9.0 EVERY DAY
YOUR STUDENTS CONSUME 9.0 HOURS OF MUSIC AND MEDIA EVERY DAY
Most of that media consumption involves music in one form or another. Songs. YouTube. TV. Soundtracks. TikTok. Other Social Media.
9.0 EVERY DAY is more time than your students spend in class. It’s definitely more time than they spend at church. Stop and consider the impact of 9.0: does the music your students choose to listen to line up with the message of Jesus that you are teaching?
9.0 EVERY DAY is your opportunity. When you make the effort to play a variety of Christian music during walk-in, walk-out, or to reinforce a lesson, something will eventually catch their ear. Your kids choose music with their ears, not their hearts. When they ask “Who is that?” send them a quick link to the playlist of the album. Let 9.0 EVERY DAY work for you, not against you.
9.0 EVERY DAY is why interlinc exists. For over 30 years, interlinc has given youth leaders the tools to change students listening habits. Youth Leaders Only is (and always has been) the original low-cost music subscription service for student ministry. We work hard to make sure YLO gives our members affordable music resources because we want to see students embrace the life that God has for them. Not the life that Billie Eilish or Cardi B sings about.
MUSIC, MEDIA, AND CURRICULUM
Music is a huge part of your students’ lives. That’s why every edition of Youth Leaders Only includes music-based Bible studies written by real, live youth leaders. There’s a leaders guide and a student worksheet for at least one song on each of the 16 albums featured that quarter. We often describe them as “just add water” studies… they’re an easy resource to hand over to a volunteer or Sunday school teacher.
YLO Members get over 120 music-driven youth group sessions each year.
Youth Leaders Only, in its 37th year, helps youthworkers in thousands of churches be aware of the music their students are listening to, use all forms of music in their ministries, and equip their students to make wise choices about the music & media they have in their earbuds 9 hours every day. A membership costs less than the price of a pizza each month!
WORSHIP MUSIC AND STUDENTS
We know that worship is a key part of what you’re trying to teach and model for your students. Sure, there’s the “big church” experience, but it’s also great to find ways to allow your students to worship together with their peers. And if you have a few musically inclined kids in your group, so much the better. Giving them a platform to develop their skills and lead their peers in worship is one of the best things you can do to encourage their talent.
Every edition of YLO includes 20+ chord charts for songs from the featured artists that you can use or pass along to your praise band or worship leader.
A PLACE FOR MAINSTREAM MUSIC
Unavoidable. Pervasive. Inescapable. Mainstream music is everywhere. Even if your students switch their listening habits from secular to sacred, they are still going to hear the top songs everywhere they go. In the re:tuned section of every Youth Leaders Only, we provide ideas to take advantage of popular mainstream songs. Use the opening questions, the thematic concepts, and discussion ideas to spice up a Bible study, Sunday School lesson, camp/retreat meeting, or outreach event message.
WHY WHE DO WHAT WE DO
At interlínc, everything we do is based on the belief that music is one of the most powerful forces affecting youth culture today. The quality of Christian music has greatly improved over the last few years, giving those in youth ministry the tools to match secular music. Today’s Christian music has not just the quality but also the content to impact students. Given a chance, it can encourage, convict and change lives.
However, students consume 9.0 hours in entertainment media (music, TV, radio, internet) every day. How much of the solid Biblical teaching your students hear once or twice a week is challenged and mocked by the music they hear on a daily basis? You have the unique opportunity to build up instead of tear down your message through music and we’ve got the tools and resources to help you do just that.