Amy Swanson

This review was written by Amy Swanson and last updated on February 29, 2012

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NextGen leaders


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Youth and children’s workers are always looking for great ideas and helpful resources. But who has time to research them all? Help is on the way. We asked Foursquare NextGen leaders across the nation what they’ve found to be their most useful resources for doing ministry well, and we’ve assembled them here. Some of them are even free!

We asked Foursquare youth and children’s pastors across the country for their most useful books, magazines, websites and other resources for doing ministry well. The links below will take you through a diverse assortment of ministry websites and products. Some of them are even free, so let’s get going!


Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean (Oxford University Press)

Blessing Your Children by Jack Hayford (Regal)

Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen (Regal)

Purpose-Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields (Zondervan/Youth Specialties)

Raising Up Spiritual Champions (a discipleship program by Regal)

Recreate: Building a Culture in Your Home Stronger Than the Culture Deceiving Your Kids by Ron Luce (Regal)

Revolutionary Parenting by George Barna (Tyndale House Publishers)

Shift: What It Takes to Finally Reach Families Today by Brian Haynes (Group Publishing)

Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions by George Barna (Regal)

Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry by Doug Fields (Zondervan/Youth Specialties)

Young Adult Ministry

Alpha Course: USA Campus (apologetics)


Christian Surfers Network

Collide Magazine

Confident Christianity

Emerging Leader Network


Ministry Today Magazine

Neue Magazine


The Veritas Forum


Tween/Teen Ministry

Acquire the Fire

Barefoot Ministries

Bluefish TV

Fuller Youth Institute

Group Publishing


Simply Youth Ministry

Youth Specialties

Children’s Ministry


Children’s Ministry

David C. Cook

Gospel Light

Kidz Xplosion

KIDMO! Resources

Church on the Move

North Point

Willow Creek

NextGen: Church/Culture/Family

Center For Parent/Youth Understanding

Church Marketing Sucks

Dick Staub

Focus on the Family

HomeWord Center for Youth and Family


Small Groups

Right Now Store


Creation Swap (church graphics and photos)

ELN Shelf (Recommended Book List)

How Different Generations View the Bible

Life in Student Ministry Resources

Simply Youth Ministry Freebies

Stuff I Can Use

Compiled By: Amy Swanson, a pastor’s wife and director of women’s ministry at New Life Church, a Foursquare church in Santa Barbara, Calif.