Magazine Reviews for the Youth Pastor & Parents of Teens

I realize the sky is the limit of the amount of magazines out there.  But here are a handful of ones I have had on my desk that may be some help to you and your ministry/parenting.Reviews-of-smallcarBIGCITY

  1. Relevant.  This may be my favorite. The purpose is in the title, to stay relevant in present culture, but also providing a Christian foundation. The content is often stretching and engages the reader. Often, there are interviews of popular celebrities and entertainers on the subjects of religion and Christianity. The reviews of popular music, books, and movies are very helpful. Also, the dry humor throughout is very enjoyable.  Review:  Highly Recommended.  (5 Stars)
  2. Group.  For anyone in youth ministry, in any capacity, this is highly suggested. I find myself ripping out pages in these magazines and putting them in my idea file or passing them along to youth leaders for the future. The articles are often encouraging, enlightening, and entertaining. There has not been a time where I have not opened its pages and it has not been worth it, in terms of adding something to my current and/or future ministry. These pages are filled with wisdom from veteran youth workers, and it has saved me from learning many lessons the hard way.  Review:  Recommended. (4 Stars)
  3. World Magazine. This magazine is the conservative version of relevant magazine. It allows the reader to stay current on what is happening on the world. Basically, it is a Christian filter to the news and world reports that are one TV each night. This is typically for an older audience, but is something that needs to be addressed with our teens as well. It can provide a greater global focus and a more informed Biblical worldview.   Review:  Worth a look. (3 Stars)
  4. Time Magazine. Obviously, this is not a Christian resource. However, I have found it to be very enlightening. Also, the articles in it often hold more weight in conversations with unbelievers and as lesson illustrations. The statistics page is always a favorite of mine, and I have kept many over the years. While it does not provide a Biblical worldview, it allows the reader to interact with a non-Christian view of the world, and find where the Gospel is needed and how God can be brought into the conversation.  Review:  Worth a look. (3 Stars)
  5. Alumni Magazines. What is this doing here? You may be surprised at the quality of articles you find here. Why? Because these are often articles written by faculty and established alumni. Here’s the kicker…it’s free if you are an alum! Great articles at no charge! So take advantage at the knowledge and information you can gain from your former profs, and you won’t even be graded later!  Review:  Recommended. (4 Stars)

Hope this helps. Feel free to send me some of your favorites in the comments below.

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