Interesting moves this week in the youth ministry world. This from the Christian Post:

Zondervan has acquired a youth ministry organization that provides publications, resources, training, and encouragement for youth workers and youth-oriented organizations around the world, according to a public announcement made on Tuesday.

The Christian communication company’s acquisition of Youth Specialties marks the culmination of a 30-year business relationship — including a co-publishing and distribution partnership — between the two companies. To date, the Youth Specialties/Zondervan partnership has published more than 500 resources that help youth workers connect with kids and help them experience the adventure and excitement of faith.”

Youth Specialties has consistently proven itself as an innovator and trusted resource committed to meeting the unique needs of youth ministries,” stated Doug Lockhart, Zondervan President and CEO, in Tuesday’s announcement. “Our three decade relationship has been extremely positive and complementary and our respective missions are closely aligned. This acquisition is a natural fit as Zondervan continues to look for ways to expand our impact. We look forward to embracing the entire YS team into our family and to supporting their efforts to reach the next generation.”

Each year, Youth Specialties serves more than 100,000 volunteer and career youth workers through conventions, training seminars and youth worker retreats. The company also serves youth ministries with books, CD-ROMS, videos, the magazine Journal of Student Ministries and online resources. It reaches beyond the borders of the U.S. through its Spanish division, Especialidades Juveniles.