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  • It's Not About You: A Youth Ministry Conversation with Dr. Allen Jackson and Amy Howell
    June 17, 2019 Andy Blanks

    It's Not About You: A Youth Ministry Conversation with Dr. Allen Jackson and Amy Howell

    Recently, YM360's Amy Howell was able to sit down with Dr. Allen Jackson, Senior Pastor at Dunwoody Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Jackson helped guide Amy and many others through some difficult times in their lives and was an instrumental voice in shaping Amy's call to ministry. Amy and Dr. Jackson spent some time talking about a variety of subjects. But the one that seemed to really stand out was an important thought about the perspective we take when ministering to our students.
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  • The Importance of Feedback in Your Youth Ministry with Jamie Mullen
    June 10, 2019 YM360 Blog

    The Importance of Feedback in Your Youth Ministry with Jamie Mullen

    Everyone wants to be proficient at their job. But how do you you know if what you're doing is working? While there are different metrics you can use, encouraging feedback from students is a tool many people overlook. Our friend Jamie Mullen, youth minister at LaBelle Haven Baptist Church, regularly seeks feedback from his students. We recently chatted with Jamie about this and other topics.
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  • 3 Tips for Partnering with Parents if You Aren’t a Parent Yourself
    June 3, 2019 Andy Blanks

    3 Tips for Partnering with Parents if You Aren’t a Parent Yourself

    Maybe you’re a young youth worker just getting started. Maybe you’re a veteran youth worker who, for whatever reason, hasn’t had children. Maybe you’re somewhere in between. Whatever the case, there is a youth ministry truth that few people address: It can be hard talking to parents about their children when you don't have children yourself.

    I think the most effective youth workers (and this goes for youth workers who are parents as well) come alongside parents and say, “I am not here to tell you how to parent your child. But I am here to help you disciple your child.”
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  • The "What If's" of Youth Ministry
    May 28, 2019 Andy Blanks

    The "What If's" of Youth Ministry

    Graduation is always an exciting time in your youth ministries. There are so many mixed emotions. You're excited for your students; you're happy because they're happy. There are, however, another set of emotions we may feel at graduation, ones we don’t often stop and talk about. So let's talk about the "What If's" of youth ministry.
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  • The Importance of Mission Trips
    May 13, 2019 Andy Blanks

    The Importance of Mission Trips

    Roger Davis, YM360 President, has always had a heart for missions. He takes his family on mission trips, he gives leadership to YM360, but also, he provides leadership to one of our partner organizations, Servant Life. As a long time participant in missions, Roger understands the power of mission trips. In our discussion, Roger and I mentioned a few reasons why short term missions are so vital in the spiritual formation of your students.
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  • What to Do with Students after They Graduate
    May 6, 2019 Andy Blanks

    What to Do with Students after They Graduate

    As you begin transitioning into the graduation season, what are you to do with your students who graduate? Your ministry with your graduating students does not have to stop just because they have transitioned out of your ministry. The relationship that you’ve built with these students, shouldn’t just disappear as soon as they walk across the stage. 
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  • How to Start Thinking About the Safety of Your Youth Ministry with Jody Dean
    April 29, 2019 YM360 Blog

    How to Start Thinking About the Safety of Your Youth Ministry with Jody Dean

    Jody recently sat down with YM360’s Jake Rasmussen at Southeast Conclave to talk a little about the book and the heart behind it. With incidents covering headlines for sexual misconduct and unreported issues in churches, Dr. Dean and Dr. Jackson had 16 different topics that kept rising to the surface in regards to risk management. Including things like Volunteers, Mandatory Reporting, and even things like Bullying and Making Money Matter.
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  • Fundraising in Youth Ministry and Church Branding
    April 22, 2019 YM360 Blog

    Fundraising in Youth Ministry and Church Branding

    Bubba Crowder, a long time friend of Roger Davis and YM360, is the founder and Director of Fund the Nations - 52 Threads, a company founded based on the Great Commission and with the intent of helping students and adopting parents to fundraise. Oh my does Bubba have a lot of experience with fundraising in youth ministry!
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