For Parents and Leaders:

General Information

In the Know Program Packet Fall 2018

Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.

Operation Parent
Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Operation: PARENT is a non-profit organization on a mission is to educate, equip, encourage and engage parents of teens and pre-teens by providing up-to-date information about today’s teen culture, parenting resources, state-of-the-art training and networking opportunities. Operation: PARENT offers a variety of lifelines for parents including our Parent Handbook, classes, events, resources and website. Check out the Resources tab!

Sticky Faith
Sticky Faith gives parents and leaders both a theological /philosophical framework and a host of practical relationship and programming ideas that develop long-term faith in teenagers.

For Leaders:

Simply Youth Ministry (affiliated with Group, Inc.)
Simply Youth Ministry is here to equip, connect, and recharge youth workers with the tools, relationships, and confidence they need to help teenagers develop a committed relationship with Jesus Christ.

LIVE Curriculum – Youth powered by Simply Youth Ministry
Online tool for customizing lessons, planning curriculum and distributing materials.

LeaderTreks: Partnering with Youth Workers to Develop Student Leaders
Leadership development for students and youth workers, includes curriculum, resources, training events and trips.

Youth Worker
Provides solutions to everyday youth ministry challenges and address important theological issues involved in youth ministry today, including practical youth ministry ideas and insights, discussions of important theological issues, Bible resources, youth culture updates, youth ministry games and activities, reviews of the latest youth ministry books and music, information about youth camps and retreats, professional development articles and resources and much more.

International Justice Mission 
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor. is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car.

The Youth Cartel
The Youth Cartel’s mission is to encourage and challenge adults who minister to youth through holistic professional coaching, strategic consulting, transformational events, and inventive resource development that advance youth ministry in new ways.

Life in Student Ministry: Conversations Among Youth Workers
Dedicated to facilitating discussions among Christian youth workers about youth ministry. Includes a free e-book (130 Youth Ministry Tips and Ideas; see Store tab) and many other free resources.

Youth Leader Stash
A steady stream of great programming elements, resources, and ideas for leading youth.

BF Online
Blogs, social media workshops for youth and parents.

For Youth:

To Write Love on Her Arms
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

List updated August 2016

The inclusion of an organization on this list does not mean that MCC
and its youth ministry endorse all ideas included on their website.
If you have questions about anything you find, please feel free to contact Corey Miller
at [email protected] or 245-9793.