Children, Youth and Family Web Sites

Web resources for issues connected with children, youth, family, and ministry. Each of categories link to a list of sites below.

Religious Education for Children

Annotated Bibliography for Children, Youth and Family Ministry (PDF)

Christianity Today Children’s Ministry
http://www.christianitytoday.com/childrensministry/

Workshop Rotation Model
http://rotation.org/

Godly Play Resources
http://www.godlyplayresources.com/

Practical Sunday school and Christian education resources
http://www.sundayschoolhelp.com/

Youth and Family Ministry

Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry
http://www.ptsem.edu/iym/

Family Based Youth Ministry
http://www.familybasedym.com/

Youth and Family Institute
http://www.youthandfamilyinstitute.org

Huntington College Link Institute for youth ministry
http://www.linkinstitute.com/

Peer Ministry
http://www.peerministry.org/

Youthworker Journal articles
http://www.youthspecialties.com/articles/index.php

Youth Ministry Resources
http://www.youthpastor.com/

Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project Book List and home site
http://www.ymsp.org/resources/documents/bibliography.html
http://www.ymsp.org/welcome.html

Urban Youth Workers Institute
http://www.uywi.org/

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
http://www.cpyu.org/

Network on Transitions to Adulthood
http://www.transad.pop.upenn.edu/index.htm

Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith articles
http://www.familyandcommunityministries.org/

Center for Youth and Family Ministry
http://www.cyfm.net/

Center for Family & Community Ministries Baylor University
http://www.baylor.edu/cfcm

The Source for Youth Ministry ideas
http://www.thesource4ym.com/

Youth Ministry Resources
http://www.youthpastor.com/

Resource List of 6000 websites of interest to youth pastors
http://www.youthpastor.com/Resource/

Faith Inkubators
http://www.faithink.com/

Way to Live: Christain Practices for Teens
http://www.waytolive.org/

MethodX: The Way of Christ
http://www.methodx.org/

On-Line Devotions Upper Room Ministries Devo’zine
http://devozine.upperroom.org/

Practicing Our Faith
http://www.practicingourfaith.org/

TalkPoints (relationship building)
www.talkpoints.com

Youth Leadership
youthleadership.org

Research: Children, Youth, and Family Ministry

National Study of Youth and Religion Resources and additional surveys and
Youth Ministry Websites
http://youthandreligion.nd.edu/related-resources/
http://www.youthandreligion.org/resources/surveys.html

Faith Factors Research
http://www.faithfactors.com/index.htm

Search Institute
http://www.search-institute.org/ 

Study of Exemplary Congregations in Youth Ministry
http://www.exemplarym.org/

Youth and Religion Research Project
http://www.uic.edu/depts/soci/yrp/comp/pages/home.html

Barna Research
https://www.barna.org/

Research on Religion and Families from Hartford
http://hirr.hartsem.edu/research/research_religion_family_research.html

Brain Connection Library
http://www.brainconnection.com/library/

Fuller Youth Institute
http://fulleryouthinstitute.org

Denominational Websites about Children and Youth

National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry
http://www.nfcym.org/

Roman Catholic
http://www.usccb.org/cchd/youth.shtml

Episcopal Church
http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/youth-ministries

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
http://www.elca.org/en/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Youth-Ministry
http://www.elcaymnet.org/

ELCA synod Resource Center
http://synodresourcecenter.org/

ELCA Outdoor Ministries
http://www.elca.org/camps/

Missouri Synod Lutheran Church
http://www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=190

Assembly of God National Youth Ministries
http://www.ag.org/youth/

United Methodist Church
http://www.gbod.org/minister-to-people/childrens-ministry
http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/christian-education
http://archives.umc.org/frames.asp?url=http%3A//www.umyouth.org/

Wesleyan Church
http://wesleyankids.org/

United Church of Christ
http://www.ucc.org/youth/index.html

Presbyterian Church
http://www.pcusa.org/youthministry/

Greek Orthodox
http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/departments/greekeducation/
http://www.goarch.org/en/archdiocese/departments/youth/

Southern Baptist Convention
http://www.sbc.net/

Unitarian Universalist
http://www.uua.org/re/
http://www.uua.org/re/families/index.shtml

Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education
http://www.caje.org/

Children With Special Needs

Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/boggscenter/

Faith Ability: Religion, Spirituality, and Disability
http://www.faithability.org/

United Methodist Church Disabilities Concerns
http://www.umdisabilityministries.org/ministry/umw.html

The Center for the Study of Religion and Disability
http://www.jeffmcnair.com/CSRD/

Reformed Church in America Disability Resources
https://www.rca.org/disability


Worship and Children

Bibliography of Resources for Intergenerational Worship from Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
http://webapps.calvin.edu/worship/worshipers/intergen/intergen_bib.php

Wonderful collection of worship resources
http://webapps.calvin.edu/worship/
http://webapps.calvin.edu/worship/resources/
http://webapps.calvin.edu/worship/worshipers/children/resources.php

The Text This Week Revised Common Lectionary
http://www.textweek.com/

Environmental Issues

Earth Ministry Annotated Bibliography & Congregation Resources
http://earthministry.org/resources

Earth Charter Initiative
http://www.earthcharter.org/

North American Association fro Environmental Education
http://eelink.net/pages/EE-Link+Introduction

SEEK
http://www.seek.state.mn.us/

Web of Creation
http://www.webofcreation.org/

Peace and Justice

Center for Children and Theology Nonviolence
https://cctheo.org/node/12

Sojourners: Christians for Justice and Peace
http://sojo.net/

Joint Religious Legislative Council
http://www.jrlc.org/

Christian Non-Violence Study Group
http://www.angelfire.com/mn2/peace/

United Nations Special Session on Children
http://www.unicef.org/specialsession/

UNICEF
http://www.unicef.org/

United Nations Children’s News
http://www.irinnews.org/frontpage.aspx?SelectTheme=Children

