Ministry Coach

Ministry Coach

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 volunteer staff, grow your influence and create a healthy work environment so that you can help take the ministry God has you in to the next level. Hit subscribe and get ready to advance your leadership!

Episodes

November 17, 2022 29 min

There is always so much excitement when you see new students at your youth ministry!  You want so badly for them to connect with the other students and to love youth group; however, there might be some things you are unintentionally doing that are making these new students feel uncomfortable and maybe even unwelcome at your student ministry!  Today, we take a look at 5 things you may unintentionally be making new students feel unco...

Mark as Played

How can you balance your role as a youth pastor and a parent?  What are some ways that you can help your family love Jesus and the church and avoid them having resentment.  In this episode, we discuss 3 key things you need to keep in mind to help balance your life at church and your life at home.  This episode is a follow up to a previous episode we released about parenting and ministry (link below).

We love hearing from you all an...

Mark as Played

In this episode, we will be explaining my 6 favorite Youth Group Games to play at Youth Ministry Christmas Parties!  Bonus: One of the games has 11 mini-Christmas games which can also be used as icebreakers!  **FOR A PDF OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL OF THESE GAMES - EMAIL US AT MinistryCoachPodcast@gmail.com - and put in the subject or description "CHRISTMAS GAMES" and we will send it over to you!**

We love hearing from y...

Mark as Played

If you have children (or are planning on having children) and you are in youth ministry, you'll come to know the struggle of balancing a life at home with your life in your ministry.  Where do you draw the line on your obligation to family and your obligation to the church family?  In this episode, we discuss the best practices of having a healthy balance between work and family and how to navigate some of the more challenging ...

Mark as Played

This episode covers 6 free time youth ministry games for your youth group to play pre-service. When students arrive at your midweek youth group or Sunday morning church service, it's always nice to have some games and activities that they can play to help bond, build community and get to know each other in an easy way.   Instead of having them just sit in a chair staring at the stage, or standing off to the side like a wall flo...

Mark as Played

Communication is half (if not more) of the battle in youth ministry.  Have you ever had a poorly attended event?  Have you ever gotten 150 phone calls, emails and texts the day of a youth group event from parents and students wanting to know the details?  Have you ever had someone say, "I had no idea about this" when it comes to the specifics of a program you are putting on?  It could be because your lines of communication ...

Mark as Played

If you are in leadership long enough, it's going to happen...you will have to let someone go.  Whether it's a paid staff member or a volunteer, you will be faced with that awkward moment of having to let them go.  In this episode, we discuss several of the most common areas of why you might have to let someone go in your student ministry: a moral failure, poor performance, or a bad fit for your ministry.  We will also go th...

Mark as Played

Do you sometimes feel like you've lost your heart for youth ministry?  Is the passion just not there anymore?  Is it from burnout?  Compassion fatigue?  If you do feel like your heart is gone, how do you get it back?  In this episode, we discuss 3 ways you can get through this season and start to regain your heart for ministry.

We love hearing from you all and we do our best to provide powerful and insightful youth ministry cont...

Mark as Played

Whether you are new to Youth Ministry or have been at it for a long while, this episode covers 4 mistakes you should avoid as a Youth Pastor.  Although these aren't the ONLY mistakes, these are ones that are very common in Student Ministry and can be very detrimental to both you and your ministry.

We love hearing from you all and we do our best to provide powerful and insightful youth ministry content on a weekly basis to be th...

Mark as Played

For some youth pastors, getting up on stage or standing in front of their youth ministry is where they shine.  Delivering a powerful message that God has put on their heart and eloquently presenting the Bible.  For others, standing in front of your youth group might make a wave of fear or anxiety rush over you.  What happened to all those great points you had planned to lay out for them?  It seemed like it was going to be such a gr...

