Welcome to Youth Ministry in a Pandemic

This resource has been developed by the Institute for Youth Ministry to assist Christian leaders who work with young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource will be updated weekly with carefully curated content that provides you guidance, ideas, research, and insight as you minister with young people in an unprecedented cultural moment.

If you’re new here, we welcome you to explore this section on The Basics, featuring the foundational links that have helped to inform this resource from the beginning. The content below can serve as a beginner’s manual to this resource, helping you get on the right track as a youth ministry leader.

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Theological Reflection

Social Distancing and the Love of Neighbor
from Princeton Theological Seminary

Digital Gatherings

How to Have Youth Group on Zoom
from Download Youth Ministry

Guide to Taking Youth Ministry Online
from Angela & Paul Gorrell

COVID-19: Digital Tools for Church
from COVID Churches Handbook (UK)

Spiritual Formation

Discipling Teenagers Online During a Pandemic (Part I)
from the Center for Youth Ministry Training

Worship and Liturgy

QuaranTeen: Worshiping With Teenagers Online
from the Center for Worship and the Arts at Samford University

Mental Health Support

COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Self-Care During the Coronavirus Pandemic
from the National Association of Social Workers

Leading While Learning

COVID-19: How Long Will This Last?
from Mike McHargue on YouTube

Life Together Apart
from Kate Bowler