The following are basic resources for youth ministry. You should consider adding new resources in all areas of youth ministry as your program develops.
Youth Ministry Websites
While there are many websites that have much to offer in the area of Catholic youth ministry, we recommend the following as a starting point:
Catholic Relief Services: www.catholicrelief.org
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry: www.nfcym.org
Saint Mary’s Press: www.smp.org
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.org
Center for Ministry Development: www.cmdnet.org
Catholic Youth Foundation, USA: www.cyfusa.org
The Chastity Project: www.chastityproject.org
Real Life Catholics: www.reallifecatholic.com
Steubenville Youth Conferences: www.steubenville.org
Busted Halo: www.bustedhalo.com
Youth Ministry Print Resources
East, Thomas. Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry: A Comprehensive Resource. Twenty-Third Publications/Bayard, 2009.
Wesley, Christopher. Rebuilding Youth Ministry: Ten Practical Strategies for Catholic Parishes. Ave Maria Press, 2015.
Mercadante, Frank, Growing Teen Disciples: Strategies for Really Effective Youth Ministry, (St. Mary’s Press, Winona, MN, 2001, originally published by Ave Marie Press in 1998)
Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Youth Ministry, (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. 1997. English: Publication No. 5-004, Spanish: Publication No. 5-005)
Diocesan Vision for Parish Youth Ministry
In Bishop LaValley's pastoral letter, "Find Your Home in Christ", one of the goals outlined is to "[e]stablish Youth Ministry, in accordance with diocesan standards...with competent, qualified leaders (adult and youth)." In response to this, a committee met and created The Diocesan Vision for Parish Youth Ministry. This document includes guidelines for developing youth ministry, an overview of essential element of youth ministry, an overview of the Youth Ministry Certification Program, sample job descriptions for youth ministers, and sample youth ministry programs/resources. The document is not one model of youth ministry, but rather, it offers resources and information to be used in a variety of youth ministry settings.