Welcome to thESource for youth ministry! We have a new look coming soon, but we have so much great content for this month that we couldn’t wait a minute longer to share it with you, so we’re getting started!


In the past, we sent out one update each month after new content had been added to the site. But from here on out, we’ll be adding things to the site throughout the month. In fact, we’ll be adding new articles, resources, and blog posts three or four days a week!


There are a lot of ways you can keep up with what we’re doing.

  • You can follow us on Twitter (click the button on the right).

  • You can get a weekly email update that will list everything that was added that week (make sure you have created a personal thESource profile by clicking in the MY SOURCE box on the right).

  • Or, once the new look rolls out, you’ll be able to sign up for our RSS feed (we’ll have more info on that when it’s available).

 Here are some things you can look forward to each month:


Snark, Crackle, Pop: The Ministry Musings of a Pop Culture Junkie

DCE Julianna Shults will look at pop culture through a youth ministry lens.


Road to the Gathering

The National LCMS Youth Gathering Web site gives you the information. DCE Brian Steward makes it personal.


thESource Book Club

Each month DCE Alaina Kleinbeck will guide a discussion on a youth ministry related book. This month we’re reading Chap Clark’s When Kids Hurt. Check out her discussion questions on Wednesdays.


Youth Ministry Basics

Are you a volunteer youth worker in a church? Or a DCE Intern or new DCE? Or do you just need a refresher? DCE Hannah Miller will share tips, trends, and the basics of youth ministry.


Real Outreach

Each month a guest writer will discuss outreach to youth…what it looks like, what it could look like, ideas to try, things that have worked, things that haven’t worked, and anything outreach related.


Feature and Freebie Fridays

Every Friday we’ll have a feature article related to the month’s topic as well as a free resource that you can use in your own youth ministry setting. Resources will include skits, Bible studies, doctrinal talk sheets, practical talk sheets, and the new “Can I Use It?” reviews of published Bible studies and curriculum.