Everything we do at ym360 falls in one of four categories (more on all four here). Networking is one of these categories. We love highlighting people and organizations doing awesome things in youth ministry.
We want two things to happen when it comes to networking...
We want to connect you with organizations, movements, or causes you may have never heard of, and
We've divided this page up by the "type" of networking partner. Pay close attention to the MINISTRY FOCUS area to help narrow in on those organizations you may want to connect with!
YM60 Featured Network Partners
These are organizations we are in a working relationship with.
Of course we believe in what they are up to and believe you should check them out if you haven't already.
Youth Worker Conferences, Training
LeaderTreks is one of the best student leadership development ministries out there. We've had the privilege to enter into a partnership with LeaderTreks on the development of DNow Online, an awesome discipleship-based curriculum for disciple now and retreat weekends.
Using trips, innovative training, and curriculum, LeaderTreks equips you to help students identify and develop their personal leadership skills.
Check out the LeaderTreks Featured Partner Page To Learn more about this incredible organization.
Servant Life exists to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed and lived out amoung the nations. Since its inception in 1999, Servant Life has been a mission-mobilizing ministry providing dynamic mission experiences for students and church groups.
We love how intentional Servant Life is in what they do. Learn more about this great partner of ours here.
Youth Worker Training, Podcast
We love youth ministry. We love practical youth ministry training, wisdom, and such. And of course, we love to have fun. These are just a few reasons why we want you connected to this podcast.
This podcast has existed in some shape or form since 2006 and just keeps getting better.
We have the privilege of sponsoring this podcast and supporting what these guys are doing. If you're looking for some practical, trench-tested, advice from years of youth ministry experience, then get connected to
Resources, Daily Student Devotions
Since launching ym360, we've had the privilege of getting to know the guys over at OnTrack Devotions. When it comes to discipleship-based resources, we really love what they are doing and hope you will too.
If you're looking for a proven, daily devotional system to help your students become self-feeders in God's Word, look to OnTrack and their solid resources.
Youth Worker Conferences, Training
We know there are some really good Conferences out there for youth workers to choose from. And we support a lot of them. We happen to have a great partnership with the Simply Youth Ministry Conference and think you should know all about it! These guys invest a ton of energy and effort into creating an environment that's safe for you to learn, grow, train, share, and connect just to name a few.
Over the years, ym360 has had the honor of teaching and leading workshops at SYMC -- which we love! We've also been a featured partner in the SYMC bookstore. If you're looking for a Conference to attend, join us in attending the SYMC.
Don't you love it when you find something that meets a need and is incredibly awesome at the same time? Meet FundTheNations.com. These guys have a great way to fundraise for your youth ministry. You gotta see this if you're looking for a unique and fresh way to raise funds!
Youth Worker Care
So, this one is a no brainer. And it's something we are very passionate about. We highly recommend that you learn more about this cause. WLOYW is a movement. It's an initiative. In short, it's a set of practices and principles designed for your churches to implement with the end goal of taking great care of YOU! Pretty cool huh?
Since youth workers are some of our most favorite people and since WLOYW was designed with you in mind, we want you to explore and connect with WLOYW.
Don't you love working with folks who are the best at what they do? That's how we think about our friends over at Second Row Studios. Everything these guys do is top quality.
Simply put, Second Row Studios creates videos that are designed to engage our culture. Illustrations. Narratives. Funny. Serious. Creating great work that in one way or another points people to Christ is the SRS mission.
Another incredible media based organization, Igniter Media has been serving the church with high-quality media resources for years.
The Igniter team is most passionate about helping churches and organizations use media to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ and highlight the Truth found in the Bible.
Resources, Free Stuff
Who doesn't like free stuff? Even better, who doesn't like free stuff that's been tested, that's high quality, and that works! Meet STUFF YOU CAN USE (dot) ORG.
We've gotten to know these guys through some work we've done together and the more we know, the more we really like them and want you to connect with them. We think you'll find their "stuff" awesome like we do.
Networking, Campus Ministry
The hope of Christ in every student. This is what drives our friends at First Priority of America and each club across the country.
We've partnered with these guys to work together on resourcing those in the local church. Our organizations compliment each other's missions very well and it's a partnership we really enjoy. Click the link to learn more about this fantastic organization.
ym360 Networking Friends
These are organizations/or causes we have the pleasure of knowing firsthand through relationships together, having been a part of what they do in some way, or just by plain ole' networking with them. Either way, we endorse what they are up to. As we look for valuable causes, resources, etc. that can help youth workers be encouraged, equipped, and served in different areas of their ministry -- these come to mind!
