World of Youth Ministry

The big news over the pond is that Youthworks has acquired Youth Specialities from Zondervan. Brief details are on the Youth works site here detailing that Zondervan retain publishing while Youthworks will take events and training.
(BTW Marko is back to blogging and he has a whole load of stuff that will make sense of the goodbye Zondervan, hello Youthworks)
Talking of publishing though, The UK’s IBS-STL (book supplier) is up for sale due to financial problems caused by the recession (and I guess the changing landscape of publishing). Only time will tell what that means for Christian books/youth ministry resources in the UK and beyond.
Funding I think will be the major conversation for next year, with posts, resources and organisations struggling. By way of (painful) example, three of my colleagues in different Dioceses are facing redundancy.