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182: Andy Root 2 What Does It Mean To Youth Pastor In A Secular Age?

Dr. Andy Root is back y'all! With a new book and summer session on the history, hope, and reimagination of what it means to be a pastoral figure in this new age we are living! Episode 182 is only the warm-up for the live session. Don't miss it! Learn more with and from Dr. Andrew Root @ our FREE LIVE Webinar June 12th 2:00pm CDT Show Notes & Quotes: For both the yellow book and blue book the key writings in the background are, A Secular Age by Charles Taylor. Andy declares that A...


181: Focus To Get Your Goals Accomplished In Youth Ministry

Hey, student ministry leaders how hard is it to get the stuff done we know is important? It's a continuing part of monthly them on setting and getting our goals done! In this episode, Chad Higgins and Will Cumby give life and oxygen to an important conversation about goals, focus, and getting a better grip on getting the big stuff done in youth ministry. Even the most relational ministries need to set the work before them to get it done! Show Notes & Quotes: Goal Management


180: Matt Overton; Mentorship, Youth Ministry, And The New Marketplace of Innovation

This interview episode with Matt Overton is a jam! Engaging and energetic for those who are feeling a need for fresh wind in youth ministry (Matt would appreciate the boat joke). Grow volume 3 drops this month! Did you know that you can get a year of Youth Ministry Booster free? Just buy Grow volume 3 here and a year of YMB is free ($240 value!). About the Guest: Matt Overton is a Princeton educated Virginian doing youth ministry in the Pacific North West. Matt's thoughtful, savvy,...


179: Philip Nation; Disciple Making Disciplines For Gospel Centered Student Ministry

In this warm and wise interview episode with Dr. Philip Nation we examine what it means to make disciples. You are going to love the wit and wisdom that takes shape in the next 45 minutes. May 16 2019 Grow Volume 3 drops! Don't miss out on the latest volume of the hottest selling curriculum. Get a year of Grow Curriculum & Strategy + Youth Ministry Booster Membership For The Price of Grow! SHOW NOTES: Learn more how you can interact with awesome guests like Dr. Philip Nation live @...


178: Daniel IM; Valuing Vision For Leading Youth Ministry

In episode 178 Zac sits down with Daniel IM to talk about the importance of vision, strategy, and values for leading in a church and a youth ministry. Get Grow Curriculum + Booster for one low price! Our Guest: Learn more about Daniel IM Daniel Sangi Im is the Director of Church Multiplication for at LifeWay Christian Resources. He also serves as a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. Daniel is the the author of No Silver Bullets: Five...


177: Take Care Of Your Self Youth Minister. Successful Alignment Starts With Ministry Self-Care

In this positive, challenging, and encouraging bonus episode, Will and Zac talk about the importance of self-care, alignment, and reflection. We love you youth ministry friend! Be encouraged, stay motivated, do the hard work of self-examination for healthy leadership. Pull the car in the shop and do the evaluation before your big summer road trip. Get the Grow curriculum and strategy everyone is talking about, and a year of YMB for free! Visit to...


176: How To Make This Easter Really Special In Youth Ministry

Hey everybody! Chad is back! And Easter is almost here! Prepare yourself for the season and the rest will follow! Celebrate in your heart the resurrection of our Lord and allow the hope of the season to restore you from exhaustion, frustration, and despair. HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED! Join a membership community of care. A national network of youth ministers meeting in masterminds, and leading the way for healthy youth ministry! Get the...


175: Youth Ministry Booster Sherpas Crossover and The Origin of Community Care For Youth Ministry

Episode 175 is a big fun crossover with our pals the Youth Ministry Sherpas Matthew and Steve! These guys remind us of who we want to be when we grow up in youth ministry. Kind, thoughtful, caring, and wise these Sherpas are great guides for who to aspire towards in youth ministry. You are going to love their show. You gotta check it out. Thanks Steve and Matthew you guys are awesome! It was also great to spend some time reviewing the history of where...


174: Why Is Alignment So Important For Youth Ministry Success?

In episode 174 Zac, Kristen, and Will chat about the importance of alignment in leadership. An important and effective team requires the constant work of adjustment and alignment. We are going to spend the next few episodes on this invaluable topic. Get yourself and your team together. Visit to learn how a community of care is waiting to hear from you and stand by you. "Good is done alone. Great is done together." Alignment: Alignment comes from...


173: Mike King YouthFront Camps CEO Youth Ministry's Life Work

Attention Youth Pastors! You need the wisdom of this episode more than you know. Mike King is a 44 year veteran of youth ministry and he has wisdom for you. There is a deep truth in blooming where you are planted and valuing the work of your place as much as the work of your position. Enjoy this fun and wise episode with Mike! Key Moments:


171: Ben Trueblood 2: What Is Ministry After Youth Ministry?

