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Kristen Lascola from North Coast Church gives weekly insight and tips on how to build healthy leaders, teams and churches in Youth Ministry. With over 17 years in Student Ministry, Kristen shares her knowledge and experiences and frequently features guests from various ministries, churches and leadership roles so that you can use proven strategies to increase your impact from your leadership role. This podcast will help you grow your leadership skills, enhance your ministry, build a voluntee ...
 
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First, let's be clear...if your youth ministry isn't growing, there could be MANY different reasons as to why; but today, we are going to be looking at one specific thing that can have so many negative effects on your student ministry's growth. What is that one thing? Consistency, or the lack of. In this episode, we will be dissecting different asp…
 
Have you been hired as the youth pastor at your church and been tasked with the job of growing your youth group but the congregation's average age is....well, very old? This episode will be able to help you look in to some of the macro and micro level things you can do to help grow not only your student ministry, but your church as a whole. Even if…
 
Parent meetings are an excellent and often necessary way for youth pastors to connect with the parents of the students in their youth ministry. Often times, this could be the first or only chance to meet them face to face. Today, we will be going over some tips for making things go smoothly and efficiently for your student ministry parent meeting. …
 
New year, new goals! Not everyone makes New Year's Resolutions, but everyone should have goals! And what better time than now to start the year fresh and make some new goals for improvement in your student ministry. Today we are talking about 5 healthy habits youth pastors should implement into their youth ministries. We love hearing from you all a…
 
After a year where youth ministry (and the world) began a slow recovery and rebuild, we are going into 2022 with a little more momentum. Today, we are going over 6 areas where you can step up your youth group to make 2022 a successful one! Whether you are just starting out in student ministry or have been doing it for awhile, this episode will give…
 
Avoid these mistakes!! Over the years of being a youth pastor, there are inevitably things we do (or don't do) that we later on regret. Today, we will be going over my top 10 regrets in youth ministry and how you should avoid making any of these same mistakes. We love hearing from you all and we do our best to provide powerful and insightful youth …
 
Being a youth pastor can require you to wear a lot of different hats in your youth ministry...everything from speaking on stage, to event planning, to patching holes in the drywall, to explaining to your senior pastor why the youth group got ketchup and mustard all over the carpets, to cleaning toilets. In this episode, we discuss the 8 essential l…
 
Pride and ministry, unfortunately, can often times go hand in hand. How can we have a heart of contentment and thankfulness but at the same time want to continue to push ourselves and our ministries to be better? Today, we take a look at the pride in youth ministry and how it can steal our gratitude. We also dive into how we can make those adjustme…
 
The new year is rapidly approaching so it's time to get your 2022 youth ministry calendar planned out. In this episode we go over some youth group planning ideas that I use. We break down the weekly youth group programming and the monthly events that make up our entire student ministry calendar. We love hearing from you all and we do our best to pr…
 
Have youth pastors gotten so good at their jobs that they've missed the point of youth ministry? God has given us all gifts and it's our job to use them for our youth group, but do we lean on them too much? Today's episode is a recalibration of what student ministry is and how we need to approach it - on whose power and on whose authority are we do…
 
Today we discuss 5 simple youth group games that require no prep! No Prep games are always great to have in your back pocket for your youth ministry because you never know when you might need them! Make sure you subscribe and follow this show for more student ministry resources! **FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL OF THESE GAMES - EMAIL US AT M…
 
Ultimately, guiding our youth ministry students towards Jesus is always the number one priority in our Sunday and mid-week programs; but, it's always good to have a mission statement (or vision statement) for your student ministry so that you can stay focused on the best ways to get them there. Vision casting is an excellent way to get your directi…
 
How do you take a first time visitor in your youth ministry all the way to them being an active, serving student leader? Today, we go over the road map for how you can help a new student (or even a more consistent student) at youth group become a thriving leader in your student ministry in 5 key steps. We love hearing from you all and we do our bes…
 
If your numbers aren't as good as you'd like them to be, or if you are just looking to grow, there are some things that you may unintentionally be doing that are affecting your youth ministry growth! In today's episode, we talk about ways you can do some examining of your student ministry to make sure that you aren't making some mistakes which are …
 
Today, we are talking all about the best tips and tricks for how you can set up portable church successfully. Even if you aren't having to rent out weekly space to do your youth ministry in a mobile church, some of these tips will be helpful in how you can step up your tech and decor for your current youth room. For over a decade, our church was re…
 
Love them or hate them, lock ins / overnighters are part of youth ministry. Today, we're talking about my FAVORITE youth group lock in / overnighter: the GLOWVERNIGHTER. It's a fun & easy glow in the dark theme that our students love! We will be discussing planning, games, shopping list, schedule for the event & some of the best strategies to make …
 
