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Youth Ministries rise and fall on teams of volunteers, so this podcast is for the WHOLE team. Join the conversation as we tackle the practical questions you’re asking so you'll be encouraged and equipped as you head into your role in your youth ministry this week. Welcome to the Youth Ministry Team Podcast.
 
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Asking the wrong questions can actually shut down conversation and make students feel unsafe sharing in your group. But it can be challenging to know when the truth needs to be made clear versus when discussion should occur. And realistically, if you are going to be able to adapt to the specific situations in your students’ lives, how do you mo ...…
 
Life can sometimes take a wild turn and throw you on a road you weren’t expecting. Kim has experienced that in profound ways, and through it all is able to direct people to see the message of Jesus as one of hope and life change. When you find yourself wrestling with your own experience or working through a difficult season for a student, today ...…
 
If you want to make a long lasting impact on the spiritual life of a teenager, when possible (we know sometimes it's not), you definitely want to build more bridges with their parents or guardians. When parents see you partnering with them you’ll be better positioned to not only disciple the student but also help parents as they care for their ...…
 
When you’ve been serving students in youth ministry for four decades you gather some stories and wisdom along the way. That’s what’s fun about hearing from Ron Friesen, who is still optimistic and excited about the role youth workers play in the faith development of students even as he’s watched multiple generations grow up through the ministri ...…
 
You likely have (or will have at some point) someone in your group that is just really difficult to love. It’s a student who is disruptive, or one that did something awful, or one that is just mean. In those moments it can be difficult to know how to respond. In this week’s conversation, Randy Carter will share two heart-wrenching stories that ...…
 
Your social feeds are likely filled with back to school pictures as a new routine starts for students. But what do you do with all those teens that have moved away? As you watch them struggle to find new friends and new rhythms is there any way to support them from afar? In this episode, Jeremy interviews AJ Crocker from Briercrest College and ...…
 
There are lots of mixed emotions when back to school season hits, but perhaps one of the surprising struggles is when students have a hard time returning from summer camp. If you have students who have had significant experiences this past summer, how can you help them reintegrate into their school year routine? Are there any best practices to ...…
 
How do you balance your work time, family time, time with God, and your ministry to students? When we raise the bar on our ministry to students it is easy to see how we could spend more and more time volunteering. But how do you know if it’s too much? How do you set up healthy boundaries around your time? We want to hear from you! Submit your y ...…
 
You know it can feel daunting to look ahead at the next ministry year’s calendar and wonder what you’re going to do. You hope that this year will be the best yet, but there are so many things to juggle, and if you aren’t careful, the fall will be crashing in around you. You got this though -- you and your youth ministry team can launch this yea ...…
 
Whether it’s your regular program, special event, summer camp, or some other gathering -- you have probably found it difficult to engage and interact with students who are shy. Maybe they are new to your environment or maybe they are just nervous and timid around groups of people, but whatever the reason, it’s difficult to make a connection and ...…
 
Summer brings a great opportunity to build relationships with your students outside of the typical routine, but what are the best ways to make that connection? What if your students are away at summer camp or working a job? Thinking creatively about leveraging the summer can lead to important spiritual conversations, can launch you well into th ...…
 
Summer camp is a key time for students to make major spiritual decisions. One of your students (or maybe one of their friends?) might come back from camp having made a decision to follow Jesus. When you discover that, what should your response be as a small group leader? Is there a way to reinforce that decision and help them take their next st ...…
 
You have that regular student who shows up to every event and every youth night, but you sometimes wish they wouldn’t. The issue isn’t that they are a regular attender, the issue is that this student is very abrasive and continually gets on everyone's nerves--including all the leaders! You know that you are supposed to respond in a loving way, ...…
 
You have that regular student who shows up to every event and every youth night, but you sometimes wish they wouldn’t. The issue isn’t that they are a regular attender, the issue is that this student is very abrasive and continually gets on everyone's nerves--including all the leaders! You know that you are supposed to respond in a loving way, ...…
 
Heading into the summer there is so much youth ministry that happens at summer camps and with that comes unique challenges. Like what happens when your cabin is full of only unchurched students? It can be a struggle to keep students’ attention on a good day, but what happens when they don’t think the Bible is even relevant for them? We want to ...…
 
