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The Shrinking Influence of Youth Workers

Nov 11 2014

Have you found your opportunities to influence teenagers shrinking in recent years? Andy Blanks identifies some contributing factors and some thoughts for how to maximize our impact.

Don't Practice Helicopter Discipleship

Oct 23 2014
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Andy Blanks wonders if, when it comes to allowing our students to be a little uncomfortable, we're following Jesus' model for discipleship.

Imitation And Discipleship

Oct 15 2014

Andy Blanks talks about the important of embracing the element of imitation in discipleship.

Youth Ministry Is Messy. But It’s Worth It.

Sep 09 2014

Andy Blanks talks about how he came to appreciate the messiness of youth ministry.

5 Sentences On Why Young People Leave The Church

Sep 08 2014
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In five sentences, Andy Blanks shares some thoughts on why teenagers leave the church after high school.

Dealing With Our Students' Doubt And Questions

Sep 04 2014
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Andy Blanks passes along a few tips on how to deal with the doubts and questions our teenagers have about their faith and about God.

Why I Changed The Way I Talk To Teenagers About Reading Their Bible

Sep 02 2014

Andy Blanks shares the way in which his message to teenagers about reading their Bibles has changed over the years.

5 Roles Youth Workers Play In The Lives Of Teenagers

Aug 26 2014
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Andy Blanks examines the five roles youth workers can play in the lives of teenagers.

Why Is Prayer So Hard For Our Teenagers (And For Us)?

Jul 24 2014
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Andy Blanks talks about the challenges of teaching teenagers to value deep, intimate communication with God.

There Is A Better Way To Disciple Teenagers

Jun 26 2014

Andy Blanks looks at a common mistake youth workers make when it comes to discipleship, and how we might rethink it.