Volunteer Youth Worker Podcast

Youth Worker Community

Youth Ministries rise and fall on the team of volunteers, so this podcast is for the WHOLE team. Join the conversation as we tackle the practical questions you’re asking so you can be encouraged and equipped as you head into your role in your youth ministry this week. Welcome to the Youth Ministry Team Podcast.

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Depending on the season you are currently in, the thought about doing youth ministry for another decade, year, or even month might be difficult to process. But you should know that longevity is worth pursuing and so often leads to increased impact in the lives of your students! Check out today’s episode with Michael, a student ministries pastor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan about how his youth ministry has grown because of the culture of long term relationships.   You can find our more about Michael’s church at https://cornerstoneyxe.ca   Want to learn more about our coaching cohorts? Check it out at https://www.youthworker.community/coaching/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Nov 23

23 min 58 sec

Kara Powell is a veteran of researching young people and bringing practical ministry ideas to pastors and leaders in churches. Jason Ballard sat down with Kara to hear some of the latest research being released in her new book 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager.  They begin by highlighting why this all matters and what is at stake when we talk about discipling kids and youth in our communities. Kara highlights both the ways churches can impact the lives of young people positively, but also how young people can help transform churches. Going off research from past projects as well, Kara shares about what churches reaching young people are doing well and how pastors of kids and youth ministries are best discipling their people to follow Jesus.    Jason also explores with Kara the ways parents are the primary way of discipling young people and what it means for pastors to partner with them. They talk about ideas and tactics that have been effective at encouraging parents and building relational trust with parents that pastors can look to implement.   Dr. Kara E. Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary. The mission of FYI is to equip diverse leaders and parents so faithful young people can change our world. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch”, Kara completed her PhD in Practical Theology from Fuller Seminary with a focus on Pastoral Role Expectations in 2000, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary in 1994, and a BA degree with Honors from Stanford University in 1991. In addition to her roles at Fuller Seminary, Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange and volunteers in student ministries at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. She is the co-author of 3 Big Questions that Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing With, 18 Plus, Growing Young, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.   Access her new book by heading to https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/3-big-questions   This episode was recorded for the Canadian Church Leaders Podcast. You should learn more about the podcast and other great things that Jason and his team are up to by heading to www.ccln.ca   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Nov 18

42 min 10 sec

We like to measure what we do in order to see how successful it is. Sometimes we do this intentionally and sometimes it happens just subconsciously. It can feel like you rocked an event when attendance is double your usual group. But when only half your small group shows up one week you might be tempted to feel like a failure. Attendance is one of the easiest metrics to track - it’s straightforward, quantitative, and simple to report back to whoever needs to know. But what if attendance isn’t the best or only metric to measure your success? Join Sid and Nathan Archer on today’s episode as Nathan shares what his youth ministry measures that defines their success beyond attendance.    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team. And if you’d like access to the Core Four Responsibilities videos that Sid mentioned, email Jeremy at Jeremy@YouthWorker.community.

Nov 9

30 min 53 sec

Invite Jesus into your heart. Cross the line of faith. Become a Christian. Confess and repent. Salvation. It has a lot of names or descriptors, but are we honestly concerned about seeing students make that important decision? Of course we are. Yet, in the busyness of our youth ministries, sometimes we miss the opportunity to emphasize that core belief that a student can turn their life over to Jesus. Join the conversation as we wrestle with why we might experience some hesitation and what we might do to correct that. We have loved seeing you in person during our On The Road tour! We still have some stops left, and you can check them out here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Oct 26

23 min 51 sec

The intersections between faith and mental health have become more and more prominent over the past couple years, and it is still so easy to feel unequipped and unqualified to do anything other than pray and refer when students share about their anxiety and/or despair. But what if every caring adult (not just licensed mental health professionals) can do something and be part of the solution? Join us today with Will Hutch, coauthor of the Seen Book with Dr. Chinwe Williams, as he gives us some proven and practical things you can do to promote healing with students experiencing anxiety and despair.    Check out Will & Dr. Chinwe’s book at theseenbook.com   You can follow Will on instagram @WillHutch   We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour in October and November! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Oct 16

30 min 45 sec

Sometimes you might assume that the students in your group are only looking for comfort, entertainment, and fun. After all, the world we live in is complex and your students have a ton of pressures that they deal with every day. However, we know that the call of Jesus is to live a life of sacrifice and purpose--and you play an integral part in helping your students realize that! Join us on today’s episode with Richmond Wandera from Compassion as he talks through how he has called young people to live a life of sacrifice and how the sacrifice of a high school girl changed his life forever.    Want to hear more of Richmond’s story? Check out this video: https://vimeo.com/623679494/fc32d1a69f   Want to check out more from the Youth Worker Community and Compassion? Check out this link: https://www.youthworker.community/project/povertychallenge/   Want to get involved with Compassion Canada? Check out the work they are doing here: https://www.compassion.ca/good/    We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour in October and November! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Oct 5

