Free Shipping! Most Orders $99+ Details.  |  You are $99.00 away from Free Shipping!

Happy Memorial Day! Our office reopens on Tuesday, May 26. Celebrate the holiday with 15% off – no coupon code needed!


Most orders $99 or more receive FREE Shipping!

Why Most? Some of our shipments are just too heavy or ship from Mars (not really). If you have a $99+ order in your cart and don't see a free shipping option, this is why.


  • Order SUB-TOTAL (after discounts, before taxes) must be $99.
  • This promotional offer is only good for orders shipping to the contiguous 48 States.
  • Promotional value not valid for cash or cash equivalent toward purchases.
  • For free shipping orders, we may use UPS SurePost, UPS Ground, USPS Priority Mail, or USPS First Class Package service depending on your location and package weight. Orders may arrive in 1-8 business days. If you have a specific deadline for your order, please choose a paid shipping option to ensure it arrives on time.
  • Student Resource orders from Event Resources by YM360 are excluded from receiving free shipping. This includes student books, follow-up devotional journals, T-shirts, and bundles.

Questions about this promotion, or just need general shipping help? Use our Live Chat feature on our website, or email us: Either way, you're going to get world-class customer care.

A Side Effect Of Longevity In Youth Ministry

A Side Effect Of Longevity In Youth Ministry

Here's a youth ministry truth:

The longer you serve at a church, the more chances you have to grow a track record of success.

The longer you stick around, the more trust you'll earn. Ideally you become more proficient. You learn how things REALLY work. You're able to accomplish more change. Certainly there are exceptions to this rule, but ideally, this should be the case.

However, there is another side of longevity, as well. Newton's 3rd Law of Physics comes to mind: "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Newton was talking about physics. But he could have been talking about longevity in youth ministry. Why?

Because the longer you serve at a church, the more chances you have to grow a track record of failure.

It's an interesting dynamic, isn't it?

You will have more successes the longer you invest in one place. But you will also have more chances to fail. Fortunately, very few people have tenures at churches where nothing goes right. And yet, very few people have tenures where every single thing they do goes right. You will fail. And the longer you're in the same place, the more likely it is that you fail more than once.

But instead of being beaten-up by this, there is a really cool paradox at work here:

You may grow your list of failures by staying in one place over the long haul. But, you will be in a better place to deal with failure because of your long-term investment.

Here's what I mean . . .

  • You're better able to deal with the disappointment of seeing a student stumble because of the relational capital you've built up.

  • You can weather an event that didn't quite go right because you've been a part of numerous events that were awesome.

  • You can deal with relational conflicts better because you have a history of good relationships. You have a legacy of making it work.

It's funny . . . we talk a lot about the positives of longevity. There are many. The list of reasons to stick around at a church (as much as it is up to us) is long. We don't often think of the negatives. And when we do, we don't often view them in light of the grace longevity buys us. We rarely think about how much easier it is to navigate failures because of the relational equity longevity afford us.

There are many reasons why youth ministers leave churches. Most leave for the right reasons. Some leave for the wrong. But this is yet another opportunity to stop and reflect on the benefits of staying put.

We all experience failures. But I'd rather fail in an environment that has been made better by my history of engagement. Wouldn't you?

About The Author

Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks

Andy Blanks is the Publisher and Co-Founder of YM360 and Iron Hill Press. A former Marine, Andy has spent the last 17 years working in youth ministry, mostly in the field of publishing. During that time, Andy has led the development of some of the most-used Bible study curriculum and discipleship resources in the country. He has authored numerous books, Bible studies, and articles, and regularly speaks at events and conferences, both for adults and teenagers. Andy and his wife, Brendt, were married in 2000. They have four children: three girls and one boy.