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Creating Openness In Your Small Group

Andy Blanks talks about the importance of openness in small groups, and some thoughts on how to help develop it.

Showing Teenagers A Faith Worth Caring About

Andy Blanks wonders if some teenagers don't care about their faith because they don't know what is essential and what isn't.

Equipping Your Students To Talk About Their Faith

Andy Blanks talks about the importance of equipping students to articulate the distinctives of their faith.

What's The Goal of Your Discipleship Efforts?

Do you have a stated goal or purpose for your discipleship efforts? Andy Blanks gives some suggestions on how to move to where you do.

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.