The Youth Ministry Podcast for Volunteers

The Youth Ministry Podcast for Volunteers

There are a lot of great youth ministry podcasts out there, but not many focus only on volunteers. THE YOUTH MINISTRY PODCAST FOR VOLUNTEERS is all about providing great content to help volunteers who work with teenagers. Each episode is short and to the point on topics about how to best impact teenagers with the gospel. Each episode will be hosted by a couple youth ministry vets that have been working with teenagers for over 30 years. If you love working with teenagers, you’re going to love this podcast!

Episodes

May 13, 2024 20 mins

041 - What to do when your students are too busy to come to church


In this episode, we discuss what to do when students are too busy to come to church. We discuss the importance of not reacting negatively or making students feel guilty for not attending. Instead, we talk about how to celebrate the things that are keeping students busy and reminding them that they are on a mission in those places. We also encourage liste...

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Podcast 040 | Three Things Every Teenager Needs to Hear You Say


Join us in episode 40 as we discuss 3 things every teenagers needs to hear from a volunteer. While we’re not trying to oversimplify what it takes to work with teenagers, we do discuss what are the absolute basic things a teenagers needs to hear. 


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Join Chris Trent, Jennifer Fletcher, and Tim Kilgore in episode 39 as they discuss ministering to teenagers disconnected from church-involved parents. Discover the importance of patience, grace, and mindful communication in reaching out to these youth. Learn how to navigate relationships with both teens and their non-church parents with respect and compassion. Gain valuable tips on pointing these teenagers towards Jesus an...

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In this episode, Chris and Jennifer are joined by Angela Sanders to discuss girls ministry. They talk about the importance of girls ministry and why churches should consider having a separate ministry for girls. They also provide tips for volunteers who are interested in starting a girls ministry in their church. In this conversation, Angela Sanders shares insights on how to effectively run a girls ministry. She emphasizes...

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Episode 37 | Why are teenagers so lonely an how can we help?


Join us as we discuss the issue of loneliness among teenagers and how volunteers can help. We highlight the fact that despite being more connected than ever through technology, teenagers are experiencing high levels of loneliness. We also take a look the reasons behind this, including shallow relationships and lack of genuine connection. We provide four key st...

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Episode 36 | A Senior Pastor’s Perspective on Youth Ministry Volunteers - In this episode, we talk with Ricky Smith about his journey from youth pastor to senior pastor as he emphases the vital role of volunteers in ministry. Ricky shares his personal connection to the church and the importance of volunteers in the church's mission. He also shares about his own upbringing in a church where his father served diligently as a...

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Episode 35 | Why are Teenagers So Anxious and What Can We Do to Help - In this episode, we dive into an important topic: anxiety in teenagers. We explore the rising prevalence of anxiety among teens, particularly post-pandemic, where one in three teenagers is affected. We also discuss how anxiety doesn't discriminate by gender, impacting both boys and girls. We also address the challenge of recognizing anxiety in teenagers...

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Episode 34 | Current Trends Youth Ministry Volunteers Need to be Aware of at the Start of 2024 with Walt Mueller - Join us as we dive into the latest trends in youth ministry with Walt Mueller from the Center for Parent Youth Understanding. In this episode, Walt shares important insights for volunteers to be aware of in 2024. Discover practical tips for balancing trend-awareness with a busy schedule, enhancing your effecti...

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Episode 33 | If a youth ministry volunteer were to set goals -  Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2024? Like so many of you, we’re thinking about how we can improve in 2024. That got us thinking about what it would look like for a volunteer to set goals for how they work with students. In this episode we share 5 potential goals to set for 2024.


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December 13, 2023 36 mins

Episode 32 | Christmas Spectacular 2023

Get ready for festive fun! Jennifer is back in this jolly episode where we share some great ideas on how to connect with students during Christmas. From fun activities to way you can encourage them spiritually, it's a must-listen for a memorable youth ministry Christmas season. Merry Christmas! #youthministry #studentministry #nextgen #nextgenministry  


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December 11, 2023 23 mins

Episode 31 | Fun Ice Breakers for Your Small Group

When it comes to leading a group of teenagers in a small group, one thing we’ve learned is that doing a good ice breaker before the lesson can really help get teenagers engaged in the conversation. In this episode, we talk about why ice breakers are important and then share 5 solid ideas that you can use in your next small group meeting.


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November 27, 2023 18 mins

Episode 30 | Basics of Discipling Students

If you’re like us, you love the idea of helping a teenager not only meet Jesus, but live a life for Jesus. In this episode we take a look at how a volunteer can leverage their opportunity to not only teach students, but disciple them.


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November 6, 2023 22 mins

Episode 29 | Building Trust with Parents

When we’re given the opportunity to impact a teenager’s life for Jesus, we also have a chance to impact their parents. In this episode, we talk through ideas on how youth ministry volunteers can build trust with parents with the hopes of also impacting them for Jesus.


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Episode 28 | Asking Great Questions that will Lead to Great Discussion

Silence. We’ve all experienced blank stares when leading a Bible study and it’s not fun. In this episode we tackle how to ask great questions in order to increase participation with those we’re teaching.


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Episode 27 | Great resources that will help me be a better youth ministry volunteer

Volunteering with teenagers can be a bit overwhelming at times, so in this episode we share tried and true resources that will help you be the best youth ministry volunteer you can be as you point teenagers to Jesus.


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Episode 26 | My youth pastor is young, inexperienced, and new… how can I help? Let’s face it… sometimes our churches hire really young youth pastors that don’t have a lot of experience in ministry. We want to see them thrive in ministry, so in this episode we share tips on how you as a volunteer can be an encouragement. 

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Episode 25 | Creating Unity When Students Don’t Come Much With attendance patterns continuing to change among teenagers and families, it can be hard to maintain unity with your group of teenagers. In this episode we talk through some ideas that we think will help create momentum that will lead to a more unified group.


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Episode 24 | Things I Wish I Could Have Said to My Volunteers In this episode we talk with Billy Christol, who is now a Senior Pastor, about things he and most youth pastors wish they could say to their youth ministry volunteers. 


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Episode 23 | Connecting with Your New Group of Students Summer is over and the new school year is upon us. That means for a lot of volunteers, you'll be working with a new group of students along with a new class that has been promoted from children's ministry. In this episode we talk through ideas on how to best connect with those students and get relational traction quicker.


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Episode 22 | Summer Spectacular: Staying Connected to Your Students Over the Summer. The whole gang is here in this episode! We’re talking summer plans and how to stay connected to students in the middle of a chaotic summer.


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