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Youth Ministry Developement

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Welcome

We're so glad you're here! This group offers ministry materials for local churches, youth groups, parents, and youth. So, whether you're new to youth ministry or have been working with youth for decades. A parent or a young person searching for ways to grow closer to God and help your community. Youth Ministry Development is here to support you! 

Check out our activity playlists and other fun stuff in the Youth Ministry toolbox on the bottom left of this page!

Youth with Bishop Bard
Youth from the Detroit and West Michigan conferences were present at the 2017 Michigan Annual Conference. They share a Kodak moment with Bishop David and Julie Bard.

 Providing Youth Ministry in the Age of COVID-19

“Don't fear, because I am with you; don't be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will surely help you; I will hold you with my righteous strong hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 CEB)

Wondering how to stay connected in the time of quarantine? Well have no fear. Local Michigan area youth directors brainstormed some exciting ways to make sure church events and services can be held in safety. 

Communication Platforms 

Google Hangouts

  • Allows for video and audio calls
  • Can share and save Google documents 

Find more information here.

Zoom

  • Allows for video and audio calls
  • Can share and save documents 
  • Breakout group features allows for small group work
  • Free option available for meetings 40mins or shorter. 
  • Upgraded plans can allow for meetings longer than 40mins, and can be billed monthly or yearly

Find more information here. 

Facebook 

  • Allows you to create events and chat
  • Allows for face to face meetings and live presentations 
  • Well established social media platform for youth and young adults 
  • Facebook Hubspot provides valuable tips about how to reach people with your posts

Find more information here.

Instagram 

  • Allows you to create posts and interact with posts from others
  • The Reels feature allows you to shoot and edit short than can be viewed by anyone 
  • Well established social platform for youth and young adults

Small Groups

This articles provides a step by step process for creating digital small groups. Read here. 

Digital Curriculum Resources

Sparkhouse Media

  • Digital resources for all ages
  • Shareable newsletters and information to grow faith in families
  • Includes online confirmation curriculum

Learn more here.   

Cokesbury

  • United Methodist Publishing House
  • Currently developing new digital options 

Learn more here.

The Bible App

  • Allows leader to create groups and share verse recommendations 
  • Options for phones, tablets, and computers

Games

Board Game Arena

  • Create games for free here.

Download Youth Ministry

  • Low cost games
  • Free discussion guides

Check them out here.

Games for Youth Group Playlist

  • Fun, interactive games for Youth Groups. 

Check them out here

 

To learn about Protection Policies check the Youth Ministry Toolbox. 

Thank you for caring about young people!

In the new Michigan Conference we are working to support and encourage the people who engage with youth in our local churches.  This page will provide you with information, resources , connections and consulting to help you in creating safe, fun and meaningful ministry in your church.

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