Do you have an idea for a Bible study or skit? Are you an experienced youth worker or a subject matter expert and want to share your thoughts with others? Consider writing for youthESource! We’re always looking for new ideas and new writers. Below is information about our site and our writer’s guidelines.

Our Audience

Our resources are focused on youth and youth workers in the congregation. Both professional, trained youth workers and volunteers are regular readers of the site. We also have parents, teachers, camp staff, and college students training to be youth workers. It is a very broad audience, and while we do sometimes target a particular segment, most articles written for the site should be general enough that anyone could learn from it.

Types of Resources

We typically plan resources 6-12 months in advance with a specific focus for each month. Currently we are focusing on the following kinds of resources

  • Articles are between 600-1200 words that are designed to encourage, resource and train youth leaders on topics around congregational youth ministry.
  • Bible Studies are scripture focused resources to be used in youth ministry with each session structured for 45-60 minutes. Bible studies should include leader’s notes so that anyone can use the resource without needing special training.
  • Devotions can be for either youth or youth leaders. These are typically around 500-600 words with a specific scripture focus, prayer and 1-2 journal questions.
  • Skits should be written to be between 5-10 minutes long with both dialogue and direction for use in youth ministry.
  • Word One Bible Studies are a collection of studies based on the weekly Lectionary readings. These follow a specific writing pattern and verses which will be sent before you begin development.

To pitch your resource idea for youthESource, please contact the editor HERE.

Editorial Policies

All articles and resources published on youthESource must be in agreement with Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. To ensure this, all submissions to youthESource go through a Doctrinal Review process. If changes are needed to bring the submission in line with Scripture and Lutheran doctrine, the editor will work with the author to make those changes.

We reserve the right to edit all submissions for grammar, tone, style, and doctrine.

Publication Rights and Payment

We only publish articles and resources that have not been published previously elsewhere. We ask authors to allow us unrestricted rights to print and online use of the content, meaning we can republish articles and resources without further permission from the author. We do encourage writers to seek publication of their article elsewhere, provided youthESource is cited as the site of original publication.

We offer a modest honorarium for most things published on youthESource. Honorarium amount depends on what type of resource you have written.

Contact Us

If you would like to be included in a semi-regular email listing upcoming writing needs, send an email to the thESource editor. The email generally goes out 4 to 6 times per year. You can contact us anytime with ideas for resources.