38 min 27 sec

As Christians wanting to be positive witnesses to our culture, sometimes we wrestle with wondering what we are supposed to do when we learn about atrocities. On top of that, when atrocities have been committed in the name of Jesus, the stakes are even higher for us. That’s the position that we find ourselves in when we consider how much hurt has been done to our First Nations neighbours in the name of Jesus. We can lead this generation of young people to a place where they can bring hope, healing, and a way forward, but it’ll require we listen and learn. Join us in today’s podcast with Pastor Andrew Russell about how we can position ourselves as followers of Jesus in conversations with First Nations communities.    You can follow Andrew @Journalist_LMG on most platforms   Check out these resources Andrew recommends: Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (https://nctr.ca/records/reports/) We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour in October and November! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Sep 28

33 min 47 sec

As things continue to change, knowing how to respond to people when you gather in person is a bit of a moving target. But there are some principles that can help guide you and your ministry whenever you do connect with people. Ask yourselves, are there any students who might not feel safe? Because you can’t assume everyone feels the same way as you do. Listen in to today’s conversation as Jason Ballard joins Sid and Jeremy to sort out how to take cues from kids and families in this season.   We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour in October and November! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Sep 21

20 min 2 sec

Ever wonder what your students think about being in your small group? In today’s conversation you’ll hear from Village Youth students Rocco, Emma, and Mackenzie as their youth pastor (Justin) interviews them all around their experience in their small groups.   They discuss things like:  Wanting more time in their small groups How their group has impacted their faith Being vulnerable as a high school student in small groups What they love about their small group leader   You can learn more about Village Church at https://thisisvillagechurch.com/   We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour in October! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Sep 13

34 min 41 sec

As life is changing once again, are you prepared to be thoughtful about what you’ve learned from this past season? Some things that you have been part of over the pandemic have actually been really helpful and useful. Some things haven’t. It’s critical to take ownership (both personally and thinking about your ministry) over what should continue and what should stop as you look to the next season.   You are invited to the FREE Youth Ministry Online Summit, a two part event that will inspire you and your whole team on the most important things pertaining to ministry this fall. One part is specifically for youth ministry staff and it happens live on August 11. The other is for youth ministry volunteers and it is available for download on September 11. Register today at http://youthministryonlinesummit.com/   To track with what Jason Ballard is up to, head over to https://ccln.ca   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Aug 2

19 min 48 sec

No matter your context, there are certain responsibilities every youth worker has. On today’s episode, Sid and Jason break down four core responsibilities that can and should shape the work you do as a youth worker. When you are clear about what matters most, you and your ministry will be more confident that what you are doing makes an eternal difference.   Want to hear more about the four core responsibilities? The only way to get them is by registering for our On The Road tour in October! Register today and receive immediate access to all five training videos, along with access to any one of our tour stops: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jul 8

12 min 46 sec

Crisis is bound to happen in your ministry, and no matter the magnitude there are certain things you can always do to faithfully walk your students through. Sid and Jason will walk you through what it means to be patient, present, and prayerful, even in the midst of difficult crises.    Today’s conversation between Sid Koop and Jason Ballard is a special episode taken from a video series that they recorded together on the 10 Essentials of Volunteering in Youth Ministry. The rest of the series covers topics such as:   How do we keep our Youth Ministry safe?  How do we model spiritual disciplines?  How do we partner with parents? How do we grow meaningful relationships with teenagers?   Want to check out the other 9 Essentials for Youth Workers? Check out https://www.youthworker.community/10essentials/    We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour in October! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jun 30

15 min 59 sec

COVID forced us all to pivot and to pivot fast. We had no choice but to react, and reactions don’t often make for the best of decisions. Even so, and as the world starts to open back up, now is a great time to reflect on what worked well and what you are glad to leave behind. Join Kaitlyn and Jesse on today’s episode as they talk about their four biggest takeaways from this season in their contexts!   We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    If you’d like to hear more about the Coalition, our unique apprenticeship based training program and degrees, you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jun 21

35 min 45 sec

We know that experiences are the one thing that nobody can take from you or your students. That’s why things like camp and serving together can make as much (or even more) of a difference in a student’s life as a year of programming. But what if you could create space every week for students (and you) to experience God in amazing ways? On this week’s episode, Jeremy Albrecht dives into the gritty and practical ways to do just that and shares stories of the moments that God has moved like he couldn’t have imagined.    You can check out Jeremy Albrecht’s podcast here:  https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/leadership-matters-podcast/id1186329173    We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour! You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    If you’d like to hear more about our unique apprenticeship based training program and degrees you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jun 15