Center for Research on Child Well Being
http://crcw.princeton.edu/

Future of Children
http://www.futureofchildren.org/

Spirituality

Association for Children’s Spirituality
http://www.cwvp.com/

Media

Challenge of Media Culture
/mhess/mrcsource.html

Film Study Sites
/mhess/film.html

Mediawise
http://www.mediafamily.org

The Media Theory Site
http://www.theory.org.uk/

Internet Movie Database
http://www.imdb.com/

Movie Themes Index
http://www.textweek.com/movies/themeindex.htm

Movie Reviews
http://www.mrqe.com/lookup

Websites about films and faith
http://www.cmu.ca/library/faithfilm.html

Pop culture from a spiritual point of view
http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/

Movie Reviews for Parents
http://movies.go.com/parentpreviews/

Christian Music Central
http://www.cmcentral.com/

Media Channel
http://www.mediachannel.org/

Media Literacy Websites
http://www.medialit.org/

Christian Software for children, youth and adults
http://www.sundaysoftware.com/

Leadership

Religion and Ethics News Weekly
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/

Resources for Christian Leaders
http://www.christianleaders.org/

Journal of Religious Leadership
http://www.christianleaders.org/JRL/index.htm

Pulpit and Pew Research on Pastoral Leadership
http://www.pulpitandpew.org/

Alban Institute
http://www.alban.org/

Lilly Endowment Religion page
http://www.lillyendowment.org/religion.html

Journal of Lutheran Ethics
http://www.elca.org/jle/

Resources for American Christianity
http://www.resourcingchristianity.org/

Mentoring Peer Resources
http://www.peer.ca/mentor.html

Mentoring
http://www.mentoring.org

Professional Religious Educational

Religious Education Association
http://www.religiouseducation.net/

Religious Studies Web Guide
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~lipton/index.html

Hartford Institute for Religious Education
http://hirr.hartsem.edu/

Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation
http://www.ptev.org/

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/

Yale University Divinity School Library Research Guide for Christianity
http://web.library.yale.edu/

Reference Tools
http://guides.library.yale.edu/citationmanagement

Free Online Religion Resources
http://www.library.yale.edu/div/forfree.html

American Academy of Religion
https://www.aarweb.org/

Lutheran Association of Christian Educators
http://faithfulteaching.org/

Association of Presbyterian Church Educators
http://apcenet.org/

Resources and Publishers

Augsburg Fortress
http://www.augsburgfortress.org/

Group Publishing
http://www.group.com/

Hartcourt Religion Publishers: Whole Community Catechesis
http://www.harcourtreligion.com/wcc.asp

Cokesbury
http://www.ileadyouth.com/default.asp

Youthwork: resources for youth workers
http://www.youthwork.com/

Godly Play Resources
http://www.godlyplayresources.com/

Search Institute
http://www.search-institute.org/

Faith Inkubators
http://www.faithink.com/

Practicing Our Faith
http://www.practicingourfaith.org/

Youth and Family Institute
http://www.youthandfamilyinstitute.org

Christian Software for children, youth and adults
http://www.sundaysoftware.com/

Youth Leadership
www.youthleadership.org

Statistics About Children and Youth

AACAP developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families
http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Home.aspx

Kids Count tracks the status of children in the country
http://www.aecf.org/MajorInitiatives/KIDSCOUNT.aspx

American Religion Data Archive-recent religious statistics are available
http://www.thearda.com/

Statistics about America’s children
http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/index.asp

Child Trends Data Bank
http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/

Bureau for Justice Statistics about juveniles
http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=146

World Religions Statistic Geography Church Statistics
http://www.adherents.com/

The Health and Well-being of Children and Youth

Children’s Defense Fund
http://www.childrensdefense.org/

The Future of Children provides resources and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children from Princeton and Brookings Research
http://www.futureofchildren.org/

Viva Network: Better Care for Children
http://www.viva.org/?page_id=56
http://www.viva.org/?page_id=316

Annie E Casey Foundation to build better futures for vulnerable children and families
http://www.aecf.org

Children Now organization to ensure that children are at the top of public policy
http://www.childrennow.org/

Clearing House on Developments in Child, Youth and Family Policies
http://www.childpolicyintl.org/
http://www.childpolicy.org/

List of Crisis Hotlines from National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
http://www.ncfy.com/hotline.htm

Child and Family Web Guide for a multitude of issues for children of all ages and families
http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has resources on many issues affecting children and youth
http://www.aacap.org/

List of websites for youth in crisis
http://www.cpyu.org/resources/

National PTA has good parent resources section
http://www.pta.org/

Children Youth and Family Consortium at U of M
http://www.cyfc.umn.edu/welcome.html

Frameworks Institute: Kids Count E-Zines articles about issues involving children
http://www.frameworksinstitute.org/children.html

Childwatch CWI Research Resources: The network is a response of the research community to insure that the perspectives of children are heard.
http://www.crin.org/organisations/viewOrg.asp?ID=288

Children Youth and Families Education and Research Network
http://www.cyfernet.org/

Youthwork: resources for youth workers
http://www.youthwork.com/

Youth Today is an on-line newsletter about working with youth
http://www.youthtoday.org/

Become a Child Advocate
http://www.onlinepsychologydegree.net/2012/10/29/become-a-child-advocate/

Interfaith Websites

World Religions Index: a website to help Christians understand other world faiths
http://wri.leaderu.com/

Interfaith Network
http://www.nain.org/