A variety of resources that address Christian formation for YOUTH (generally aged 12-18). Click on the titles to open up the links for that subject.
Below you will find links to many different types of curricula. The first link is Sharon Ely Pearson's wonderful overview of Curricula. We recommend that you start there and identify what style of program you would like to offer, then use the overview to think through which resource is right for you.
- Youth curriculum chart – a simple comparison chart of a variety of curricula; developed by Sharon Ely Pearson, the Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing
- Episcopal Curriculum for Youth – This totally free curriculum was designed in partnership with youth and includes a variety of biblical-, contemporary-, and Episcopal Church-related topics (hosted and delivered by Virginia Theological Seminary and the Center for Ministry of Teaching)
- Leader Resources – offers numerous youth curriculum choices
- Living the Good News – an on-line, downloadable lectionary-based Sunday class curriculum available for all age groups (Morehouse Education Resources)
- Sparkhouse – a publisher of many youth curriculums both video and traditional books.
- Weaving God’s Promises – a downloadable Sunday class curriculum with a three-year scope and sequence—Year One: Weaving Our Faith, Year Two: Weaving Together the Family of God, and Year Three: Weaving God’s Beloved Community—that includes an Episcopal Thread in each session; ages 12-14 (Morehouse Education Resources)
Episcopal Relief and Development Christian Formation Programs for Youth – the Act Out: Empowering Youth to Heal a Hurting World resource brings the needs and hopes of the world together with the lives of youth
Father Matthew Presents – Father Matthew is an Episcopal Priest in New York who has been making great YouTube videos on a variety of Episcopal Church topics
Nooma – from Love Wins author Rob Bell, a 24-video resource that addresses a variety of topics; each presentation is about 10 minutes long and is a super discussion starter
I will, with God’s help – offers youth and adults a solid reflection on Episcopal heritage and belief together with the richness of Episcopal liturgy and prayers; adaptable for use from 6-12 weeks (Morehouse Education Resources)
My Faith, My Life: A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church and My Faith My Life companion website – teenagers learn all about the Christian faith they’ve been baptized into, and the Episcopal Church that offers them a spiritual home (Morehouse Education Resources)
re:form – A way for teens to encounter, engage, respond using DVDs with 40 animated short films that allow kids to encounter concepts from the historic Christian faith; an Anti-Workbook for creative journaling.
Confirm Not Conform – CnC Episcopal is the original version of Confirm not Conform, developed by the clergy and Director of Family Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, CA. Originally published in 2007, and revised in 2012, Confirm not Conform Episcopal retains a strong Anglican ethos, deeply exploring Scripture, Tradition, and Reason.
Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People by Jenifer Gamber and Sharon Ely Pearson– includes prayers from the BCP, the Bible and church history, and original compositions (Morehouse Education Resources)
If you are interested in Youth Ministry Training and Certification through Forma and its partner’s please check out the Forma certificate programs.
All youth ministers should be familiar with the with the The Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Office Page – Bronwyn Clark Skov, the officer for youth ministries, loves to help