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Youth Ministry Resources Hub

Before we get into the youth ministry resources guide, we want to recommend our 12-day Colossians Bible study: The Preeminence of Christ.

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The Preeminence of Christ: 12-Day Bible Study

The quickest way to start a daily Bible reading habit and learn how to get more out of God’s Word. Colossians is a short and powerful letter all about Jesus and his authority over all things (including parenting). The Preeminence of Christ study will teach you how to read the Bible and apply it more faithfully to your daily life.

Each section highlights a particular passage, provides background context and helps the reader examine what God is saying. It finishes with a few questions to guide personal application.

Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry Resources

Let’s get into the resources guide on youth ministry…

What is the Purpose of Youth Ministry?

As always, we must look to the Bible as our guide in youth ministry. Paul’s words in Colossians 1 are the mission call of Snowbird, and they are just as helpful for those of us in local church ministry as well:

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Colossians 1:28–29

The goal of a Gospel-centered youth ministry is to point students toward Jesus Christ and walk alongside them as they grow in their faith.

Student pastors, our role in student ministry is to raise up teenagers into maturing disciples of Christ. The middle and high-school students under our care are young, but they need to quickly take hold of their own spiritual growth.

If mark number one of a healthy youth ministry is solid teaching, then mark number two is a culture of discipling.

Deepak Reju, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

The Gospel is at the heart of every faith youth ministry. Both solid teaching and discipleship must be grounded in the truths of the Gospel. Salvation, sanctification, and life-long faithfulness are enabled by the Gospel. Look at these 5 results the Gospel Coalition shared of Gospel-centered youth ministries:

  1. It drives students to Jesus.
  2. It provides eternal perspective.
  3. It teaches God’s Word.
  4. It encourages missions and service.
  5. It provides hope, assurance, and an understanding of identity.

Principles of a Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry

Cultural Issues & Apologetics in Youth Ministry

Godly Leadership Principles for Student Pastors

Worship in Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry & the Local Church

Partnering With Parents

Bible Study & Prayer

Expositional Bible Teaching


Ministry for Girls

Ministry for Guys

Practical Guidance for Students


Hard Questions & Practical Ministry Advice

Missions & Evangelism

Gospel-Centered Resources for Your Teens

We host over 11,000 campers every year at our camp and conference location in North Carolina. The teenagers of today’s generation are facing large hurdles coming from every direction. Jesus and his Word offer the wisdom you need to equip your children to grow in godliness. Here are some resources designed specifically for students, that will be a helpful aid in conversation.

Youth Ministry Books, Articles, & Bible Studies

This is a list of recommended books and biblical parenting resources from our Snowbird teachers to help encourage your habit of learning. We encourage you to read critically and evaluate every book through the lens of the Bible.

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