The Longer Haul Youth Ministry Podcast
TLH048: How to Foster an Evangelistic Youth Ministry
What does it take to see students in your youth ministry actively and consistently sharing their faith? Getting students to live out and share their faith can be tough. I mean let's be real, getting them to see their schools as a mission field and notice the lost around them can be difficult. Getting them to actually share the gospel? Well, that's another thing altogether. In this episode Greg Stier from Dare2Share Ministries offers up a ton of wisdom. In this interview you'll learn the...
TLH045: Reaching Post-Christian Students in Youth Ministry
Let's be honest the culture has shifted drastically. We can no longer assume that the teens who come into our ministry have an understanding of even the basics of the Christian faith. This drastically changes how we minister to youth. So what are the keys to reaching these post-christian students in our youth ministries? In this episode Kolby Milton and I tackle this and more. In this interview you'll learn the things you need to do, evaluate and consider how to reach these students in...
TLH044: Surviving a Downturn in Youth Ministry Numbers
If you stay in youth ministry long enough you will face a season of a downturn in your youth ministry numbers. Knowing how to push through this and strengthen your ministry in light of it is essential. If though you manage this well you can actually come out stronger in the end having gone through this. Managing this well helps keep you from being discouraged, helps you communicate what success really is for your ministry, and helps you strengthen those within your ministry. It isn't a...
TLH034: Secrets to a Great Guest Speaker
Bringing in a guest speaker for you youth can be a great thing...or it can go terribly wrong. So what are the secrets to a great guest speaker? In this episode Chase Snyder and I tackle this and more. The secrets to a guest speaker aren't complicated, but they are really important. In this interview you'll learn the things you need to do, ask, and consider BEFORE you bring them in so you can avoid disaster and make sure you bring in a great guest speaker. Links mentioned:...
TLH042: Choosing to Stay in Youth Ministry When You Can Leave
What happens when you choose stay in Youth Ministry when you could leave? It won't take long serving in Youth Ministry before you will hit a point where you feel you could--or should--leave the position you're in. Choosing to stay in Youth Ministry, and choosing to stay in your position in Youth Ministry can be really difficult. I've written about why you should stay, and why most will leave, but today you'll hear first hand what happens when choosing to stay in Youth Ministry. It...
TLH041: Fighting Pornography Addiction
Fighting pornography addiction is a battle not to be taken lightly. If you're in ministry it definitely affects you. Whether in the lives of the teens you serve, their families, or maybe you're own personal struggle. It is in many cases the BIG secret that seems all too present in the lives of those we serve, and many times in those that are serving. That there is no question that it is an epidemic. The days of having to go look for pornography are long gone making fighting pornography...
TLH040: Ministering to Introverted Students
In ministry we are constantly finding ourselves ministering to many different types of people. This seems especially true in youth ministry. One group that is often lost in the mix are introverts. Ministering to introverts brings a unique set of challenges. Doing so effectively requires intentionality and thoughtfulness in every aspect of our ministries. Add to this that many youth pastors are closet introverts who feel the pressure to be an extrovert, and suddenly we find ourselves...
TLH038: Getting the Most Out of a Youth Ministry Conference
Ever feel overwhelmed at a Youth Ministry Conference? I know I do. There's always so much to do. There's so much to see and hear. Often times if I'm honest I come back more tired than when I left rather than being refreshed and encouraged. Many times I even return a bit discouraged after hearing all of the things I feel like I should be doing in my ministry and can't do. Today, Rick Lawrence from Group Publishing and Simply Youth Ministry, shares some helpful tips to getting the most out...
TLH037: Dealing with Expectations in Youth Ministry
What kind of expectations do you find yourself having to navigate? In this episode we talk all about dealing with expectations in youth ministry. We talk about what some of those expectations are, where they can come from, and what you can do when managing and dealing with expectations in youth ministry. We also chat about the importance of networking and what the real purpose should be. Links mentioned: Expectations Youth Pastors Have For Churches on Day One 20 Youth Pastor...
TLH036: Must Haves for Longevity in Youth Ministry
When it comes to longevity in youth ministry there are many things that are important to consider. If you fail to do so, you will never make it in youth ministry over the long haul. In today's episode you'll find out some crucial things you need to consider with it comes to your ministry. These will make or break you. Links mentioned: Benchmarks in your Youth Ministry (blog post) Seasons in your Youth Ministry (podcast episode) Minivan by...
