Monday, August 10, 2009
Resource Review - YMToday.com
OVERALL - YMtoday.com is an initiative of the Center for Youth Ministry Training and the Lilly Foundation, and it is designed to equip, encourage, and empower adults who work with young people in the church or parachurch.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? It never ceases to amaze me the amount of great material that is available for free. If you're looking for a website that is really aimed at helping you better prepare for and be in your ministry with young people this site has a lot to offer. You'll find stuff for Programming, Event planning, Training (for youth, volunteers, youth ministers and parents!), Tools for dealing with Technology, Advice, Soul Care and more. It's created by some very excellent people and is carefully thought out. They also offer a free newsletter and more. An excellent site to have in your bookmarks.
RESERVATIONS I haven't found anything that particularly concerns me. The offerings in the bookstore are good but are mostly stuff you'll find elsewhere as well (lots of YS stuff as an example). So if you're looking for a new source for books and materials this isn't really it.
RECOMMENDATION It's high quality material, well written and extremely useful, and it offers lots of FREE resources. It's backed by two very excellent reputation groups as well. What's not to like?