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TLH096: Summer Recap

Whoa! What a summer! We both had an amazing summer, but we have been BUSY! If you're like us, you LOVE summer youth ministry. But by the end of summer, you're completely worn out. Youth ministry without a summer, though? NO THANKS! In this episode, we take a look at what we've been up to all summer and we couldn't help but to throw a few tips in along the way. LINKS MENTIONED: Episode 069 Graphic Design Help JOIN THE PODCAST GROUP! Click here to join our Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast...


TLH095: Discipling Students During Short Term Missions

We love student mission trips! Sometimes those trips are fairly close to home and sometimes they're super far away, but they're almost always incredible. There is something about getting kids outside of their comfort zone that can be truly life-changing. Giving them the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with others is giving them the opportunity to live out the great commission that we're all called to follow. But what do we do to leverage that experience in their lives to create...


TLH094: Raising Kids in Youth Ministry

Almost 19 years ago, Wendy and I (Chris) had our first kid. I remember being overwhelmed at the thought of being a Dad. We had no idea what we were doing and we had no idea how it was going to impact our being in youth ministry. It's been quite a ride these last 19 years. Last month, that soon to be 19 year old graduated from High School. He's grown up in youth ministry and been on practically as many youth ministry trips as I have. Jody and I decided to have him on so Jody could get some...


TLH093: Youth Ministry Budgeting 101

Under the category of "things you didn't know you'd have to know as a youth pastor"... Budgeting. Whether having to create a budget, maintain a budget or fundraise to get a budget, youth pastors have to become proficient in the skill of budgeting. Brent Baskins is a youth ministry professor at Shorter College and spends a lot of time helping youth pastors be the best they can be. When we saw a tweet he posted about budgeting, we decided to have him on. That turned out to be a great call...


TLH092: 5 Great Summer Youth Ministry Ideas You Can Use Now

Today we're opening the youth ministry vault and sharing with you 5 great summer youth ministry ideas and here's the bonus... We both share 5 each so it ends up being 10! Plus a bonus idea, so really 11! If you're still looking for some ideas for this summer or are hoping to freshen things up in the future, this episode is for you. The secret is not so secret anymore! Our Facebook group is growing and is a great way for us to stay in contact with one another. We'd love to have you. Join our...


TLH091: Dealing with Discipline in Youth Ministry

Recently on our super secret Facebook Group, we were asked to address the topic of how to deal with discipline with teenagers. We immediately loved the idea as we remembered how much of a challenge this issue has been over the years. Because we knew it was a tough topic, we decided to invite back as a special guest, veteran youth pastor Seth Buckley. The wisdom he brought to the discussion did not disappoint. So, unless your youth group is picture perfect with no behavior issues what so...


TLH090: Old School Youth Ministry

Episode 90! We're pumped! We both started doing youth ministry in the '90s so we thought it'd be fun to do an episode highlighting all of the things we've seen change over the years... can you say overhead projectors??? It turned out to be a fun one with a few great tips along the way. If you didn't serve in youth ministry back then, you'll definitely be scratching your head as to how we got by. Enjoy! Speaking of what didn't exist in the '90s... Facebook Groups! We'd love to have you in...


TLH089: Staying Encouraged in Youth Ministry

Trust us when we say that there comes a time in all ministry callings where something will not go your way and you will face discouragement. Don't get us wrong! We love what we get to do! Youth ministry can truly be one of the most rewarding gigs out there. But with great potential for reward comes the great potential for disappointment. When that happens, what do you do? How do you stay the course, keep your eyes on Jesus and not get discouraged? We know we don't have all the answers, but...


TLH088: Trusting God When Your Calling Changes

We had a chance to sit down with teaching pastor and youth ministry communicator, Nick Person. Nick LOVES youth pastors and clearly has a heart for youth ministry. We're all likely going to face changes in our calling at some point in our ministry or at least be asked to do things that we didn't sign up to do. In this episode, Nick talks about how his journey started in youth ministry but unexpectedly led to his being a teaching pastor at his church in Tennessee. PODCAST GROUP! Come and hang...


TLH087: Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Youth Ministry

When Alan Smith found out he was going to be transitioning at his church from being the youth pastor to the campus pastor, he also learned he'd be mentoring the youth pastor that took his place. Alan started mentoring his youth pastor by writing out lessons for them to look at together. Before he knew it, he had the makings of a book. So, he and his wife set out to put together Let's Go: Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Youth Ministry. In this episode, Alan talks about where the book comes...


