Written by Andy Blanks

Posted in: Ministry Strategy, Training

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am super pumped about this study for a number of reasons. Primarily, I think it paints an awesome picture of what it means to be a follower of Christ. But there are more than a few other reasons I believe The Life is a curriculum you should seriously consider.

Written by Andy Blanks

Posted in: Training

Andy Blanks passes along a short checklist of things youth ministers might forget to do when getting ready for the new youth ministry year.
Written by Greg Steir, in Networking, Training
What happens when a youth group begins to focus on relational evangelism? Some pretty amazing things! 6 things that happen when a youth group shares its faith: Students Go Deeper - Risk taking helps teenagers learn deeper and faster. Your teenagers will master what they believe because they need to articulate it to their peers. Read them all.
Written by Andy Blanks, in Ministry Strategy, Training
I am extremely excited about our newest 52-week Bible study, The Life. What gets me so excited is how this study gives students a comprehensive look at what it means to follow Jesus. I love helping students define what it looks like to live as a Christ-follower. Read More.
Written by Tony Souder, in Ministry Strategy, Networking, Training
We have all had those backyard moments when we are imagining the closing seconds of the game in the sport of our choosing. The moment when we score the decisive points to win the game and we make our victory run with our arms lifted high into the air while the crowd goes wild. How sweet it is!
Written by Sarah Garrett, in Leadership, Training, Trends & Culture
It’s that time of year, again. Graduation season is upon us, and for youth workers, this season will be spent at multiple graduations, graduation parties, and preparing for the “graduation” from youth group. There is no doubt that this is an exciting time of the year. As you look back at the countless hours invested in each student, you pray that he/she will continue in church, seek the Lord, and mature in the faith.
Written by Mary Elizabeth Haynes, in Ministry Strategy, Training
Most of us are regulars and our order is known before we have time to speak it. As we sat there enjoying both the ministry of small talk and pondering some of God’s goodness, Bailey began to notice something about the people I was exchanging hellos with— they were all older than me. She asked, “Who was that? How do you know him?” I responded, “That is my friend Dave. We go to church together. And that’s Hamilton, we see each other here at least once a week if not more. Oh, and that’s my friend Anna, she stops in on her way to work down the street.”
Written by YM360, in Training
We asked two youth pastors the question, “How has the Pray for Me Campaign impacted your youth ministry?” Their responses were powerful. So we thought we’d share them in their entirety with you.
Written by Andy Blanks, in Training
Recently I wrote a post about the Pray for Me Campaign being the secret sauce of Intergenerational Ministry. In that post, I wrote about the combination of three ingredients that set the stage for life-giving intergenerational relationships. I would like to follow up with a focus on the five benefits that flow directly from the implementing of the Pray for Me Campaign.
Written by Andy Blanks, in Ministry Strategy, Training
The Pray for Me Campaign is the Secret Sauce of Intergenerational Ministry! When I first heard about the Pray for Me Campaign, I was intrigued by both the simplicity and the power of the idea of connecting generations through prayer.
Written by Andy Blanks, in Ministry Strategy, Training
If things are going as they should, we should have new Christ-followers in our midst. Some ministries will have more than others but by the very nature of our role, we should be seeing teenagers come to faith in Christ, or getting serious about their faith for the first time. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking about these new Christ-followers (I wrote a book specifically for new believers you can sample at the end of this post) and the spiritual needs they have. New Christ-followers have at least four basic needs.
Written by Andy Blanks, in Bible Stuff
God has a plan for your life. I believe Scripture offers overwhelming support for this statement, both in individual verses and in specific narratives of individuals. Discovering when it the right time to move or to wait is no easy task. Now, we can have some fun theological conversations about how this actually fleshes out in the life of a believer. But I wanted to take a quick moment and offer some insight into one aspect of God's plan for our lives. How do we know when to take action and when to wait?
Written by Andy Blanks, in Ministry Strategy, Training
Your graduating seniors may represent a chance to evaluate your youth ministry strategy. While it's by no means cut and dry, by looking at your graduating seniors, you might just get a glimpse into what students look like having come through your youth ministry. It could be an invaluable way of thinking about your strategy and approach. Here's what I mean . . .
Written by YM360, in Training, Trends & Culture
Who’s waiting for your kids? In a few short years, they will leave the safety of your home and church and head off to college. Who will they meet? What ideas will they encounter? What moral choices will they face? For most adults, it’s been quite a few years since they’ve set foot on a college campus. Let us bring you up-to-speed on what’s waiting for your kids:
Written by Jason Curry, in Parents, Training, YM Essentials
Parent meetings are an essential part of a successful youth ministry. As a youth worker, you need to be able to effectively run a parent meeting. Here are 10 Tips For An Incredible Parent Meeting.
Written by J. Roger Davis, in More YM Stuff
YM360's J. Roger Davis interviews Mitch Grainger about his youth group' experience with Cardfunder. CardFunder is an innovative approach which converts new, unused or partially used gift cards into cash to help children around the world.
Written by YM360, in Training
It's become one of our favorite traditions: bringing in the new year on the YM360 Blog by remembering the highlights of the year that was. As we looked at our analytics from the past year and drilled down to find the most-read posts, we saw that one thing these articles have in common. They deal with the area of Discipleship. This is super encouraging for us, as it shows the amazing passion the YM360 Community has for seeing teenagers draw closer to Christ.
Written by YM360, in Relationships
The YM360 Team wishes you a very "Merry Christmas," and passes along some thoughts to help you reflect on the wonder of Christ's birth.
Written by J. Roger Davis, in Training
Regardless where you spend Christmas around the world songs in some form are likely a part of the traditions. So in the middle of our own 12 Days of Christmas, how about 12 of the most popular international Christmas songs.
Written by Andy Blanks, in More YM Stuff
The ym360 Christmas "Vault" is full of free lessons, games, party ideas, devotions for youth workers and students. Don't miss these incredible resources!

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