Save the date for the National Youth Ministry Networking Day October 16!

By Youth Specialties on August 25 2014

We are so excited to share about the upcoming National Youth Ministry Networking Day (NYMND) for all youth ministry networks! 

This incredible day is a gathering of youth leaders to build movement, offer support and to pray for youth ministry around the country. A special part of the NYMND will be a live-stream webcast with the National Network of Youth Ministries and Youth Specialties. You'll be able to watch the live-stream right here on this blog post!

We are encourging every youth worker to join a local network gathering on this day to be a part of such a special event. Or if your area doesn't have one, you can launch a network at

As we get closer to the NYMND on October 16, we will start sharing more information to fill in all the details. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the FAQ's to help answer any immediate questions you may have...

Who is behind National Youth Ministry Networking Day?

Youth Specialties (YS) and National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM) are partnering to support this day.

What will happen on October 16th?

We will start with a short stream cast (web or phone) to unite all the networks that are meeting and we will have a time of prayer. Because our goal is to bring people together locally, this stream cast will last no more than 7 minutes to allow you to meet together.

How do I get information regarding the live-stream?

We will send a link to all registered network leaders (NNYM and YS Networks) prior to the event. 

Do we have to meet on October 16th to register on the site?

No you do not.  We encourage you to meet on this day as we are hoping that youth workers not affiliated with networks will be looking to join one on this day.

Is there a program for National Youth Ministry Networking Day?

Other than the optional stream cast we want to give you space to meet with youth ministers in your network. For those who are new to networking or want some assistance, you can check out more information on

What if I want to start a network?

National Network of Youth Ministries has a Quick Start guide for launching a network in your area. NNYM also has regional, state and area coordinators across the country to assist in coaching and supporting your start up network and maintains a comprehensive database of networks nationwide.

What is the difference between YS Networks and NNYM?

Both organizations seek to support networking among local youth ministers. NNYM has more than 30 years of experience in supporting local networks; YS has supported youth ministers with training events and resources locally for more than 45 years. Neither organization has dues or requires exclusivity to participate. While we have some differences in style and resources offered, we are in cooperation with the efforts of our missions. We encourage you to utilize the best both organizations can offer your network to see teenagers find and follow Jesus.

What are the benefits to joining the YS Network?

The YS Network is a “network for networks” so to speak. It’s a directory for those looking for networks, it’s a community, and it also has resources to help you manage your networks better. We will provide tips for having effective networking meetings, content to present at your meetings if you choose, as well as quarterly online gatherings and webinars to add to your leadership development.

What does it cost to join The YS Network?

Nothing. There are no membership dues or agreements to sign, it is merely a support ministry of Youth Specialties to help further your youth ministry.

What if my network is sponsoring a non-YS event?

Wonderful! We don’t put any limit on what you can or cannot do, we are here to support youth ministry particularly in the local church.

Can YS provide my network with discounts for YS training events?

Yes! As part of the YS Network you’ll receive discounts, first look at new resources, and opportunities to host YS events in your area. 


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From Brent Lacy on August 31, 2014

I am so glad that YS and NNYM are teaming up to make this happen. Networking is such a huge benefit to the life of a youthworker, especially those in small and rural churches, where it is so easy to succumb to the feeling that you are out there doing it all by yourself. You are not alone. Come be part of this!

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