Here are links to various youth and young adult organizations as well as resources for youth and young adult ministry. If you have any suggested additions, please email us!
Global Ecumenical Youth Groups
The WCC brings together 349 churches, denominations and church fellowships in more than 110 countries and territories throughout the world, representing over 560 million Christians. The WCC “Youth in the Ecumenical Movement” program includes internships, stewardship service opportunities and the ECHOS Youth Commission. You can also link their Facebook page here.
WSCF has been a spirited, formational and life-giving movement of Christian students for over 110 years. Today WSCF continues as the foremost leader in ecumenical formation for Christian students and youth in more than one hundred national movements across the globe. The Facebook page is here.
The Lutheran World Federation Youth Desk Blog is a space where young adults around the world in the Lutheran faith write about youth ministry, social justice, their life, faith and witness. Priorities are: Sustainability, Gender Justice and Global Health. A virtual conference on Eco-Justice was hosted in 2012 and several Methodist/Wesleyan young adults participated. You can also link to their Facebook page here.
The Baptist World Alliance Youth Department works in four areas: awareness, inspiration, fellowship and equipping. They periodically host a global Baptist Youth World Conference. You can also link to their Facebook page here.
A New Zealand based organisation which is committed to Youth Ministry Training, Youth Ministry Resources, and Youth Ministry Support. Monthly e-newsletters and a youth ministry blog to provide support for those in youth ministry, along with a consultancy service and a list of youth ministry jobs.
This electronic archive provided by the United Methodist Church provides a comprehensive archive of materials to enhance youth and young adult ministry including: worship materials, study guides, leadership training and spiritual formation.
From The Wesleyan Church Spiritual Formation Department, this website has devotionals and training resources as well as general Youth and Young Adult ministry administration and leadership tools.
A publication of the Upper Room Ministries, this website contains information on this magazine focused on teens. You can also sign up for periodic devotionals from “Devo Direct” SMS messages with devotionals here and link to the Facebook page here.
Freechild connects young people and adults to the tools, training, and technical assistance they need to create new roles for young people throughout society.
Founded in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is an agency of the United Nations whose purpose is assist mothers and children globally specifically in developing countries.
The Focal Point on Youth aims to build an awareness of the global situation of young people, as well as promote their rights and aspirations. The Focal Point also works towards greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means of achieving peace and development.
UNESCO was founded in 1946 “to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”. It seeks to help empower young people, reaching out to them, responding to their expectations and ideas, fostering useful and long-lasting skills. The United Nations defines “youth” as 15-24.
The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) is the international coordinating body of national youth councils and organisations. The full members of WAY are national youth councils. WAY has 120 member organisations from all continents.
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide.
Operated by the United Methodist Church, the Youth Service Fund Youth Service Fund is a unique ministry because youth contribute the money, decide what projects receive the money and the projects supported are youth-designed, youth-led, and benefit youth. Preference will be given to United Methodist projects within the connectional system. Projects of other churches and cooperative efforts between religious groups will be favored next. Finally, projects sponsored by secular organizations that meet Youth Service Fund criteria will be considered.