Youth Worker Retreats
Powered by our friends at Student Life, Refuge is a powerful weekend experience for you, your spouse and those that lead with you.
Recharge, Refresh, Relax. That's the goal of Refuge. Visit the refuge site for more info on the Dallas, Birmingham, and Orlando events, plus the leaders who will be leading these experiences.
Ongoing Education, Youth Ministry Certificate
Hosted by Dr. Jim Burns and our friend Doug Fields, this is a truly unique educational opportunity for youth workers of all ages and experience levels.
Made of up 12 courses led by 9 youth ministry experts, this online certificate is both rich in subject matter and affordable when compared to most traditional models. Whether you're just getting started or a veteran looking for grow, check out the Sphere.
We just think you should know about everything listed below. We may not necessarily have a working relationship or even a networking relationship with these causes/or organizations below, but we think as a youth worker you should know about these. Go ahead, check em' out!
Service Opportunities/Student Giving
Looking for a way to involve your students in a great cause? Maybe as a group making a difference in someone's life for eternity? As a staff, we couldn't recommend a better way than through Compassion International's child sponosrship opportunities. This is an opportunity you and your students have to help break the cycle of poverty in the lives of children and their families.
Use Compassion's sponsorship program in your youth ministry and help your students be a part of life-changing ministry around the world.
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
Service Opportunities/Student Giving
Umm, it doesn't get much cooler than this. Souper Bowl Of Caring uses the energy of the NFL's Super Bowl Weekend to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.
Your group can join this national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty. Get all the info you need by visiting the SBOC website!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Service Opportunities/Student Giving
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to facilitate children coming to faith in Jesus Christ and engaging as many as possible in follow up discipleship. Since 1993, more than 94 million gift-filled shoe boxes have been delivered in more than 130 countries and territories. These gifts become powerful tools for ministry in the hands of local pastors around the world, demonstrating God's love in a tangible way and providing a vehicle to share the Gospel with children and their families. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization led by Franklin Graham.
Summer Camps/Spring Youth Conferences
Student Life currently hosts events all over the nation targeted at 3rd-12th grade students. Youth and kids are challenged through engaging worship from experienced worship leaders, learning from sound biblical teachers, building community through Bible study, and serving the lost.
Different by design. These camps are sure to challenge your students through worship, teaching, and responding to God in "huddle groups". One of the things we really like about Wayfarer is the camp-wide service project as an intentional way of living out what students are learning together. Want to try something new? Give Wayfarer Camps a look.
MEN OF THE CLOTH
Faith-based Screen Printing, Specialty Items
Looking at their website one can see that these guys can print up to 25,000 shirts per shift. We don't know much about creating t-shirts, but we do know that 25,000 per shift is "making-it-happen." Better than that, the people here are great people and are doing some pretty cool stuff.
Located in Houston, TX, MOTC has been at it for over 30 years and would love to take great care of your next order of shirts, apparel, or specialty items. We like these guys a lot. Give em' a call. Tell em' "hello" for us.
Youth Worker Training
Ever wish you could take your whole team to a training event that didn't require a ton of expense and over-priced airport food? Well, the team at Youth Specialties have a training tour that might just be your solution. It's called YS Palooza.
YS Palooza is not a big convention and not a one day training, but rather an overnight training event designed for you and your team. We're hearing great things about these jam-packed training weekends.
NATIONAL NETWORK OF YOUTH MINISTRIES
Youth Worker Networking
We hear from a lot of youth workers we are looking to get connected with other youth workers. The folks over at the National Network Of Youth Ministries would love to help. NNYM links youth workers for encouragement, spiritual growth, and sharing resources, in order to expose every teenager to the gospel of Jesus Christ, establish those who respond in a local church, and disciple them to help reach the world.
Check em' out.
YOUTH MINISTRY ARCHITECTS
Youth Ministry Consulting
Youth Ministry Architects has become the nation’s leading provider of youth ministry consulting. YMA partners with churches and youth ministers, working alongside key stakeholders – including senior pastors, youth ministers, parents and students – to customize strategic plans for building successful and sustainable youth ministries.
If your youth ministry is struggling, or maybe just needs a boost in a certain area, YMA may be able to help!