Here you will find a short list of resources (which is nowhere near exhaustive) of things I’ve found that have helped me in studying, creating, leading, collaborating, and mentoring. I hope these help you as much as they’ve helped me.
Bible Gateway (Visit Now)
Even though I like several of the features of the Blue Letter Bible (see below), I prefer to use BibleGateway for studying, reading, cross-referencing verses, and comparing translations because I find it more user friendly.
The Blue Letter Bible (Visit Now)
The Blue Letter Bible is a free Bible study resource. My favorite feature is it’s interlinear function, which allows you to see the verse in its original text, provides a lexicon, links to language dictionaries, and a root directory. Here are some screenshots of it in use: 1,2, 3
ChurchLeaders (Visit Now)
Great, thought-provoking articles. Inspiring graphics. Free resources. Aids for worship, youth, preaching, pastoring, mentoring, fellowship, etc. Most articles are written from a modern, non-denominational perspective, which has its pluses and it’s minuses. But the meat and gems found are worth the effort of spitting out the occasional bone. If nothing else, they give a starting point for self-reflection and provide the opportunity to ask ourselves, “Is there a way to do what I’m doing better than I am now?” The “Fresh News” part of the site is interesting as well and is many times a good launching point into a solid, time-sensitive, culturally relevant, riveting opening introduction.
The Commune-ity (Visit Now)
The Commune-ity is just that…a community. It’s a free resource where youth workers from all over the country can upload and download lessons, icebreakers, outreach methods, raw ideas, videos, graphic elements…almost anything and everything. And the best part? It’s completely free. Costs are covered by a portion of the funds raised by Sheaves for Christ.
CreationSwap (Visit Now)
CreationSwap is a great starting point for any kind of church graphical element, whether it’s inspiration for a sermon series title slide, a welcome video, or a new brochure or bulletin. It offers views of other works for inspiration, allows you to download several resources for free, and, of course, also allows you to purchase resources other artists have created at very reasonable prices.
Dial My Calls (Visit Now)
Dial My Calls is the perfect Voice Broadcasting system for getting information out to a large group at once. You can use their free service (1 30-second call per week to 25 people or less) or purchase credits for added features. They also offer a discounted rate for non-profits.
FERVR (Visit Now)
Insightful articles and ideas written both for youth and youth workers.
Raymond Woodward (Visit Now)
Bro. Raymond Woodward is a powerful preacher, anointed teacher, and pastor of a solid church in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has several resources on his personal site including sermon notes, handouts, bible studies, articles, videos, etc. Well worth a visit.
Remind (Visit Now)
Remind is designed primarily for teachers, but is a great tool for youth groups to safely and efficiently communicate with students & parents about important announcements and activities. Participants sign up as a student or parent and choose to receive messages by text, email, or in our app. Remind works much like a mass text…without the annoying side-effect of every person in the group getting every response to the original text.
SermonIllustrations.com (Visit Now)
One of my personal favorite resources for crafting great, thought provoking sermon openers. This free website contains a treasure-trove of statistics, stories, and examples on a plethora of topics.
Sparkling Gems from the Greek by Rick Renner (Purchase Now)
Designed to be a daily devotional, the indexes in the back of the book are its most valuable asset. Words can be looked up directly or by Scripture reference. Renner does a masterful job of bringing Greek language and culture to life by not only defining words verbatim, but also expounding them in light of the mindset and culture of Biblical times. It’s well-worth the purchase and the read.
The Story Behind the Psalms (View Now)
This is a Baptist site, but the author gives a simple, yet in depth snapshot of each of the Psalms including the history, author, use in worship, overall context, and content. It’s great for a quick reference when moving through the Psalms and for understanding how they tie into both one another and into Biblical history and culture as a whole.