Friday, October 9, 2009
Making Mountains Out of Molehills - Youth Ministry on a Budget
I've had a long career - both in and out of ministry - that has had as one of it's requirements that I make mountains out of molehills. Specifically, working with little or no budget with an expectation of returning results - BIG results. Maximizing available resources has become an art form for me.
In my recent presentation at the Archdiocese of Baltimore Institute I discussed the "Five Steps to Failure: Understanding (and Avoiding) the Biggest Mistakes of Youth Ministry" that were written about in a recent Youthworker Journal article. I also discussed my experiences with a variety of strategies and resources to creatively utilize and stretch the assets we have available to us.
Following are a few of my favorite resources on the Internet that I use in my ministry to young people. A small disclaimer - not all of these sites are Catholic or faith-based, and you should always use discernment (and caution) when preparing to use ANY resource.
Websites with free resources:
Common Sense Media
Dramatic Parables that Teach the Gospel
Family Based Youth Ministry
FILM - Finding Inspiration in Literature and Movies
Finding God Activity Finder
Group Energizer Ideas
Icebreakers & Energizers
Massive Games / Icebreaker List
Pastor 2 Youth Free Resources
The Source for Youth Ministry
Youth Specialties Free Resources
YouthMinistry.com Freebie Library
Blogs with Ideas, Information and Inspiration:
Catholic Youth Ministry Blog
Insight - reflections and resources on christian youth ministry
Jesus Goes to Disney World
Rethinking Youth Ministry
This list is by no mean all-inclusive. There are literally thousands of good resources out there. These just happen to be some of my favorites. If you come across something you like, share the link with me - I'd love to check it out!