From Abingdon Press and the Institute for Youth Ministry:

OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook

General Editor: Kenda Creasy Dean
Contributors include: Kenda Creasy Dean, Mike Carotta, Roland Martinson,
Rodger Nishioka, Don Richter, Dayle Gillespie Rounds, and Amy Scott Vaughn.

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"Most contemporary young people operate far enough from Moses’ moral compass that it never occurs to them that "OMG" ("oh my God," in teenspeak) has anything to do with the Ten Commandments, much less that it breaks one of them. After all, the phrase is a nearly ubiquitous adolescent throw-away line...Yet Christians should hear the phrase "oh my God" differently. Youth ministers, parents, teachers—anyone who has ever loved an adolescent—know that "OMG" can be a prayer, a plea, a petition, a note of praise, or an unbidden entreaty that escapes our lips as we seek Christ for the young people we love." From the book

Using six lenses the authors detail current practices and tease out underlying questions as youth ministry becomes more self-consciously aligned with practical theology.


Look here for supplements to OMG that may address your particular pastoral needs and social contexts. And if no supplement exists that you find useful, we invite you to submit one, following the publication guidelines found here.