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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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Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Are you ready to inject some serious energy & life into your youth ministry? In this episode we will be highlight the keys to a program that keeps students coming back for more! We will be discussing the balance between free time and structured activ…
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**FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EASTER YOUTH GROUP GAMES - EMAIL US AT MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - and put in the subject or description "EASTER GAMES" and we will send it over to you!** In this episode, we discuss 4 Super fun, super easy Easter Games for your youth ministry! Email us to get 8 MORE Easter Games which can work for a variety…
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Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** Youth ministry spouses often find themselves in a delicate balance of supportive partnership and individual identity. As we peel back the curtain on the pros and cons of being a student ministry spouse, we invite you to join us for a candid discussio…
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Are you looking to grow the size and health of your youth ministry? GrowYourYouthMinistry.com ***** In this episode, we will be focusing on how small groups play such a vital discipleship role in our youth ministries. These aren't just casual meetups; they're the very lifeblood of discipleship that cultivates deep connections among young believers.…
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📕 Book Mentioned in this Podcast: Growing Young by Kara Powell ***** Ever wondered what it looks like when teenagers aren't just spectating but actively shaping their faith community in youth ministry? In this episode, we will be highlighting the profound effects of lifting up youth in student ministry, revealing how roles of responsibility can ign…
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The reputation for you, the youth pastor, and of your youth ministry needs to constantly be given attention. So how do you receive impeccable reputation in the world of youth ministry? That is what this episode is all about! We're handing you the blueprint to ensure every interaction with staff, parents, and students reinforces the integrity and im…
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***For a FREE copy of the RECOMMENDED MOVIE LIST, email us at MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com and put "MOVIE NIGHT" in the subject line and we will get that sent over to you asap!*** Roll out the red carpet and get those cameras flashing, because this episode is all about turning your youth ministry's movie night from average to amazing! This is the…
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Criticism can sting, especially when it's aimed at something you pour your heart into, like youth ministry. In this episode, we will break down how to embrace critique with an open heart and mind, turning defensive knee-jerk reactions into opportunities for growth and understanding. Our goal is to reshape the way you view criticism in your student …
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What do results in youth ministry look like? How can you even measure success in a student ministry? In this episode, we will not only discuss what results in youth ministry look like but we will also be diving into how to start your year off the right way with healthy goals in mind. Start by reflecting on your previous year's journey and what that…
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In this episode, we cover youth ministry questions that those of you in our community asked! The 3 Questions/Topics we answered on this episode were: 1) Practical steps for splitting Middle School & High School Ministries 2) What are the Top 3 Things to prioritize for a new Youth Pastor and finally 3) If you have a youth group with ZERO students, w…
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Imagine a youth ministry that's not only led by a passionate youth pastor but also one where every leader & volunteer is fully aligned with the youth ministry vision. This isn't a dream; it can be your reality. In this episode, we jump into how you can foster this reality, emphasizing the importance of building genuine relationships with your leade…
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Have you ever questioned what it takes to build a supportive team in youth ministry, one that fortifies your strengths and cushions your weaknesses? Our guest, Doug Fields (Pastor at Mariner's Church, Co-Founder & President of Download Youth Ministry, Speaker, Author), a superhero in youth ministry, is here to do just that. He opens up about his yo…
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As youth pastors bid farewell to this year, it's important to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments and prepare for the road ahead. We promise, by the close of this episode, you'll walk away with a comprehensive plan to ensure a smooth transition into a remarkable new year. Get ready to join us as we take a deep look at your student minis…
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What if you could shape your youth ministry into an environment that sparks real joy in your life? In this episode, we walk you through five tips that can help you build a student ministry that surrounds you with a team that supports and fuels your passion. We also shed light on how to innovate your youth group into a more engaging experience for e…
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Are you ready to unlock the full potential of your youth ministry and create an environment that truly serves your students? We're stepping into the trenches and exploring some critical elements that make a youth ministry healthy. We're engaging with five questions every youth ministry should have answers to in addition to uncovering the importance…
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Be sure to check out: Youth Ministry Growth Accelerator Are you ready to grow your youth ministry into a thriving, vibrant, healthy hub for students? Here are the 7 essential tips for how to grow your youth ministry! Discover how to rally, empower, and motivate your team towards championing exponential growth in your youth group. What if church bec…
