for Young Adults targets adult learners in their 20s and 30s. Each volume in the series challenges the reader to examine a biblical theme and its images and to explore how they might define and shape their life.

Each volume includes:
· Bible background on the particular theme.
· Articles on how to use the book, organizing a small group, preparing to lead, choosing teaching options and using breakout groups.
· Case studies to use as discussion starters.
· Seven easy-to-lead sessions with teaching helps on every page.
· Opportunities to examine biblical and personal ideas more deeply.
· Options for service and additional learning.

Here is a partial list of other items. More details are available at

General resources:
· 365 Meditations for Young Adults
· Soul Tending: Life-Forming Practices for Older Youth and Young Adults
· Bible Quest Push It! (providing a year's worth of Bible study materials)
· Faith Matters (addressing topics from a Christian perspective)

Resources for grades 6-12:
· Bible Lessons for Youth
· LinC
· Dive Into Living Water: 50 Devotions for Teens on the Gospel of John
· I Am Not Ashamed: 50 Devotions for Teens on Romans
· Now What? Next Steps for Your New Life in Christ
· Destination Unknown
· Destination Christmas
· Destination Easter

Resources for senior high and older youth:
· 3V Bible Studies: Radical Jesus
· 3V Bible Studies: Jesus, the Christ
· Synago: Light in the Dark
· Synago: Calm in the Storm
· Synago: Friends for the Journey
· Synago: Gear for the Road
· Soul Tending
· Faith Exploration

For youth worship:
· Worship Feast Services
· Worship Feast Dramas
· Worship Feast Ideas

For youth workers:
· Sage Advice: Stories From Seasoned Youth Workers
· Faith Forming Junior High Ministry: Beyond Pizza 101
· Sacred Bridges: Making Lasting Connections Between Older Youth and the Church
· Deepening Youth Spirituality: The Youth Worker's Guide

The Web site includes a database searchable by topic, category, or Scripture; free articles and samples of curriculum; downloadable resources; a message board; and more.

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