When it comes to communicating God’s Word, we have to take the posture of always seeking to improve. In this article, Andy Blanks passes along five thoughts to help you be a better Bible communicator.Read more
Discipleship is the life-long, Spirit-fueled journey of children becoming like their Father. Our students are not alone. The Father draws them to Him. The Spirit guides them and strengthens them. And they have a family around them to journey alongside.Read more
The weariness we feel from doing ministry is different than the tired you feel after doing physical labor. It's a tiredness in your soul. Andy Blanks discusses how weariness can actually be a sign that things are going really well.Read more
What could be better than Tommy and Eddie of The Skit Guys" with Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share in a room together? How about we add a live stream and a microphone?Read more
Every youth worker knows it's important to stay plugged into our students' lives outside of our Bible study time. But I'm going to say something that may surprise you: The main reason for doing this isn't for relationship building. Nope. While building relationships with students is a vital aspect of discipleship, there's a better reason for engaging with students outside of your weekly Bible study time. Ready?Read more
Ministry burnout is real. I talk to thousands of Youth Pastors throughout the year. One thing that crosses denominations, size of churches, and different parts of the country, is the tiredness and weariness that many Youth Pastors feel in their ministry. I wanted to encourage you with six things on how not to grow weary in an environment that is easily tiresome.Read more
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.Read more
Andy Blanks examines some of the challenges we face in leading students to develop good spiritual habits.Read more
Somewhere along the way, we began to communicate to students that the best way (or maybe even the only way) to help introduce their peers to Christ was to simply invite them to Church. But what does this look like if it is the primary objective of our evangelism?Read more
Want to know the most dynamic, most useful, most flexible youth ministry resource there is? The one thing that, if implemented, will super-charge your youth ministry and dramatically transform the lives of your students?Read more
As Christ-followers it seems like the promise of Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter should have us singing in our souls. As you reflect on the provision of the cross and the reality of the empty tomb, here are 99 songs (in no particular order) for your playlist to help you celebrate the Easter season.Read more
Good Friday is a day of reflection, gratefulness, and in some sense, wonder. The Cross is the central point in all of history. And yet, there are many days when the grace of God expressed at that moment is simply too overwhelming to comprehend. At best, we can respond with thankful awe, knowing only that Christ loved us enough to willingly face His crucifixion.Read more
Honest doubt, and honest questioning is how teenagers begin to own a faith that is theirs, not their parents’, or grandparents’, or even yours.
But what do we do with those questions? What is the right attitude or approach toward having these questions or doubts?