Resources for youth leaders!

Free stuff for you and your group...

We love youth leaders, we respect your heart for young people and know you’re often stretched for time – so we’ve created a load of resources to serve you. Our aim is to inspire young people with stories of costly, brave faith and grow compassion in them so they will stand with their Christian family all over the world.

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 using the form below.

Prayer resources

Prayer is the cornerstone of what we do at Open Doors. Each year we produce a series of resources to help you introduce your group to persecution and how to pray with the persecuted church using the latest World Watch List. Download or order the resources below, including stand alone session.

World Watch List 2020 Youth Session (Order here…)
Eleanor’s video: Story of how one teenager was inspired to pray for the persecuted church (Download here…)

Stuff to give your group after the session…
Word Watch List 2019 Map: Youth Version (Order here… / Download here…)
God’s Smuggler comic: The story of Open Doors founder, Brother Andrew… (Order here…)

If you want to introduce your group to praying for the persecuted church, the stuff above is great, but you can also show some of the videos in this prayer video series from Pete Greig too…
Pete Greig Prayer video series…

Leader gatherings

All events will feature a speaker from the Middle East

We love youth leaders. In fact, if you are a youth leader, we’d love to get to know you a bit better and meet in person.

We’re holding a bunch of leaders’ gatherings throughout March across the UK and Ireland – and we’d love you to come along. These events are for church and youth leaders to connect and engage more deeply with the persecuted church. It’s an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a leader from the persecuted church, to share with them and learn from them. Come and be inspired, enriched and strengthened in your faith.

There will be some special youth leader times at these events, so book on (they are all free).



Location: Life Church,
Date: Tuesday 10 March
Time: 11.00am – 3:30pm


Location: South Parade Baptist Church,
Date: Wednesday 11 March
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm


Location: Audacious Church,
Date: Thursday 12 March
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm


Location: Vine Christian Centre,
Date: Tuesday 17 March
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm


Location: Creech St Michael Baptist Church,
Date: Wednesday 18 March
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm


Location: Westminster Chapel,
Date: Thursday 19 March
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

Northern Ireland:


Location: The Bridge Church, Strabane
Date: Friday 13 March
Time: 11:00am – 3.30pm



Location: Gartmore House
Date: Friday 5- Saturday 6 June
Time: 10:30am – lunchtime on the 6 June

Simple adaptable sessions

Bible verses, stories from the persecuted church, actions and prayer points on a variety of themes that you can drop into any talk or session you are planning. These will be coming in the new year...

Forgiveness: Coming soon...
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Distraction: Coming soon...
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God's plan for you: Coming soon...
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Prayer: Coming soon...
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Perseverance: Coming soon...
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Blackout: Go screen-free

Blackout is the challenge to get sponsored to spend anything from 6-48 hours going screen-free to raise money and prayer for secret, persecuted Christians. Sign up to get up to 10 awesome packs for your your group plus access to a bunch of downloads to help you scale up the screen-free challenge to work in a group setting…

Hidden Word

Our innovative resource to help your group learn God’s Word by heart! A series of six weekly devotionals, along with leader guide, challenges and a bunch of awesome memorisation aids!


Show. Tell. Change.

Four video sessions with discussion questions on themes from worship to family. Featuring Beth Croft and others...
Writing campaigns

Write a letter

Check out the current writing campaigns and spend time as a group writing a letter or card to a persecuted Christian...

Secret Church

Run a Secret Church session or event with your group and experience some of the reality of the underground church...
Fundraising event

With them!

A fundraising resource including ideas for a 10km hike with special group leader guide full of prayers and stories for rest points...

Invite us to your group…

We’d love to come to your group/youth event or service (if we can make it) to inspire your young people with the brave faith of persecuted Christians. Drop us a line to see what is possible (we can’t honour all requests, but will do our best to help you run a great session if we can’t make it).

One Family session and devotional…

A group session and a complimentary devotional guide on the theme of family. The session features a video from Krish Kandiah, stories, prayer ideas and more. A great introduction to why we should care about our persecuted church family…

‘One Family’ devotional resource (Order here… / Download here…)
‘One Family’ leader session (Download here…)

Ten steps

A devotional guide we created a few years back for young people – use the stories, themes and challenges as inspiration in your own sessions…

Videos to use

We produce 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.

India: Mohan’s story…
Joy (with Jasper Rutherford)
Worship (with Beth Croft)
My sister, Sarah (with Caleb Meakins)
Deborah’s story (with S.O)
Be bolder (with Miriam Swaffield)
Radical Faith (North Korea focus)
Risk Taking Christianity
Thankfulness (Eritrea focus)
Worthy (Uganda focus)

Speaker talks and notes

Looking for a ready made talk on persecution? We’ve created a few themed talks with ready made PowerPoint downloads and talk notes that you can use with minimal prep! Everything you need to get a talk on the current World Watch List or on themes of Guts and Courage or even prayer are ready to download and use now…

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