39 min 16 sec

A student in your ministry experiences a loss… What should you say? What shouldn’t you say? What should you do? Is there a right way to process grief? What do you do when a student uses their losses as a means of generating more attention?    These are big questions and worth processing with someone who has professionally trained lots of folks for ministry in even the most difficult of circumstances. Dr. Dorothy Hunse from Acadia Divinity College joins us today to answer these questions and more! No matter where you’re at, you are wonderfully positioned to be helpful in walking with your students through grief.    Dorothy also wrote a blog post about grief and loss, and you can check it out here: https://www.youthworker.community/what-is-grief/    Want to be more equipped? Check out the following resources from Alan Wolfelt: Center for Loss & Life Transitions Finding the Words Counseling Skills for Companioning the Mourner   If you’d like more ideas on how to equip your youth ministry team to walk with students through grief and loss you should join us for a webinar with some of the experts from Acadia Divinity College. Register now at this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd-qprD0jHtDQwfTxzGxKDFisMH74Mswn    Acadia Divinity College’s Master of Arts degree is designed to equip you for leadership roles in church and society. This program contains foundational study in Biblical studies, Christian thought, a broad introduction to ministry, and an opportunity to specialize in an area of ministry interest, such as Next Generation Ministry or Pastoral Care and Counselling. Learn more at www.AcadiaDiv.ca   We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour. You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jun 8

1 hr 12 min

Historically it’s been challenging to have various faith organizations and denominations partner together, but the Canadian Foodgrains Bank has managed to bring many together with the common goal of ending world hunger. Listen in as Pugeni and James chat about why there is still hunger, its local and global complexities, and the ways you can join the movement to end world hunger! Pugeni also shares his personal experience with hunger, coming to Canada from Zimbabwe, and how our cultural lens shapes our global perspective.    You should download the Hunger for Justice guide for use in your group: www.foodgrainsbank.ca/hunger-for-justice.   Want to advocate with the Peace & Justice Office? Check out this link to get connected: https://mcccanada.ca/get-involved/advocacy/ottawa    Want to check out the Mennonite Central Committee regional offices? https://mcccanada.ca/contact    Watch the replay of the webinar we hosted along with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank by following this link: https://www.youthworker.community/project/christianresponsetohunger/   We want to see YOU in person during our On The Road tour. You can keep up to date with our plans and pivots here: https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad/    Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jun 1

45 min 26 sec

Summer camp has historically been a pivotal place for the spiritual development of the next generations. We know camp might look different this summer, but that doesn’t change the fact that if you have students connected to a summer ministry that you can help make that experience even better. Listen in as we chat with Deniel Sewell about the connections that should happen between school year ministries and summer ministries.   You can access the documents that Jared mentioned in the intro by dropping your email into this form: https://ywcommunity.typeform.com/to/KjMBpbAR   You should also join Janna, Jared, and the team from Intervarsity for a live (and recorded) webinar all about how to partner with the greatest mission field that students have--their schools. Register today at this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIocOquqT4tEtW5dAEqWnHvi2wH6tI7SXJm   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   If you’d like to hear more about our unique apprenticeship based training program you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/ Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

May 24

25 min 57 sec

Do you want to engage with more students? Outside of their home, the number one place students spend their time is school. But schools are often off-limits to Christian leaders… Or are they? Join Janna and Jared from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as they share about their time in schools… even public schools!   You can access the documents that Jared mentioned by dropping your email into this form: https://ywcommunity.typeform.com/to/KjMBpbAR   You should also join Janna, Jared, and the team from Intervarsity for a live (and recorded) webinar all about how to partner with the greatest mission field that students have--their schools. Register today at this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIocOquqT4tEtW5dAEqWnHvi2wH6tI7SXJm   Want to chat more with Janna? You can contact her at JEhrenholz@ivcf.ca   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   If you’d like to hear more about this unique apprenticeship based training program you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/ Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

May 18

43 min 50 sec

As Christians, Jesus calls us to feed the hungry. As youth workers, we are called to disciple the next generation in the ways of Jesus. Sometimes those calls feel simple, and other times insurmountable. And oftentimes it can be challenging to process both of those calls in light of each other. Listen in as Roberta Gramlich from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Denise Van Wissen talk about the ways that we can respond to hunger effectively, but also in light of your calling as a discipler of students.   Our friends over at Canadian Foodgrains Bank have put together a learning and reflection guide to help your youth ministry deepen their understanding of justice, poverty, and global hunger from a Christian perspective.   You can download the guide here: www.foodgrainsbank.ca/hunger-for-justice.   You can also sign up for a live (and available afterwards on demand) webinar where you’ll be introduced to the work that Christian communities across Canada are doing through the Foodgrains Bank to support communities around the world who experience hunger. You’ll also receive a walkthrough of the learning and reflection guide for youth groups, which offers step-by-step ideas that you can use to inspire students to learn more about global hunger and help them process the practical steps they can take. Responding to hunger starts with giving, praying, learning, and advocating--all of which will be covered through this guide that you can use in your ministry starting this week.   Register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEldO2hqjorHtHjvWP8B-Hh24mFfc3gFC_m   Follow along with resources that we are releasing by following us on Facebook (facebook.com/ywcommunity) or Instagram (instagram.com/ywcommunity)   Special thanks to this episode’s other sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

