Part III – A Little Bit of Help for My Friends: Resources for Girls Ministry
Are you ready to give a girls’ group a try? Getting started can be the toughest part and I don’t want to overwhelm you. You probably already have more book suggestions and websites to keep up with than you can possibly fit into your schedule, so here’s my short list:
For your own knowledge, read Girls on the Edge by Leonard Sax. Ripe with information about struggles that girls face today, it is a great guide to getting inside the heads of young women. Also, read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. This book has so much relevance to leadership and ministry—it will change your world.
To start a middle school girls group, begin by using The Christian Girl’s Guide to Being Your Best by Katrina Cassel. This book includes craft ideas, devotions, and discussion questions. It’s a ready-made girls’ group all there for you.
Want to start with a high school group? I’d recommend working through The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy. Although with this one you’d have to determine your own activities, the topics are great and Biblically focused. My senior high girls loved this book.
Finally, add these three websites to your favorites and visit them regularly:
Amanda Berger is a middle school youth minister at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church and founded her girls’ ministry, The Soul Sisterhood Retreat, in 2011. As a 10 year veteran of youth ministry, she has found her particular passion in nurturing young women of faith. Amanda lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Charlotte. For more information about The Soul Sisterhood Retreat, check out thesoulsisterhood.com