Church Updates is a web application created by Brian McMurray of Opus (and Community of Christ young adult and member). “Today Church Updates is keeping members involved in the mission and activities of the church, not just on Sunday but throughout the week. Congregations are growing stronger and ministries are flourishing.” A great tool for keeping young adults connected to congregational life and to each other!
Lewis Center for Church Leadership – “The Lewis Center for Church Leadership seeks to advance the understanding of Christian leadership and promote the effective and faithful practice of Christian leadership in the church and the world.”
Alban Institute – “Alban has set out to be a place where we gather many perspectives, respect ideas, and learn from one another. Creating that space in American religious life is also the task of congregations. And it requires leadership. At Alban, we seek to develop strong congregational leaders who have the creativity, the endurance, and the joy to do the work needed to fulfill their congregations’ particular callings.”
Transforming Church – “BE THE CHANGE. A movement is growing in this country to bring the 21st century church back to its 1st century roots. New models of ministry are forming to create an ancient/modern church. Discipleship is replacing membership, and gift-based ministry teams are replacing committees. Transformingchurch.com is a part of this movement.”
Christianity Today – ”a leading, nonprofit media ministry for the evangelical church with 6 print publications, several digital-only publications, and practical web and mobile resources that together reach over 2.5 million people every month. Christianity Today publishes a multitude of resources, in various formats, that Christian leaders everywhere trust.”
Findings from the 2013 Economic Values Survey – Religious Left, Religious Right and the Future of the Economic Debate – a report from the Public Religion Research Institute. Note: research and data is based on American culture, but may have implication across the globe.
Huffington Post – Religion – often has relevant and insightful articles on young adult ministry and religion in general. Use their search feature to browse through topics you are interested in.
Biblegateway.com – “The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online — all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.”
Major Oak Creative on Vimeo – includes videos created especially for Community of Christ ministries (World Conference, Leading Congregations in Mission, etc.)
CatharineCraig.com – Catharine Craig is a Community of Christ member and current vocational guidance counselor at Graceland University in Lamoni, IA. She blogs about some very awesome and relevant things that pertain to college students and all young adults today. Check out her inspirational posts on her blog Wake Up. Tune In. Create Awesome.
Daily Bread blog – This daily blog includes a scripture that follows the Revised Common Lectionary as well as an inspirational story, a short prayer for peace and a peace covenant. Each week will feature a specific spiritual practice to focus on in addition to the daily content.
DoSomething.org – DoSomething.org is the country’s [USA] largest not-for-profit for young people and social change. We have 2,215,655 members (and counting!) who kick ass on causes they care about. Bullying. Animal cruelty. Homelessness. Cancer. The list goes on. DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact – without ever needing money, an adult, or a car. Over 2.4 million people took action through DoSomething.org in 2012. Why? Because apathy sucks.
Find links to websites for Community of Christ affiliate organizations here: LINKS
Find links to websites for specific mission centres and young adult groups here: Local YA Groups