May 11

48 min 25 sec

We genuinely believe that to be a good youth worker you need to be a student of Christ and a student of culture, and this episode is all about the ways that Christ meets us in our current culture! Join Colin Lancelot, Holly Bishu Goetz, and Austin White as they talk about the ways your youth group can view the world through Kingdom eyes and treat every person like they are made in the image of God.   Want to check out some of the resources they suggested? Episode 85 with Holly on the Youth Ministry Team Podcast My Message to White Church Leaders with Judah Smith   In the intro you heard about the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. It’s a ministry training program that’s designed to help you learn to do youth ministry while doing youth ministry.   If you’d like to hear more about this unique apprenticeship based training program you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/   You also heard about our On The Road Tour. With 21 stops across Canada, we’d love to see you at one! Find out more at https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad   Special thanks to this episode’s other sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

May 4

41 min 18 sec

We all need extra encouragement and hope in this season, and today’s episode with Laura Bronson brought us just that! She is doing phenomenal ministry in Ontario, Canada, and what better way to be encouraged than hearing about the work God is doing through Laura with students that wouldn’t necessarily show up to church!   You can follow her on instagram @laura_bronson Check out what Laura is doing at IKeepItReal.ca or through Youth For Christ Canada (https://yfc.ca)   In the intro you heard about the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. It’s a ministry training program that’s designed to help you learn to do youth ministry while doing youth ministry.   If you’d like to hear more about this unique apprenticeship based training program you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/   You also heard about our On The Road Tour. With 21 stops across Canada, we’d love to see you at one! Find out more at https://www.youthworker.community/ontheroad   Special thanks to this episode’s other sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Apr 30

34 min 40 sec

Sometimes asking students questions can feel a bit like an awkward one-sided conversation. Other times, questions lead to faith-cementing moments that students will remember for a lifetime. So… how can you move from “What’s your favourite colour?” to “How did that change how you thought about God?” Join Spencer Conway, Kara Allison, and Kiara Moshansky as they give us practical questions to connect, converse, and cultivate meaningful relationships with students that foster faith development!   Want to check out the books they recommended?  The Art of Group Talk: How to Lead Better Conversations with Teenage Guys by Jeremy Zach, Tom Shefchunas, & Brett Talley The Art of Group Talk: How to Lead Better Conversations with Teenage Girls by Ashley Bohinc & Crystal Chiang   In the intro we talked about the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. It’s a ministry training program that’s designed to help you learn to do youth ministry while doing youth ministry.   If you’d like to hear more about this unique apprenticeship based training program you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/   Special thanks to this episode’s other sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Apr 26

39 min 6 sec

Storytimes. Unboxings. Tutorials. All things that had very different meanings a decade ago, and have now taken over student’s lives for better or for worse.    In a world that is constantly engulfed in narratives and stories, how do you help a generation tell a better story? Join Hannah Bartlett, Deniel Sewell, and Peter Yoon as they talk about leading students to tell the best story ever told!    In the intro we talked about the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence. It’s a ministry training program that’s designed to help you learn to do youth ministry while doing youth ministry.   If you’d like to hear more about this unique apprenticeship based training program you should visit our website at https://www.coalitionforministry.com/   Special thanks to this episode’s other sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Apr 19

48 min 7 sec

A few years ago, the Renegotiating Faith study found that young people who had someone stay in touch with them as they transitioned from high school to university to connect them to a community of faith were FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY to stay connected to a community of faith by the end of their first year. So it clearly matters, but what does that connection look like? Join us this week with Rolf Nanninga & Dan Sherman from Power To Change - Students as they give us some practical next steps and tell us why it matters!  You should also sign up for live or on-demand access to our upcoming webinar all about helping students carry on their faith after graduation. More tools, ideas, giveaways, and Q&A will be provided. Register today here. One of the great ways you can support your students in this season is by connecting them to great scholarship funding. Our friends over at Power to Change – Students are offering a NEXT Steps Scholarship for those heading off to post-secondary in Ontario and the Impact Award for students going to post-secondary in Western Canada.    Looking for some more resources and tools?  The Find My Campus tool can help students get connected to a P2C group at their future school The Mentorship Resource can be used to guide conversations with your soon-to-graduate students SHIFT >> ENTER can be used to bring your post-secondary-bound students together Learn more about SHIFT >> ENTER through this video Check out the student facing video on Vimeo or YouTube (any feedback is greatly appreciated!)   Invite your alumni back to share their experience and invite your local campus worker to join the conversation The Power to Change - Students email subscription is great for incoming students, their parents and their youth leaders to stay up to date on all relevant information and opportunities (you can check out a sample of their last issue for youth leaders here) The In Every Way online event is happening April 17th, and it will be an evening filled with stories and hope from the past year.   Special thanks to this episode’s other sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Apr 12