Building trust, communicating value, and following up with students are key responsibilities of great small group leaders, but sometimes it can be challenging to do those things well. When you gather with your group it can be chaotic and challenging to be strategic in your interactions. If students are drawn to where they are known and where pe ...…
 
On April 6, 2018, sixteen people were killed when a coach bus struck a transport truck in Saskatchewan. Most of those who lost their lives were players from the Humboldt Broncos, a junior hockey team. The crash made news across Canada and as the country watched an emotional vigil, Sean Brandow, the team’s chaplain and a local pastor, delivered ...…
 
What happens when someone in your small group is bullying another student in your group? You are trying to create a safe place and yet someone is struggling in your midst. We know there’s always more to the story, but what do you do when you discover the story is clear--someone is being bullied. We want to hear from you! Submit your youth minis ...…
 
What happens when someone in your small group is bullying another student in your group? You are trying to create a safe place and yet someone is struggling in your midst. We know there’s always more to the story, but what do you do when you discover the story is clear--someone is being bullied. We want to hear from you! Submit your youth minis ...…
 
Students these days are digital natives and global citizens. That means that if we are strategic we can combat declining attendance and busy schedules by meeting students where they are at throughout the week--online and on their phones. What are ways to engage students outside of our programs? Kendra Golden is a Central Team Leader in Content ...…
 
These days in our culture it seems like there’s more value placed on exploration and relativism than actual truth. Is there a way to approach faith conversations that allows us to anchor students in the truth? Can we approach their hard questions with boldness and confidence? Is it worth preparing answers to some of the big questions that stude ...…
 
Your students are wanting to take action and let their faith push them into places where injustice happens and hope is needed. But that might mean a change in our perspective and posture as leaders. How do you tackle a bigger vision for your ministry that doesn’t burn you out? How can you mobilize this generation to see God’s mission as bigger ...…
 
When you started out you were probably optimistic about ministry and the chance to invest into students’ lives. But over time it can be challenging to hold onto that optimism. After all, there’s that kid who you poured into and now they’ve left. Or the student who hurt you after all you did for them. And so then you started anticipating getting ...…
 
Listen to today’s episode to find out how you can be part of this week’s giveaway! And follow Sid, Jason, and Jeremy online to hear more what’s coming up on the podcast. We want to hear from you! Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team
 
Ministry is better when you work together with other volunteer leaders. However, while there are massive upsides, there’s still a challenge to working alongside of others, especially when you are coleading a small group. What are some strategies and best practices around working with a coleader? What happens when there’s disagreement or even hu ...…
 
You have that student who struggles to engage in conversation during group time. They don’t talk very often. They don’t add a lot to the discussion. They are just so quiet. What should you do? Is there a time to push them to speak up? What can you say that might make them more comfortable sharing their thoughts, opinions, or answers? We want to ...…
 
Have you ever felt the tension when your students attend a Sunday morning church service and they don’t understand how to engage in worship? There’s so few places in our culture where people to gather and sing together, and yet that practice is a core part of most church services. Is there a way to help students better understand worship? What ...…
 
Easter is on all our calendars, but have you ever wondered how to talk about it with your students? You might be surprised at how few of them actually know the Easter story, let alone how many will spend time thinking about the meaning of Easter without your prompting. So why not take advantage of the opportunity you have to spark a meaningful ...…
 
You hope that your group will bond together as a community, but what happens when the bonding goes too far and the group forms cliques? What do you do so that students don’t feel excluded? How can you manage the tension between healthy connection amongst your group and cliques the deny people access to the community? We want to hear from you! S ...…
 
Your students are perfectly positioned to reach their peers with the Good News of Jesus, but the challenge is equipping and motivating them. How can you help a student understand evangelism and the steps that they can take to care for their friends spiritually? What can you do as a leader to model healthy evangelism? What would happen if we hel ...…
 
Your main communicator does so much to set up the rest of your ministry. Small groups, spiritual conversations, and life transformation flows out of the teaching/preaching/talk/message. But what happens when the communicator isn’t connecting? Sometimes it’ll be a style and preference question, but sometimes it’s bigger than that. Sometimes it’s ...…
 
