Fighting Pornography Addiction

TLH041: Fighting Pornography Addiction

Fighting pornography addiction is a battle not to be taken lightly.  If you’re in ministry it definitely affects you.  Whether in the lives of the teens you serve, their families, or maybe you’re own personal struggle. It is in many cases the BIG secret that seems all too present in the lives of those we serve, and many times in those that are serving.  That there is no question that it is an epidemic. The days of having to go look for pornography are long gone making fighting pornography addiction even more difficult.  With so many carrying around a smartphone …

ministering to introverted students

TLH040: Ministering to Introverted Students

In ministry we are constantly finding ourselves ministering to many different types of people.  This seems especially true in youth ministry. One group that is often lost in the mix are introverts.  Ministering to introverts brings a unique set of challenges.  Doing so effectively requires intentionality and thoughtfulness in every aspect of our ministries. Added to this the fact that many youth pastors are closet introverts who feel the pressure to be an extrovert, and suddenly we find ourselves conflicted ourselves.  Everything around us seems to be aimed at and geared toward the extrovert making ministering to introverts even more …

Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote

TLH039: Staying Organized in Youth Ministry with Evernote

Struggle with staying organized in youth ministry?  How can you keep track of everything without going crazy along the way?  How can you keep track of all those receipts?  Wait…anyone else struggle with losing these?  No?  Just me?  Oh, okay. If you have been around the blog or the podcast for a day or two you probably know by now that I LOVE Evernote.  It literally keeps me sane…and employed. Without question Evernote is the most used tool in my toolbox.  So as you can imagine, having the guru of Evernote on the podcast today makes me a bit giddy. Today, Brett …

Getting the Most Out of a Youth Ministry Conference

TLH038: Getting the Most Out of a Youth Ministry Conference

Ever feel overwhelmed at a Youth Ministry Conference?  I know I do. There’s always so much to do.  There’s so much to see and hear.  Often times if I’m honest I come back more tired than when I left rather than being refreshed and encouraged.  Many times I even return a bit discouraged after hearing all of the things I feel like I should be doing in my ministry and can’t do. Today, Rick Lawrence from Group Publishing and Simply Youth Ministry, shares some helpful tips to getting the most out of your next Youth Ministry Conference. And these aren’t your …

dealing with expectations in youth ministry

TLH037: Dealing with Expectations in Youth Ministry

What kind of expectations do you find yourself having to navigate? In this episode we talk all about dealing with expectations in youth ministry.  We talk about what some of those expectations are, where they can come from, and what you can do when managing and dealing with expectations in youth ministry.  We also chat about the importance of networking and what the real purpose should be. Links mentioned: Expectations Youth Pastors Have For Churches on Day One 20 Youth Pastor Expectations that Churches Have on Day One After9Ministry podcast @ZacWorkun   Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Remind.com Audible.com – Grab a free 30 …

Must Haves for Longevity in Youth Ministry

TLH036: Must Haves for Longevity in Youth Ministry

When it comes to longevity in youth ministry there are many things that are important to consider.  If you fail to do so, you will never make it in youth ministry over the long haul. In today’s episode you’ll find out some crucial things you need to consider with it comes to your ministry.  These will make or break you. Links mentioned: Benchmarks in your Youth Ministry (blog post) Seasons in your Youth Ministry (podcast episode) Minivan by Foreknown @ChrisTrent YellowShoeTravel.com YM360 Resources mentioned in this Podcast: Consider This by Chris Trent #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World Lion of …