41 min 45 sec

You hear people sharing stories of breakthroughs and phenomenal faith-shifting moments with their students, and you start to think about the last time you could say the same about students in your ministry. Whether you can’t remember the last time or it was just last week, there are certain practices you can engage in that will leave a lasting impact on the next generation. Join us this week with Chris Tompkins from Muskoka Woods as he gives us tips for mentoring teenagers in the ways that matter most.    Check out Chris’ Shaping Our World Podcast to hear from more amazing leaders!   Want to check out the book Chris recommended? Planet Middle School by Kevin Leman   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Apr 5

40 min 8 sec

We all have faith questions, and none of us have all the answers. But when students are asking deep questions, the way that you respond matters deeply.   For example, do the 10 commandments really matter anymore? Can’t you just ask for forgiveness after sinning and be free and clear? Isn’t God kind of angry in the Old Testament? Does the Bible really matter?    Join us this week with Dr. Carmen Imes from Prairie College as she gives us theological grounding for the questions that will surely come, and reminds us of the lens through which the next generation is viewing the world.    Want to learn more from Dr. Carmen Imes? Check out her book Bearing God’s Name (https://amzn.to/2PhIYkv), and her YouTube channel with Torah Tuesdays.   Want to check out the podcasts Dr. Carmen recommended? The Bible Project The Biblical Mind Church Grammar The Naked Bible Food Trucks in Babylon Outpost Theology   Learn more about Prairie College (https://prairie.edu/) in Alberta.   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Mar 29

46 min 18 sec

Some days it seems like everything has changed -- even the way we do ministry. But has our core mission and purpose changed? There is no doubt we are living in a unique season, but are there still questions that we should always be asking ourselves? Join us this week with Dr. Rob Blackaby, President of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, as he talks about the practices of great spiritual leaders and explores the questions we can be asking in the midst of every season.   Want to check out the books that Rob was talking about? The Uncertain Leader by Andy Stanley  Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger    Want to chat more with Rob? You can contact him through the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary website (csbs.ca) or at Rob.Blackaby@csbs.ca    To check out more content from CSBS, tune in to Episode 98 with Susan Booth and take a look at her tool for evangelism (https://csbs.ca/share-gods-story/)! Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Mar 23

41 min 5 sec

When a teenager discloses a traumatic part of their life it can be difficult to know how to process it and what your responsibility is as a youth worker. Listen in to today’s conversation as a police officer, social worker, counsellor, and youth pastor take time to talk through some of the most difficult parts about journeying with teenagers.  Special thanks to Jonathan Kornelsen from Central Community Church in Chilliwack, BC for hosting today’s conversation.  Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Mar 16

1 hr 8 min

Prayer usually falls in our lists of critical spiritual disciplines, yet it can be challenging to know how to help teenagers make it a priority. For example, what exactly are good personal prayer practices? And how should you as a youth worker really inspire your group to make those practices part of their rhythm? And are there things you should be avoiding when it comes to passing on the practice of prayer to teenagers?   Sid mentioned the Prayer Pocket app that is available here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/prayerpocket/id1483651069   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Mar 9

29 min 46 sec

Sabbath is something clearly modelled in Scripture, yet it can be a challenge to understand how to apply it in today’s world. What does it actually mean to take a Sabbath? Can you encourage teens to take a Sabbath during their week and what would that look like? Can you take baby steps towards a practice of the Sabbath? You know your students are clearly needing more rest and more opportunities to focus on their faith, so listen in to a primer on how this ancient practice could become something that you guide students towards.   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Mar 2

26 min 4 sec

If you follow your students on social media, you might have realized that some struggle with hypocrisy. That is, they talk and act a certain way when they are part of your ministry and then a completely different way once they walk out the door. This kind of double living can be extreme, but it can also be fairly mild. Sometimes there’s teenagers that are known for their faith while at your ministry, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone at their school that knows they are a Christian. How do you help them bridge the divide that can exist between your youth ministry and the rest of their week?   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Feb 23

24 min 35 sec

Personal reflection will make you a better youth worker. That’s because personal reflection will make you healthier, and healthier youth workers honestly make better youth workers.   For that reason, take some time with today’s episode to ask yourself three challenging questions.   And if you discover that the answers are more complex than you’d like, we’d love to journey with you more personally. One of the ways you can do that is by joining one of our Coaching Cohorts. New cohorts are launching regularly, and you can find out all the info at youthworker.community/coaching   Here are the big questions...   How are you feeling...really? What lies are you believing about yourself and what truths are you needing to embrace?   Do you have a sense of what needs to adjust for you to be accomplishing what God has set before you?   Who are you doing life with and how are they impacting you?   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Feb 16

