A Great One Year Devotional for Students

This last week I picked up (Extra)Ordinary, a one year, 365 devotional book for students.

I have been looking for a while for a devotional resource that meet my students where they are and be relevant to the felt needs that are impacting and shaping their lives.  And as I read through it, I could not be more impressed with this book, and even more so, be excited for our students to have a resource that will give shape to their times with God and that will be challenging, relevant, and timely.

It is harder than you would think to find a devotional book that is both relevant as well as actually helps students move closer to Jesus.

This book really is like no other devotional book I have come across.

It is like an old skool, “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.  They devotions are not laid out by day, or by week, but by life circumstance.  Depending on what  is happening in the life of the student, they can choose a devotion that speaks about and into that particular circumstance.

Stephen Ingram is the brains behind this creative approach.  He is a both an excellent writer, as well as a veteran youth pastor who has spent over 15 years in the trenches with real students.  He isn’t remembering back to what he think students need back when he was a kid, but he is daily walking through life and faith with students and this proximity to students comes through in this devotional.  (You can check out more of his writing on his fantastic blog, organicstudentministry.org)

This book is just one of a number of great resources from the good people at youthministry360.com.

I am encouraging my parents to pick this up for their kids, and I would encourage you to pick up a few for your students as well.

Free Discipleship Evaluation Resource from @ym360

20140603-173829-63509256.jpg My friends over at youthministry360 have put together a cool little resource. It's a framework to help you think about and evaluate your ministry's effectiveness at leading teenagers to be more authentic Christ-followers. It's called "The Six (Biblical) Discipleship Traits," and it's a really tool to help you in your discipleship efforts.

Here's what they had to say about it: "We poured through the Bible searching for how Scripture describes disciples. What resulted are six specific traits that all disciples have. By thinking about these traits as a goal of sorts, you can begin to think about what it takes to see these attitudes emerge in the lives of your students.

We're thrilled to share these with you today in a free 22 page PDF that explains each one of the six discipleship traits, shows how Scripture supports them, and challenges you to consider how effective your youth ministry is at seeing the traits realized in the lives of your students."

If you're interested, you can download the PDF over on youthministry360's site by going here: