Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Forums / discussion

The Fighting Fundamental Forums (a place where fundamentalists can discuss and debate)

Baptist Board (free discussion forum for the Baptist community with open and honest exchange of ideas)

Jesus Is The King of Kings Discussion Forums (provides a place for like-minded believers to fellowship and exalt the name of Jesus Christ; KJV only)

thebiblesenders (message board with many great articles and members)

The Lighthouse Fundamental Baptist Forums (evangelical 1611 KJB only fundamental Baptist ministry offering expository Bible teaching, devotionals)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Website design

Free website usability guidelines book, from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Throughout your Web design or redesign project, you should take advantage of what is already known about best practices for each step of the process. The Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines (PDF, 20.64MB) brings you these best practices compiled through an extensive process of research and review. (From

You can also download specific sections of the book:

Free Christian templates, church web site templates (free Christian templates for building your religious website in minutes, no hidden charge, everything's for free)

For Him Web Designs (free templates, graphics and poetry; with some fee-based services)

New research study on church websites (free 95-page PDF e-book)

Ceri Longville, a student at Redcliffe Bible College in Gloucester UK, has just published her college dissertation on church websites. Having been involved in church web development, Ceri saw the clear need for research. Her Reaching the Community with Church Websites is a valuable insight into the potential for making church sites truly ‘outsider friendly’. She says, “While working as web developer of a church website, I could see the potential for it to be used as a tool to make the church more accessible and relevant to the non-Christian/unchurched folk in the local community.”

How to use plain language in government websites

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Russian resources

Russian Baptist (unofficial site of the Russian Baptists; information about our history, theology, doctrine and the defense of Christianity, as well as various books by the Russian authors and a lot of other materials in Russian)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Youth ministries

The Source for Youth Ministry (hundreds of free resources and ideas, icebreakers, games, outreach event ideas, curriculum and jumpstarters, team builders, fun events and activity ideas, talks and sermons, articles and how to’s, parent resources)

“Teen Sex Escalation: Parents Have Ammo to Reverse the Trend” (a Youth Culture Window article from David R. Smith at

According to The Center for Disease Control’s latest report on the subject:

  • more teenagers are having unprotected sex, sparking an increase in teen births in 2006 and 2007, the last years for which data is available.

  • almost three quarters of a million teenage pregnancies occurred among American females in 2004.

  • the number of HIV/AIDS cases has doubled over the past decade.

These unsettling findings are coming on the heels of last year’s study in which The Center for Disease Control claimed that one in four teenage girls (age 14-19) are infected with a sexually transmitted disease. (Read the complete article) (0ver 300 free, KJV and Baptistic youth ministry resources, articles, forms, power point presentations, lessons, etc)

Young Fundamentalists (devotionals, great sermons, and funny yet appropriate media for Independent Fundamental Baptist young people)

The mission of Al Menconi Ministries is to educate and equip Christian parents, leaders and youth to consider the values communicated in their entertainment—especially today’s music—and encourage choices consistent with God’s Word.

Ask Me My Story

Why is it that so many of us are truly passionate about Jesus, but are so reserved when it comes to sharing our faith? Is it a fear of rejection? Feelings of inadequacy? Unfamiliarity with the Scripture? Regardless of the reasons you have for not sharing your faith, the people at Ask Me My Story are here to help. This website helps young people boldly share their faith. You can easily use the tools they offer to begin sharing your faith in Christ-like ways. Plus they have tons of resources that offer everything from encouragement to tips on practicality when sharing your faith. Hey, we've got a story to tell, so let's get to it.

Creative Youth Ideas

After 20 years in youth ministry, Ken Sapp has quite a few ideas and he’s sharing them for free with children’s and youth workers on his web site. A little bit of everything: icebreakers, evangelism ideas, drama ideas, over 40 object lessons, more than 100 creative teaching ideas, and 50 teaching illustrations.

Dare2Share Ministries

Energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share, and own their faith in Jesus is Dare2Share’s bottom line. Dare 2 Share is convinced that the answer to this crisis in Christianity lies in an aggressive initiative to transform youth ministry from reactive and entertainment based to Great Commission driven and Scripture based. They understand the power of giving students something to do and something to believe. With over 1,400 FREE evangelism and discipleship resource pieces.