19 min 31 sec

“The youth groups that reach the most, pray the most for the lost.”   If you and I don’t equip teenagers to lead their friends to Jesus then we’ll likely continue to see the trend of adolescent disengagement from faith. The stats are startling, but after talking to someone like Greg you realize that the future doesn’t have to be grim. It can be filled with the hope of the Gospel. But it means that we have to take seriously a new strategy that actually is very old.   You can find out more of what Greg is up to over at his website https://www.dare2share.org/   He references an app that helps adults and teens alike share their faith. It’s called Life in 6 Words and can be found here: https://li6w.com/ We are hosting an interactive Zoom call to discover more tools for championing evangelism in your youth ministry. Registration and on-demand replay are available at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcOGprzItEtxaV1sfukbK6rgxa4aNb0Xb   Learn more about today’s sponsor, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, through their website (https://csbs.ca/). You can also access the evangelistic tool that Professor Susan Booth has put together by visiting https://csbs.ca/share-gods-story/ Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Feb 9

34 min 10 sec

Crossing the line of faith. Inviting Jesus into your heart. Repent and believe. Follow Jesus. There’s lots of ways that you can describe what it means to become a disciple of Jesus, but sometimes actually talking someone through those early steps of faith can be confusing. As a youth worker, you should feel confident in leading a teenager to Jesus at any point. That’s why today’s conversation with Dr. Susan will be a helpful tool for your ministry journey.   You can access the tool that Dr. Susan Booth has put together by visiting https://csbs.ca/share-gods-story/ We are hosting an interactive Zoom call to discover more tools for championing evangelism in your youth ministry. Registration and on-demand replay are available at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcOGprzItEtxaV1sfukbK6rgxa4aNb0Xb   Learn more about the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College through their website (https://csbs.ca/) or by emailing David at admissions@csbs.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Feb 2

52 min 40 sec

When you are volunteering and the person that you report to leaves their position it can create lots of challenges. But the great news is that you have the opportunity to help that transition go well with a few simple steps. No matter what the reasons for their departure, this conversation will walk you through the things you can do to make sure that great ministry continues to happen.   Jason Ballard is leading these days at The Way Church, Canadian Church Leaders Podcast, and Alpha.   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jan 4

21 min 56 sec

Merry Christmas from our team to you! As we mentioned, we are having a special giveaway draw for one set of AirPods (2nd generation). You can enter by sharing one of the following posts below. Draw will happen in January. Thanks for listening!   Instagram Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CJJGIopryHF/   Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/ywcommunity/photos/a.622368524483437/3463892196997708/   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Dec 2020

11 min 57 sec

With so many mission trips, service projects, and ministry opportunities on hold, how are you able to create experiences for your teenagers that allow them to understand God’s heart for justice? How can they be taken out of their comfort zone while staying in their household bubble?   Alyssa and the team at Compassion have an idea to do just that. When they launched the True Story Curriculum (https://www.compassion.ca/curriculum/truestory/) they discovered that one of the things that teenagers were drawn to was the experiential challenge that came as part of each episode. So they have released these elements as the Identify With Poverty Challenge (http://youthworker.community/compassion).   For free.   For you.   Whether you are a point leader, volunteer leader, or overseeing multiple ministries, you’ll want your teenagers to take part in the Identify With Poverty Challenge.   Alyssa works in the role of Content and Communications Specialist at Compassion Canada, telling stories that inspire and equip the Church to live compassionate lifestyles. She can be found on Instagram or her blog, which she referenced in the episode.   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Dec 2020

37 min 29 sec

Do you find it difficult to help teenagers make Scripture a priority in their own lives? How can you inspire them to make daily Bible reading a routine? And once they are reading, how should you guide them to process what they are reading? Access this interactive webinar to get those questions answered! Just for signing up you’ll also receive a 10 minute video curriculum that will teach you, your volunteer team, and your students how to do an inductive study of any Scripture. On demand replay of this webinar is available for anyone that signs up. Interested in exploring your faith more and understanding the background and inspiration of the Bible, its history and composition, the overarching themes and message?

 Rocky Mountain College is offering a FREE university level course where you’ll explore all 66 books of the Bible and understand the context in and the purpose for which they were written. You will also gain an understanding of how the various types of literary forms in which the Bible was written can legitimately be interpreted so you can better understand the message of all parts of the Bible.

 All of this from the comfort of your own home.

 Learn more today by clicking HERE. Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Nov 2020

22 min 10 sec

Do you find it difficult to help teenagers make Scripture a priority in their own lives? How can you inspire them to make daily Bible reading a routine? And once they are reading, how should you guide them to process what they are reading?   Not only will Sid and Jason talk through those questions, you can also view this interactive webinar to get those questions answered! Just for signing up you’ll also receive a 10 minute video curriculum that will teach you, your volunteer team, and your students how to do an inductive study of any Scripture.   On demand replay of this webinar will be available for anyone that signs up.   Interested in exploring your faith more and understanding the background and inspiration of the Bible, its history and composition, the overarching themes and message?

 Rocky Mountain College is offering a FREE university level course where you’ll explore all 66 books of the Bible and understand the context in and the purpose for which they were written. You will also gain an understanding of how the various types of literary forms in which the Bible was written can legitimately be interpreted so you can better understand the message of all parts of the Bible.

 All of this from the comfort of your own home.

 Learn more today by clicking HERE.   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Oct 2020

28 min 46 sec

Michael McDonald is the Director of Global Focus and Strategic Relationships at the Bible Project. Learn more about the work that Mike and the Bible Project are up to through their website or Youtube channel.   Do you find it difficult to help teenagers make Scripture a priority in their own lives? How can you inspire them to make daily Bible reading a routine? And once they are reading, how should you guide them to process what they are reading?   View this webinar to get those questions answered! Just for signing up you’ll also receive a 10 minute video curriculum that will teach you, your volunteer team, and your students how to do an inductive study of any Scripture.   On demand replay of this webinar is available for anyone that signs up.   Interested in exploring your faith more and understanding the background and inspiration of the Bible, its history and composition, the overarching themes and message?

 Rocky Mountain College is offering a FREE university level course where you’ll explore all 66 books of the Bible and understand the context in and the purpose for which they were written. You will also gain an understanding of how the various types of literary forms in which the Bible was written can legitimately be interpreted so you can better understand the message of all parts of the Bible.

 All of this from the comfort of your own home.

 Learn more today by clicking HERE.   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Oct 2020

24 min 32 sec

The quality and effectiveness of your ministry is directly related to the quality of the relationships you have with the teenagers in your group. That’s because when you have truth and rapport with teenagers the conversations are deeper, the accountability is stronger, and their openness to you is clearer. But how do you build those kinds of relationships? It’s not necessarily a natural process, but there are certain values that can help.   Today’s conversation between Sid Koop and Jason Ballard is a special episode taken from a video series that they recorded together on the 10 Essentials of Volunteering in Youth Ministry. The rest of series covers topics such as:   How do we keep our Youth Ministry safe?  How do we model spiritual disciplines?  How do we partner with parents? How do we help teenagers in crisis?   To access all 10 videos for use to train your youth ministry team, head to youthministryonlinesummit.com. You’ll also receive access to an extra hour of content from youth ministry experts. Access is either $50 or $100 depending on the size of your volunteer team.   Special thanks to this episode’s sponsor, Trinity Western University. Their mission is to develop godly Christian leaders: positive, goal-oriented university graduates with thoroughly Christian minds; growing disciples of Jesus Christ who glorify God through fulfilling the Great Commission, serving God and people in the various marketplaces of life. They are passionately committed to helping you discover how to be fully and faithfully present in the world and to play a vital role in God’s work of healing, hope, and renewal. Learn more about this leading liberal arts university with campuses in both Canada and the USA at TWU.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Oct 2020

14 min 41 sec

You can find more about the Youth Worker Coaching Cohort here. All youth workers are welcome to join in this unique coaching experience that will help you be better, dream again, and find people that know what it’s like to be a youth worker.   Lisette has written a book about Waking Up to the Stories about Race and Reconciliation. As a long time youth worker, she’s seen how some people can feel like outsiders in the church. What are the practical ways that every youth ministry team can teach about the radical reconciliation that Christ both offers to us and then empowers us to carry into our communities?   Track with Lisette Fraser on Facebook and Instagram.   Lisette’s book Waking Up is available for free through Orange City Strategy by clicking here. Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Sep 2020

34 min 49 sec

Not every teenager in your community is able-bodied, which means that in order for everyone to experience a gospel-centered community there must be ministries that are welcoming for teenagers with disabilities. Perhaps your group has teenagers with physical disabilities that are easy to spot, or maybe you’ve noticed that some teenagers struggle cognitively or socially and you wonder if there’s a disability at play. Whether these teenagers are already part of your ministry or not, we know that there is space for everyone in the family of God, so what role can you play in making every teenager welcome in your ministry?   You can learn more about Kathy and the work of Young Life Capernaum through their Instagram, Facebook, or Website. You can also email them at capernaum@younglife.ca Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Sep 2020