Mark as Played

We get time to spend building relationships with our students at our weekend services and our midweek programs, but have you ever considered connecting with your students outside of youth group?  This can be a great way to get to know your students better and build those strong bonds! Today, we will be talking all about 6 easy ways that you can connect with your students outside of your youth ministry.

We love hearing from you all ...

Mark as Played
Are you looking to hire a youth ministry intern?  If your student ministry at the point where you are ready for that?  Today, we will be talking all about the benefits of hiring an intern.  We will be covering the topics of: why you should hire an intern, how to know if you are ready to hire an intern, what can you delegate to an intern, what is the difference between an intern and a volunteer, how to find the right intern and how ...
Mark as Played

Are you feeling overworked in your youth ministry?  Do you find it hard to get everything done in time?  You are not alone!  With midweek youth group, weekend church services, planning a sermon, planning a game, meeting with staff and planning upcoming events, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.  The problem; however, might not be that your workload is too much, it might be that you aren't maximizing your productivity.  In this ...

Mark as Played

Have you ever wondered if youth group games should even be a part of your youth ministry?  Is there any spiritual component to them or are they just a distraction?  Should student ministry just focus on the gospel message and keep the fun and games out?  Do fun and games attract students who only want to play fun and games and have no interest in Jesus?  If you are playing games at church, should they be tied into the message?  In ...

Mark as Played

Youth ministry games!  Whether you love them or hate them, they are one of the students favorite elements of youth group.  Assuming you only take a couple weeks off the entire year, that leaves approximately 50 Sundays and 50 midweek youth groups...that's 100 games!!!  So with something that's so integral in our program, why is it that they can become an afterthought?  Planning them sometimes becomes a last minute scramble ...

Mark as Played

Back to school in the Fall means it's time to have a Fall kick off event!  Whether you've been taking a break from your youth group over the summer, are looking to launch your small groups for the school year or are just looking to ramp up your youth ministry attendance, a kick off event is an excellent way to bring your core students back to consistency.  In this episode, we will be covering the purpose and importance of t...

Mark as Played

Make sure you pick up a copy of James Clear's book "Atomic Habits".  It's so easy to get caught up with big vision planning of your ministry and thinking outside the box of all the things you can and want to do - and those are good things and are things we SHOULD be doing; however, it's the implementation of those things is where things get tricky.  In this episode, we discuss practical ways to accomplish our go...

Mark as Played

Summertime is an excellent time to plan fun events for your student ministry.  Your students are out of school so some of the constraints that might hinder events the rest of the year (sports, homework, etc.) aren't happening so its a great chance to plan some unique events for your youth group.  Don't let your opportunity to connect with your students fizzle out in the summertime.  Your attendance might be lower from vacat...

Mark as Played

In this episode, we discuss 5 tips that can help you deliver better sermons for your youth group.  Whether you are a seasoned pro or a rookie, these strategies will help you construct a framework for improved sermon execution so that you can keep the attention of your students and more effectively communicate the Gospel message. 

We love hearing from you all and we do our best to provide powerful and insightful youth ministry conte...

Mark as Played

There can be a million different ways you ended up in student ministries, but was it an actual calling or just a job?  If it is a calling, what are some of the ways we can know that?  In this episode, Kristen shares her journey from volunteer to full time Youth Pastor and how she knew this was the calling on her life.  She also shares some ways to understand if being a pastor in youth ministry is a calling in your life as well.

This...

Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    The Piketon Massacre

    The most notorious mass murder in Ohio’s history happened on the night of April 21, 2016 in rural Pike County. Four crime scenes, thirty-two gunshot wounds, eight members of the Rhoden family left dead in their homes. Two years later a local family of four, the Wagners, are arrested and charged with the crimes. As the Wagners await four back-to-back capital murder trials, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused. As events unfold and new crimes are uncovered, what will it mean for all involved? What will it mean for Pike County?

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    Morbid

    It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.

Advertise With Us

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.

    Connect

    © 2022 iHeartMedia, Inc.