TLH086: Within Reach an Interview with Ben Trueblood

Ben Trueblood knows his stuff. As the Director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources, Ben and his team are passionate about pointing students to Jesus through everything they do. Years ago Lifeway did a study often referred to as the "drop out" study that revealed how many students leave the church when they graduate high school. If you've been in youth ministry very long, you too know that this is a reality for many students that have been through your ministry Now, they've...


TLH085: How to Help Teenagers Dealing with Self-Harm and Suicide

Some of our episodes and interviews can be tough. This week's episode is one of those episodes. The truth is though, that if you've been in youth ministry very long, you've probably had students in your ministry who have struggled with self-harm or suicidal thoughts. In this episode, you'll hear from Dr. Jamie Dew. Jamie is the Dean of the College at Southeastern. That sounds pretty fancy, but the thing you really need to know is that he has the heart of a youth pastor. In this episode,...


TLH084: What is a DiscipleNow?

We all probably recognize the importance of discipleship when it comes to our youth ministries. While there are a ton of different ways to approach this, we've not seen any that are more effective than a DiscipleNow. So whether you're a DiscpleNow pro or whether you have no idea what one is, you're gonna find this interview with Jon Messarra is solid gold. Jon is the Yoda of DiscipleNow weekends so sit back take a listen and learn from the master. PODCAST GROUP! Come and hang out and jump in...


TLH083: The Magical Impact of a Youth Pastor

One of the major challenges in youth ministry is that often we can serve for years and years before we actually see fruit from the seeds we've planted in the lives of teenagers. We're convinced, though, that youth pastors ARE making a difference in the lives of teenagers and that often God uses youth pastors when they least expect it. It's often the little things done or said that can literally be used by God to impact the direction of a kid's life. Illusionist Jared Hall knows this well....


TLH082: Youth Pastor Compensation Survey

When it comes to serving in youth ministry, it can be really challenging navigating the world of finance and salary. We often have questions like: Am I getting paid fairly? How am I supposed to support a family on what I'm making? Is it ok for me to ask for a raise? These are common questions youth pastors have and can really impact longevity in youth ministry in a negative way. There's no question that some youth pastors go from church to church to church as a result of issues with salary....


TLH081: Longevity in Youth Ministry

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Seth Buckley from First Baptist Spartanburg. He's been a youth pastor since 1982 and is still going strong. You'll want to listen to this interview as he gives some quick things he's learned that he believes are keys to longevity. Long story short, we love talking about longevity, but Seth... TOOK US TO SCHOOL! PODCAST GROUP! Come and hang out and jump on some of our give-a-ways! Click here to join our Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast...


TLH080: Jimmy Fallon’s Rules for a Great Youth Ministry

Let's face it. Jimmy Fallon is funny. Well, at least most of the time. Don't get us wrong. We're not making a major moral endorsement for who and what he's all about. But rather, we want to take a minute and consider how Jimmy Fallon is pretty much a youth pastor minus Jesus and a youth group. And on top of that, he does it WELL. In this episode, we talk about lessons we can learn from the Tonight Show and youth ministry programming. Click here to join our Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast...


TLH079: Evaluating and Goal Setting in Youth Ministry

It's a new year! How are those resolutions going so far? Regardless of how you feel about New Year's resolutions, the start of a new year is always a great time to evaluate how things are going in your youth ministry and set goals for the upcoming year. In this episode, we talk about the impact Evaluating and Goal Setting has had in our youth ministries over the years. We also share some tips on how to do this if it's something you've not really done before. PODCAST GROUP! Come and hang out...


TLH078: UPDATE:Where have we been and where are we now?

What the heck happened and where did we go? Whew! It's been a crazy few weeks and months for both of us and a little while since the last episode. We've had a ton of listeners and members of the Super Secret Podcast Group asking for an update so this episode is all about what has been happening, where we are, and what the future of the Longer Haul Podcast is. So in this episode, we're giving you the skinny on all those details. PODCAST GROUP! Come and hang out and jump on some of our...


TLH077: Finding a Youth Ministry Job

So why an episode on finding a youth ministry job? Hopefully, you know that our goal at the Longer Haul is to help you achieve longevity in youth ministry. For us we think of this in two ways, staying in youth ministry for the longer haul, and staying at your church for the longer haul. Both of these are really important for lasting influence and joy. We also understand that the reality is you may find yourself having to look for a new position (check out episode 76), or heck, maybe even...