Deeper Devotion

A free web site for encouraging students to know God more intimately through a daily text devotional that’s short, Biblical, and available as a podcast. Students can sign up and choose to receive their daily devotional via email, RSS feed, or iTunes.

Door of Hope 4 Teens

For teenagers and young adult women who struggle with cutting and similar forms of self injury, Door of Hope 4 Teens not only provides free and confidential phone and email support, but good basic info on the issue for teens and those who want to help them, scriptural encouragement, a great web links page and multiple book recommendations by respected authors.

EGAD! Youth group ideas

One of the best game and activity sites on the Internet. It has large lists of games and activities that you don’t have to click on individually to find the description.

Fun and Games

Kit from the UK and his website have a respectable amount of games, arranged by type. He also has mind benders, dramas and more.

This site features instructions to several playtested, high quality free icebreakers, fun games, and team building activities - perfect for group facilitation, the first day of class (teaching), training, and meetings of all kinds. To achieve good group dynamics or just for fun, these free icebreaker games can be useful as youth group activities, party games, business and corporate training activities, college group activities, activities for kids, or simply good icebreaker games for family or friends on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Pastor 2 Youth
Plenty of free resources you can use like games divided by “where you play them” and a database of over 2,000 illustrations.

Real Teens, Real Faith

T. Suzanne Eller’s web site talks about tough issues facing today’s generation and how to live a life of faith in an R-rated world. With real-life advice about sex, relationships, and self image in light of faith, Suzanne shares Biblical answers to questions sent in by teens. Teenagers also share their original poetry, stories and testimonies. Tons of links and helps for the seeking teen.

Teen Sunday School Place

Whether you need Sunday school lessons, Bible study ideas, activities, object lessons, skits, games, or tips for leading, this site has it. Titles with a green dot are free, items with a red dot are available to registered members. To their credit, TSSP supplies plenty of green dots, and while not comprehensive, resources are quality. ¿Querría usted esto en español? Everything has been translated to Spanish so that you can click the Spanish link button at the top right of any page to toggle back and forth from English to Spanish. ¡Super fresco!

Youth Group Games

You don’t need to spend hours searching for a great game any longer. This website has plenty of games listed on it that are perfect for youth ministries. The games are broken down by number of players, and also by age of players so you can click straight to what you need. Also, each game has a helpful materials list at the top so you will know what you need up front.

Youth Group Games Directory

Features a custom game search which allows the user to search by game type, keywords, duration, messy-rating, number of teams needed and others. It also provides categories like Relaxing Rainy Day, Outdoor Action, Olympian Style, Team Challenge, and more.

Group Publishing, Inc. added this site summer of 2000 and features articles on current youth trends and ministry ideas and a free resource section with games, discussion starters and ideas. Hundreds of free articles and ideas are available from Group Publishing’s archive of resources. They also list more than links to 700 other web sites.

Great search engines and resources for all types of youth ministry, with games, curriculum, events, etc.

Youth Specialties

This is the hub of youth ministry resources with games page and Youth Ministry Forum’s message board on games and crowdbreakers.

Youth Work Practice

German youth ministry veteran Hans Hirling (with 30 years experience) has converted his massive youth work resource site into English. For both children’s and youth workers, there are tons of games, ideas for both kids’ and teen camps, complete meeting programs and theme nights, devotional discussion starters with graphics, and a youth leader training page with insightful articles.

All 4 Teens (Christian website all 4 teens to enjoy, with message boards, chat room, game room, poetry place, greeting cards, get advice, scenic picture gallery, cool polls, surf 4 cool links or add your own link, and a lot more.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Music resources

(Note: Please browse the post “Developing a theology of music” for more resources.)

Enjoy Your Worship (free PDF download), from the book “O Worship The King” by John Macarthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, Robert and Bobbi Wolgemuth, (Wheaton, IL, Crossway, 2000)

Garden of Praise (inspirational site with free printable educational materials in the areas of Bible, reading, spelling, math, art, Spanish, and music)

Free Christian Music Downloads (music, music videos, art, poetry and inspirational reflections.

