Youth Leader Resources

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Youth Leader Resources

Youth leader resources

We love youth leaders, you’re all very special indeed, and here is a bunch of inspirational and challenging resources you can download, adapt and use with your youth group.

We’d love to know what you think of these resources and find out what sort of things you’d find helpful for us to produce to engage better with your groups in the future so do get in touch. We’re also out and about visiting groups and churches quite a bit, so if you’d like to request a youth speaker at a youth event you organise, then do drop us a line.


Prayer is the cornerstone of what we do at Open Doors. We’d love you to think about praying regularly for persecuted christians with your youth group.

‘And When You Pray’ World Watch List resource (order here)…
Word Watch List 2016 Map…
World Watch Pack Youth Session ‘Persecution is personal’ and downloads (25MB)…
Pete Greig Prayer video series…
World Watch Guide. Order a pack here…

Walk With Them: Sponsored walk and Bible/prayer/discussion sessions

Support Christians from Iraq and Syria who fled homes due to war and terror. Walk with them. Get sponsored to go on a ten mile walk, with structured prayer, Bible and discussion times.

Iraq and Syria appeal: Prayer powerpoint

War and terror across Iraq and Syria have unleashed a crisis in the Middle East. Millions have fled and Christians are caught in the conflict, specifically targeted by extremists. Look through the six simple ways you can help on our appeal page – amongst other things there is a film to show and a simple prayer powerpoint to talk and pray through…

Take a look now at the appeal resources…

Show. Tell. Change. Video session guide

A free downloadable guide with four video based sessions including faces from Soul Survivor, Fusion and Summer Madness. Get your group thinking, discussing and praying about a radical relationship with God.

Download your copy of the resource here…

Secret Screening: Free event pack

Run an evening event with your group and focus prayer and discussion on the church in Syria. Hold a Secret Screening and base and evening of prayer and fundraising around our quality short film ‘The Cost’. Get a free downloadable pack, with resources to help you plan, advertise and run your Secret Screening below.

Download your Secret Screening pack here…

Ten Steps with the persecuted Church resource

A prayer, reflection and action resource inspired by the small steps taken by persecuted Christians around the world. Inspire your youth group to step up and step out in faith.

Download the resource…
Order versions of the resource…


Blackout is a sponsored fast. It’s a challenge to spend the weekend in silence, either by not speaking and/or by staying clear of social networks. We hold a Blackout weekend each spring and hundreds of youth groups and people take part, raising money and prayer for persecuted christians.

Secret Church

Secret Church is a totally different way of doing church. Powerful, interactive, full of worship and faith, this is an experience that will help you to journey deeper into the world of the persecuted church. Find out more and run your own Secret Church service at the link below.

Write a letter to a persecuted christian

We know that persecuted christians need our encouragement and support. As well as praying for them we can also write directly to them, sharing Bible verses and thoughts of encouragement.

The Cost

The Cost is our little Open Doors Youth magazine. We mail it out around 3 times a year. You can view old editions at the link below and sign up to receive future mailings too.


We produce quite a few videos and films to tell the stories of brave, courageous and inspiring christians who know the true cost of following Jesus. Here’s some of our faves – please do share them with your groups and use to generate discussion and prayer.

Joy (with Jasper Rutherford, Church Army/Summer Madness)
Silence (with Gavin Calver, Evangelical Alliance)
Worship (with Beth Croft, from Soul Survivor)
My sister, Sarah (with Caleb Meakins, from Shift)
Deborah’s story (with S.O, from Lamp Mode Recordings)
Be bolder (with Miriam Swaffield, from Fusion)
Silence (With Gav Calver from the Evangelical Alliance)
The Cost, by the Rend Collective
Hea Woo’s story / Radical Faith (North Korea focus)
Fatima’s story / Risk Taking Christianity (quite harsh, you might not want to show to under 15s)
Thankfulness / Helen Berhane (Eritrea focus)
Worthy / Susan’s story (Uganda focus)
Secret Church
Blackout for Syria

Stand Up: Youth leader sessions

Here’s some simple session plans that you can download and use to run a youth group session themed around the issue of persecution.

Stand up (part one)
Stand up (part two)

Audio files

Meet the Family, by Eddie Lyle

God’s Smuggler, by Brother Andrew

Random things

God’s Smuggler vintage comic about Brother Andrew

Old Campaigns: It’s Time

Our summer 2014 campaign asked people to ‘Wake Up and Pray’ with us. Although the campaign has now finished and over 1000 people took part, you can still download the reflection guide and adapt the sessions to use as youth group sessions.

It’s Time ‘Wake up and pray’ guide
It’s Time to Wake Up folding postcard


We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.