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  • 7 Characteristics of Effective Small Groups
    April 16, 2018 Brendt Blanks

    7 Characteristics of Effective Small Groups

    Having run groups for years in a clinical setting as a licensed counselor, Brendt Blanks knows that many of the characteristics of running a successful discipleship group are quite similar. Yet, there are some that are unique to leading students in meaningful spiritual growth. Here are seven characteristics of running an effective small group.
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  • Our Newest 52-week Bible study
    June 6, 2017 Andy Blanks

    Our Newest 52-week Bible study

    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.
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  • Filling the Bleachers
    May 31, 2017 Tony Souder

    Filling the Bleachers

    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!
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  • Why Are Your Friends So Old?
    May 16, 2017 Mary Elizabeth Haynes

    Why Are Your Friends So Old?

    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.”
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  • The 4 Needs of New Christ-followers
    April 18, 2017 Andy Blanks

    The 4 Needs of New Christ-followers

    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.
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  • What Graduating Seniors Show You about Your Ministry
    April 4, 2017 Andy Blanks

    What Graduating Seniors Show You about Your Ministry

    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 . . .
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