TLH035: How to Set Goals in Youth Ministry
Knowing how to set goals in Youth Ministry is extremely important. Setting the right goals and setting them correctly is even more important. In today's episode you'll find how to set goals in your Youth Ministry. These will help you stay encouraged and moving forward. Links mentioned: Benchmarks in your Youth Ministry (blog post) Seasons in your Youth Ministry (podcast episode) @jodyLivingston The Longer Haul on Facebook Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Audible.com - Grab a...
TLH034: How to Read at Least One Book Every Week
If you want to be an effective leader you MUST be a consistent reader. Reading is one of the best (and cheapest) way to learn and grow. Many struggle with reading consistently or at all though. It is a worthwhile discipline to be learned. In today's episode you'll find how to build better reading habits and finish at least one book at week (if not more). Links mentioned: @jodyLivingston The Longer Haul on Facebook Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Audible.com - Grab a free 30...
TLH033: A Youth Ministry that Builds Disciples
What does it mean to really build disciples in your Youth Ministry? What does it take? In today's episode Duffy Robbins joins me to talk about how to build a youth ministry that builds disciples. This is a great episode and is packed with lots of practical advice and how to's. Links mentioned: @duffyrobbins Eastern.edu Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Building a Ministry that Builds Disciples by Duffy Robbins The Ministry of Nurture by Duffy Robbins In this particular episode,...
TLH032: Helping Youth Share the Gospel at School
Every Youth Pastor wants youth who share the gospel at school. Wanting that in our students and creating that in our students is an entirely different thing altogether. In today's episode David Martin from I Am Second joins me to talk about how to help youth share the gospel at school. This is a great episode and is packed with lots of practical advice, resources, how to's. Links mentioned: @realdavidmartin I Am Second I Am Second - Students TLH025: Getting Your Youth To Share Their...
TLH031: When Youth Pastors Leave Too Often
I don't think most Youth Pastors take a position thinking they will leave soon. The reality is though that for many this is the case. Many times Youth Pastors leave too often. The damage left behind as a result can be devastating. In today's episode I interview on of my students and he shares what it is like to be on the receiving end when Youth Pastors leave too often. This is a great episode and is packed with really helpful insight and perspective. Links mentioned: How to make...
TLH030: Avoiding Burnout in Youth Ministry
If you've been in Youth Ministry for more than a day or two you know that burnout is a real possibility for anyone in ministry. In today's episode Ben Trueblood joins me to talk about burnout in Youth Ministry and how to avoid it. This is a great episode and is packed with lots of practical advise and how to's. Links mentioned: @bentrueblood http://www.lifeway.com/studentministry/ 5 Reasons You Struggle To Get Along With Your Pastor TLH007: Why They Stay Resources mentioned in this...
TLH029: Lessons When Assuming Additional Responsiblities
As a Youth Pastor you often find yourself wearing many hats. There also come times when you must assume additional responsibilities. In this episode I'm giving you six lessons for taking on additional responsibilities. Links mentioned: TLH007: Why They Stay TLH024: Partnering with Parents in Youth Ministry Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Building The All Star Team Course The upcoming book by Jeremy Lee and Jim Burns: Pass it On The upcoming book by Steve Parr: Why They Stay In...
TLH028: Question and Answer New and Volunteer Youth Pastor
It's a little Q & A today on the podcast. What things should a youth pastor do when first starting out? How should a volunteer or bi-vocational youth pastor best spend their time? Links mentioned: TLH008: What to do with busy teens with Aaron Helman TLH006: Crafting Vision for Youth Ministry with Nate Turner In this particular episode, you will learn: What kind of things a new Youth Pastor should focus on How to prioritize and make best use of your time as a volunteer Youth...
TLH027: Serving in a Dual Role in Youth Ministry
Youth Pastors often find themselves serving in a dual role within their church. How do you manage it? How do you get it done? In this episode we tackle how to do it well. Links mentioned: DownloadYouthMinistry.com @JustinKnowles3 Resources mentioned in this Podcast: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Download Youth Ministry In this particular episode, you...
TLH026: Tools to Manage Your Youth Ministry
Having the right tool for the job is essential. This is especially important in youth ministry. In this episode I'm giving you the top 5 tools to help manage your youth ministry. Links mentioned: Evernote Essentials Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Click Here to Download The 5 Top Tools I Use To Manage My Youth Ministry In this particular episode, you will learn: Tools to help manage the day-to-day of youth ministry Tools to help you manage your team Tools to help you be more...