A Hymn and its History (subscribe to receive A Hymn and its History; beautiful Midi hymns along with the history behind the hymn and Scripture references that can be uses as a daily devotion)

Chirstian Song & Gospel Music Lyrics (easy to navigate, alphabetized directory of Christian songs and gospel music lyrics)

Christian Song Lyrics (Christian song and gospel music lyrics, with easy navigation and alphabetized directory)

Gospel Music Lyrics (over 30,000 free Gospel lyrics and downloads)

Gospel Lyrics

New Song Ministries is a religious, non-profit, non-stock organization whose mission is to provide Biblically-based, high quality, and useful sheet music, recordings, and other music supplies to fundamental Christian churches, schools, families, and such other institutions desiring the use of such materials.

Christmas Cantata with Drama and Tagalog TranslationThis ministry aims to assist local churches, Christian schools, and individual believers in praising the Lord and edifying the saints with godly Christian music. Through sheet music, recordings, and books, NSM seeks to provide resources that are separated to the beauty of holiness and separated from the sinful world system. NSM strives to produce materials that are of high music quality, fresh in sound and useful to those who seek to serve. NSM will make available existing resources from the Republic of the Philippines; however, it is the encouragement of Filipino musicians that is at the heart of this ministry. Therefore, NSM is working to identify and encourage Filipino authors and composers of song texts, congregational songs, and special music arrangements.

NSM resources include Recordings, Octavo and Books, with newest item "Christmas Cantata with Drama and Tagalog Translation".

Also available is Hymnproviser Vol.1 which is an aid for an accompanist to develop confidence in hymn playing and improvising to gain a head knowledge of music foundation, to develop a working knowledge of the hymn playing style, including “fill-ins”, and to acquire easier music memorization.

Six years ago, Gospel Light Baptist Church started duplicating CDs. Two years later, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bachorik, both musicians, came to the Philippines to help start the Music Department of Bob Jones Memorial Bible College. They started NSM (New Song Ministries) with the help of other friends and adopted Gospel Light Recordings (GLBC’s recording arm) to NSM. NSM officially started October of 2002 and produced its first CD. NSM does not receive any profit in return for the materials it sells mainly because prices amount only to the cost of production and nothing more. The staff of NSM work on a part-time basis because NSM runs by faith and as the Lord provides.

NSM contact information

Head office address: 23 Matahimik Street, Bgy. Malaya, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines

Telephone Numbers: (02)-920-3954; +63916-624-1158; Fax: +632-920-7507 loc. 102; Email:

Sunday, January 20, 2008 resources

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Children's ministry resources

Ultimate Top 100 Kids Sites (for children, teens, parents, and teachers, with links to fun, games, education, coloring, poetry, stories, cartoons, and more) - Equipping and Encouraging Those Who Minister to Children (independent destination for those working in children's ministry with resources in crafts, creative ideas, devotionals, evangelism, games, gospel magic, holiday ideas, humor, kid's church lessons, missions, music, object lessons, Powerpoint, puppetry, short talks, stories, and videos)

Child Bible Story Online (Old and New Testaments stories and free printable Bible story coloring pages)

Sunday School Printables (free Christian printables, Sunday School resources, Christian stickers, printable certificates, Christian coloring pages, Bible sticker charts, Christian greeting cards, Bible coloring sheets, Printable bookmark makers, Bible verse card generators, cards to print, etc.)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Christian search engines (selectively searching only quality Christian sites) (index of over 90,000 Christian sites) (online directory of Christian websites) (huge archives of Christian internet sites) (Christian search and portal)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Memory verse programs

Bible Memory 2000 (look up scripture passages or search for them by key word to create Bible passage list files. Once you have chosen the scripture passages you want to memorize, you can play the Bible Memory 2000 games that are designed to help you memorize the passages. Your progress can be monitored by a Report Card feature. The game options can be tailored to individual preferences.)

InVerse Scripture Memorization (contains over 15,300+ verses preloaded in 2,800 of the best known Bible passages from 11 Bible translations. As your proficiency on a passage improves from Just Started to Good and then Mastered, you can categorize it for Less Frequent or Least Frequent recitation. Palm and Pocket-PC modules also available.)

Lamp Light Scripture Memory Coach (designed to freshen verses in your mind that you haven not studied for some time. It knows which verses you need to review, so all you have to be concerned with is reviewing your verses. Palm module included.)