ymnow.com is the result of obedience to a clear call I received from God.
After serving in student ministry for a super long time, I felt led by God to create a resource to help Student Ministry leaders be more effective at reaching and leading students to know and live for Jesus.
It is intended to be content rich website full of all kinds of ideas, videos, links, resources, articles, blog posts, recordings, pictures, … ok … you get the idea. ymnow.com was designed to host a lot of stuff.
ymnow is a full blown non-profit ministry owned and directed by youth ministry leaders around the world.
… students matter to God!
Below is a sample of what you'll find on ymnow.com
Videos / Event Promotion
Articles / Training Tools / Sermons to Listen to / Speaker Database / Worship Band Database
Try the following next time you are getting ready to teach.
It takes great communicators several weeks to prepare an effective message. Those who regularly stand in front of crowds with something to say have been thinking about, meditating on, studying, and examining their content for days. It is part of them and it flows like something they know, they believe, and are passionate about.
Don’t wing it.
You may get by with it a few times, but if you really think you can deliver a diet of half-baked talks that you really don’t know or maybe even don’t believe, then . . . well . . . I think you are most likely mistaken. One could even argue that people who wing it :: trust in themselves, don’t truly value their position, and aren’t honoring the audience. This is harsh, but it is borderline disrespect to stand in front of them and make it up as you go. You can do so much better than that.
Get help as you prepare your next talk. Teams make things great. Inventions with impact are created by groups of people. Ideas that move a generation rarely flow out of individuals. The same is true for a great talk. Get together with a few people you have chemistry with and build the talk together. Get input, do research, brainstorm, create, craft, and form the message. It’s fun. You’ll grow. The group will feel empowered. Your audience will love it.
Hope this helps … sb
The conference was amazing and at times it was like drinking from a firehose. One great speaker after another … incredible moments alone with God stacked up like a tower … conversations with likeminded friends that you never want to forget.
The pages of your notebook are full.
So, what do you do with all these notes, this new information, these experiences?
How do you transfer this treasure into the lives of parents, the team you lead, and the students you’ll see at your next gathering?
It’s going to take effort and strategy to move to a new place and transform to a new level in your ministry. So let me give you a few pointers.
1. Summarize your notes ::
There’s no doubt that you probably took some notes, scribbled down a new thought, and most likely tried hard to take what your ears were processing and put it down on paper.
Information like this is rare and way too valuable to let slip away … so here’s how you can keep that from happening.
First … Take two hours, gather all your notes and put them in one place. Create categories … draw … paint your notes … take a picture of your notes. Do whatever you have do to save them in a way so they can keep on speaking.
A couple creative ideas would be to take your notes app on your iPad and digitize everything. The act of entering this information in a new place will cause this incredible data to not only be stored on your computer, but it will drive the concepts a little deeper in your brain.
You could also take the time to send yourself a series of daily emails containing your notes over the next seven days. Take a few minutes and schedule the emails so they land at a particular time each day. Don’t write them daily … write them all at one time and schedule them to deliver periodically.
The notes you took can and should be a spring for you to drink from for years to come.
2. Build a working list of pieces of the conference you want to hold onto.
Here’s a short bullet point list of simple things you can use to get started.
- What resource ministries do you think can help you?
- Write a short paper on what made the conference a great conference.
- What creative things did you see that are easily transferable to your ministry?
- What relationships would you like to build?
- What books do you want to add to to your reading list?
- What website do you need to bookmark?
3. Share what you’re learning with someone who couldn’t attend.
There’s nothing more exciting than sharing your conference experience with a friend. Schedule a lunch or a meeting long enough for you to unpack what you learned with them. Help them see what you see. Let them ask questions. Brainstorm.
Maybe something will surface that could ignite a movement in your city!
Finally, conferences have shaped lives and generated motion that has truly impacted entire generations …
Here’s to hoping it can happen again with you!
I have a place of refuge in God, and He is faithful to listen and answer me. I have learned that His Spirit also has a place to reside within me. This is fascinating, and I want to honor Him as He makes my body a temple. This isn’t a weird temple, but a place for God to make His presence full! If I welcome the Spirit to be alive in my life, then I allow God to work and move in wonderful ways. If I don’t treat my body as a temple, then I can easily forget that God is powerful enough to use me. I want to honor my body as a temple, so that I may also listen and answer Him!
You belong in me, and I belong in you. I have made you a beautiful place of rest for my glory to shine through. I shine light from your soul, and I radiate from your smile. Remember that when my children look at you, they see a reflection of me. I am not a temporary resident in you, but I have made you a home for my Spirit to dwell in. I ask that you welcome Him with gratitude, and be most attentive to what He may be telling you. While my Spirit dwells in you, you are being glorified with me as my precious temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Reflect on the purpose of a temple.
Do you allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in you as a temple?
How can you honor your body?
Will you trust that God is with you?
Who are you in Jesus? His temple