How can we run big ministry with a small budget? Not all churches are fortunate enough to have mega-church money backing their student ministries; but, whether you have a big youth group or a small one, we have 6 ways to succeed in stretching, strategizing and growing your youth ministry budget. We love hearing from you all and we do our best to pr…
 
As youth pastors, we are always encouraging our students to invite their friends to youth group...but are they? Are they forgetting to ask or do they just not want to ask their friends? Today, we are taking a look at 5 ways you can motivate students to invite their friends to church. We will be going through 5 aspects of your youth ministry that ma…
 
In this episode, we go over 5 important things that every youth pastor should be doing, if they aren't already. There are obviously a ton of things that youth ministers need to be doing in student ministry, but today, we are talking about 5 important ones that may get overlooked, but are extremely important. Make sure you stick to the end for the q…
 
Icebreaker games can be a fun way to get the energy up in your youth group. Whether you are using icebreakers as a short game before your main game, or if you are using them for your actual game, they can be super fun! Today, we are sharing our favorite 5 icebreaker games for student ministry! **FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL OF THESE GAMES …
 
Whether you are looking to write your own talk sheets based off of your sermons, or if you are looking to add a talk sheet to a curriculum you use, this episode will give you step-by-step directions of how you can write an effective talk sheet for your youth ministry's small groups. Small group time is one of the most powerful aspects of student mi…
 
How can we be intentional about not just training the people we work with but actually coaching them? In student ministry, we feel we are going a good job with our team if we have trained them well; however, can we go to a deeper level with them if we are actually coaching them? Today, we interview Zac Workun (Co-Host of Youth Ministry Booster podc…
 
Why do churches and youth groups make such a big deal about small groups? Are they valuable? Are they really necessary? How would your student ministry benefit from having them? In this episode, we go over 3 key aspects of small groups and what they can add to the dynamic of your youth ministry. If you are already doing small groups, this may give …
 
Summer camp is such an excellent time for building those relationships with our youth group students and helping them grow in their love and knowledge of Jesus! It's a time when great messages are preached, awesome moments of worship are had, fun games are played and the quality time spent out in nature to unwind and focus on God is unmatched...the…
 
Maybe you need a reminder as to why being a youth pastor, a youth director, a youth minister is the best job in the world! It can be easy to get discouraged with our jobs and too many bad experiences in youth ministry can cloud our vision and lead to the feelings of burnout and doubt; however, sometimes we just need to stop for a second and realize…
 
A key ingredient for time management and avoiding burnout in youth ministry, is understanding prioritization. As Youth Pastors, if we can get our priorities in alignment, we can manage our time better and in turn will love our job that much more! Check the Links below for the book referenced in this episode! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE for more tips and t…
 
Dodgeball is by far one of the most popular games to play at youth group, but sometimes changing up HOW we play dodgeball, can make it even more fun. Today we are talking about 7 different dodgeball variation games that you can add to your youth ministry game rotation. Some of these are a twist on dodgeball while others are completely different but…
 
This episode is Part 2 of 2 on 9 traits of an effective leader. Youth pastors are notoriously "thrown into the deep end" when it comes to leading a student ministry. No coach, no mentor, no support - just figure out how to swim...and that's hard! Do you know how to be a leader? Are you born with those leadership skills? Can you learn those leadersh…
 
This episode is Part 1 of 2 on 9 traits of an effective leader. Youth pastors are notoriously "thrown into the deep end" when it comes to leading a student ministry. No coach, no mentor, no support - just figure out how to swim...and that's hard! Do you know how to be a leader? Are you born with those leadership skills? Can you learn those leadersh…
 
How do we get parents more involved and connected to our youth ministry? Sometimes parents seem like strangers in a car that drop off and pick up their students for youth group. Are you are looking to just increase communication and ministry awareness with parents? Are you trying to get parents to be more actively involved in helping with your yout…
 
Youth group games are an excellent way to build community inside of your youth ministry. Unfortunately, not every youth group game goes with every group of students and not every game will automatically be a success; however, there are some things we can do to maximize the fun and energy of our youth ministry games. Today, we are covering 8 areas f…
 
In today's episode, we talk about some fun youth group games that will help students get to know each other better. It's that time of the year when a lot of youth ministries are promoting kids up a grade and you might have some new faces in your group. These student ministry games are a nice change of pace for everyone to get to know each other in …
 
As youth pastors, we often find ourselves in a season of frustration. Whether it's from an unsupportive senior pastor, difficult students, difficult parents, low turnouts, lack of overall support or just flat out being attacked by the enemy. How can we find motivation during these times? Today, we talk about 7 ways to navigate these tough student m…
 