In episode 171 Zac and Ben Trueblood of Lifeway Students talk about ministry after student ministry. With 2 new books of research and pastoral concern Ben presents some of the findings and hopes for youth pastors hoping to do right and better. Need Prayer? Help? Support? Email the YMB team here. Check out Ben's Books Within Reach A Different College Experience Key Moments: Original Dropout Study 2008 70% of active students drop out New Findings: Within Reach 2019 66% of active...


170: Heather Lea Kenison "How Is Your Soul Youth Ministry?"

Hey-oh! It's episode 170 of the YMB podcast with special guest Heather Lea Kenison. Heather is a YM who knows the value of connecting with other YMs and we love her heart for connecting with other leaders in that way. This interview is solid, zesty, and insightful and you will love hearing Heather's story of coming up in youth ministry and now leading and learning youth ministry for a bright new future. Heather Lea Kenison serves at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis,...


169: Dan Istvanik: Stop Preaching, Start Teaching In Youth Ministry

We are back! After a much needed holiday hiatus the most honest podcast in youth ministry is back with a powerful interview featuring our friend, blogger, minister, father, husband, and good dude Dan Istvanik. You probably recognize Danny-I's name from a number places where he writes, curates, and contributes (he's very prolific!), but Dan recommends you start at Middle Year Ministry. Dan's Blog Central Youth Ministry Booster Intensives (Next Way For...


168: Who Are The People You Talk Honestly With In Youth Ministry?

This one gets really good really fast! In episode 168 Karl Romeus, Will Cumby, and Zac Workun talk about what it means to have the honest talks in youth ministry, with ministry peers, mentors, and younger leaders. Who are you honest with? What are the questions you are asking? Who Are Your Honesty People?


167: Do What You Have Been Called To Do Youth Ministry Leader! #WomenInYM

In episode 167 Kristen and Zac wrap up for our month long celebration of Women In Youth Ministry. You will be blessed by this encouraging and challenging word! Again big congrats to our giveaway winner Rachel! She is now the proud new recipient of a PopSugar box for a year and our newest Youth Ministry Booster network member. Key Takeaway: “Leadership is not gender specific” Resources Mentioned: Ruth Haley Barton: Sacred Rhythms Ruth Haley Barton: Strengthen The Soul Of Your...


166: Anne Wilson "Brokenness is our most abundant youth ministry resource" #WomenInYM

In this interview with Anne Wilson of Traders Point Christian Church Zac learns much about brokenness and the return to youth ministry after some time away. This is a good one people don't miss it! Follow @annemwilson on IG and Twitter Student Groups pastor There and back again Key Takeaway: “In our weakness we experience we Christ, so if weakness is a ministry resource then we have an abundance of resources” “In our weakness we experience we Christ, so if weakness is a ministry resource...


165: Amy-Jo Giradier "Longevity In Youth Ministry Means Recommitting" #WomenInYM

In episode 165 Zac interviews Amy-Jo Giradier from Brentwood Baptist Church who brings 17+ years of youth ministry experience and a lot of them at the same church and community context. Glean great wisdom today listeners! Amy-Jo has got insight for days on how you can extend your days in youth ministry. From Amy-Jo Girardier: "is the Girls Minister at Brentwood Baptist in Brentwood, TN. She has been serving in this role for 17 years and keeps pinching herself that this is what she gets to...


164: Jaclyn Miles "Youth Ministry Is Parent Ministry" #WomenInYM

In episode 164 Chad interview the one and only Jaclyn Miles. Speaker, pastor, leader, mother, wife, and amazing human: Jaclyn "Smiles" has bright insight to guide you youth ministry friend. Don't, no, Do Not, miss this one! Thanks Jaclyn From Jaclyn: "Jaclyn never would have guessed that God would call her into Student Ministry, but that is exactly what happened the summer after graduating from college in 2004. She has served churches in Oklahoma and Kentucky. As a middle school youth...


163: Caitlyn Smelser "When Your Mom Questions Your Call To Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM

In episode 163 Chad interviews Caitlyn Smelser, the Student Team Leader at Connection Pointe Church in Indiana. Hear from her leadership insight, wisdom, and practical advice for those who are young in their call story and those who are serving in leadership at a church. There is some incredible stuff in this interview. Thanks Caitlyn. Caitlyn is a self-described: "Perfectionist. Dog lover. Go-getter. Introverted. Loves Mac & Cheese and 3-time national champ in college...


162: Renae Pemberton "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself In Youth Ministry" #WomenInYM

In episode 162 Chad interview Renae about the real struggle of being a introvert in youth ministry and carving out enough time so you can lead! Renae Pemberton from Eclectic United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. As a mother, wife, and youth minister she talks openly about the struggle to care well for others and yourself. This is an important listen. Thanks for sharing Renae! LINKS: Friend Renae On Facebook Free Entry For Your Chance To Win $500 of prizes for a...