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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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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…
 
Q: Is All Dogs Go To Heaven A Theological Movie Statement? A: We don't know but it sure is scarier than we remember it as kids. This week's episode is a lil bit of YM fun/banter about the Mount Rushmore of Ministry-Safe movies and how to enjoy the most at your next ministry conference event. In this episode Chad and Zac are hitting the circuit for …
 
What is up! It's 2022. Happy Holiday return everyone! Does it feel like the year just got started this week? 2022, the slow roll up amma right? This week's episode is a festive recap into a discussion of some of our monthly Booster content. Every new year at Booster is themed and this month's theme is the hard work of long division. The challenge t…
 
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…
 
What makes the meal? What makes for enjoyment? This week we are unpacking our Thanksgiving leftover lunches. This week's episode is about holidays, rest, and the importance of being pastoral and parental. It's also a chance to feel a little lighter and a little more fresh about the new year, next year! It's the week after a holiday so we know it's …
 
Congrats Chad welcome to the team? This week's episode is about good news, holiday eats, and parent ministry practices. All 3 are very welcomed this season It's an important time of year to reflect on where we are and what we are thankful and hopeful for this season. In this episode Chad and Zac want to thank you! For listening, reviewing, encourag…
 
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…
 
Youth ministry is important work that can often suffer from competing visions of what is best now and next. This week's episode highlights the feelings that come around expectations of what is the next best and how we ought to get there even if/when you disagree with your boss. It's a hard look at an important topic of who and how you might start f…
 
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…
 
Youth ministry is weighty work and sometimes the burden can leave us feeling used or create space for us to use others. How do we not? It's November so let's be thankful for the help we have and the important work we need to do, but the people we need to love and care for more. In this episode Chad and Zac share some their new classification game (…
 
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…
 
Youth ministry is a chance for teenagers to find faith, community, and mentors. Yet, releasing students to join a community like that is scarier for some than most student pastors will admit. It's October so let's talk about fear. Who's fear? Parents fears, youth pastors fears, and the space in-between. It's time we tackle the unspoken fears and br…
 
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…
 
Youth ministry is about providing relational and physical space for students to know they are loved, hear the Good News, and connect in discipleship relationships with friends, community, and mentors How do you provide a safe space? There is a need in this new season of student ministry for leaders to audit the safety of the spaces they are creatin…
 
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 …
 
Youth ministry means challenges and sometimes we face challenges that demand a kick in the pants or a pat on the back. How do you receive encouragement? There is a tension in church work, ministry leadership that we identify as internal vs. external. Or, how much can we really control? affect change? or relieve ourselves from when the challenge com…
 
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…
 
Ministry is difficult. Parenting is difficult. How do you face the challenge of doing both... well? In this episode Chad and Zac share honest and humorous stories of what is like to be both parent and pastor. The delight and difficult and the importance of presence above all things. Youth Ministry Booster Learn more about Youth Ministry Booster and…
 
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…
 
Why do we put stuff off? A: I don't know.... No but srsly, why? Well in this episode Chad and Zac get to the bottom of what and why we put things off. Sometimes it's obvious other times it's personal, really personal. Whether or not you think you do, or whether or not you think you know why, this is a really important listen for however you are thi…
 
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…
 
What is the greatest N64 game of all time? Why is professional ministry a lot like pro wrestling? Why do I feel competitive against the youth pastor down the road? In this episode Zac and Chad discuss pro wrestling, N64, and the youth pastor "down the road." Let's talk and tackle comparison that breeds competition and puts us in the cage of selfish…
 
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 …
 
Do you believe in hope? Do you believe in the word of believe? Are you watching Ted Lasso? In this episode Zac and Chad discuss Ted Lasso, the importance of honesty in our church strategy, and when the right idea is the wrong idea... Ted Lasso is Sports Gilmore Girls (2:14) The next season of Booster (5:38) The right thing done wrong (8:35) When sm…
 
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…
 
Hey, who is the wind in your sails? I know cheesy right... In this episode Zac and Chad discuss the upcoming Launch live event (8.19) Launch is basically TRL (4:38) The bellcurve of ministry maturity (7:33) Spirit-led youth ministry (9:01) Health of you the minister (12:13) Swimming in the dark (18:01) Launch 2021 Click here to get registered for L…
 
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…
 
And We're Back! After a long winter hiatus and the whole world turning upside down, Zac and Chad are back to podcast about youth ministry, honest leadership, and the changing culture of the church. This week's episode is about E-words: Entertainment Vs Engagement. Your students want engagement way more than entertainment, but what does that even me…
 
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…
 
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