You know that your students struggle with actions and attitudes that are sinful and wrong, but how do you address and confront those things in a way that is helpful? How can we make space for students to come and be open about their brokenness and not be shamed? How can we be confident and willing to talk about difficult things? We want to hear ...…
 
As more and more students struggle with mental health, the epidemic leaves us wrestling with how to be helpful on the front lines with students. The disruption that anxiety causes in students is challenging. How can we help build resilient students who can weather the storms of life? What should we say? What shouldn’t we say? What tangible thin ...…
 
Your questions are the best questions. We asked you to send us questions about your youth ministry and, wow, did you respond! Here are the four questions we covered in this episode, and as always, you can submit your own for a future episode by heading to youthministry.team What do you do as a volunteer while the ministry goes through a new you ...…
 
Everything suffers when there’s not enough volunteers on your youth ministry team. Conversations are strained as small groups are not so small. Students fall through the cracks. Morale sinks. Creativity wanes. And everyone starts to wonder how long things can continue. But what if your team culture was so strong that people sat on waiting lists ...…
 
When your students are hurting and experiencing sadness, anxiety, fear, or loneliness they might struggle with how best to manage their pain and it can be intimidating and overwhelming when you discover someone has chosen self-injury for their pain management. How should you respond? Who else needs to know? Why would someone who is already hurt ...…
 
After spending time and energy investing into the life and faith of a student it can be incredibly discouraging when it seems like they aren’t growing anymore, or maybe they are even going backwards. What is the best response when you see that happening? How can you continue to encourage growth without being overbearing? How can you give them h ...…
 
You know that your students should be reading the Scriptures on their own, but how do you encourage them to take that step? How can you move from just telling students about the truth of Scripture to helping them discover and search out the truth for themselves? Listen in and discover a practical model that will help you teach your students to ...…
 
You’ve committed to showing up consistently in the lives of students, but sometimes they don’t reciprocate. And while there are lots of reasons why one of your students might miss a couple times, when it turns into a pattern what should be our response? It can be confusing, discouraging, and frustrating to think that students may not be as comm ...…
 
When you invest consistently in the life of students it can be shocking how much they are willing to open up and share their struggles. Not only that, but the challenge becomes how best to respond when it comes to sensitive topics. The stats inform us that pornography affects nearly all of the students in our ministries, and by middle school, l ...…
 
Have you had weeks where the ice breakers are falling flat and staying on topic just seems like a chore? You aren’t alone. Leading conversations with students can be extremely challenging, and although the list of suggested questions is helpful, some weeks they just aren’t cutting it. What are you supposed to do when no one wants to answer the ...…
 
Whether it’s a student opening up about a toxic home life, an addiction, mental health, grief and loss, or some other significant issue, the question of dealing with students who are hurting is a question of when not if. And when a student shares about their hurt it can be difficult to know what our response is supposed to look like. When we fe ...…
 
We know that students spend way more time at home than they do with us, but we wonder if that means we should be doing anything to reach out to their families. Should we spark a conversation with their parents? If we made time for that, what would we even say? The conversations at pick up or drop off can often be awkward -- are there ways to ma ...…
 
It’s too easy to become an afterthought. Prayer gets pushed to the end of the night, quickly asking if anyone has prayer requests, frantically figuring out how to speed up one student’s long description of his cat’s intestinal issues or another’s great aunt’s gout. Is this what prayer is? Should we be modeling something different? Welcome to th ...…
 
One of the challenges in youth ministry is the constant churn of new students. If you are creating a welcoming environment, students will want to bring their friends, which means you are constantly trying to build relationships with new students. But how do you build rapport and connection with someone who might be skeptical, nervous, and hesit ...…
 
Volunteering in Youth Ministry can be difficult and draining, especially when you are unsure if you are making a difference in the lives of your students. How do you know that your efforts aren't in vain? Does volunteering in Youth Ministry really make a difference? Welcome to the Youth Ministry Team Podcast. Youth Ministries rise and fall on t ...…
 
Welcome to the Youth Ministry Team Podcast. Youth Ministries rise and fall on the team of volunteers, so this podcast is for the WHOLE team. Join the conversation as we tackle the practical questions you’re asking so you can be encouraged and equipped as you head into your role in your youth ministry this week.…
 
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