29 min 32 sec

Whether you are a returning veteran or a first year youth worker, the start to every season is a critical time to refocus on the most important behaviours. Mapping out key actions will not only give you confidence heading into the ministry season, but it will also help you be the best small group leader, mentor, or youth leader in the lives of youth. In today’s conversation, Sid Koop will unpack what great youth workers do at the start of every season: play, pray, teach, and reach.   To do a deeper dive into how you should pray with your students, check out Episode 003 of this podcast.   Check out the Youth Ministry Online Summit.   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Sep 2020

19 min 56 sec

Whether or not you are in a leadership position at your youth ministry you are recognizing that there are new complexities when it comes to ministering to teenagers. Everyone is adapting and trying to learn from each other so that the evangelism and discipleship of the next generation continues in every community. That’s why today’s conversation is critical. Listen in as Chandra and Peter unpack some of the ways that they are strategically leading their youth ministries into this unique fall relaunch season.   You are also invited to the Youth Ministry Online Summit for Volunteers. This event is designed for staff to attend with their volunteer teams. It will provide face-paced keynotes that will motivate your whole team for the season ahead and then in-depth breakout sessions on the essentials of volunteering in youth ministry. All content will premiere live on September 12 and also be available for on demand download on that day. Learn more about the Youth Ministry Online Summit here. Submit your youth ministry question for a future episode at youthministry.team.

Sep 2020

47 min 39 sec

There’s no doubt that large events have made an impact on people’s spiritual lives in recent decades. Whether you talk about tens of thousands at a Billy Graham event or thousands at a regional youth conference, there are countless stories of decisions made to follow Jesus during those events. So what do we lose if we can’t access those types of events like we used to? Are there still opportunities for students to take steps in their journey? What can we do as youth workers to make space for significant spiritual decisions to still get made this year in our ministry?   Dale and Olivia mentioned a resource for following up with a teenager who has made a new decision to follow Jesus and that is available HERE.   You are invited to bring your youth ministry to Change Conference online this fall. Sadie Robertson, Lecrae, Chad Veach, and many others will inspire and empower students to live for Jesus and make a difference in the world.   You are also invited to the Youth Ministry Online Summit for Volunteers. This event is designed for staff to attend with their volunteer teams. It will provide face-paced keynotes that will motivate your whole team for the season ahead and then in-depth breakout sessions on the essentials of volunteering in youth ministry. All content will premiere live on September 12 and also be available for on demand download on that day. Learn more about the Youth Ministry Online Summit here.   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Aug 2020

38 min 15 sec

Join the conversation today as we hear from Holly, a point youth worker in Vancouver, BC, as she unpacks her experience as a student in youth ministry and then now as a point leader. She is thinking strategically about responding and leading in our current cultural situation and in particular around how we make sure our youth ministries are places where everyone is welcome.   You are also invited to two events that will train on the most important things pertaining to ministry this fall! One for youth ministry staff. One for youth ministry volunteers. You’ll walk away with practical strategic actions that you and your team can take to better disciple students. Learn more about the Youth Ministry Online Summit here. Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Aug 2020

35 min 4 sec

You are invited to two events that will train you on the most important things pertaining to ministry this fall. One for youth ministry staff. One for youth ministry volunteers. You’ll walk away with practical strategic actions that you and your team can take to better disciple students. Learn more about the Youth Ministry Online Summit here.   The video game industry is worth more than the movie industry. It’s also worth more than the music industry. But how much do you really know about the impact that video games are having on teenagers? Is there anything redeemable there? What are the right ways to have conversations about video games with the students in your group?   You can learn more about Kevin by checking out his Game Development program at Trinity Western University or at his faculty profile.   You can buy Kevin’s book Of Games and God on Amazon. Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jul 2020

39 min 36 sec

Jeremy invited you to a webinar about how to talk about porn with students. That is happening on July 23 and you can find more details HERE.   Breaking an addiction is a tremendous task and breaking a pornography addiction is no exception. To understand the unique challenges that come with this addiction it’s helpful to realize the emotional and chemical reactions that happen over time. Join in today’s episode as Toni Dolfo-Smith unpacks some of the science behind pornography use, while also providing a clear framework for helping to rewrite the cue/routine/reward habit cycle.   Learn more about Toni Dolfo-Smith and his work with Journey Canada.   Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team. Special thanks to Rocky Mountain College for partnering with us in delivering today’s conversation.

Jul 2020

30 min 48 sec

If you would like to book a time to chat with Marv about Youth Ministry or the Coalition, you can email him at marv@youthworker.community.   To learn more about the Coalition for Youth Ministry Excellence visit coalitionforministry.com   Today’s conversation is one that we think veteran volunteers will appreciate the most. If you’ve seen a number of transitions occur on your youth ministry staff, you might wonder how you can better support those vocational leaders so they can be more prepared for the ebbs and flows of ministry. Education comes in lots of forms, as Marv will talk about, and today you’ll discover how more of the right kind of education can help everyone in your youth ministry. Submit your youth ministry question at youthministry.team.

Jul 2020

42 min 3 sec