Summer camp is one of the most effective ways of building relationships with students...but it can also be super expensive and not exactly budget friendly for your youth group. In this episode, we give 8 tips on how to keep cost low for your summer camp so that students, parents and the church can afford it. If you aren't doing a summer camp this y…
 
Whether you are looking to level up your game as a small group leader or you are a youth pastor leading a small group team, today's episode will give you a great framework for improving your youth group's Bible study time! We have 6 categories to work on so that you can build better connections with your students and keep your time productive. Here…
 
The midweek program for your youth ministry is probably your biggest turnout of the week. Today we are sharing some best tips and strategies to make your youth group night run smoothly so that students can have fun, connect, build relationships and worship Jesus. If you are feeling confused or stuck on how to make your student ministry more fun and…
 
** 50th Episode Giveaway!! Details below! ** To celebrate our 50th Episode, we are having a giveaway over the next 50 Days! Once per week, we will be randomly selecting 1 winner and on the 50th day, we will be selecting our Grand Prize winner. *Weekly winner receives: - 1 "SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL DONUT SHOP. GO TO CHURCH." T-Shirt. **Grand Prize winner …
 
Being a woman in youth ministry comes with a different set of challenges. In today's episode, we have a candid conversation about what being a female youth pastor is like and some of the struggles women in ministry face. Whether you are a male or female in youth ministry, this episode will be an interesting one for you to check out. Please support …
 
Youth ministry summer camps can be so impactful to your youth group with the connections made not only between leaders and students, but between the students and also between leaders. The downside is: church camp can be rough. Lack of sleep, lack of comfort, lack of personal space, etc. In this episode, we discuss some ways to make your student min…
 
For youth pastors to have a successful student ministry, communication needs to be very clear and consistent. In today's episode, we go over 8 areas of communication which will help improve your youth ministry and establish excellent relationships with parents. Some of the topics we will be covering are: gathering parent contact info, student info …
 
Sometimes it’s nice to play youth group games and not have to spend the entire day planning them. Today, we are going over our favorite LOW PREP Youth Ministry Games.. These might require some equipment or possibly a little work, but are generally very easy and FUN to pull off for your Student Ministry. If you'd like to have a PDF of these games (w…
 
Burnout is a real thing and it happens all the time to those working in ministry. As a Youth Pastor, there are steps you can take to help prevent burnout occurring in your volunteers so that they feel equipped, energized, cared for and ready to go. Since volunteers are so crucial to any ministry, it's so incredibly important to make sure that they …
 
For a FREE PDF of this weeks games list with instructions, email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com In this episode, which is part 3 of our 3 part series, we go over the best games for Summer Camp. If you are looking for some fun camp game ideas, we break them down in categories of: Night Games, Field Games, Up in Front Games and finally Free Tim…
 
***Email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com for THE ULTIMATE Youth Ministry Summer Camp CHECKLIST!*** Last week we went over the pros and cons of Prepackaged Camps vs. DIY Camps. This week, we go through the ultimate checklist for DIY Church Camp Planning to make your week go as smoothly as possible. In this episode, we go over from start to fini…
 
Are you trying to decide between a Pre-Packaged Camp or a DIY Camp? Today we take a look at the pros and cons of both. This is the 1st in a 3 part series we will be covering for church camp ideas. This episode compares several aspects of both styles of camp to see which may be right for your youth ministry. Does your youth group prefer larger or sm…
 
Service projects can be an excellent way of not just serving your community, but also growing your youth group in their discipleship, their compassion for others and their connection to each other. Today we list 6 different service project ideas that you can implement into your youth ministry that will impact your youth group and your community. La…
 
If you are looking to start a student leadership team in your youth ministry or maybe you are just looking to refresh your current student leadership program in your youth group, this episode is going to help you do that from start to finish. In this podcast, you will learn how to announce your student leadership team, see who should be eligible to…
 
It's hard to ever be fully prepared for any job you are just beginning, but as the years go by, you learn valuable information and experience that you only wish someone had told you about before you began your journey. Today, we talk about 5 things I wish I knew before I became a Youth Pastor. Also, make sure you stick around to the end of the vide…
 
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your workload in youth ministry, this might be a good time to take a look at how well you are planning your weeks. In today's episode, we give practical time management tips and strategies so that you can be more productive at work. When your d…
 
We've all been there...your message is ready to go, worship is dialed in, you have all of your announcements in order and all of a sudden you realize !!!!!! You have no game planned!!! That's okay, we've got you covered! In this episode, we talk about 7 easy and fun NO PREP games for your youth group. If you'd like to have a PDF of these games (wit…
 
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