Top Church Resources

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There are plenty of websites that promise to help you do one thing or another in your ministry.  Below are seven categories of resources that I hope you will find helpful.

Curriculum Resources

  1. Walkthru.org – Bible studies ranging for those for individuals to church-wide studies
  2. SimplyYouthMinistry.com – Doug Fields site full of Bible studies, videos and small group resources.
  3. Youthministry.com – A website dedicated to youth ministry.  Full of free resources and articles that tackle the hard topics.
  4. Symlive.com – Simply Youth Ministry small group curriculum.  I personally use this.
  5. Open.Lifechurch.tv – A website full of free resources.  I’ve spent a few hours looking around the site and don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface.
  6. StuffICanUse – Another website that is full of free resources.
  7. XP3 – A subscription based website that allows you to download messages.
  8. MyGrapple – An online community that allows students to go online to complete challenges to complete the lesson from Sunday School.
  9. EyeOnYouth – CE National’s own Biblical-based studies

Printing Media

  1. NextDayFlyers – Cheap printing.  Get your orders in early and save even more!
  2. LogoDogz – Custom embroidery, screen printing and promotional products
  3. Powerpoint Sermons – Subscription packages of jpeg stills and motion backgrounds
  4. GetPaint – Free Photoshop style program for download
  5. sxc.hu – Free photo exchange
  6. Shutterstock – Subscription based photo downloads

Videos

  1. Wing Clips – Inspirational Movie clips
  2. Worshiphouse Media – site full of mini-videos, videos, stills and software
  3. SermonSpice – Website full of videos and countdowns to use before you start teaching
  4. BlueFishTV – Full of full-length videos, clips and stills to use throughout your services
  5. Deidox – Testimonial videos featuring real people
  6. I am Second – Professional athletes, celebrities and others share the importance of Jesus in their lives
  7. Animoto – Turn videos and pictures into amazing slideshows

Organization

  1. Planning Center – Get your service organized using this great website.  I personally use this as well!
  2. Here to Lead – The official blog of Michael Lukaszewski
  3. Dial 2 Do – Create reminders for yourself for free.  Other features do cost $3.99/month or $39.99/year.

Purchasing Resources

  1. Dealnews – Find the best deal on pretty much anything
  2. Musicians Friend – Great deals on musical instruments and audio equipment.

Parent Resources

  1. Plugged In Online – Want to know what the new pop album says?  What the new hit movie is about?  Check out Plugged In for an honest review.
  2. The Center for Parent Youth Understanding – Understand today’s culture and how to impact it

Other Resources

  1. Monergism – Great articles from many of the fathers of our faith
  2. CARM – Apologetics
  3. x3 Watch – Free Accountability Software
  4. Safe Eyes – Internet filtering software
  5. SimplyTxt – Text all of your youth group kids at once using this awesome program
  6. Poll Everywhere – Text message polling software.  Free for the first 30 users, price increases from there
  7. Covenant Eyes – Another great accountability and filtering software
  8. Grooveshark – Great music streaming service
  9. Big Huge Labs – Do funny things with your photos
  10. Open Resources – More free church media
  11. YouVersion – Interactive Bible
  12. TokBox – Free video chatting
  13. SurveyMonkey – Create free surveys
  14. Zamzar – Convert files online for free

Did I miss any services that you use?

@garyunderwood pointed out some that I missed:

  1. Biblegateway.com – Free online study Bibles, notes and more
  2. Outreach.com – Church marketing tools and outreach ideas
  3. HighwayVideo – Short-films to use as a part of your Sunday worship service
  4. LeadershipJournal – If you lead any group at all, you need to check out this website.

If so, let me know in the comments.

Credit for this list goes to members of the CELS 2010 gathering
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About Zach Younkin

I'm currently enrolled at Western Governors University, pursuing my degree in Accounting. I'm hoping that this blog provides you with some encouragement to be what God has promised you. This blog collects dust, which is unfortunate. Keep your eyes open for some sporadic blog posts. I spend more time on Twitter, so go follow me there. @zachyounkin
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