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Ever wondered what the secret sauce to building strong relationships with your youth ministry students is? Today, we're sharing experiences on how to create an inviting and engaging environment for youth. Let's first get to the heart of student ministry - building meaningful and lasting relationships with students to lead and disciple them for Jesu…
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Book Mentioned in this Episode: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni *** Feeling spent in your youth ministry role? Wondering if it's time to call it quits as a youth pastor or stay the course? Today's episode addresses those types questions as we traverse the complicated landscape of student ministry. We'll unpack the three major fa…
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**FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR LARGE GROUP GAMES - EMAIL US AT MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - and put in the subject or description "LARGE GROUP GAMES" and we will send it over to you!** Are you looking for youth group games for a large group? Ever wondered how to keep a large youth group fully engaged and avoiding elimination-style student …
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In this episode, we cover youth ministry questions that our community asked! A few weeks back, we posted on YouTube, Instagram & Facebook and asked if there were any student ministry questions you wanted answered. These could be anything from topics we haven't covered to deeper explanations on topics we have already covered. We weren't able to get …
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Ever felt so exhausted you could barely muster up the energy to give a lesson to your youth ministry? Were you up all night with a fussy newborn? Maybe you have been sick and just don't have the energy to give it 100%. Trust me, we've been there. This episode is a veritable lifeline, bringing you eight sure-fire resources to keep your teaching aliv…
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Imagine having a chorus of voices - each unique, each resonating differently with your youth ministry students. Picture your students finding the one voice that they relate to, the one that propels them towards a deeper understanding and connection to God. And now, what if we told you that you could make it happen - by utilizing the power of rotati…
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As a youth pastor, do you ever find yourself stuck in a monotonous rhythm of youth ministry sermons, wondering how to ensure that your teaching is not only impactful but also relevant to your students? Are you looking to create a conducive learning environment that helps students better absorb and interact with your message? In this episode, we sha…
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Are you ready to transform your youth ministry into a powerhouse of efficiency and impact? In this episode, we will be going over 4 things youth pastors need to start doing immediately in their student ministry. You'll be armed with practical steps to enhance your ministry's discipline, organization, and communication. We will be discussing our go-…
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What grade do you think Jesus would give your youth ministry? It's an interesting question to consider...but also, HOW would Jesus grade your youth ministry? What factors would He deem most important? In this episode, we use a few Bible verses to shine some light on these questions and give you some practical tips on how to improve your student min…
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Are you challenging the students in your youth ministry enough? In this episode, we examine four ways that you can be challenging your youth group to help them grow in their faith. Some of the topics we will be covering include: teaching the Bible as a narrative, steering away from your student ministry being the "be good club," leaning into the lo…
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Have you ever had a youth group event fail? Unfortunately, it's a sting we've all probably felt. It's only natural that when an event goes wrong, youth pastors either internalize it as a sign that they messed up and become depressed feeling it is a reflection of them OR they start finger pointing...trying to pinpoint who to put the blame onto. In t…
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What happens when you find yourself as a new youth pastor at the wheel of a youth ministry, trying to navigate the windy roads and bad weather? As it turns out, you're not alone in this journey, and we're here to guide you through the common challenges new youth pastors face, equipped with valuable solutions to help you avoid these pitfalls. Rememb…
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Are you looking for a more profound understanding of the Bible? Today, we are discussing the 5 tips that I use to study the Bible and do my sermon prep. These methods have opened up newer depths of understanding and drastically improved my sermons as a Youth Pastor. If you are looking at finding some new ways to level up your sermons and Biblical k…
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Ever wondered how to effectively reach every type of youth that attends your church? Join us as we examine the 4 different types of students that are in your ministry and talk about the ways that you can effectively minister to all of them. From casual attendees to committed members, we'll help you understand how to create an environment that draws…
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Are you not getting any new visitors at your youth group? In this episode we’re dissecting 4 common mistakes that many youth ministries make when it comes to attracting new students. We're sharing our insights on how to paint an exciting picture of your ministry that not only captures attention but also makes people want to be a part of it. Communi…
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Feeling overwhelmed by insecurities, fears and self-doubt as a youth pastor? Don't worry, because you're not alone! In this episode, we open up about how to address these issues as a youth pastor. We share our insights on shifting the focus from self to Jesus, the true mainstay of youth ministry and how building the right team plays a significant r…
