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About YouthWorker

YouthWorker is written for professionals who manage youth groups. Their general coverage is usually topical; the magazine is a resource for helping it's audience keep up to date with trends in youth work. Most of YouthWorker's music coverage comprises of album reviews. Occasionally artists are featured in various sections.

Early reviews are by Mike Atkinson, and the coverage tends to center on Contemporary Christian and rock music. Steve Rabey and Devlin Donaldson cover the early 1990's, and expand reviews to include a selection of more general market albums.

In the late 1990's reviews are written by on-the-ground youth workers, who sometimes specialized in genres (for instance see Juan Galloway for hip-hop or Ty Chap Houge for ska). In 1999 the album review section is taken over by editor Dave Urbanski. While he increases the number of reviews, their content becomes less substantial over time.

The number of reviews published declines in the late 2000's, and continues at less than half of the number of the mid 1990's. Also, reviews start being adapted from those published in CCM magazine (owned in common by Salem Media) instead of being independently written. After CCM's print run ended, freelancers such as Andy Argyrakis wrote the majority of reviews.

More recently, YouthWorker has been in the habit of reviewing books and other resources, but not music.

General info

First issue: Spring 1984

Publisher: Salem Publishing
ISSN: 0747-3486
OCLC: 71340750
LCCN: 96660750


Editor - Noel Becchetti
Editor - Steve Rabey
Editor - Tim McLaughlin
Editor - Wayne Rice
Senior Editor - Will Penner
Senior Editor - Dave Urbanski

Columns & regular features

Tools: Reviews of ministry resources: books, music, videos, etc..
CMnexus (noun)
The magazine index
of modern music
and Christianity