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Raising up leaders in youth ministry is a never ending, but rewarding task. Youth pastors rely on their volunteer leaders to help with so much of student ministry and, generally speaking, the more leaders you have the better your youth group tends to be. Youth leaders fuel your ministry and today, we take a look at the reasons why it's so important…
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Whether your relationship is strained or solid, there are 3 questions that you, as the youth pastor, should be asking your senior pastor. Youth ministry can be a lonely place if you don't have support. It's so important to make sure that you are on the same page as your senior pastor in terms of expectations for your church, your ministry and your …
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Some youth ministries only meet at their weekend service...typically Sunday mornings. Other youth groups only meet at a mid-week program and on Sundays, students sit with their parents. Other student ministries have a weekend service (or more) AND a mid-week program...so what's the difference between what goes on during a weekend service and a mid-…
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**FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL OF THE GAMES - EMAIL US AT MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - and put in the subject or description "4 ICEBREAKERS for SMALLER YOUTH GROUPS" and we will send it over to you!** Ice breakers are an excellent way to get your youth ministry actively engaging. In this episode, we will be going over 4 really fun, low…
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➡️ Get your free trial of Coleader here (NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED): https://share.coleader.co/F5wTrb/join 💥 ℹ️ COLEADER INFO ℹ️ 💥: Coleader is a platform for youth workers to find programs with everything included, – programs for youth groups, Bible studies, retreats, parents' nights, special events, and more. Every series and event on Coleader incl…
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No matter what size youth ministry you have, these 5 tips will help increase your youth group participation for events and your midweek program. We have all experienced the crushing feeling of having low turnouts at youth group or an extensively planned event. It hurts!!! In this episode, we will be going over the right times to plan, simplifying s…
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When a new student comes to our weekend service or midweek program, it's very natural for us as the youth pastor to go and welcome them. If you have a solid volunteer team, they will more than likely go up and introduce themselves to the new student as well; however, what makes the biggest and best impression is when your students are the ones welc…
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As a youth pastor, servant leadership should be a foundational philosophy of how we lead. In this episode, we take a look at what servant leadership is, what it looks like in your youth ministry and go over 4 self-assessment questions to ask yourself to further your character and leadership as a servant. Book Mentioned in this Episode: Renovated: G…
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Whether you have been in youth ministry for 20 days or 20 years, you will repeatedly find how it can teach us valuable lessons about ourselves. In this episode, we take a look at 4 areas that student ministry can be brutally honest about who we are as a leader and as a person in general. Even though some of these truths might be difficult to face, …
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Are you feeling like your youth ministry students are disconnected from each other? Or maybe you just have a handful of students who don't seem to know how to join in with the group. It can be really frustrating when the interaction in your youth group seems so awkward and forced. Today, we are going over 5 tips to help your student ministry build …
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Youth pastors have a tendency to know a ton of people at church, but can sometimes be known deeply by few. For your own personal growth, mental health and spiritual health, it is so important to have close friendships that go much deeper than the superficial stuff. Do you have those people in your life that you can open up to? The people that you c…
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Volunteers play a critical role in the success of youth ministries, but if we fail to keep them engaged, motivated and most of all, cared for, we can quickly lose them! First and foremost, when volunteers are lead well, they can be much happier 😁 and more effective in their roles. When volunteers feel valued, appreciated, and supported, they are mo…
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"Should I use youth ministry curriculum?" Whether you are brand new to youth ministry or you've been in it for a while, the thought has more than likely crossed your mind. In this episode, we take a look at some of the pros and cons of using pre-packaged student ministry curriculum and give you some direction to see if it is or isn't the right fit …
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In this episode, we will be sharing 2 mistakes that Youth Pastors commonly make and how you can avoid them. Ironically, these two mistakes are somewhat at odds with each other, but it's still possible to be unintentionally guilty of both in your youth ministry. We will share practical tips and strategies to help you avoid these mistakes and become …
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**Make sure you check out our Shopping List below for some gift ideas resources!** Youth pastors all love to see it when a new student comes to their youth group - whether they were invited by a friend or just checking it out on their own, it's a chance to help them in their walk with Jesus or even being able to share the Gospel if they aren't alre…
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Whether you're a volunteer, a staff member, or a youth pastor, it can be challenging to know when it's time to make a change in your youth ministry. In this episode, we'll explore some signs that might indicate it's time for a shift in your student ministry. We will take a look at how to recognize when your current approach isn't working. Maybe you…
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